MEDIANET NEWS Sept 4, 2008

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

MEDIANET PRESENTS : Eco Doc, A Mentored Environmental Documentary Program
Workshops Sept 13-20; Production Sept 20-Oct 5
Screening Oct 8, Victoria Event center; co-presented by OPEN CINEMA

EcoDoc is a 3 week program for filmmakers and environmentalists to  to create short documentaries on issues surrounding the environment and sustainability and to
communicate their visions to Victoria, to BC and to the world. MediaNet, in partnership with The Community Arts Council of Greater  Victoria is presenting a week of seminars and workshops to the EcoDoc participants and to the community.

We are proud to have MediaNet members and Media Partners join with us to bring a mentored filmmaking program to the Victoria community. Envirospeaktv  and Open Cinema  will be partnering to present the created works.

The cost of the program is $150 and guarantees participants a  space in all the workshops as well as access to MediaNet equipment and editing facilities. As well, participants will receive ongoing technical and production mentoring. There are a limited number of spaces available in this program.  To sign up for the program call MediaNet at 250-381-4428 or e-mail    For more detailed schedule information and an application form, go to the MediaNet website, and click on Eco Doc

Many seminars are open to the public, including those listed below.  Suggested donation for non-participants is $10 per event. Participants gain access to all seminars and workshops as a part of their registration.

Saturday, 13 September, 7PM –

Terry Glavin – Keynote address
Terry Glavin is an author and environmentalist. His latest book is “Waiting for the Macaws”     He is a teacher at UBC  and an outspoken columnist for the Tyee online

Don White – Developing Basic Documentary Structure – Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, G-6, 1001 Douglas  St  (general admission $10)
Employing clips from classic and currently popular documentaries Don illustrates the  common types of documentary structure. Don  outlines in detail the method and principles necessary for successful documentary creation. More information is available at

Tues 16 Sept, 7 PM –

John Lutton – Transportation Issues in Victoria – Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, G-6, 1001 Douglas  St
John Lutton, Executive Director of Capital  Walk and Bike, and well know researcher and advocate joins the EcoDoc program to speak about transportation issues from a Victoria perspective

Wed 17 Sept, 7 PM  –

Will Horter – Environmental Issues – Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, G-6, 1001 Douglas  St
Will Horter is the Executive Director of the Dogwood Initiative, a non profit environmental group focusing on sustainability and land reform issues. Will will be speaking about current environmental issues confronting BC. More information about the Dogwood Initiative at

EDGES FESTIVAL – Deadline EXTENDED TO September 15
MediaNet announces its 4th edition of the “edges” media arts festival, scheduled for Nov 13-16, 2008.
We are looking for film/video/sound works as well as photography and media-based installations/ performances.
Go to the website for more information and a submission form:
or contact Catlin for more info: 381-4428 or
(“edges” is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.)


Benefit Screening of Tumbling After
Sunday Sept. 7th 2008 7:15pm
St. Anne’s Auditorium 835 Humbolt
$10 suggested donation

CineVic Member Bryan Skinner has been selected to screen his film Tumbling After and participate in a panel on Ultra-Low Budget Filmmaking in Strasbourg France. Tumbling After is a 43minute mockumentary about Burlesque dance troupe coming apart and features some of Victoria’s finest actors improvising all of the dialogue.


Cinevic’s Reel to Reel Music Challenge

The screening and judging will be held on Sunday, September 14th, 2008 at Lucky Bar.  Doors open at 7:00 pm, screening starts at 8:00 pm. Cost is $6.00 at the door.
Reel-to-Reel is an annual event created by Cinevic: Independent Society of Filmmakers and sponsored by CFUV 101.9 that unites local musicians and filmmakers in creating short musical films. The songs are selected by a committee and distributed to production teams randomly. For more info, contact:  Krista Loughton (250) 389-1590,

CineVic presents Art of the Edit with co-director and editor of The Corporation, Jennifer Abbott.

September 27th at CineVic 2022 Douglas Street.  Admission is $60 for CineVic and MediaNet producing members/$85 for non-members.  Time is TBA.
Contact: Krista Loughton (250) 389-1590,

Jennifer Abbott is co-director and the editor of the theatrical hit “The Corporation,” the top grossing documentary in Canadian history and winner of over 24 international awards including the World Cinema Award at the Sundance Film Festival and a Genie. She also produced, directed and edited “A Cow at My Table,” a feature documentary about meat, culture and animals which won eight international awards. Her other past works include “Skinned,” an experimental video and installation about interracial relationships exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Abbott has edited numerous other documentaries, installations and performance works.

This workshop will explore the art of editing, for both narrative and documentary film. How do you create a powerful narrative and an engaging structure from hours of footage? How do you “write” a film in the edit suite? Using examples from Abbott’s own as well as other directors’ work, this workshop will address these key issues as well as enhancing emotional impact, working with archival footage and using music and sound effects to inspire the picture edit.


Gulf Island film and Video School (GIFTS) – September 17-October 13- one month “independent Media Producer’s Program”
25% off for MediaNet members;  space is limited (12 documentary participants and 12 dramatic video participants) free one-week refresher program prior to workshop (pay only room and board)   Registration forms are available at   For more info, contact Betsy Fairbrother, 1-800-813-9993/ 250-539-5729 or


Screen Actor’s Studio

845 Fisgard St., V8W 1R9.

Email:    Website: (for program details)

YOUNG ACTOR’S CONSERVATORY (Sept. 14th – Nov. 16th).Levels 1 – 3 and Advanced. 10 week programs.   ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES: Tuesday evenings: 7 – 10:00 pm, September 23rd –  November 11th, 2008 (8 sessions)  THE WORKING ACTOR (Continuing Studies). Wednesday evenings 7 – 10pm, September 24th –  Nov. 12th, 2008 (8 sessions), Advanced Techniques and Scene Study:  Thursday Evenings 7 – 10 p.m, September 18th to November 20th. (10 sessions).Casting Director Drew Walker:  Saturday October 18th. 10 -4.30, Advanced* Commercial Audition Workshop. Upcoming Event: Sue Browse, Casting Director. Sunday 9th November-One day Casting Director workshop. Cost: $150. 10 – 5p.m. (limited enrollment).


The Canadian First Weekend Club  –  Coming soon to theatres: Amal, Tkaronto

For more upcoming Canadian feature films go to:


6:30 pm Monday 8 September 2008
Colma The Musical, 2006, 100 min

“Just outside San Francisco is Colma, famous as Frisco’s burial ground, and a tough place for three buddies, recent high school grads, to find their paths. Here’s a fresh, micro budget, high concept, musical version of that teenaged angst experience. R Some rough language, adult themes.”

Movie Monday is a free event, every Monday in Victoria, B.C.
Movies are shown on a 12′ screen in the Eric Martin Pavilion in the 1900 block of Fort St. Pop & popcorn at ridiculously low prices

Movie Monday:


deadline for submissions is Monday September 8, 2008.

Exclusive Professional Training & Pitch Sessions

Do you have a great idea for a short (23 min or less) documentary or short drama?  Enter our competition to pitch your idea to a panel of commissioning editors and acquisitions executives from the major Canadian broadcasters – who will provide valuable feedback and development advice.  You will also have a chance to win imagineNATIVE’s Documentary Pitch or Drama Pitch prizes to help your idea become a reality.

Eligibility Criteria:
•     The producer or director representing the pitch project must be Aboriginal and a Canadian resident.
•     Pitch teams must be in Toronto for both the training session on October 15th and the pitching session October 17th.
•     Applications must be received by email no later than Mon. Sept. 8th, 2008.
•     You may submit your pitch ideas to each category.

Please note: Travel and other expenses are not provided.

Please email your one-page pitch idea and biographies of the production team to Kerry Potts at

St John’s international Women’s Film Festival professional development program

Offering a one-of-a-kind professional development program in Canada, that brings eight women directors together with professional actors, crews and senior mentors. The intensive program includes two trips to the world-renowned Banff Centre followed by ongoing career support through Creative Women Workshops Association.
This year’s mentor director is award-winning filmmaker Kari Skogland (The Stone Angel, 50 Dead Men Walking, Liberty Stands Still).
Director Deadline: September 30
Actor and Crew Deadline: October 31 (New criteria for actor applications).
For more information contact: Carol Whiteman, WIDC Producer
Phone: (604) 913-0747
Toll Free: 1-877-913-0747

Images Festival call for submissions
22nd Annual images festival, April 2-11, 2009

Early submission deadline: October 31, 2008
Final submission deadline: November 14, 2008
entry fees

for more information, go to

Short and feature-length films made after April 1, 2007 are now being accepted for consideration. Films must be available on DVD (Region 0 or 1) for review and must be submitted before November 30, 2008. For complete details visit or

CSIF $100 Film and Video Festival

Deadline for submissions: December 2, 2008

For more information, contact

or email CSIF at






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