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Trending On Shaw Feb 26th Part 02

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    Phoenix is out on location this morning
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    with Denise Young right now,
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    who is the Picture This Film Festival Director.
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    Hi Phoenix.
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    Hey Kate, hi everybody.
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    Filming film is the topic of discussion today
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    so we brought Denise in because
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    there is another event, the PTFF
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    explain that.
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    PTFF is short for Picture This Film Festival
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    which is...we're kicking off our our
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    fourthteenth year of celebrating films
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    either made by people with disabilities
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    on any topic or about disability
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    and those may or may not be
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    filmmakers with disabilities.
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    Why is this film festival so important
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    to Calgarians and also to these film makers?
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    I think it's really important for...to get that voice out
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    because it isn't a voice that you get to see
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    on the mainstream media as much.
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    It gives an opportunity for people to tell their stories
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    and we even say we have an educational function
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    to educate the broader community about people
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    with disabilities and the reality of their lives
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    not…not the fictions
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    that are, kind of, in mainstream media.
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    Yeah. There's a couple of examples we're going to
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    show here in just a quick second.
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    These are amazing and it comes from all
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    different parts of the country as well too
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    not necessarily just Canada
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    but how many countries are being represented?
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    This year we had a 125 entries
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    from 26 different countries
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    and of the award winners there were
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    10 different countries represented.
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    It's a little daunting putting on something like this
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    even though you've been doing it for 14 years,
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    How are you managing?
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    Well, um, okay. Our real festival director
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    is on a long term disability leave so we have
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    a bunch of people standing in to replace the one.
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    I think you're going to talk to one of my colleagues
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    who is working with me, from London,
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    in a few minutes
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    Beautiful
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    …the co-curator for the festival, so…
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    and there's lots of people, just lots of people
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    working and lots of volunteers.
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    We usually have between fifteen hundred
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    and a thou…or two thousand hours
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    of volunteer time put in by, you know,
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    ninety to a hundred volunteers.
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    Come on! That's amazing!
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    Yeah, there's a lot of commitment to the festival.
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    You know, we're asking our poll question about
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    whether or not the film industry
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    IS important to Alberta, IS important to Calgary.
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    How would you respond to that?
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    I think it's very important. We were talking a bit
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    earlier about that new facility they want to build.
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    Being able to actually create works locally…
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    for the international audience but also for the local
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    audience for some of the independent film makers,
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    the smaller budget people,
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    absolutely important and probably a big employer
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    in the Province, I would imagine, as well.
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    The uniqueness of the Picture This Film Festival
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    is that you certain criteria for these films as well.
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    Yeah, the criteria really just are about who's
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    making the films or the topic, right? So, it's either
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    a film maker with a disability and as I said, those
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    can be on anything. We have three entries
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    this year from a filmmaker from Kathmandu
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    who has disabilities.
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    Wow
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    And one of his entries is on child labour.
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    So, it's got nothing to do with disability per se,
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    so…or as I said,
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    if it's on the topic of disability
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    anybody can enter a film.
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    If you're looking for something unique,
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    something kind of different, well, it's
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    the Picture This Film Festival the…
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    your website so that you can see these films?
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    Yes, it's PTFF.org
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    which is short for Picture This Film Festival.
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    Wonderful stuff.
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    So, all the information is on there.
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    Denise Young, she is the festival director,
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    the acting festival director.
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    Thank you for coming in
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    and let's see more of these films.
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    Great Stuff.
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Trending On Shaw Feb 26th Part 02
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