Loyalist FTVP Student Screening is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.
When organizations in a small town work side by side for the same goals, magic happens. That was the plan when, seven years ago, Belleville Downtown DocFest approached Loyalist College’s FTVP program for the first time.
The aim was simple: to create an on-campus event that tied together our local documentary film festival with our community college’s film and media faculties. Under the guidance of the FTVP faculty, teams of four FTVP students produce four 4 to 5 minute documentaries on topics of local interest. A panel of local professional filmmakers provides on-the-spot feedback and scoring. Behind the scenes, Public Relations (PURE) students handle the event logistics from start to finish—from promotion to the final dimming of the lights.
The first year saw an audience of 50 watch 12 submissions. By year six, over 150 attended, filling Alumni Hall to the seams. Under the mentorship of staff, the fledgling filmmakers work day and night to finish their short documentary submissions in time for the public screening.
The panel’s feedback offers honest critique and insight into techniques from storytelling to production. The top four stories are selected and screened for the general public as part of DocFest’s ‘Local Spotlight’.