(July 20, 2015 – Vancouver, BC) Frankly we like the logo. It`s the front end of a jet engine held within a frame of film. It says everything about having a captive audience at 35,000 feet enjoying a series of great Canadian shorts selected by a jury that inlcuded a number of Canada`s best filmmakers. It`s the 2015 enRoute Film Festival and it kicks off on July 23rd when this year`s lineup of films will be announced at the Vancity Theatre.
Hosted by eTalk’s Liz Trinnear, all 20 selected shorts will be announced at a free public screening and cocktail at Vancity Theatre on Thursday of this week at 6:30 p.m. PT. The jury for this year`s selection was led by recently Emmy-nominated actor Tatiana Maslany and included, Albert Shin, Catherine O’Hara, François Girard, John Galway (President of Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund) Julie Roy (Executive Producer at the NFB’s French Animation Studio) Ron Mann, Ruba Nadda, Sophie Desmarais and the director and winner of Best Short Film at the 2014 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival, Yassmina Karajah.
“We love giving young, talented filmmakers a platform to show their short films to millions of Air Canada passengers,” said Éric Lauzon, Manager, Multimedia Entertainment at Air Canada. “The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival not only offers the opportunity for filmmakers to screen their work but also to get it in front of top Canadian talent.”
The jury will select the winners, who will each receive an all-inclusive trip for two to the Berlin International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, courtesy of Air Canada. The winner of Best Short Film will also receive $5,000 courtesy of presenting sponsor, Cineplex. All of the films will compete to win prizes for Best Short Film, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Animation, and Achievement in Documentary
Air Canada passengers will be able to view the selected short films on their personal seatback in-flight entertainment system as well as online at enRoutefilm.com. The festival will showcase the films on Air Canada flights around the world from August 1 to December 31, 2015.
Free public screenings will be held in Montreal on Monday November 2, 2015 and in Toronto on Wednesday, November 4. Following the Toronto screening, prizes will be presented at an invitation-only awards celebration.