Blowing Audiences Away in Wind-Powered Screening Rooms

Eight locations are screening some mind-blowing films during this year's Guelph International Film Festival (GIFF). The festival is getting a gust of support from Selectpower Inc. who is supplying enough emission-free wind energy to power all eight screening rooms.

Blowing Audiences Away in Wind-Powered Screening Rooms

Selectpower donates wind energy to power film festival

November 1, 2005 - Eight locations are screening some mind-blowing films during this year's Guelph International Film Festival (GIFF). The festival was resurrected three years ago by the Guelph International Resource Centre, and is getting a gust of support from Selectpower Inc.. In addition to sponsoring the festival, Selectpower is supplying enough emission-free wind energy to power all eight screening rooms.

"Each year I have attended the festival and the films blow my mind. They tackle so many different social and environmental issues," said Hare. "GIRC and Selectpower are working to raise awareness and educate people about these issues, and what better way to 'walk the talk' than to use Selectwind' to power the festival?"

Selectpower measures how much electricity is used at each location (Old Quebec Street, The Bookshelf Cinema, The e-bar, Ed Video, Dean Palmer Photography, Chalmers United and Norfolk United Churches, and the Guelph Public Library) and puts the equivalent amount of Selectwind' into Ontario's power grid. So any power drawn from the grid as the projectors start rolling is offset by the amount of wind energy donated by Selectpower.

"The Guelph International Film Festival is thrilled to once again run the festival on wind power," says GIRC representative Sheryl Spencer. "When so many of our films address issues of justice and environmental concern throughout the planet, we must do our part in our own community to leave as little environmental footprint as possible."

During the festival, over 1600 kWh (kilowatt hours) of coal-generated electricity will be replaced by clean, renewable wind power. Using Selectwind' instead of coal-generated power prevents over 1.4 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), 9 kg of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and 5 kg of Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) from being emitted into the air we breathe.

"We're hoping that by using wind energy to power the festival, people will be inspired to use it in their homes," says Selectpower marketing manager Stacey Hare. "As more people choose Selectwind', we can reduce our reliance on coal-fired plants and encourage more wind generation in Ontario."

The Guelph International Film Festival will run from November 4 to 6, showcasing a compelling selection of feature films, documentaries, short films and programming for children.

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