North Bay film makers shine at Cinefest2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008   by: Kate Adams
That was Easy actor Jim Calarco gets direction from film director Kevin Hoffman during the movie shoot in Octorber. Photo provided by Ric Potvin.

“That was Easy,” a short film written by Jim Calarco and directed by Kevin Hoffman qualified as a finalist at the ‘CTV Best In Shorts Festival’ at Cinefest2008 and presented with the other 18 finalists at Silver City Cinemas in Sudbury last weekend.

The short film, produced by Claire Calarco, filmed and edited by Ric Potvin, was shot last year at a favourite local restaurant awarded second runner up.

“There were 18 finalists and we were in the top three and we're happy with that,” Jim Calarco tells BayToday.

“MJ Hayes did the continuity while Rebecca Brock and myself were the actors. We shot the film at the Delmar Restaurant over a period of two days in October of 2007 and used approximately thirty local actors as extras.”

That Was Easy has also been accepted by the National Screen Institute and will run on line at their site starting today.

“It has also been picked up by Ouat Media a worldwide short film distribution company.”



Sony Style Audience Choice Award

Cinéfest Sudbury is delighted to announce that Paul Gross’s PASSCHENDAELE is the winner of the 2008 Sony Style Audience Choice Award. PASSCHENDAELE was followed closely by Jonathan Gershfield’s A DEAL IS A DEAL. PATRIK 1.5 also received a tremendous amount of voter support.

CTV Best in Shorts Award Winners:

Open Category:

1st – JUST SURVIVAL by Robert Bernard Armieri
2nd – RED BULL ROUND UP by Kevin Little
3rd – THAT WAS EASY by Kevin Hoffman

Student Category
1st – WOO TAH by Ryan Ongaro
2nd – CORNELIUS AND STEVE’S CARDIGAN CAPER by Kevin Little & Nelson Lafreniere

Northern Flicks Award


Best Animation
PAPER CRANE by Emma Macdonald

Friends of the Festival Award Recipients:

Over the course of the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Festival, Cinéfest Sudbury honoured 10 individuals and organizations with the Friends of the Festival Award. The Friends of the Festival Award was handed out to acknowledge some of the tremendous support that the Festival has received over its 20-year history, making growth and continuation of Northern Ontario’s premier cultural entertainment event possible.

Cam Haynes

As the inaugural Executive Director of the Cinéfest Sudbury Film Festival in 1989, Haynes’ innovative vision to bring Canadian films and filmmakers directly to a local audience set the stage for the development of an international film event that 20 years later continues to regularly exceed expectations. He also launched the Northern Film Circuit in 1992, which today is essential in building markets and audiences for Canadian Cinema with over 190 groups in 169 communities across Canada.

City of Greater Sudbury,

accepted by Mayor John Rodriguez Supporting the film festival in its formative years, The City of Greater Sudbury has been a key partner in the Festival’s evolution and continues to encourage new industry related initiatives.

CTV – Northern Division, accepted by Scott Lund

Presenting Sponsor of Cinéfest Sudbury since its very first year, CTV’s generous support has guided the Festival to become one of Canada’s premiere film celebrations.

George Lund

As one of the founding board members, and Cinéfest Sudbury Chair from 1990-1997 George Lund’s guidance was instrumental in the creation and immense success of the Sudbury Film Festival.

The National Film Board of Canada

The NFB produces and distributes innovative and socially relevant documentary, animation, alternative drama and digital media productions, and has been a key partner in ensuring high quality Canadian-made programming year after year. NFB, since 1989, invests in the continued success of Cinéfest Sudbury.

Michael Kennedy,

Executive Vice-President; Filmed Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment Michael Kennedy has supported the festival through its twenty years during his stay with Famous Players, and currently with Cineplex Entertainment. His support of the Festival has been paramount in providing the festival with a world-class screening venue and access to cutting edge presentation technology.


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