Film festival planned next year in Bertie County

Published 4:52 pm Tuesday, November 1, 2022

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WINDSOR – A local woman is leading an effort to promote a film festival locally as well as encouraging young people in the area to participate in art of filmmaking.

Patricia Ferguson of Heritage Talent and Pray the Path / PDF Ministries, Inc. announces plans for the inaugural Pecan Pickling Short Film Festival. That event is scheduled for Sept. 9-11, 2023 in Bertie County.

Ferguson said the festival will host some of the most creative films by some of the most promising local, state and national filmmakers. The three-day event will host films of all lengths and genres.

She explained that a typical film festival consists of a series of screenings that take place over the course of a few days.

“The films screened at these festivals includes projects that are rich in a diversity of voices,” Ferguson said. “Heritage Talent Pecan Pickling Short Film Festival will offer burgeoning filmmakers a platform to introduce their work and pursue projects that explore a range of themes to include the addition of a hybrid category. A hybrid category features projects created by youth filmmakers who have teamed up with adult filmmakers to showcase projects using all aspects of film production.”

Film categories include action, animation, documentary, feature, music video, and commercials.

“As the new kids on the creative arts promotion block, Heritage Talent is proud to celebrate the creative arts and showcase local talent, especially in rural and urban centers,” Ferguson said. “The Heritage Pecan Pickling Short Film Festival was founded to address and emphasize the role of prayer and hope as essential tools in overcoming obstacles.”

She added that a short film festival creates an environment that is welcoming for new emerging film makers and creative support staff to produce compelling short films (no less than 5 minutes and under 45 minutes) to include documentaries, animation and hybrids, that explore the role of prayer in untold stories.

Heritage Talent is a bi-coastal local film, TV and billboard company co-founded by Ferguson and inspired by her sons, Daniel and Joshua who are present-day industry leaders, actors and creatives.

“I have a love for film, TV and billboards and a love for promoting and showcasing local talent, furthering a vision to connect the local community with opportunities in the entertainment industry that include performing, visual, creative, conceptual and graphic arts,” she said.

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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