Hub City Cinema Society president Zachary Tannar said this year’s Cinefest film festival was the group’s most successful to date. (Photo courtesy Dirk Heydemann)

Nanaimo’s Hub City Cinema Society begins new year with open house

Local filmmakers’ group to announce plans for 2019

Nanaimo’s Hub City Cinema Society is beginning the new year with open doors.

On Jan. 12 the local filmmakers’ organization is holding an open house event to help bring in new members and encourage networking. The group will also announce plans for the new year.

HCCS president Zachary Tannar said it’s important for aspiring filmmakers to meet other members of the community because filmmaking is a collaborative process in which everyone relies on one another.

“If anyone’s interested in making movies, they sooner or later will find out that you can’t make a movie just with one person, so you have to find other people to make movies with…” he said. “We bring people together, create opportunities for people to network, to find the cameras, people and the actors that you need to help make your movie possible.”

The organization exists to nurture and empower local filmmakers and the outcome of that work can be seen in the success of its members. The HCCS is coming off a year in which its annual Cinefest film festival was “the biggest success we ever had,” said Tannar, and four local filmmakers had work accepted to the increasingly competitive Vancouver Island Short Film Festival. Tannar said he has higher hopes for 2019.

“From a community standpoint, I’d like to see filmmakers sending their films out to bigger festivals, getting into Victoria or Vancouver International Film Festivals. And then obviously our whole point with Cinefest is we want to create those successes,” he said. “So I want to push those filmmakers to challenge themselves and get bigger.”

WHAT’S ON … HCCS open house takes place at the HCCS Studio, 15 Lois Ln., on Jan. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m.

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