The first event of FAN will be a Film Festival called the Eye2Eye International Film Festival.  Scheduled for August 29, 2021, at 8 PM, it will be free and outdoors at Victoria Park.  All Covid-19 protocols will be in place. 

The organization is incorporated and supported by CAMECO in Port Hope, the Town of Cobourg, the Watershed Magazine, the Art Gallery of Northumberland and the Loft Cinema with “additional participation” from the Cobourg Public Library and Cobourg Media.

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“A not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote community, tolerance and understanding through the art of film.  Through a variety of film-based events like our flagship Eye2Eye Film Festival, we connect our community to world-class talent and films, and present our local and diverse talent to Canada’s wider film community.  Connect with us on social media at Fanorthumberland [not yet active], or on Instagram @Fanorthumberland,  [not yet active], and on Twitter@poced [by Chris Worsnop active].”  Chris Worsnop said on Twitter “We aim to showcase the best docs & bring together film students and film professionals”

Eye2Eye International Film Festival

FAN Christina Jennings photo credit dennys ilicChristina JenningsIn addition to films being screened in Victoria Park, the award-winning Executive Producer of Murdoch Mysteries and CEO and Chairman of Shaftesbury, Christina Jennings, will be participating in an in-person, questions and answers session with the audience, and a master class with local student filmmakers at The Loft Cinema (201 Division St. Cobourg) that will be accessible online. 

“We are very excited to have one of Canada’s most celebrated and prolific producers launch our inaugural Eye2Eye International Film Festival. FAN is all about bringing world-class talent and films to our community, and connecting our local talent to the larger film industry, so it is especially fitting that we celebrate with a special screening of Murdoch Mysteries filmed locally,” says Ross Pigeau, Chair of Film Access Northumberland.

“I’m thrilled to be taking part in this initiative and excited to share our many insights from making Murdoch Mysteries with the student filmmakers in Eastern Ontario,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury. “I’m also looking forward to seeing the presentations and enjoying the fine work of these talented students.”

The special screening will also feature short films by local filmmakers and award-winning international films to be announced at a later date.

“Through our Eye2Eye International Film Festival’s Student Award and Student Showcase programs, FAN will be advancing our commitment to supporting local filmmakers. These programs provide financial awards and access to equipment, facilities and top industry experts as well as an opportunity to connect with our enthusiastic Northumberland film fans,” adds Pigeau.

In addition to the screening event, FAN will be announcing local contests, giveaways, and activities with community partners.

In order to maintain COVID-19 safety measures, this year’s in-person screenings will take place on Sunday, August 29, 2021 only and are limited to the approved number for outdoor gatherings as designated by the Provincial government. All COVID-19 protocols and safety measures will be in place, including physical distancing markers in Victoria Park.  Participants are asked to wear non-medical masks and maintain safe distances during the event.  Pre-registration is required.  Registration information will be posted on our social media at a later date.

In addition to the screening event, FAN will be announcing local contests, giveaways, and activities with community partners.

Watch for future updates here.

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