The fourth annual Reel Peach Festival film festival returns as part of the 71st annual Penticton Peach Festival this Aug. 8 to 12 at the Peters Brothers main stage in Okanagan Lake Park.
"Every year we get amazed by the talented filmmakers showcasing local events, products or people," said Peach Festival president Don Kendall. "The films have been well received and expand the entertainment value and diversity of our signature festival in Penticton."
Film makers can submit one to three minute short films in one of two categories.
Liquid Libations: any film short concerning Okanagan wine, craft beer, distillery, cider, or juice/soda.
Okanagan Experience: any film short showcasing an Okanagan experience (such as but not limited to arts and culture or tourism)
Prize money for each category:
Prize money for first $1,000 (plus weekend getaway to The Penticton Lakeside Resort)
Prize money for second $500
Prize money for third $250
Fan's Choice $250 gift basket
Typically each night of Peachfest after 9 p.m. and before the main act plays (while the stage is being set up) there is no entertainment, as it is too dark. With the Big Screen available onsite the ReelPeachFest is an opportunity to engage the thousands of people in Okanagan Lake Park.
"For a filmmaker to showcase their work in front of 5,000-plus people is very attractive, add in social media exposure for fan choice, and cash prizing we look forward to some great submissions again," said organizer Andrew Jakubeit. "We don’t always take the time to celebrate the region we live in and share authentic stories of people, places and things that make us smile, laugh, or feel a sense of pride. We live in such a beautiful area with multiple offerings and experiences for locals and visitors, plus with a burgeoning libations industry we need to showcase what we have at our doorstep."
The festival is open to professionals and wannabe filmmakers.
"There is a very vibrant and active arts community in our region and with today's technology it is now easier than ever to create your epic masterpiece. We encourage everyone to get their ideas and friends together and submit," said Jakubeit.
Festival entry deadline will be Aug 5. For more information please visit www.reelpeachfest.com
* Submissions to be family friendly – TV commercial content (no nudity, swearing, excessive violence, etc)