Atlantic Film Fest Opening Gala

Pulling up outside Olympic Hall Thursday night, the scene was explosive with large screen projections, red carpet lining the sidewalks and scores of lights penetrating the night sky. It was clear that this was THE spot – the site of the Atlantic Film Festival’s Opening Gala. Inside, disco balls and funky chandeliers hung from the ceiling, roller skates clung to the balcony and DJ T-Woo spun 70s disco tunes, all paying homage to Roller Town, opening night’s feature film starring Halifax’s own Picnicface.

The movie’s roller skating scenes were actually filmed inside Olympic Hall, and at gala night, plenty of the cast were on wheels dressed in retro-glitz. A fusion of people, from producers to directors, actors to writers, film fest volunteers, staff and fans, light technicians to sound crew were all mingling, boogying on the dance floor and chowing down on some good eats, including gourmet popcorn.

Chatting to Torontonians, Colourist Walt Biljan from Red Digital and Sales Executive James Fraser from Technicolor, they were impressed with the Atlantic film fest’s vibe. After spending last week at the Toronto International Film Fest, they commented on how refreshing it was to come to a more down-to-earth, friendly festival that focuses on many Canadian films. ~ Michelle Brunet

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