Film and music festival is back in city for its second year

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, SharpCuts: Guelph Indie Film and Music Festival, re­turns with a new line up for film and music enthusiasts. Running Oct. 17 to 19, Sharp­Cuts is a free event that in­cludes film screenings, work­shops, and special guest speak­ers.

“We are excited to once again provide an opportunity for local filmmakers to show­case their work in our com­munity,” said Thomas Gofton, the festival’s founder. “And this year we found a new way to combine independent music with film through the creation of electronic press kits,” he added.

Confirmed events for Sharp­Cuts this year feature a Friday night Fright Night at Synn Studios, including two features from Anchor Bay Canada, shorts programming, discussion panel with the film­makers and more.

Giveaways and prize packs are available from sponsors. There is Limit­ed seating, so come early.

Saturday is a full day of films including a presentation and film screening from Jeff Bird, filmmaker and local musi­cian from the Cowboy Junkies. The closing film is Six Reasons Why staring Canadian acting icon Colm Feore (Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Chicago, The Chronicles of Riddick). This west­ern by the Campagna Broth­ers, is set in the future where society has come full circle back to the gun-slinging world of revolvers, holsters, and epic standoffs.

Saturday night features the festival gala at Manhattans, where SharpCuts will screen the electronic press kit of local group Kidd Coma, followed by a live performance from the band. Plus at the gala, there will be an awards ceremony for the Friday night Fright Night and the best short film. The gala is open to the general public and will provide an opportunity to meet with the artists, filmmakers, and musi­cians. Tickets are $10.

Sunday is professional de­vel­opment including two work­shops from Ed Video Media Arts Centre and four work­shops from Lynnvander and Synn Studios. Workshops will run approximately one hour each and categories include:

– Canadian video art;

– resources for indie film­makers and video artists in Guelph;

– editing for television by Peter Light, of Goosebumps and Due South;

– getting your day in the indie filmmaking world, by Miguel Galero;

– green screen by Marc Lugee of the Pit and the Pendulum; and

– directors’ workshop by Limestyle Productions director Kevin Lane, on how to sell your indie film.