Film fans across North Hastings can now purchase their seasons pass to the North of 7 Film Fest. The North of 7 Film Fest is operated in partnership with TIFF’s Film Circuit program and each month, between September and June, an independent film is screened at the Bancroft Village Playhouse. All proceeds from the Festival support programming provided by Hospice North Hastings, making the screenings a perfect example of caring through culture.
After the success of the 2014/15 season, Heather Brough had some tough decisions to make. As the Hospice Coordinator and Festival Programmer, she had to choose films that could live up to the standards of last year’s film selections.
“I think everyone will be really happy with these choices,” Brough said. “We’ve been running this festival for a while now so we have a pretty good idea what our audiences are looking for. The first four films are all sure to please.”
Brough programs the first four films of the season based on successful play at last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival. In September she will travel back to TIFF for special screenings organized by Film Circuit so that she can make selections for the rest of the season.
The 2015/16 North of 7 Film Fest launches on Tuesday September 8 with the delightful film, “A Brilliant Young Mind.” This film follows math prodigy Nathan as his special skills land him a spot in the Mathematics Olympiad in Taipei where he and other “mathletes” discover that they might not be as weird as they thought they were.
October’s film selection is “Learning to Drive,” starring Ben Kingsley. The November screening is the French comedy, “Samba” and in December, audience members can catch Dustin Hoffman in “Boychoir.”
Films screen at the Village Playhouse at 4:15 and 7pm and patrons are encouraged to arrive early to visit with friends and enjoy the wine bar. Tickets are $10.
For those who can’t imagine missing any of the ten films, regular full season passes are now on sale at the Hospice North Hastings office, online at boxofficebancroft.com or they can be purchased at the first screening. The full season passes are $90 and give you access to all ten screenings. To show our gratitude, an additional single-film pass is also included so that patrons can bring a friend to a screening and if you can’t use your pass for a screening they can certainly be shared with friends and family.
For more details on the North of 7 Film Fest, please visit www.bancroftvillageplayhouse.ca or follow us on Facebook at North of 7 Film Fest.