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The ninth annual Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival will be taking place next week at North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church.

 Coordinator for the event, Paul Boge, said that the event features cool, clean, and compelling films from around the world. "We have six different rooms that we convert into theatres for this festival."

Filmmakers come and speak to the audiences about their films.

The Real to Reel Film Festival starts February 19th to the 24th. There are films for every taste and age from cartoons, to documentaries, to feature films.

Boge said the cost is nominal at $5.00 per day or $15.00 for the week, and for families, the cost is $15.00 per day or $30.00 per week.

Showtimes are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings. Saturday and Sunday are in the afternoons and evenings.

"Our gate attendance last year was about 3500," Boge said. The attendance for each film can range anywhere from 30 to 300.

Boge suggests coming about 20 minutes earlier on the  Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings to ensure to get a seat as they tend to be busier times.

If you come hungry there are concessions available with hot dogs, chilli, chips, popcorn and drinks, as well as gluten-free food.

Boge said that at the end of each film, there is a balloting system. "The audience actually votes for all the awards at the festival. So the awards show is on Sunday evening at 8:30 and at the end of every film, people get to vote on that particular film. In addition to that, we get really good Facebook comments and other social media comments. People love it. People have made best friends by standing in line at the Festival and they just get in a conversation with the person standing beside them."

Boge said that if you're an aspiring actor or filmmaker you can talk to some filmmakers that will be there.

For more information on the Festival, visit the Winnipeg Film Festival website.


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