CRAIK—Until her granddaughter won an award at it, Steff Schneider says she’d never heard of the Sundance Film Festival.
Nor has Steff seen Indie Game: The Movie a feature film created by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky. The pair won the best editing award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Pajot is the daughter of Remi and Debra (Schneider) Pajot of Winnipeg and granddaughter of Ken and Steff Schneider of Craik.
Members of the Schneider clan and most Canadians will have a chance to watch the film, which for one night only, on May 3, is headed to theatres across Canada, including Cineplex movie theatres in Regina and Saskatoon.
Steff says she won’t be able to attend, but will soon catch a glimpse of the movie because Pajot has promised to send a DVD to Craik.
Indie Game: The Movie tells the story of four independent video game designers, who rather than work for major game developers, work independently to conceive, design and program video games with hopes they will become a success.
Pajot and Swirksy spent over a year gathering stories from indie game developers all over North America and did all the producing, directing, cinematography, editing and writing for the feature film.
Theirs was one of nearly 12,000 submissions to the Sundance Film Festival and one of 200 films selected for exhibition. More than 50,000 people attend screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. This year’s festival took place from Jan. 19 to 29.
To win an award at the Festival, which recognizes and celebrates the efforts of independent filmmakers around the world, is a pretty big deal.
“You better believe I’m proud of her,” Steff says.
She hasn’t been able to speak with Pajot, who’s busy making the rounds of film festivals and games conferences.
“She’s on tour now at 15 cities in the States,” Steff says.