The Hollywood North Film Festival is asking Quinte West council to promote and create awareness for the upcoming July event within the community.
Monday night, festival director Jacob Cote provided council with an overview of the three day event held last year that featured 50 films both national and local in Belleville, Trenton and Picton.
Cote said they aren’t looking for any financial backing but they are looking to grow, reach out to the community and addressing council was one avenue of doing that.
Councillors Sally Freeman and Alan DeWitt both suggested reaching out to other local film festivals such as the Belleville downtown Docfest to create a regional film fest.
Cote pointed to the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Trenton film history adding the collaboration makes sense because it’s something they want to be involved with.
Victor Cooper a local film maker and 2016 HNFF judge also took to the podium stating that the area is home to a vibrant film making community.
He told council how his recent film Mercy premiered at the previous festival and has been appreciated abroad. He added even the critics agreed the Quinte area is rich in talent.
Cooper also took the time to promote his new film The Woodsmen adding it will stay local as well.
The event is slated for July 15 to 17.
More event details can be found at www.hnff.ca