Scenes of the North Okanagan could be captivating movie buffs on the posh French Riviera.
No Tell Motel, which was shot in Falkland last summer, will be screened at the Cannes Film Market, part of the international film festival, in May.
“To turn the movie around in less than a year is pretty exciting,” said Rick Dugdale, a native of Enderby and president of Los Angeles-based Enderby Entertainment.
Dugdale hopes exposure at Cannes will lead to international buyers picking up the horror-thriller.
There will also be a screening in L.A. in May for domestic distributors.
“We’ve had a lot of offers on it. We’re just trying to determine which is the best,” said Dugdale.
“The whole world will see the movie by the end of the year.”
But it’s expected that No Tell Motel will only hit the big screen in a few limited locations in North America. Most people will see it through DVD and iTunes.
“I wouldn’t mind having a release at the Enderby drive-in,” said Dugdale, adding that no discussions have been held with the owners of the Starlight Drive-In.
Dugdale isn’t surprised there is considerable interest in his latest film, with a budget of less than $1 million.
“We set out to make what the box office wants. Seventy-two per cent of North American film-goers are 14 to 17 years old,” he said.
No Tell Motel, was shot at the old Whispering Pines Motel, on Highway 97, over about seven weeks.
While preparing for Cannes, Dugdale is moving ahead with upcoming productions in L.A. and South Carolina. He is also casting his eyes towards the North Okanagan again.
“I am looking at one that will shoot in the winter. It possibly could be in Vernon,” he said. “Basically it’s about nine people on a ski mountain and Silver Star or Hunter’s Range would work.”