Filmmaker returns to Selkirk College roots for festival in Castlegar

Todd Smee, who grew up in Castlegar, has been making films since he was a young kid, and has always had a passion for filmmaking.

Todd Smee, who grew up in Castlegar, has been making films since he was a young kid, and has always had a passion for filmmaking.

A former Selkirk College English student, Smee transferred his Selkirk College course credits from the School of University Arts and Sciences towards an associate degree in film from the Northwest Film Centre in Portland, Oregon. He also has an industry certificate from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood.

After high school graduation Todd received a full scholarship to the Gulf Islands Film and Video School on Galiano Island where he wrote and directed his own segment for a short film entitled Outline. The film went on to be nominated for numerous awards at the Eye Lens Film Festival in Vancouver and Todd won the award for best editing. That same year it competed at the DOXA Documentary Film Fest.

In 2001, Mean Anything was selected for the NYC Mix Experimental Film Festival.

In 2010, Smee moved to Los Angeles to complete his studies. He made several films including two commercials. His final project in school was showcased upon graduation at the Wiltern Theater. While still in school Smee won an internship with DNA films, specializing in video and commercials.

One of his short films, Voltage, has recently been short-listed by the Misty Moon International Film Festival in London.

Selkirk College’s School of University Arts and Sciences is proud to host the first Todd Smee Film Festival to be held on November 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Sentinel 113 lecture theatre (301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar campus). Admission is $2 by donation at the door.

For more information call 250-365-4826.

 

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