Calgarians challenge filmmakers worldwide to put self-isolation to creative use with Quarantine International Film Festival

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With most filmmakers presumably locked in self-isolation like the rest of us, it may seem like a strange time to put a call out for new films to be featured in a new film festival.

But for Calgary friends Siobhan Cooney and Spencer Streichert, that was exactly the point.

The two actors, filmmakers and neighbours were hanging out on March 14 and dealing with the bummer news that an indie film project Streichert had been working on earlier that day was shut down due to the spread of COVID-19. So the two began thinking about the plight of artists throughout the world: The lost income, the disappointing cancellations and all that untapped creativity going to waste.

“We wanted to create something that could be used as an outlet for creative people who were in the same situation as the both of us,” said Streichert.

“As an artist, when something like that happens, it’s devastating for two reasons,” adds Cooney. “One, your income is now cancelled and it’s already hard enough to pay your bills as an artist. On top of that, you put a lot of heart into it and a lot work into it.”

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