Filmfort is quickly coming of age and organizers of its 2016 edition say they want to further embed the cinema showcase into its parent festival Treefort, slated for March 23-27.
“I think it’s a really nice way to get people out in the festival environment who may not be attracted to going out and seeing bands, but may want to be apart of the energy of the festival,” said Filmfort Director Jordan Noel Hawkes. “Our goal is to really help celebrate the spirit of Treefort with the films we have planned.”
To date, Filmfort 2016 has confirmed four documentaries for the festival (Havana Motor Club, Pelota, The Power of Glove, and Genderations) with more to be announced in February.
“We have a really awesome collection of films and I really can’t wait to release this to everybody else,” said Hawkes. “We’re still looking for a few more, and some of these screenings will be happening at The Flicks on Friday and Saturday of the festival. I think it’s a really nice way to merge the Treefort audience with The Flicks audience.”
Hawkes is pulling double-duty; she's also the director of Hackfort, a technology festival featuring panel discussions, workshops and guest speakers. She chose the film to celebrate both the art and technology aspects of the festival.
This year Filmfort offers a unique integration with the Treefort music festival while engaging under 21 audiences into festivities this year through partnering with Boise Rock School.
“We really wanted to use the momentum generated around Treefort to create something where these younger people could feel like they’re apart of it and could interact with the creativity in a different way,” Hawkes said. “They’ll be able to create a music video with some of these musicians.”
Hawkes is not only working to build bridges between Filmfilm, Hackfort and Treefort, but is connecting it with Storyfort as well through an event called Story to Screen.
“With Story to Screen, we are collaborating with Christian Winn who runs Storyfort. We’re getting together people who write. Some of them are writers who started writing for the screen and others are novelists who started writing literature and ended up working into writing for the screen.”
The workshop with local artists will be analyzing the development of a story and how these different types of writing work within the film process, and how they work to inform one another.
“This is a pretty cool microcosm of what’s happening in the world of writing, and we’ve definitely got a lineup of talented people to reflect on the different type of writing they’ve done and how it has interacted with film,” Hawkes said.
Hawkes said she has been impressed with the amount of talent surrounding Filmfort this year and hopes the festival will continue to grow.
“I hope it can become some kind of calling card for Idaho, that people will see this and say ‘Wow, not only do they have an amazing music festival, but they’ve got this really nice film festival that goes along with it,’” Hawkes said.
The afternoon starts with a forum, where students grades can handle professional cameras and editing equipment, get advice from experts about creating short films, and possibly win scholarships for JUMP classes and programs.
Proceeds from ticket sales go to Bogus Basin ski teams, education and safety groups, including Recreation Unlimited—a program that adapts snow sports for people with physical and developmental disabilities.