FAVA FEST EdmontonFAVA aims to usher in a tradition in Edmonton with their inaugural FAVA FEST on March 25 to 29. Features include a Trade Show, a toast to one of their founders, screenings of films submitted to this year’s FAVA Awards of Excellence and Sundance Film Festival, a GALA at which they are giving away more than $25,000 in prizes and much more…

Schedule of Events:

Burgers, Beer & Gear – Trade Show Tuesday
Tuesday | Mar 25 | 6pm – 8pm
Admission By Cash Donation
Ortona Room (1st Floor, 9722 102 St NW)

FAVA brings in the latest gear for everyone to ogle. They’ll be serving up some BBQ so come for the gear and stay for the food!

A Toast To Rick Gustavsen – Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient
Tuesday | March 25 | 8pm
Admission By Cash Donation
Ortona Room (1st Floor, 9722 102 St NW)

Rick Gustavsen is a 39-year veteran of the Alberta motion picture industry and founding member of the Film and Video Arts Society – Alberta. As an independent documentarian, he has shot footage on every continent in the world except Antarctica. At last count, he had seven features under his belt and more than a thousand short films, videos and alternative art project. Come and help us celebrate Rick’s lifetime commitment to FAVA and some of his many accomplishments!

Best of FAVA Screenings
Wednesday & Friday | Mar 26 & 28 | 7pm | Admission By Cash Donation
Ortona Room (1st Floor, 9722 102 St NW)

A selection of films submitted to this year’s Awards of Excellence. This short list, chosen by our jury, represents the wide range of work created by FAVA members over the last year. Music videos, creative documentary, experimental, animation, and narrative film. Come see the best of what FAVA has to offer in 2014.

Cinema Eye Honors Shorts 2014
Wednesday | Mar 26 | 8pm | Admission By Cash Donation
Ortona Room (1st Floor, 9722 102 St NW)

The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking recognize exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film. To be eligible to be nominated, a film must have played at three A-list international film festivals. FAVA FEST brings you this rare opportunity to see the world’s best in cinematic non-fiction, in the screening of the 2014 nominated short films.

For a complete list of films, see: http://bit.ly/1dQwwsS

Artist Talk: Around The World With Clearwater Documentary
Thursday | Mar 27 | 7pm | Admission By Cash Donation
Ortona Room (1st Floor, 9722 102 St NW)
Sponsored By AMPIA

Join FAVA members Niobe Thompson and Aaron Munson for an exclusive preview of selects from their upcoming CBC Nature of Things documentary series “The Human Odyssey” and some of the stories from their filmmaking adventures. Back in Edmonton for only a few days between international locations, they will talk about the challenges they faced filming in Siberia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Namibia and more!

Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour
Friday | Mar 28 | 8pm | Admission By Donation
Ortona Room (1st Floor, 9722 102 St NW)

A rare chance to see this 93-minute collection of eight short films from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Vibrant storytelling highlights the group, including fiction, documentary and animation, with five award-winners. Save yourself thousands of dollars and a trip to Park City!

For a complete list of films see: http://bit.ly/OQrkzJ

Saturday | Mar 29 | 6pm | Admission By Cash Donation
Metro Cinema (8712 109 St – Garneau Theatre)

FAVA rolls out the red carpet and celebrates in style. Get dressed to the nines and raise a glass to independent media art. They’re giving away $17,000 in cash awards and commissions and $11,500 in services to their membership. The gala starts with a special live collaboration between local filmmaker Wes Miron and classical pianist Cameron Watson commissioned by FAVA and the Alberta College Conservatory of Music with the support of the Universiade ’83 grant.

See more info at: fava.ca.