The Focus Film Festival is one of the oldest weekend-filmmaking festivals in Canada, having been founded in 2002. Now entering its 16th year, Focus has grown to include almost 100 participants annually. We oversee the creation of more than 10 short films each year. These films are then judged by professionals from the Canadian film industry and screened at a huge gala event. It’s one of the highlights of the Queen’s art scene.
Each participant is put into a group with other filmmakers, with as even a distribution of experience and equipment as possible. On the Thursday night of the competition weekend and is presented with a theme to base their ideas around. The groups then have 72 hours to write, film, and edit their short films and must submit it as a .mov file to the Focus Exec team by the end of the Sunday night.
The 2020 Focus Film Festival's filming weekend will take place over January 10th-12th and the screening gala will take place on January 23rd. Hope to see you there!
Anyone! As long as you go to Queen's, you can enter.
You can still enter! The Focus Exec team will divide the participants into groups based on the amount of experience and skills (i.e. directing, acting, editing) they possess. Participants with little to no experience tend to be grouped with upper-year Film & Media students who really know what they’re doing. Rather than concentrating on creating a polished film, our goal is to create a fun filmmaking weekend where experienced filmmakers can have fun and new filmmakers can learn the ropes.
Of course you can! The Focus Exec also consider what equipment the participants have when creating the groups. Each group will have some form of equipment (i.e. camera, editing software) but can also rent anything else you made need from local businesses around Kingston.
**We require that our participants DO NOT rent equipment from the Film & Media Department as Film & Media students need it in order to complete their final projects**
Registration will be open from November 18th to November 24th. Registration can be done online, and we will have tables set up so you can pay in person (locations TBD). Fill out the registration form and hand it in with your $20 registration fee by November 24th to be entered in this year's festival.
Hiring for the Exec team occurs in the final months of Winter term. We're always looking for enthusiastic and hardworking individuals to join our team so be sure to like us on Facebook and follow our updates on our website.