Award winning film maker Matthew Marshall has been named as a board member of the 2018 Chatham-Kent Film Festival. It is an appointment that Marshall feels very humble by. Especially to be part of the organizing committee of something he is very passionate about. Film and film making. Marshall brings over 25 years of experience in film making, in a large variety of positions on film crews. He has a number of films that have won multiple awards as well as continues to make films under his company m & s Marshall Productions.
Chatham-Kent Film Festival (CKFF) is an international film festival. It ran for 2 years from 2013-2014, and then came back in 2017 bigger than ever. In 2017 it was hosted at the cultural heart of Chatham-Kent, the Cultural Center’s Kiwanis Theater. The festival in 2017 showcasing films from established and emerging filmmakers. The highlight was the screening of the Feature Film the Lurking Man by RMR Productions staring Maritza Brikisak. The film and Brikisak took home a number of awards including Best feature film and Best actress (Brikisak). ‘Still Closed’ by Mad Resilience Films took home Best Short film, Best director (Mark Datuin) and Best Cinematography. Marshall’s film Tuned In took home two awards including Best Supporting Actress for Corina Leatherdale and Best Production Design.
The Festival will be returning for the 2018 festival season and has named a number of local film makers to the board to run the show this year. A number of faces will look familiar both in productions Marshall has been a part of as well as from the 2017 edition of the festival. “The festival needed some new blood on the board for it to continue, so myself and a few other of the film makers I work with decided to step up and help run this year’s edition.” says Marshall. The cost is that Marshall and his fellow local film makers will not be able to submit their own projects for judging. “A small price to pay” says Marshall. He feels in not having his films in the festival that it opens the door for other film makers to have a chance at success like he has over the last few years with his films in festivals around the area and the world.
The CKFF welcomes entries from around the world and right from its own backyard of Chatham and surrounding areas. Submission have not opened yet but will very soon. The festival and information about submissions can be found on Film Freeway at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/CKFF and also on the festivals web site http://ckfilmfestival.ca/
Previous winners of awards at CKFF can be found on IMDb.