Student Initiatives: Spotlight Charity Film Festival

Kate McDevitt

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Lights, camera, action – Spotlight! Every year since 2013, a council of students interested in film, event planning, and charity work have run the Spotlight Charity Film Festival. Founded by BSS old girl Rebecca Baruch, the purpose of the film festival is to create a space for students across Toronto to share their love for film and the arts, all while raising money to support charities within the local community.   

Spotlight Charity Film festival aims to donate money towards a cause within the community where each council member feels there is a need, and for the past three festivals, Spotlight has donated money to SKETCH. SKETCH is a Toronto based organization that aims to provide homeless youth across the city with artistic opportunities. Last year, Spotlight was able donate an upwards of $7000 to SKETCH, and make an amazing contribution to the charity, undoubtedly helping homeless youths across Toronto.

This year, the Spotlight council has chosen to support a different charity, and all the profit will be going towards Anduhyaun Inc. Anduhyaun Inc. is a charity that strives to provide for indigenous women in Toronto. Originally starting as a hostel in 1968, Anduhyaun Inc. has grown to be much more than just a home for indigenous women in need, as they now support and advocate for indigenous women and children experiencing violence and trauma.

Reflecting on the past successes, the members of the Spotlight council are ready for another great turn out. With a great line up of student made films, each council member is anticipating a fun night filled with great student art. When discussing her thoughts this year’s festival, co-chair Margot Kappele explains, “our council has worked so hard to get a great location, cool auction prizes, and some really well-done films from different schools across the city. I’m definitely looking forward to it and am hoping for another great festival!”

Each year, the council works diligently to contact hundreds of companies to receive donations for the charity auction. Kappele explains how the council spends much of the year is spent reaching out and contacting these companies and brands in order to ensure a great selection of exciting and fresh auction items such as makeup, Toronto Raptors tickets, and much more, and also to organize other important factors such as location, screening equipment, catering, and other decorations.

This year, the Spotlight Charity Film Festival was held at 2nd Floor Events, on April 25th. The committee was able to raise $10,000 in support of Anduhyaun. For a night full of amazing student films, good food, and a superb auction (that all contribute to an amazing cause!), check out the Spotlight Charity Film Festival 2018.

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