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Andrea Butler, Founder, Continental Drift

Photo courtesy Andrea Butler



In September 2003, a small group of film enthusiasts gathered at the invitation of Andrea Butler to talk about her vision of a local film festival dedicated to short films.


In September 2004, Butler will see the results of her vision realized when the curtains of the Imperial Theatre part to reveal Continental Drift International Short Film Festival, populated with celluloid statements of fifteen minutes or less.


When the call for submissions went out recently, email enquiries began arriving from domestic filmmaking communities as distant as Vancouver. Then, the magic arrived in the form of calls from the Swedes.



“Isn’t it wonderful?", says Butler, Founder of Continental Drift. “It all started as a modest, local shorts festival. Now, it’s a two day international film festival dedicated to short films."


Creative vibe and aspirations aside, a comfortable understanding of what the City wants, affects every decision. An interest in promoting Saint John's diverse ethnic community has resulted in a decision to try and showcase international food as part of an opening gala. Prepared by Saint John's ethnic chefs and cooks, the morsels-driven event would book-end the closing gala of international music performed by area musicians and vocalists.


NTSC submissions in any one of VHS, miniDV, or DVD formats will be accepted by Continental Drift for juried review, up until June 30th, 2004. PAL will not be accepted and non-English language works must be subtitled in English. 


Check back with The Film Front Online for follow-up stories on this new festival dedicated to international film. Meantime, have a look at www.cdrift.ca for Continental Drift’s website.





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