Edmonton International Film FestivalThe Edmonton International Film Festival received one hundred and ten (110) films – compared with 82 in 2011 – created by Alberta filmmakers for programming teams to consider screening at the upcoming EIFF. That’s forty-eight (48) hours of indigenous movie-making! To honor, and celebrate, the work produced by Albertans, EIFF has programmed a full-day screening comprised of a selection of these films to screen on Sunday, September 30th, during the Edmonton International Film Festival! This date is also part of Alberta Culture Days (Sept. 28 to 30).

On Saturday, September 30th, starting at NOON in Empire Theatres at Edmonton City Centre, EIFF will screen five (5) 45-minute packages of shorts packages titled Our Own Backyard and six (6) documentary/features – all produced or crewed by Alberta talent. Following each screening, attending filmmakers will participate in an audience Q&A moderated by Dana Anderson and Sheldon Elter.

2012 marks the festival’s sixth installment of ‘Our Own Backyard’ and every year the quality of the films that Albertans are creating continues to improve” says Kerrie Long, Festival Producer. “There’s an amazing indie filmmaking underground going on in Alberta. These people are making movies – mostly through their passion and perseverance. ‘Our Own Backyard’ is a terrific way to showcase Alberta filmmakers within Edmonton’s international film festival setting.

Of the 110 Alberta-based submissions, thirty-three (33) films have been selected for programming at the 2012 EIFF. Filmmakers are from Olds, Sherwood Park, Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer. All short films programmed in Our Own Backyard strand are in competition for the festival’s short film category awards.

EIFF is proud to present short films created by these directors on SUNDAY, September 30 at Empire City Centre 9:

  • Trevor Anderson – The Man That Got Away
  • Evangeline Belzile – InTime
  • Terence Bernardo – Chores
  • Geraldine Carr – Maude, Mary & the Titanic
  • Nicholas Carter – The Wandering Tattler
  • Mark Davies – Diary Of An Edmonton Model
  • Julie Debeljak – Je Suis (I Am)
  • Tristan Deveau – Nightmare
  • Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi – Break Out
  • Norm Fassbender – Tar Zombies Medium Rare
  • Jeff Garneau – Erasermen
  • Christian Goutsis – Poor Billy: Chapter 1
  • Michelle Graff – Rabbit Food
  • Eric Hayes – Seizing the Homefront
  • David Heacock – Hyde
  • Addison Hiller – InTime
  • Matthew Kowalchuk – Penguins (Are So Sensitive To My Needs)
  • Tyler MacIntyre – Shinny
  • Kath MacLean – Doo-Da-Doo-Da
  • Dan McManus – Poor Billy: Chapter 1
  • John Osborne – Raga Marwa and The Machine
  • Galen W.E. Pendleton – Nightmare Island 3
  • Gerry Potter – Rabbits & Monsters
  • Akash Sherman – A Teaching Game
  • Lucho Soldevilla – Vimy Ridge
  • Amanda Trimble – Dear 604
  • Theresa Wynnyk – Trickster, Coyote, Lightning, Elk

EIFF also applauds these documentary and feature film directors whose projects have been selected to screen at this year’s festival also on September 30:

  • Marie Boti – The End of Immigration
  • Braden Croft – Hemorrhage
  • Malcolm Guy – The End of Immigration
  • Adam Kirkey – A Case of Deceit
  • Mitch Miyagawa – A Sorry State
  • Larry Reese – Mapping Creativity
  • Jonathan Rice – The Kronicles of Scott Green and Marty Haze

The Edmonton International Film Festival takes place September 28 to October 6, 2012. Festival passes go on sale August 20 at TIX on the Square. Forty (40) feature-length films/documentaries and seventy-five (75) short films are programmed at EIFF. All films screen downtown at Empire City Centre 9 in Edmonton City Centre. Full program schedule and festival program guides will be available in September. See more at  www.edmontonfilmfest.com