Purple Field Productions Director, Elspeth Waldie, attended the Picture this … film festival in Calgary last week in order to accept the Dodie Spittal Award for the PFP/CRP production, Radio Bhai.
The award, which was created in memory of Dodie Spittal – a long-term and tireless worker on behalf of disabled people – is presented to the film considered to make a major contribution to the disability community.
The festival this year received some eighty entries from as far afield as Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Italy, Poland, Spain, the USA and the United Kingdom.
Following the Gala Night on 7th February, Elspeth also took part in a programme for internet television.
A full screening of Radio Bhai took place on Wednesday 11th February, when it was used as the finale for the festival. Elspeth was delighted with the response that it received.
The Picture this … film festival will now go “on the road”, with the result that Radio Bhai will be shown throughout the province of Alberta, and possibly in other provinces and countries, as part of a travelling exhibition.
At Centre Marembo in Rwanda, a further group of ten young film students have recently graduated and are now considered qualified to train others in filmmaking.
An award ceremony was hosted at Centre Marembo with guests of honour including the Director General of Culture for the Ministry of Youth and the Culture and Executive Secretary of the Gasabo District
The filmmaking course was initiated and set up by PFP in association with rYico, and, at present, PFP continue to support the salary of the trainer. However, by this summer, the graduates plan to be generating enough income to make the group self-sustaining,
The new training course for the Wheelchair Users’ Film Group at CRP in Bangladesh started on the 29th January.
At this first class, the recently appointed PFP trainer, Bayezid Kamal, discussed different views of filmmaking and the technical aspects involved. He also provided a short history of the film industry. It was most important, he said, that group members watch more movies and study the techniques employed.
The four members of the Wheelchair Users’ Film Group – Minu, Rooma, Riaz and Sabitha – all seemed delighted with the opportunity that this new course provides.