Planning for Okanagan Film Festival underway

Film festival will award and showcase talent in international works of cinema this fall.

  • Jun. 13, 2012 2:00 p.m.

KELOWNA –– In 2011, Jeremy Heynen and Leo Bartels of Leo’s Videos came up with a concept for an annual four-day film festival focused on making the Okanagan a destination for entertainers and artists working in independent film.

The Okanagan Film Festival (Off) is an exclusive film festival hosted in the valley that awards and showcases talent in international works of cinema.

“It was hoped that over time, Off would grow, becoming widely known as inspiring, encouraging and supportive, attracting the biggest names in the film industry, to enhance and enrich our culture,” said Heynen, who has since secured Canadian premieres from the hottest producers and directors of 2011.

Now, after months of preparation, Off International has launched a campaign video to attract sponsorship packages to raise the funds needed to make this year’s festival as unique and interactive of an experience as possible.

Film submissions are also still being accepted for this fall’s festival (dates to be announced.) The deadline is July 15.

For more information, visit www.offestival.net.