2019 Soo Film Festival Calls for Entries

Soo Film Festival celebrates six years of great lakes and great movies September 12-15 in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Films will screen at the historic Soo Theatre and Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library.

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An open call for entries begins March 25. Documentary and all genres of fiction, feature and shorts, will be accepted online exclusively through FilmFreeway. The festival committee has set a no-fee early bird deadline of April 28. The regular deadline is June 9 and requires a $15 entry fee. Late entries must be submitted by July 1 with an entry fee of $20. The selected films will be announced the last week of July. Filmmakers will find complete details on the Submit a Film section of the festival’s website, soofilmfestival.org.

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Festival President Jason Markstrom: “The excitement is mounting for our sixth year. It has been incredibly rewarding bringing the festival and these films to Sault Ste. Marie. The Great Lakes area is home to some tremendous talent, and we enjoy showing it to everyone.”

 

Soo Film Festival 2019 is open to filmmakers worldwide but will continue to emphasize and showcase work from the Great Lakes region.

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The 2019 Soo Film Festival organizing committee is Jason Markstrom, Allison Youngs, Mark Dobias, Pat Egan, and Susan James.

Soo Film Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and host film and allied arts festivals in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Soo Film Festival, Inc. seeks to showcase the work of independent and emerging filmmakers, especially from the Great Lakes of North America. Our Mission: Great Lakes, Great Movies!

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Fall Movies Are Back at The Soo Theatre!

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October 17, 2016—Soo Film Festival, Inc., in association with Soo Theatre Project, Inc., is bringing movies downtown on Fridays and Saturdays from October 21 to November 19. We’ve already been using the big screen and sound equipment donated last year by Carmike Cinemas. This year we’re installing side speakers for an improved movie-going experience.

Here’s the schedule of this fall’s movies at the Soo Theatre:

October 21-22
Soo Restaurant Week
The Breakfast Club and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
October 28
Downtown Trick or Treat
Zoombies at the Haunted Soo Theatre, with the Zombie Walk for Autism, a Downtown Trick or Treat event
October 29
NEA Big Read Event
The Raven (1935) and Tales of Terror, sponsored in part by the Superior District Library as part of the NEA Big Read Event
November 4-5 The Martian and WALL-E
November 11-12 Captain America: Civil War and The Jungle Book (2016)
November 18-19 Mary Poppins and Thelma and Louise

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This week (October 17-23­) is Restaurant Week in Sault Ste Marie, so why not do dinner and a movie Friday and Saturday (Oct 21 and 22) with The Breakfast Club and dessert with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Take advantage of the eleven participating restaurants. Check out the menus and details at the Sault Restaurant Week web page. You’re sure to find something scrumdidilyumptious!

Show times for The Breakfast Club are Friday night, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday night, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (starring the late, great Gene Wilder) will be shown one time only as matinée Saturday afternoon, October 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the door. The Soo Theatre is located at 534 Ashmun St.

Yes, we do have concession! Popcorn and a selection of candy and soft drinks are available. And yes, we do take credit and debit cards.

The most up-to-date news about Fall Movies at the Soo Theatre is online. Find it on Facebook at facebook.com/SooFilmFestival and on Twitter at twitter.com/SooFilmFest. What films do you want to see? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

See you at the movies!


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Soo Film Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and host film and allied arts festivals in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Soo Film Festival, Inc. seeks to showcase the work of independent and emerging filmmakers, especially from the Great Lakes of North America, while bringing movies back to downtown Sault Ste. Marie and the historic Soo Theatre. Our Mission: Great Lakes, Great Movies!

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Audience Choice Awards for the 2016 Soo Film Festival

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September 20, 2016—They came, they saw, they voted!

We are pleased to announce the Audience Choice Awards for the 2016 Soo Film Festival.

By audience acclaim, the winning films are:

Best Narrative Feature
Scratch, directed by Maninder Chana
Runner-up: Bear with Us, directed by William J. Stribling

Best Narrative Short (under 15 minutes)
Breaking Circles, directed by Thomas Butcher
Runner-up: My Friend, directed by Sean Murphy

Best Narrative Short (15 minutes and over)
Waiting for Wiig, directed by Steven Wiig
Runner-up: Zero, directed by David Victori

Best Documentary Feature
Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunter’s Quest to Discover the Past, directed by Eric Seals
Runner-up: UP a River, directed by Kristin L. Ojaniemi

Best Documentary Short
Predator / Prey: The Fight for Isle Royale Wolves, directed by Brian Kaufman
Runner-up: Striking a Chord: Instruments of Healing, directed by Susan Rockefeller

Best Animation
Shades of Gray, directed by Alexandra Averyanova
Runner-up: Lila, directed by Carlos Lascano

Best Music Video
The Life We Had (Chad Fontaine), directed by Zoran Maslic
Runner-Up: Singing through the Storm, directed by Johanna Mateo

Best Student Narrative
In Search Of, directed by Paul Dombrovskis
Runner-up: Nestor Talbot, directed by Craig Erpelding

Best Student Documentary
The 1%: Crisis in the Great Lakes, directed by Griffin Olis
Runner-up: Together Is Home, directed by Adam Gualtieri

Best Student Animation
Touché, directed by Jennifer D. Hudson

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Canada’s Talent on Display at 2016 Soo Film Festival

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Three features and several shorts from Canada are among the films selected for the 2016 Soo Film Festival.

Scratch follows a rookie armoured truck guard caught between her co-workers’ plot to rob their own truck and greedy gangsters desperate to grab the loot. The filmmakers hail from Windsor and Toronto. Scratch will screen Saturday, September 17, at 9:30pm.

Three teens cope with boredom by testing the limits of their experience while spending the summer in cottage country on the shores of Lake Superior in Sleeping Giant. Director and co-writer Andrew Cividino was raised in Dundas, Ontario, and attended Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts. This is his feature debut. Sleeping Giant will screen Saturday, September 17, at 4:30 pm.

In The Pineville Heist a high school teen stumbles into the aftermath of a bank robbery gone wrong and finds himself locked inside his school trying to keep himself and his teacher alive as one of the psychotic robbers hunts them down. Director Lee Chambers is originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This is his feature debut. The Pineville Heist will screen Saturday, September 17, at 7pm. A Q&A with the filmmakers is scheduled for after the screening.

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On the shorts side of things, Lloyd Walton’s “Boat Builder” chronicles the building of a classic wooden boat in Muskoka, a tributary of the Georgian Bay. Zoran Maslic’s music video for singer-songwriter Chad Fontaine’s “The Life We Had” was shot in Toronto. “Normie” writer/director Daniel Ira Couchie grew up on the north shore of Lake Superior. Kyle Martellacci, director of “Candy Skin,” hails from Ottawa, Ontario. The director of “Pow,” Doug Lewis, is a student at Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario. Anders Gatten made “Onslaught of the Plant People” in Oakville, Ontario for his studies in Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Film and Television program. All the way from Vancouver, British Columbia is Paul Dombrovskis’ “In Search Of.”

Two filmmakers from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario are returning to the festival with documentary shorts. Michael Gingras has “An Interview with Jim McCarty of the Yardbirds,” while Adam Gualtieri brings “Together Is Home.” Adam received the Audience Award for his documentary short “A Place Like Home” at the 2015 Soo Film Festival.

“Our neighbors continue to be a big part of the festival and it is great to see the wide range of films coming from Canada,” said festival vice president Jason Markstrom.

The 2016 Soo Film Festival is September 16-18 at the historic Soo Theatre in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The schedule, festival guide, and tickets are available at soofilmfestival.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Soo Theatre office at 534 Ashmun Street.

Soo Film Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and host film and allied arts festivals in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Soo Film Festival, Inc. seeks to showcase the work of independent and emerging filmmakers from the Great Lakes of North America while bringing movies back to downtown Sault Ste. Marie and the historic Soo Theatre. Our Mission: Great Lakes, Great Movies!

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