CAFF launches in Prince Edward County with THE PEASANTS

Prince Edward County (PEC)’s only film festival, the County
Adaptation Film Festival (CAFF) will host its first gala screening on May 4, 2024 at the historic
Regent Theatre in Picton, Ontario as a preview event to its festival this coming September.
The conversation begins on May 4 with a screening of Hugh Welchman and DK Welchman’s
THE PEASANTS. Like the festival to come, this special engagement will feature an exclusive
conversation with artists and an exciting activation which invites the audience to consider
the art of adaptation. Alongside the screening, CAFF will also reveal the full festival branding,
introduce the festival’s participating venues and programming partners and share the full
festival schedule.
THE PEASANTS is an adaptation of Władysław Reymont’s Nobel Prize-winning novel CHŁOPI.
Utilizing the painted animation audiences came to know in LOVING VINCENT, THE
PEASANTS was hand-painted by over 200 artists in four studios in Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine
and Serbia over five years of production. Originally shot with actors, the artists put brush to
canvas to create oil paintings that would become the frames in the film. Animators then
worked to supplement the paintings to create the final product.
The preview event will feature an exhibition of original oil paintings created for the film, a
virtual introduction by the filmmakers and a post-show discussion with one of the film’s
creative team. Paintings will have been selected for exhibition in partnership with the event’s
title sponsor Oeno Gallery.
“Aside from being a visually stunning film, and a creative feat involving thousands of
paintings and hundreds of artists, THE PEASANTS encapsulates the spirit of adaptation that
our festival seeks to explore,” said Alexandra Seay, Co-founder & Artistic Director of CAFF. “Our
festival invites audiences to think about the process of adaptation in all forms; in this case,
from page to screen and from live action on greenscreen to oil on canvas. The film presents a
jumping-off point for a multi-faceted conversation. I am utterly thrilled to be able to bring the
physical paintings to Picton. Consider this a taste of things to come in September.”
Hugh Welchman will provide a virtual introduction to the film. But the evening’s in-person
guest will be Monika Folkierska-Zukowska who served on THE PEASANTS as a director’s
assistant, a visual effects artist, and a script supervisor. Ms. Folkierska-Zukowska will
participate in an exclusive on-stage conversation on the process of adapting the film and the
many visual influences on the painting.

CAFF is a project of Picton’s Regent Theatre. The festival advisory committee includes
Michèle Maheux, Hussain Amarshi, Tim Smythe-Bishop & Devyani Saltzman. The planning
team features The Regent Theatre’s Executive Director, Alexandra Seay as Co-Founder and
Artistic Director and John Galway of Corrib Entertainment as Festival Producer.
CAFF is proudly supported by its core funder, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and founding
partner The Royal Hotel.
Venue and programming partners for the full festival will be announced on May 4. The 2024
edition of CAFF will take place from September 27-29, 2024.
Tickets to the May gala screening of THE PEASANTS are available now and can be purchased
at the Regent Theatre box office or online here. 7PM screening with discussion following.
Tickets $24 including tax and fees.

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About CAFF:
The County Adaptation Film Festival (CAFF) is completely dedicated to the art of adaptation.
The raison d’etre is to put screenwriters in the spotlight and in conversation with each other.
Located two hours outside of Toronto in Prince Edward County – with a beautiful heritage
cinema, gourmet food, award-winning wines and the support of a luxury hotel, the Festival
promises a top-tier and inspiring experience for our invited guests.
About the Regent Theatre:
The Regent Theatre Foundation, is a registered charity which owns and operates the historic
Regent Theatre founded in 1918. The Regent is the oldest and only purpose-built
entertainment venue in Prince Edward County. It is a cultural landmark that presents
independent cinema, first-run films and a wide range of live events all year round.

For more information, please contact:
Ally LaMere-Shedden
Route 504 PR
ally@route504pr.com

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