Members’ postings

Congratulations to member Passia Pandora whose film, imPULSE, was accepted for screening at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.


Trading Democracy is a documentary film on the dangers to our rights and sovereignty from secret agreements like the North American Security Prosperity Partnership (SPP) and the inter-provinical Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA).

Here is a list of footage we need (DV or HDV preferred):

Shots of:
– US Congress, Senate, White House, Pentagon, World Bank, IMF and NSA buildings.
– War footage from Afghanistan – US and/or Canadian troops
– Oil production facilities – Oil pumps, tar sands, pipelines, refineries etc. Preferably Canadian facilities but generic footage could work as well
– Factory farm footage – pesticide spraying etc
– 9/11 footage
– Maps of North America
– Battle of Seattle and FTAA Quebec footage.

As independent filmmakers, we recognize that you need to make a living. We are fund-raising as we are shooting and if at all possible will be very pleased to pay for rights if your footage is used in the film. In all cases, we will certainly cover your costs. If by chance you also know of potential sources of funds, why yes, please let us know!

Thank you for helping us to get this important doc made and out to audiences.

Please reply to MediaNet member Ernie Tomlinson, contact info below.

Interpretive Design
250 390 1047
Cel 729 1778

MediaNet Member website launch.

Ernie Tomlinson, an experienced film-maker and member of Media Net has launched a new website profiling his eclectic abilities. Note on the front page under “Rates” that he has a sliding scale. He says that this can include volunteer work for Media Net members within reasonable limits. Check it out.

Interpretive Design
250 390 1047
Cel 729 1778

Equipment for sale:

For sale is a new condition full Glidecam 4000 Pro Kit. Reduced to $650 OBO
The Glidecam 4000 Pro is a hand-held camcorder stabilizing system designed for cameras weighing from 4 to 10 pounds. Reason for selling is that my 13lb camera is just too heavy for this unit and I’m just not using it.
The kits consists of,
Glidecam 4000 Pro
Glidecam Body-Pod
Glidecam Arm Brace
All weights and extra camera mounting screws included.
Bonus 1 hour session on set up techniques with the buyer of this unit if needed.

More info at the following link

Thank you

John Warnock


Call for Submissions

Nanaimo Global Film Festival 2008

The Nanaimo Global Film Festival Group is a central Vancouver Island coalition of ten peace and social justice groups interested in screening films about the world situation and the Canadian context. Members of the NGFFG believe that a better world is possible and that ordinary people need better information about the world and its systems. In its fifth year, the Global Film Festival will run from February 22 through 24, 2008. It features more than 40 social justice and environmental films from around the world. The festival runs in four theatres at Malaspina University-College in Nanaimo, attracting an audience of more than 600.

Eligibility requirements
To be eligible, films and video art must be independently produced by either Canadian citizens, landed immigrants or Canadian independent production companies. We are looking for current films but will program older releases if they are pertinent to current affairs.

We are accepting submissions under three categories.

The View From Here – documentary features and shorts related to issues of social justice and the environment at a global or local level told from a Canadian perspective,

The Art of Change – single channel or installation media art related to issues of social justice and the environment. Programs of interest include short single channel videos, looped installation programming and mixed media installations.

Children and a Changing World – Canadian film and video programming for children that relates to global issues and how children can become active and make a difference.

There are no submission fees. Films will be juried by the programming committee. Selected films will be paid screening fees for inclusion in the program.

Send a synopsis with a preview copy of the film and a self addressed stamped envelop if you want the preview copy returned.

Send Submissions to:
Nanaimo Global Film Festival
Box 1093 Stn A Nanaimo BC

Deadline for Submissions:
November 1st, 2007.

Victoria Film Festival hosts Intro to Short Filmmaking Workshops in preparation for MyVictoria video competition

MyVictoria, a free video competition is under way.

MyVictoria is a video competition to create a 1 minute film about
what most affects and interests you about living in the Capital.
Choose your medium, whether it’s with a video camera, digital camera
or cell phone.

Intro to Short Filmmaking Workshops

If you wish to learn some basic film techniques for free then sign up
for ‘Intro to Shorts’ – Filmmaking Workshops. The Victoria Film
Festival programmer Donovan Aikman will be hosting 3 workshops.
Thursdays at 7.00pm: October 25, November 8, November 29.

email: or check out our website:

Victoria Arts Connection: Call for Youth Art for Passport to the Arts 2007
Deadline for submission November 3, 2007, deadline to hand in work, November 6, 2007

Art exhibition will take place November 30, 2007 to January 26, 2008
Come to Passport to the Arts, November 30- December 1 for a chance to win prizes.
Everyone gets a free book!

Download the entry form at

Event: A Passport to the Arts Youth Festival
Dates: Nov 30-Dec 1, 2007
Hours: Fri Nov 30 7-9pm; Sat Dec 1st 12pm-4pm.
Cost: $5
Location: Victoria Arts Connection
110-2750 Quadra Street (northwest of Hillside), Victoria, BC V8T 4E8
t. 250-477-9089



Interest Groups

Soundscape Challenge Interest Group with Pamela Millar
(For MediaNet members only. FREE but must register with MediaNet )

Documentary Interest Group
Every second Sunday, next meeting TBA.



All workshops (except where noted): $5 for members (for MediaNet or Cinevic members unless otherwise noted), $25 general public.
Registration and Info: 381-4428.

Tues October 9, 7 to 9 PM
Introduction to Garage Band with Ryan Bresser
Member Ryan Bresser will take you through the ins and outs of using this most versatile program. Learn to use loops and to record instruments and voice for your video project, installation, or podcast.

Music Composition for Film and Video
Musician Ryan Bresser will cover the basics of music composition for film and video touching on theory, practice and practicality
(Dates to be announced)

By member request a series of 3 workshops to familiarize you with MediaNet equipment

Sunday 7 October 1-4
MediaNet cameras and basic cinematography
(For MediaNet members only. $5)

Sunday 14 October 1-4
MediaNet lights and lighting tools – Basic lighting techniques with Kirk Schwartz
(For MediaNet members only. $5)

Sunday, October 21, 1 – 4 pm
MediaNet microphones and mixers – basic audio techniques
(For MediaNet members only. $5)

Monday October 22 7-9 pm
Digital Still Composition and Basics with Passia Pandora

Sunday, October 28, 1 – 5 pm
Activist Video workshop with Richard Boyce
$25 members, $60 general public

Saturday, November 17, 9 to 5 pm
Mini Doc in an all Day workshop with
Rick Searle and Kirk Schwartz (participants will shoot and edit a short doc in one day)
$25 members, and $60 for General Public

Watch for more workshop announcements on the tech and workshop blog


Eric Martin Pavilion
Hot Fuzz
October 8, 6:30 pm
in the 1900 block of Fort St. Pop & popcorn at ridiculously low prices.

Open Space Artist Run Center
Presents : Squirm
Larissa Fassler and Bettina Hoffmann Screenings
Opening: Friday, October 5, 8pm
Artists’ talks: Saturday, October 6, 12 noon
Venue: Open Space 510 Fort St.

Open Space presents Squirm, provoking video screenings from two engaging international artists. Visual artists Larissa Fassler and Bettina Hoffmann create fictionalized social conditions, which they then photograph and / or videotape. The resulting work opens disconcerting insight into the habits of interaction among friends, families and communities.

Open Space Arts Society
510 Fort St.
Victoria, BC
V8W 1E6

V 250-383-8833

Open Space and the Victoria Conservatory of Music are also hosting an opening of work by sound artist Gordon Monahan (Toronto, Berlin).

Opening and Artist Talk: A Very Large Vinyl LP Constructed in Acoustic Space
Friday, October 5, 7:30 pm
Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music
Tickets: By donation

Thursday, Oct 18 2007 5:30 pm in the JELLYFISH LOUNGE, 1140 Government St. Wine and munchies provided.

HollyNorth Production Supplies, as part of BC Film Industry Week ( – Oct. 21-28th) will be hosting:
The Second Annual Film Industry Equipment Swap
Sunday October 21st, 2007

11am to 3pm – 3735 East 1st Avenue (just East of Boundary Road)

Contact for more information, or to display.

This event is a green initiative designed to raise the awareness of local equipment supplies to maximize utilization of locally sourced equipment and production services, encourage recycling and donation of older or unwanted equipment, and to encourage re-use by providing a free “Swap Event”. We will provide tents, tables, and additional support to assist in displaying local innovations, items for sale or rent, services, and of course, in the spirit of “Swap” encourage film and theatrical workers to sell off used supplies and equipment.

We our inviting all industry stakeholders to participate in this event, by displaying a trade booth, or information table to help spread the word on progressive programs and to provide examples of current “green” applications to encourage greater participation in lowering the environmental impact of our industry, while increasing demand for local goods and services. Our hope is to reach the grassroots, “below the line” participants in the film, television, theatrical and entertainment production sectors – providing a casual and fun forum to meet and discuss local issues, and possibly grab some great bargains!

Erin Neely
HollyNorth Production Supplies Ltd.
(604) 299-2000 tel.
(604) 299-2009 fax


OPEN CINEMA is a non-profit society dedicated to exploring the innovative use of film as a tool for social engagement and a catalyst for grassroots action.

OPEN CINEMA’s 5th Season of thought-provoking films, food and discussion launches on Tuesday October 9th 2007.
5th Season Highlights include: Crystal Fear, Crystal Clear (Nov 5th & 6th), Corporations in the Classroom (Nov 20th & 21st), Breaking Ranks (Jan 29th and 30th 2008)

In addition to our regular cafe screenings at Hermann’s Jazz Club, don’t miss our Spotlight on BC Women Filmmakers series, starting in November – offering free screenings and intergenerational discussion for youth and senior audiences, with filmmaker in attendance. In partnership with The Power of Hope (

Open Cinema is currently looking for volunteers.
For more info on volunteer opportunities or upcoming screenings please contact

UVIC Visual Arts- visiting artists lecture series

For those of you interested in video art and photography, UVIC has some interesting talks by international artists lined up for the fall.
Wednesday, October 10, visual artist and photographer Estela Jara Dorantes from Mexico will come and present slides of her work in the MacLauren building room D116 at 8pm.
Wednesday October 24, Vancouver photographer Stan Douglas will talk about his photographs and video installations in the Elliot building, room 168, at 8pm.
All lectures are free.
for more information, contact coordinator Ingrid Percy



#106 – 2750 Quadra
Victoria, BC V8T 4E8
tel: (250) 381-4428


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