The third Regina International Film Festival will see some changes.
Today, at the Hotel Saskatchewan, the RIFFA announced some big moves, one of them being the changing of the trophy design.
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A new trophy has been commissioned, for reasons, explained best by Dr. Philip Charrier, a member of the RIFFA Board of Directors.
“When we began to meet and discuss the upcoming festival after the last one, the Me Too movement was becoming quite significant,” he said. “There’d already been certain amount of discussion about whether a statue that consists of a naked female body is appropriate at all, but also, appropriate in changing times.”
“So we had a very fruitful discussion that, I think, got well beyond what form the statue should be, but what the festival means, what it represents, what we want to be saying to the audience, to the world about Regina and our festival.”
Charrier said having a figure that was evidently human, but not evoking any gender or cultural background was a better indication of where they saw themselves going forward.
Another important piece of discussion regarded the emergence of Saskatchewan and the city of Regina as cinematic powerhouses on the international stage.
That, according to President and CEO John Thimothy, is one area where there is room to grow, and they’re starting to show it in their jury outreach.
“The reason why we do have such a renowned panel of juries is they have a huge international relevance and they come from different countries,” he noted. “Each one (jurer) has millions of followers.”