48-Hour FlickFest to be Named after Mark Boscariol
Visionary founder of WIFF Mark Boscariol was a proud and passionate supporter of local filmmakers.
The 48-Hour FlickFest, an intense, hyperlocal movie-making challenge, is being named in honour of Mark Boscariol, who had the vision, will and work ethic to build the Windsor International Film Festival into the can’t miss event it is today.
“Mark was a long-time supporter of the local arts and he held this event near and dear to his heart,” said Mark’s wife Daena Boscariol. “We are pleased to see this important program of WIFF named in his honour and hope that the Mark Boscariol 48-Hour FlickFest continues to challenge, inspire and bring joy to both participants and audiences for many years to come.”
This year’s 48-Hour FlickFest takes place from Oct. 12-14 and will see neophyte and veteran filmmakers from Windsor and Detroit race against the clock to produce a five-minute movie for a $2,000 cash prize. More information is available online.
“Mark loved movies, but he loved movie-makers even more,” said WIFF Executive Director and Chief Programmer Vincent Georgie. “He reveled in their creativity and he supported their projects, providing funding, encouragement and opportunities, applauding from behind the curtain while they basked in the spotlight.”
A jury of film industry professionals will select the inaugural winner of the Mark Boscariol Best of FlickFest Award. The films will be screened on Nov. 2. A special program of events that evening in tribute to Mark Boscariol will be announced at a later date.
Boscariol was the founder of the Windsor International Film Festival. Founded in 2005, WIFF is the second biggest volunteer-run film festival in Canada and last year sold a record 22,000 tickets, screening 113 films from 20 countries — 25 percent of which were Francophone. The festival now screens film monthly as part of its popular WIFF365 series.
The full WIFF lineup will be released on October 11th.