“Organizers are more than pleased” by the public response to the first edition of the Knowlton Film Festival, August 16-19.

Almost 1,000 people from the Town of Brome Lake and beyond watched 10 features and 20 short films in French and English over four days at Knowlton’s Theatre Lac Brome, said creators, theatre Director General Nicholas Pynes, cultural industry veteran Michèle Bazin and former Montreal Gazette Film Critic John Griffin after the event.

Though numbers were still being crunched, it appears the festival broke even. The opening night reception and screening of First Nation film Indian Horse sold out the 150 seat venue, and succeeding films in the eclectic program were also well attended.

Initial feedback has been positive on every level, organizers said, with audiences of every age and background.

Plans are already afoot to hold a second edition, Aug. 22 to 25, 2019.