MEDIANET NEWS May 22, 2008

OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri 9 am – 2 pm, Sat 9 am – noon
(250) 381-4428


Friday Night! Off the Grid art crawl
5-11pm, various locations

The Off the Grid art crawl is a once-a-year event when local galleries and artist-run centres open their doors to the public for an evening of diverse programming.
Several arts centres are participating:
The Ministry of Casual Living
MediaNet (and at the Phantom Art Gallery across from the Community Arts Council)
The Slide Room Gallery
Deluge Contemporary Art
The Project Arts Community
The Fifty Fifty Arts Collective
Open Space

Open Space will also host the closing party at 11pm.

MediaNet will be holding a Podcast and Video Salon at 7pm-
Come by and celebrate the launch of our new podcast and watch films without sound from our Images Alone installation.
(To subscribe to the podcast, go to the itunes store, search for “MediaNet podcast” and subscribe for free)

This is also the opening night of the Images Alone installation, a multi-screen video installation of silent works created by MediaNet members. The films will be played at MediaNet on the 23, and  the installation will be located at the Phantom Gallery, across from the Community Arts Council, (G6 1001 Douglas St.) from May 23-27.



Upcoming workshops

Workshops on MediaNet equipment:
These workshops  provide an opportunity for members to ask technical questions about the equipment. They are strongly recommended for anyone desiring more knowledge about our cameras, lights or sound.
Technical Director Kirk Schwartz will guide you through the proper use and capabilities of MediaNet’s equipment in these hands-on workshops.
Please contact Kirk or Catlin at if you would like to attend.

Saturday May 31, 12-3pm: Sound

MediaNet  has a year’s subscription to, an internet software training site.  You can sign in from the members account on the surfing computer or the edit station in the main office. Come in and check out the multimedia training on (FCP, Soundtrack, Flash, Photoshop). The username is and the member account will automatically fill in the password. To reserve a time, contact Catlin or Kirk.

Members’ links on the  MediaNet website
See who has their own web site and then send Kirk a reminder to link to your page from MediaNet’s member and friends page at

MediaNet member looking to buy a high 8 camera for dubbing purposes.
Contact Dianne Searle at 598-0612 or
MediaNet member willing to provide Green/Blue screens for productions

I have two dual green/blue screen backgrounds measuring 5’x7′ which I’m willing to lend Media Net members provided I am involved in the production – I want the experience of using them in real settings, and then working with the resulting footage.

Contact: Chris Gower-Rees 744-1979.

MediaNet member is selling a Manfroto 525P tripod W/503 Head. The Manfroto system is in mint condition and is less than half price;  $450.00
The original purchase invoice comes with it.
Contact Don at  472-2226 or

Sony Hi Def FX1 video camera
asking $4000
Manfrotto Head and Tripod
asking $500
contact Russ at 656-5133


4th Annual Dance for the Camera, Summer Intensive Program
July 21 to August 2, 2008

Victoria B.C., Canada

Deadline for application has been extended to June 12

DFTC 2008 is a unique opportunity for established and emerging choreographers, filmmakers, videographers, dancers and visual artists to explore dance/movement for the camera under the mentorship of award winning choreographer, filmmaker, curator, educator and recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), Ellen Bromberg.

DFTC’s participants are individually assisted while exploring the technical, practical and artistic challenges involved in producing a dance/movement video. Works will be publicly screened on the last night of the workshop.


$1300 Canadian total
$700 Can. total for B.C. residents

Please send deposit of $100 by APPLICATION DEADLINE

For more information, go to our website: (also linked to the MediaNet website

We are also looking for dancers for the program. Please go to the website and click on “call for dancers.”

The Engaged Body: Live Art/Performative Video
June 21
The Engaged Body is a week-long intensive workshop focusing on live performance art and performative video, taught by respected educator and performance artist, Judith Price.

Participants will receive mentoring, feedback and technical assistance while producing performance art pieces and performative video in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Each Participant will leave the workshop with his or her original video project, and works will be publicly screened on the last night of the workshop.

$600 (Canadian) total
$100 deposit should be sent with application form

For more information, please contact program coordinator, Catlin Lewis
(250) 381-4428
One Minute Challenge take 2
June 4, 7pm at The Project, 614 1/2 Fisgard
Following on the success of our first One Minute challenge, MediaNet is again looking for the best and brightest one-minute films, videos and sound pieces.
Our suggested theme is “Secrets.”
For more info, contact

Unreal Victoria
August 7-13, 2008

Submission deadlines: July 7 for documentation of 3D and installation work
July 22 for films/videos and August 4 at noon for jpegs of photographic work.

We are looking for images that are surreal, unreal and super-real to be exhibited at the Community Arts Council.
Send us your videos, photographs, three dimensional works and installations. Prizes will be awarded and members will receive volbucks.

Please contact Kirk or Catlin at  ph. 381-4428
or mail submissions to:
#106 – 2750 Quadra
Victoria, BC V8T 4E8
EDGES FESTIVAL – Deadline September 1st

MediaNet is pleased to announce its 4th edition of the “edges” media art festival, scheduled for Nov 13-16, 2008.  The deadline for submissions will be September 1st, 2008.  Got to the website for more information and a submission form:
“edges” is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Vantage Point on-line magazine

In celebration of this year’s On Common Ground conference in Kelowna, the next issue of Vantage Point will focus on works and writings by and about First Nations media artists. I invite everyone to submit writings dealing with personal explorations, interviews and reviews, historical and critical debates and art theory.

Artist fees will be paid for works published.

Contact: Catlin Lewis, Editor
381-4428 or
To view current issue, go to MediaNet homepage and click on Vantage Point

ViFPA members will be meeting for the final mixer before summer, on Wednesday May 28, at the Collard Room at Swan’s.
Mixer is at 5:30. All are welcome.

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is looking for  projectionists for
May 29-Sept 7, 3.5 hrs a day for the exhibit:

Althea Thauberger:  Chelsea Girls

Using Andy Warhol’s 1966 film, Chelsea Girls as a conceptual starting point, Vancouver based artist Althea Thauberger creates a film collaboration with the residents of a Victoria apartment building. In the original work, episodes took place within New York’s Chelsea Hotel.  Thauberger’s homage follows the original in format and construction, but addresses more urgent contemporary themes, inviting the performers themselves to contribute content of political, social, or personal importance.  Chelsea Girls is a commissioned project created especially for the Art Gallery during the artists’ residency this spring; the project is presented in conjunction with Andy Warhol: Larger than Life.

The Art Gallery is looking for a projectionist for the daily screenings at 11am and 1pm from May 29th to September 7. The shift is 3.5hrs a day at $16/hr, 7 days a week.

If you are interested, please contact:

Tania Muir
Education Program Coordinator
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
250.384.4171 extension 288


West Coast Screenwriting Presents:
Nuts & Bolts: screenwriting workshops
WHEN:       June 2, 9, 16, 23. WHERE:       CineVic, 2022 Douglas St.
COST:        $225
4 Mondays in June, in four dynamic 3-hour sessions, Vancouver Island screenwriters Keith Digby and Brian Paisley will cover elements of story structure, creating a strong central character, writing dialogue, writing the action line, structuring the scene, marketing, making industry connections, contests…

For more about Keith, Brian and the workshop curriculum visit or contact Keith Digby:  250-743-2439   e-mail:
Sponsored by Cinevic and Victoria Film Commission
Screenwriting Workshop- They Ruined It!!!

WHEN: June 20, 21, 22 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)
WHERE: CineVic, 2022 Douglas St.
COST: $275(tax incl.)
An Adaptation Workshop
In five high-octane sessions, Vancouver Island screenwriters Keith Digby and Brian Paisley, will teach you how to:
a) Adapt work for the screen
b) Work intelligently with a co-screenwriter
c) Keep an eye on the screenplay adapter, and make sure he/she doesn’t kill your baby!
10% discount for CineVic members

For more about Keith, Brian and the weekend workshop curriculum visit
or contact Keith Digby:  250-743-2439   e-mail:


The Canadian First Weekend Club provides information on fiction and documentary films produced,
written, directed or acted by Canadians appearing in major movie houses.

They are now launching a DVD Club.

The next DVD to be discussed is Eve and The Fire Horse

For more information, Go to

Canadian films now in the theatre:
The Stone Angel, Fugitive Pieces

For more upcoming Canadian feature films go to:
6:30 Monday 26 May 2008
Mystic Ball, 2006, 83 min

“Passion suffuses every moment of Mystic Ball, an uplifting documentary about one man’s physical and spiritual quest. The film resists easy categorization – it’s simultaneously a thrilling sports movie, an insightful journey to a new world, and a lyrical personal story.

Mystic Ball follows Greg Hamilton, the Canadian filmmaker, deep into the ancient and little-known culture of Myanmar and its traditional sport, chinlone. Like the film, chinlone is hard to define. It’s a team sport without an opposing team, part dance, part meditation. There is no competition, no winners and no losers. The game is back-breakingly difficult, yet is played by almost all Burmese, from young children to octogenarians.

The film follows Greg’s transformation from outsider obsessed with learning chinlone to accomplished teammate of the masters of the game. But sport is only one aspect of his journey. Through chinlone, Greg discovers things he didn’t even know he was looking for: family, community and love.”

for more info:

in the 1900 block of Fort St. Pop & popcorn at ridiculously low prices.



Planet in focus
DEADLINE: May 23, 2008 (early) – June 20, 2008 (final)

Planet in Focus Festival held from the October 22nd to October 26th ,
2008 in Toronto is now accepting submissions, all length and style,
for the 2008 Festival

Bay Street Festival
DEADLINE: May 26th 2008

Bay Street Festival in Thunder Bay, to be held from the 11th to the
14th of September, is open for submissions through All length and style accepted.
The One Minute Film & Video Festival International
DEADLINE: May 30th, 2008

The One Minute Film & Video Festival held in Aarau, Switzerland is
making a call for entries. Films under 60 seconds are accepted in
fiction, documentary, animation, experimental and youth categories.
Call for Papers DOCAM
DEADLINE: May 31, 2008

For the event Media in Motion:The Challenge of Preservation in the
Digital Age, to be held October 29th, 2008, The DOCAM (Documentation
and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage) Research Alliance and
Media@McGill invite submissions of abstracts for the presentation of
papers at the inaugural Media in Motion Symposium. The
interdisciplinary event aims to bring together graduate students
across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences in order to
explore the many facets of media art preservation. To that end,
submissions related to the conference theme, “The Challenge of
Preservation in the Digital Age,” are strongly encouraged.
Send submissions to Marilyn Terzic at
2008 Call for Entries- Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Deadline May 31

The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is Canada’s oldest festival dedicated to exhibiting films and videos by North American artists of Asian heritage. It is committed to supporting both emerging talent and established filmmakers. Visiting artists have included Loni Ding, Justin Lin, Wes Kim, and Michael Kang, as well as BC filmmakers, Desiree Lim, Nilesh Patel, Eunhee Cha, and Jeff Chiba Stearns.

VAFF invites submissions for its 12th annual festival, November 6-9, 2008.  Deadline is May 31st (postmarked – no exceptions).

All films in the Open Call must include a North American Asian in a key creative role (writer, director, producer). Earlybird entry fee: $10 (CDN or US); Regular entry fee: $20 (CDN or US). Entry fee is non-refundable.

Genres for consideration include narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental. Exhibition formats accepted are 35mm, Beta SP (NTSC), and DigiBeta (NTSC) – and preview screeners may be submitted as VHS tapes or DVDs. No materials or screeners will be returned.

For more information and submission guidelines, visit or email


imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Deadline:  June 1st, 2008
OCTOBER 15-19, 2008

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. We are currently seeking features and shorts of all genres and lengths made by international and Canadian Indigenous filmmakers and producers. We encourage submissions from first-time and emerging directors and student films are welcome.   There is no entry fee.

To submit:
Download the film and video submission form on our website OR
Complete an online submission form that will be available after April 21st at

Mail submissions to:
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 417
Toronto, Ontario


Actors Required- Barry Casson’s Weekend Film School
(looking for one male and one female)

Sat/Sun June 14 & 15th
Actors call times:
Saturday noon – 3.30 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

We will be shooting scenes from “Goodwill hunting”
in a real film studio using professional lighting and camera.

“Great opportunity for both actors to get a 3-5 minute
high quality edited DVD demo piece”

For more info contact Barry Casson c.s.c.

W: 381-3032
Cell: 744-8664
Home: 721-2113

Who will give up their distinctions?
Deadline:  June 16 2008

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society would like to invite Canadian independent media artists to submit proposals for an exhibition on the theme “Who will give up their distinctions?” Expanded cinema, new-media and experimental works will be given preference and Cineworks will fully support the exhibition of the chosen work[s] in our studio space for showing during the first part of September 2008.

Artist fees will be paid.

Submissions should include the following information:
Contact person’s name, address, telephone, email and, if applicable, website.
Artist’s CV
Project title + description. Please detail how the work relates to the theme.
Project overview [ie: running time, format, technical specifications]
Support material [include a SASE if you would like this material returned]

Submissions can be sent by post only to the following address:

Who Will Give Up Their Distinctions?
c/o Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society
#300-1131 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7

Questions can be directed to Programs Manager Cheyanne Turions at

MUST ARRIVE on or before June 16th , 2008
Dance artists (choreographers, companies, dancers, filmmakers) may submit work for consideration for ROMP! 2008 and 2009 by completing and submitting an online application only.
1- Please fill out the online application completely and press SEND
2- Send via post ONLY: your support material (VHS/DVD of the proposed work); promotional images on CD (optional); a $20.00 processing fee for works under 20 minutes and $35 for works over 20 minutes.

Please click here for The ROMP! Festival CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS or visit:


KCTS9 accepting films for About Us, a local and independent film series.

Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2008.

“About Us is an independent filmmaker showcase highlighting topics and experiences that are distinctive to our region. The collection of films in the series represents a range of work that includes documentaries, historical pieces and even a comical look at one of this region’s more famous creatures.

It is the local spirit and nature of these films that unites them as a series. The stories are home grown and the films ‘hand-made,’ each coming from independent filmmakers with a personal connection to our region. These are local stories that would not normally find their way to a television audience, and it is the unique, individual touch of the filmmaker that brings forward the relevance of each subject. These are stories about our region and about our communities. These are stories about us, from filmmakers who know us better than anyone else.”

Please visit our web site for more information on the submissions process and to explore films from seasons 1-4.


CBC Digital Diversity

DEADLINE: June 30th, 2008

CBC international is making a call for short films on cultural
diversity and immigration. Length between 4 to 9 minutes, fiction,
documentary or animation accepted.

Submissions also accepted for the Green Sprouts! Showcase, that gives
voice to filmmakers 18 years old and younger.
DEADLINE: June 27, 2008
DEADLINE: June 30th 2008

The 27th Uppsala International Short Film Festival is looking for
short film entries.
2008 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival > CALL for SUBMISSIONS

Deadline to submit: Monday, July 14, 2008

The 7th Annual Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival (WAFF) invites you to submit your work to
one of North America’s longest-running indigenous film and video festivals, happening this
November 20-23, 2008.

Submissions are now being accepted in 7 categories.  WAFF pays screening fees to artists, and
there is no submission fee for entries received on or before the mid-July deadline.

For complete rules and entry forms, go to, or email



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