Two countries, four days and a lot of movies/workshops are on tap for the second annual Detroit Windsor International Film Festival (DWIFF) to be held from June 25-28, 2009 at Wayne State University.
With last year’s Michigan Film Incentive it’s no wonder the inaugural event was such a huge success with the creation of DWIFF since it brought people together to celebrate film, friends and the future of the creative community. These days it’s not uncommon to see film sets erected in any of the core communities around Michigan along with local casting calls which range from student films to big Hollywood productions.
This year, DWIFF returns to continue generating new opportunities for the community and to engage in the growth of the film and creative culture, while promoting talented artists and craftspeople who engage in the art of storytelling, whether it’s through film, video, games, the web, music and more.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday at 5:30 with Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Festival Director John Kelly. Mix and mingle for $25 and enjoy wine and hors d’ouerves.
DWIFF is a major collaborative event with activities for all ages and backgrounds.
Along with film entries, there will be a series of workshops at the nearby College for Creative Studies (CSS) for the CineFlow TechFair. These workshops will showcase the entire “credit roll” of skills and talent involved in the production of modern digital entertainment. At the CSS workshops, participants will have the opportunity to take a peek behind the camera and see the tools and workflow used in the production of modern cinema and new media.
The workshops will feature guest speakers, demos, panels and other activities on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. One of main goals is to also promote local talent, technology and resources related to the film and entertainment production industries.
There will be five key components made up at the TechFair:
– Expo: Local schools, suppliers and creatives will showcase their products and services. (Reserve YOUR space today!)
– Workshop Series: A wide arange of cool classes are offered by talented and professional workshop leaders
– Panel Discussions: Four key discussions will be presented in the Auditorium, with a panel of experts speaking to the audience
– “The Next Level” Track: Specific workshops and activities will focus on the hottest wave in entertainment: Game Development
-Job Fair: an opportunity to connect people with jobs and vice versa
If you’ve ever wanted to attend a “red carpet premiere” you’ll have the opportunity on June 27 when the movie “The Rain” has its official launch. “The Rain” stars the late David Carradine, Dee Wallace and Detroit’s own Ellen Sandweiss.
This epic tale follows three generations of a remote farming community as they turn to human sacrifice to appease an evil that haunts the rain.
Tickets for the premiere are $8 (general admission) and $6 (student, senior and military personnel). “The Rain” will also be encored following the premiere.
But adults aren’t they only ones who can benefit from this year’s DWIFF. There are free events designed especially for the little ones and they can also meet Peter Schriemer of “Critter Quest” and partake in the Pixellation Workshop with Gary Schwartz at CSS.
Also on tap for local filmmakers is the 48 Hour Film Challenge in which local teams were given an assignment on June 12 and had to write, cast, shoot, edit and score a film within a 48 hour period. Last year 20 teams started but not all finished by the deadline.
Screenings of the 48 Hour Film Challenge will be screened prior to the closing ceremonies on Sunday night.
The Detroit Windsor International Film Festival is a registered Michigan non-profit organization, and is funded through the generosity of our community with sponsorship, gifts and donations.