Inaugural IndieFest goes Thursday at the Paramount in Kelowna

The first film festival for local short films and short documentaries will be one of the last events at the Paramount Theatre.

The Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmaking (OSIF) is presenting its inaugural IndieFest: A short film and documentary film festival featuring locally produced films.

The OSIF has taken what it calls the best short films and short documentaries created locally, showcasing the top filmmaking and acting talent the Okanagan has to offer and will present them Thursday at the Paramount Theatre in Kelowna.

Kelowna Coun. Ryan Donn said the event is a perfect way to put the spotlight on locally made films.

“Film is an important part of our vibrant arts community in the Okanagan and this red-carpet event is a great way to showcase the talents of our local filmmakers,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity to support local independent filmmaking,” said Okanagan Film Comm issioner, Jon Summerland.

OSIF board president, Kelly Veltri and board member Marc Nadeau planned the event as a way to showcase local talent and have an all-ages event as an alternative to HorrorFest, which had its seventh annual screening this past October.

There will be 11 short films and documentaries screened at the event.The list includes:

•Out of the Darkness by Troy Payne

•Delirium by Curtis Sandmaier

•The Royal Affair by Jeff Myers

•Love’s Blade by Adam Ritz

•Zeus by Katie Rabb

• Phone by Zan Klein

•The Journey Home by Lily Zarif

•Of Man & Machine by Jiri Bakala

•Mad Mango by Chelsea McEvoy

•Cubed by Koltyn Gaboury

•Low Pressure Horizon by Gary Potzkai

On Thursday, the Paramount’s doors will open at 6 p.m. and films begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at Leo’s Video or the Film Factory.

For more information about OSIF, please visit www.osif.org.

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