Story and photos by Caleb Nickerson –
Over the weekend, film buffs, directors, bohemians and locals all ventured out into the unknown and experienced a new addition into the summer calendar in Fort Coulonge: a women’s film festival.
The first ever Festival international du Cinéma des Femmes de Fort-Coulonge kicked off on Thursday night with a full house at the Adult Education Centre where the majority of screenings were held. All weekend, the films were free of charge but participants were invited to attend various meals and other extra-curriculars as well.
The Equity caught up with organizer Suzanne Vallières-Nollet on Sunday afternoon once the festival had wrapped up.
“I feel like all the pressure is going down, so I might sleep tonight, but we still have all the [teardown] to do,” she said with a laugh.
She said the idea was sparked while she was organizing monthly movie screenings with Phare Ouest and noticed a lack of female representation.
“We realized that we weren’t screening enough women directors, so we started to question our reflex of how we choose the movies,” she explained.
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