Guest Author - Lorna London Sloukji
Many people with big Hollywood dreams leave small towns to live in big cities. After all, that's where all the action is, where the talent resides, and where the magic happens. Or is it?
Now, more than ever, smaller communities have realized the significance art and expression have on its residents, lifestyle, and economy, making it more accessible for those with big dreams to nurture them properly.
That's what happened in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada's sixth largest city, but not really known as the "big city." Those that wanted to "make it big" in Mississauga usually ventured to Toronto or Vancouver, should they desire to remain in Canada.
Last year, two brothers from Mississauga named Matt and Jeff Campagna founded the Mississauga Independent Film Festival (MIFF), embracing low-budget films from novice filmmakers who wanted some exposure. It was such a success, that this year, the Campagna brothers were determined to make the event even bigger and better.
"This year, we have even more of an interest from filmmakers, writers, and the general public. Ontarians have seen the success and the hype from last year and are more excited about this year's MIFF," says Matt Campagna. Filmmakers that don't live in a big city will appreciate the recognition and support for their cinematic art, especially those that are just starting out.
"We've noticed that one of the biggest trends this year is that there are much more relatively unknown filmmakers, those that are so eager to get started and need this stepping stone in their career," says Campagna.
Last week, the MIFF director and team announced the final selection of films that will be screened at the festival, occurring July 8-12. The following is the official list of the films that made the final cut:
Real Time- Randall Cole
Left Side of Night- Duo Ma
Gangster Exchange- Dean Bajramovic
MangalSutra- Manjit Singh
Hooked on Speedman- Michelle Ouellet
A Day In The Life- Pasquale M. Veltri
Baby Boots- Hans Olson
Batter Up- Josh Webber
His Good Will- Cayman Grant
Mind Games- Kiran Singh
Monday Morning- Jake Kovnat
Shark Out of Water- Andrew Halliwell
Spek- Alex Hofmann
Stolen- Michael Martins
The Only Possible Outcome- Peter Johnson
The Rocket Man- Laurence Cohen
Annulment- Allan Ungar
Banana Boys- John Du
The Black Mamba- Michael Mercy
Cigarettes Hurt Babies- Adrian Ross Munro
Claire- Colin Cooper
Corn- Brian Hulme
Deadspiel- Jay Molloy
Heroic Bloodshed- Tyler Williams
The Loving Dead- Neal Kansy
Pricks- Steve Passmore
Sleep Lab- Christopher MacBride
Prodigal Trilogy- Jason Hildebrand
Wanted- Tyler Williams
Warrior II- Michael Grand
Learn more about these films, the Campagna brothers, and the Mississauga Independent Film Festival at www.miff.ca.