MEDIANET NEWS Sept 18, 2008

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

Reminder:  Artists Vote – A Town Hall Meeting
Sunday Sept 21, Metro Studio, 1411 Quadra, 7- 9 PM

Artists and supporters of Canadian culture will gather in a Town Hall meeting to discuss the recent cuts to arts & culture programs by the Conservative government, the looming election and what action voters can take.  The evening, moderated by Mary Henricksen, formerly of Telefilm Canada and the Canadian Television Fund, will consist of ten 3-minute presentations by members of Victoria’s arts and culture industries who will voice their concerns and advise voters on how to keep this issue in the forefront of the campaign.

Videographers Needed to film the presentations at the meeting on Sunday.  Please contact Sandy Mayzell if you are available – thank-you!


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.

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. All seminars will be held at the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, G-6, 1001 Douglas  St.

Thursday 18 Sept, 7pm –
Lisa Neilson from Citizen Shift and Selwin Jacob from the NFB
Lisa Neilson is an outreach officer of NFB’s participatory online forum for exploring today’s critical issues and debating social change. //
Selwin Jacob is an award winning filmmaker and NFB producer and plays a leading role in the NFB’s efforts to reach out to and develop emerging filmmakers throughout the Pacific region. Selwin’s profile is at

Friday 18 Sept, 7pm –
Tom Shandel – Producer, Documentarian, Filmmaker
Tom Shandel is an award winning filmmaker and documentary producer of films such as The Corporation. He has been producing film and television documentary and drama since 1969 for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Global, Bravo! and other stations. For more about Tom

Sat 19 Sept – 7pm
Nicole Sorochan – Documentarian, Filmmaker
Filmmaker Nicole Sorochan discusses her successes as a self taught political and eco-activist filmmaker. She will address the power of and need for organic /guerilla filmmaking as well as new trends in social media and short films for the web.  She will draw from  her experiences filming in Asia, the Middle East, the UK and the US over the past year and discuss the motive and vision for her new start-up web 2.0 environmental site .


Lightstruck- Cinematic Photogram workshop with Kerry Laitala
Presented by The Antimatter Film Festival, MediaNet and Cinevic

Sunday, September 28, 12 noon at Cinevic, 2022 Douglas

This five-hour workshop explores the process of making photograms directly onto 35mm film, creating hand-exposed cinema. We will place objects and material directly onto the film and cast their shadows with light. This intimate tactility ignites the hand/mind continuum into a direct interplay free fromordinary cinematic constraints.

Participants will need to scavenge materials for this workshop. Anything transparent, translucent and opaque may be used to form latent shadowgraphic traces which will be brought to life through hand-processing. Materials could include, but should not be limited to: feathers, buttons, shells, sequins, lace, “Letraset” letters, symbols and numbers, (rub on) images printed onto acetate, painted fi lm, anything graphically or texturally interesting or symbolically meaningful, etc. The film stock is negative, so remember to bring things that you think will render well in this form. You will also need to supply a small flashlight.

Register with the Antimatter Film Festival:



New Member’s Meeting

Saturday, October 11, 12:30pm at MediaNet, #106 – 2750 Quadra St.

Learn about MediaNet’s policies and procedures. All members who have not attended a new member’s meeting are strongly encouraged to attend.

As of the end of January 2009, those who have not attended a new member’s meeting may have limited access to equipment. Meetings will also be planned for December 2008 and January 2009.

For more information, contact MediaNet: 250-381-4428


Do you have something to say about the latest cuts to arts funding? Submit to Vantage Point Magazine.

The next issue will be dedicated to articles on the arts, funding, and the impact of the arts in society.

submit to


Edges Festival of Media Art

At the Community Arts Council, G6 1001 Douglas St.

Screenings: November 13-16

Gallery exhibition: November 13-19

For more information, contact  or go to our website  and click on Edges.



Antimatter Film Festival
September 19-27, 2008 | Victoria, BC, Canada |

The Antimatter Film Festival is set to unleash nine stellar nights of films, gallery installations, panel discussions, performances and workshops on Victoria from September 19 to 27, 2008.
Focusing on the international avant garde vs the commercial film industry, Antimatter is dedicated to the exhibition and nurturing of film and video as art. The 11th annual festival features 160+ films from 25 countries in 24 separate programs of work to be screened at Open Space, The Ministry of Casual Living and Cinecenta.
Artists talks, panel discussions and hands-on workshops are offered throughout the festival.

Full details can be found in the Antimatter Film Festival guide, available at any South Island location of Serious Coffee, Open Space, Deluge, Ministry of Casual Living, Cinecenta and CFUV in the UVic SUB, or online at

Please Note: If job action at the UVic SUB continues into the festival, Antimatter screenings at Cinecenta on Sept 23, 24 & 25 will be moved to another venue. Visit or phone 250 385 3339 for schedule updates.

Hijacked Future – Who Controls the Seed Controls the Food

Concerned about Food Security and Global Warming? Come to the film screening of Hijacked Future, a new and very insightful documentary produced and directed by Victoria filmmaker David Springbett, with an original musical score by Victoria composer Tobin Stokes at Camas Books, 2590 Quadra St (at Kings) on Friday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is by donation. A solutions based discussion will follow this revealing and hopeful film.

The documentary looks at the increasingly fragile base of our North American industrial food system in order to bring all of us consumers of food to a better understanding of just what’s at stake with our daily bread. It asks us to question the wisdom of a system precariously based on oil and corporate seeds while we’re at the same time witnessing the impact of climate change.

For additional information, please see attached poster:
and visit: and


ViFPA Mixer

All media /arts types are welcome at ViFPA’s first mixer of the fall season.
5:30 pm Tues Sept 23, Collard Room at Swan’s. Please note that there’s a ViFPA members’ meeting from 4:30 to 5:30…. if you turn up at 5:30 and the door’s closed, it’s OK to come in – we’re just shutting out the kitchen noise.


Bolex Workshop – Earl Moloney
Wednesday September 24th 7pm CineVic

This workshop will introduce participants to the joys of shooting with our Bolex H16 Rex IV camera. We will be covering the basics – such as film loading, standard shooting, etc – as well as exploring some of the fun features of the Bolex: double exposures, stop motion animation, the variable shutter and in-camera lap dissolves. Register with Cinevic


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



6:30 pm Monday 22 September 2008

Thank You For Smoking, 2005, 92 min
& Say No To Big Tobacco Co, 2007, 90 min

“Why are people who struggle with mental illness particularly vulnerable to nicotine addiction? Movie Monday presents Thank You For Smoking with a short made by EMP RN Joan O’Connor who is charged with the Smoking Reduction and Cessation Program for the EMP Psychiatric Day Hospital. Her music video ‘Just Say No to Big Tobacco Co’ will be presented by members of her group who are helping each other, and modelling, kicking the habit.

The feature is a fiercely satirical and funny look at today’s “culture of spin” that perpetuates this unhealthy habit. The hero is Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, who makes his living defending the rights of smokers and cigarette makers in today’s neo-puritanical society. Directed by Canada’s bright young filmmaker, Jason Reitman (Juno). R for language and some sexual content.”

“‘ Nearly half of all cigarettes sold are smoked by people who have a mental disorder, and smoking substantially reduces the effectiveness of many medications prescribed to treat mental illness. As more Americans quit, continued smoking is becoming a marker for other substance addictions and/or mental illness.'”

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:


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.


Screen Actor’s Studio

845 Fisgard St., V8W 1R9.

Email:    Website: (for program details)

BODY LANGUAGE ON SCREEN: Mondays 7-10pm, September 22- October 20, 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  –  Now in theatres: Amal, Tkaronto

For more upcoming Canadian feature films go to:


Cinevic Green Screen / HD Direct Capture Workshop
With Bryan and Earl
Wednesday October 15th , 7PM,  CineVic

Join CineVic staff Earl and Bryan in this informal workshop using CineVic’s professional green  screen with our HV20  in combination with our Blackmagic Extreme HD card for uncompressed High Definition compositiing goodness! Register with Cinevic


Oct 20 7:30  at Camosun College Landsdowne Campus  Young Bldg Room 216
Three films – a fundraiser for positively Africa, relieving AIDS and poverty
Time To Deliver
Journey To Kapasseni  (a terrific film about the Getting Higher Choir bonding with a small village in Africa) w a 17min followup!
Children of the Light
Details  Peter Bardon  250-893-7064


The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and CSV (Toronto)
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and Charles Street
Video are calling out for filmmakers’ submission for the third annual
pitch competition, ‘So You Think You Can Pitch’.
DEADLINE September 29, 2008
Info: @:


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

Ecology: Water, Air, Sound (Toronto)
New Adventures in Sound Art invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme Ecology: Water, Air, Sound for consideration in 2009 future programming for the annual Deep Wireless, Sound Travels, and SOUNDplay festivals, produced by New Adventures in Sound Art in Toronto, Canada. Artists may submit works in one or all of the following four categories: 1) Radio Art, 2) Electroacoustic Music, 3) Videomusic and 4) Installation Art (Note: please send separate submission forms for each entry).
DEADLINE: September 30, 2008

One World International Human Rights Doc Festival (Czech Republic )
The 11th edition of the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is inviting all to send your submissions for the next edition of the festival. Feature length documentaries, short documentaries (up to 35 minutes) and animations (up to 35 minutes) are considered for the festival program.
DEADLINE: September 30, 2008

DAÏMÕN · Media Art and Photography
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS · Deadline : October 10, 2008

By way of its programs Artiste résident, (resident artist), Recherche et création, (research and development), Photographie et impression numérique  (photography and digital printing) and Soutien aux premières œuvres, (support for first works), DAÏMÕN encourages artists to push the limits of their practice and to develop new approaches with image, video, as well as sound and electronic art, including installation, interactive and performative practices.

DAÏMÕN provides artists with access to image and sound recording equipment and digital audio and video editing suites. A darkroom enables large scale (1m 32) silver emulsion development from negatives of up to 280 mm. A digital printing service (EPSON Stylus 9600 Pro) is also available.

Artist Residency
Research and Creation
Support for First Works
Photography and Digital Imaging

for more info:

Marie-Hélène Leblanc
Artistic director
819.770.8525 # 302

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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