Nickel Independent Film Festival begins today

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Film buffs of all ages will have the opportunity to enjoy the Nickel Independent Film Festival which begins today in St. John's.
The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
Tourism Minister Terry French will attend this evening's opening at the LSPU Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
"Since 2001, the Nickel Independent Film Festival has provided a means for local filmmakers to showcase their work to a variety of audiences," French said in a news release.
"I congratulate the festival organizers as they celebrate their 10th anniversary and wish them continued success for the next 10."
The provincial government has provided $14,000 in operational support to the Nickel Independent Film Festival - a $4,000 increase over 2009 funding levels - through its Cultural Economic Development Program (CEDP).
"The funding we receive from the provincial government ensures that the Nickel can continue to support our filmmakers by, first and foremost, showing the films they create to audiences across the province," said Ruth Lawrence, executive director of the Nickel Independent Film Festival.
"For our 10th anniversary, we have taken a look back; we held a retrospective screening of 10 films from the last 10 years of the Nickel in May; at this year's festival we will have an archival photo display, and we are currently working on compiling a comprehensive list of all the film, new media, and television projects created here since our inception. We also look to the future with the development of a new website to improve our service to Nickel filmmakers and audiences."
For more information about the Nickel Independent Film Festival, including schedules for screenings and workshops, visit: www.nickelfestival.com

Geographic location: St. John's

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