2014 Belleville Downtown Docfest

The 3rd annual Belleville Downtown DocFest International Documentary Film Festival kicks off on Friday, February 28, showcasing over 50 films across six screens in four downtown Belleville venues. These films were sourced through Hot Docs Showcase, the National Film Board, and independent productions, including 14 films from 12 filmmakers local to the region.

Friday night’s Opening Gala at the 700-seat Empire Theatre features 20 Feet From Stardom, (reviewed here) followed by a live performance by Canadian blues great Georgette Fry with her Stellar Eclipse Band and back-up group Shout Sister! Preceding the Gala, DocFest’s Dug Stevenson will conduct a one-hour “Green Carpet” interview special, in collaboration with TV Cogeco Belleville, with attending filmmakers and dignitaries.

“Saturday Night at the CORE” will feature Trashed and Sunday afternoon’s DocFest Finale brings Watermark, with a Skype introduction from Jennifer Baichwal and a post-film panel discussion, including members from The Council of Canadians and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. POV editor Marc Glassman calls the film “…an epic distillation of the beauty and terror of the world’s most important element.” (reviewed here)

The festival will kick off with free screenings for secondary school students, offering Revolution (profiled here), Blood Brother, The Crash Reel (reviewed here) and Alias, where filmmaker Michelle Latimer is scheduled to attend and conduct a Q&A. Read our profile of the first-time director here.

All 12 local filmmakers are also scheduled to attend their screenings and conduct audience Q&A. Belleville Downtown DocFest is dedicated to fostering the art of filmmaking, seeking out and working with local documentary filmmakers to provide them with a venue for presenting their films and the opportunity to interact with audiences, network with other emerging filmmakers and meet established filmmakers.

New in 2014 is a series of free filmmaker workshops, including presentations from Lisa Fitzgibbons of the Documentary Organization of Canada, Adam Shamoon of DOC Toronto, Stephanie McArthur of Hot Docs and Michael Patrick Lilly from Factory Film Studio in Kingston, Ontario.

Also new this year: on Thursday, February 27th, selected students from the Loyalist College Television and New Media Program will screen their 4-minute documentary projects and receive feedback from a panel of established local filmmakers.

Click here to have a look at the full Belleville Downtown DocFest program (PDF).

Other POV-featured films screening at the festival:
Buying Sex
My Prairie Home
NCR: Not Criminally Responsible
Oil Sands Karaoke

For more DocFest details, including film listings and the festival schedule, please visit the festival website. Festival updates can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.