The Quick Films competition will be the first installment of the new Port Moody Arts Festival

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The Cité des Arts has a new open-air arts festival.

But it won’t be the one-day event of live performances, workshops, demonstrations, an artists’ market, and a live painting competition envisioned by members of the arts committee and Port Moody culture.

Last Tuesday, the board approved a slimmed down version of the event featuring a quick film competition and a workshop for young filmmakers.

According to a report, the competition is expected to cost up to $7,000 to cover the cost of the prizes, the selection of entries as well as the conduct of the workshop.

But more important than the cost savings on the estimated $25,000 it would take to run the larger event, the film competition “could serve as a foundation for developing a bigger arts festival in the future,” he said. said Port Moody Cultural Services Director Devin Jain. .

The smaller company would also reduce pressure on the city’s budget as it prepares for the return of several city events like Canada Day celebrations and Car Free Day that have been knocked off the books for the past two years. due to public health restrictions related to COVID-19.

“A new event like this would be best considered against other events presented by the city to see if it should be added to the list, or if it should replace an existing event in the city,” Jain said in his report.

Com. Hunter Madsen, who moved the motion for a scaled-down event, said keeping it small and focused from the start will give the organizing committee a chance to find its legs to put together such an endeavor.

But it also sends a message about the city’s commitment to living up to its moniker.

“I’m reluctant that in the City of Arts we continue to push back an arts festival.”

The proposal for an outdoor arts festival grew out of discussions last spring among members of the city’s arts and culture committee about ways to better promote the arts and artists in Port Moody.

Tracey Schaeffer, the vice-chair of the festival’s organizing committee, said it would also be a good way to re-engage the community after more than two years of social isolation due to the pandemic.

“My goal would be to make people interact with each other.”

The Quick Film Competition will challenge experienced and aspiring Metro Vancouver filmmakers to create four- to seven-minute short films featuring three specified story elements, all within 72 hours.

The films will then be reviewed by two juries, with cash prizes awarded to five winners in different categories.

Additionally, the competition will be complemented by a workshop led by Vancouver director and screenwriter Jason Karman, whose productions have won multiple awards from the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and Reel Pride Winnipeg.

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