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Film festival highlighting women in the director’s chair By Donald Teuma-Castelletti

Fort Coulonge will soon be home to it’s very own film festival, running Aug. 9 – 12 and highlighting a selection of movies directed solely by women. Pictured, organizer Suzanne Vallières-Nollet launches the Festival International du Cinéma des Femmes de Fort Coulonge at an event last September.

For many in the Pontiac, the idea of bringing a film festival to the area may seem a bit absurd – especially because there is neither a cinema or a drive-in within the limits.
But one group has toiled relentlessly to make it possible and soon, Phare Ouest’s Festival International du Cinéma des Femmes de Fort Coulonge will take over the town, bringing with it a selection of seven full-length films, six short movies, seven directors and a variety of coinciding events.
Running Aug. 9 – 12, the festival has one goal for the movie-goers: to expose them to movies they wouldn’t otherwise see, and therefore, themes they may not have experienced, all created by women directors.
But how can the group attract an audience, if the films are something they’ve never heard of?

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