MEDIANET NEWS December 4, 2008

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


Next New Member’s Meeting:
This Saturday, December 6, 1-3pm 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.

If you are planing to attend, please email Kirk at

The MediaNet Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, December 13 from 3-5pm,  across the hall from the MediaNet office in room 109. This will be followed by a member Christmas party from 5-7pm.

Please note, only members with up-to-date membership fees may vote at the meeting. If your membership is passed due, this is an excellent time to renew.



2009 Underground Aboriginal Art Crawl

MediaNet is looking for film and video works for the Second Annual Underground Aboriginal Art Crawl, titled “The Old Guard is Dead.”

Last year, eleven local Aboriginal artists filled three of the city’s artist run centres with a variety of performances and works. This year, MediaNet will contribute with a showcase of film and video works. The gallery walk will take place in March. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2009.

For information on MediaNet’s involvement in the art crawl, contact Catlin at
For information on the event itself, contact the event organizer, Marlaina Buch at

MediaNet film screening at the AGGV, April 30, 2009

Deadline for submissions, March 15, 2009

MediaNet will be participating in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s exhibition, Assume Nothing, New Social Practice.
We invite filmmakers to produce short film and video works (10 min max.)  introducing interesting people from their lives and communities.  The work may be in a  documentary format, but  can also encompass experimental elements. There are many ways to tell a person’s story: drawings, photographs and visual poetry are some of many examples.
The screening is inspired by the work of Harrell Fletcher, whose website, Some People, has become an opportunity for individuals to talk about someone important in their lives.

For more information, contact Catlin at

The MediaNet tech blog is back! Go to




Blog and Podcast (for free) using Blip TV and WordPress
Sat Jan 17  – 1 PM        $20/$15 members – limit 5
A hands on workshop where you will create your own Blip TV channel for video and audio and your own WordPress blog for blogging and podcasting your video and audio.
instructor – Kirk Schwartz

Grant Writing with Peter Sandmark
Sat Jan 31  – 1 PM   $5 members only
Just in time for the Canada Council – how to write grants with MediaNet’s grant guru Peter Sandmark. Call to register. You should have a project or outline of a project for which you wish to make a grant application
Please register in advance


Membership Orientation
Sat Feb 7  – 1 PM
Please note that members who have not attended an orientation will have their equipment privileges restricted after this time.

Photos for Video
Tues 10 Feb  – 7 PM   $5 members $15 non members
Learn how to properly size and format photos for your video as well as basic motion techniques and the “Ken Burns” effect for video
instructor – Kirk Schwartz
Shooting your Project in HD
Sat Feb 21 – 1 PM   $5 members $15 non members
Learn the basic work flow for shooting your video in HD – how to capture it, what to do with it and how to export it for computer, internet and DVD
instructor  – Kirk Schwartz


Membership Orientation
Tues March 3 – 7 PM
all members are required to have attended a membership orientation before being granted equipment access. Please register in advance
Burning Data and Movies to DVD
Sat March 14  – 1 PM  $5 members $15 non members
Get to know the difference between Movie DVDs and Data DVDs and when to burn the best type for your needs
instructor: Kirk Schwartz

Voice Overs and Voice Recording
Using QuickTime Pro and Final Cut on the Mac or on an external recorder
Tues March 24  – 7 PM  $5 members $15 non members
Learn the best voice mic techniques as well as how to record voice overs using QuickTime pro or right into Final Cut
instructor: Kirk Schwartz


Members Orientation
Sat 4 April – 1 PM
all members are required to have attended a membership orientation before being granted equipment access. Please register in advance
Production Forms and Releases
Tuesday 7 April – 7 PM  $5 members $15 non members
Understand the basic forms and releases you require to make sure you can show your work to the public anywhere, anytime.
instructor:  Kirk Schwartz
MediaNet Cameras
Sat 18 April – 1 PM  $5 members only.
Learn about how to best use the variety of cameras MediaNet has to offer. For new members or as a refresher for current members
instructor: Kirk Schwartz


MultiCam shoots and basic multicam editing
Sat May 2 – 1 PM   $5 members $15 non members
Learn how to set up your multicam shoot and then how to put it all together in Final Cut.
instructor: Kirk Schwartz

Members Orientation
Tues 5 May  – 7 PM
all members are required to have attended a membership orientation before being granted equipment access. Please register in advance

Coming Up: A new MediaNet workshop intensive:

an unusual program for unusual filmmakers
Sat May 9 to Saturday May 30.  Members $150  Non Members $175
A three week learning and production program to experiment with a variety of forms and techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to expand their filmmaking horizons through a variety of seminars and workshops. Works created through the program will be screened on Sat May 30 and may be distributed on the internet.
instructors: various

Stay tuned for announcements of more member facilitated workshops to be announced



DEC 13 – 15

A PIECE FOR ELIOT, a short film by J.R. Harbour

For anyone who is interested in acting and/or helping out on the
production of a short film, we have an amazing opportunity coming up
Dec 13 to 15. We will be shooting at an exclusive downtown location
and are seeking 10 – 15 female and male extras between the ages of
19 – 40 to play as party-goers, waitresses, and pub staff. Extras should
send their headshots to as soon as possible!

The scene will create an integral moment in our production
“A Piece for Eliot”, a period WW2 short destined for national and
international film festivals. Additional, we are seeking local skilled crew
with lighting and grip experience. Others interested in gaining on-set
experience, please feel free to contact us as well!

All questions, resumes and headshots should be sent to:
Valentine Productions

Are you looking for some courses in basic MacIntosh skills? Simply Computing, next door to the Roxy Theatre on Quadra St., are offering the following courses:

To find out more about these and other Apple events, please visit:

Thursday, Dec 11, 2008: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
Mac OS X
Introduction to Mac OS X

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
The world of digital photography – Buying a Digital Camera
Buying tips for Digital Cameras

Saturday, Dec 20, 2008: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
Mac OS X
Introduction to Mac OS X

Saturday, Jan 10, 2009: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
Digital music on your iPod
Learn about digital music on your iPod

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
The world of digital photography – Buying a Digital Camera
Buying tips for Digital Cameras

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, at Simply Computing & Cameras – Victoria
Computer buying tips.
Buying a Mac- Which Mac are you!


Movie Monday
6:30 pm Monday 8 December 2008
Iron Man, 2008, 126 min

“This is a wild ride! And a change of pace for MM. Robert Downy Jr is fabulous in this high tech, high energy, high concept comic book adaptation about ahigh rolling arms dealer. Roger Ebert says,”Not only is it a good comic book movie (smart and stupid, stirring and silly, intimate and spectacular), it’s winning enough to engage even those who’ve never cared much for comic books or the movies they spawn.” Pg13 Official site
cast: Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb

For more information  visit <;

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

Awareness Film Night Weds. Dec. 10
The film night will start at 7 p.m. in the Edward Milne Community School theatre.  Admission is by donation.  Proceeds to Muir Creek Protection Society.

“From the Heart of the World, the Elder Brothers’ Warning”

The Kogi are an indigenous people living in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern Columbia in South America.  They are the only civilization to have survived the Spanish conquests and kept their culture intact and themselves isolated.  In 1988 the Kogi decided they must speak out to the rest of the world and so allowed a BBC journalist, Alan Ereira, to film a documentary about them. This visually enchanting film explores the culture and spiritual understanding of the Kogi, who call themselves the Elder Brothers of the human race, and brings a strong message to us “Younger Brothers” who are causing an ecological imbalance that is destroying the Earth.   This is an amazing documentary that is even more relevant today than it was 18 years ago when it was made, and 10 years ago when it was first screened at Awareness Video Night.

The evening will begin with a 10 minute film on Muir Creek.  This beautiful and artfully-made visual tour of one of the Sooke area’s watersheds was created by local student Lisa Hamelin and other students from West Shore Centre for Learning and Training this year.  Lisa will be in attendance, along with representatives from the Muir Creek Protection Society, to remind us that this area, which is home to magnificent trees and a wealth of flora and fauna, continues to require our efforts to protect it from destruction.


Gulf Island Film School

Early Bird Registration: SAVE 25% on all 2009 Programs:

GIFTS Annual Early-Bird registration special has now launched through our online registration system. Reserve a seat in the 2009 program of your choice & SAVE 25% by registering during this Early-Bird period!

From Dec 1st, 2008 to Jan 31st, 2009: SAVE 25% on all 2009 Programs!

2009 Tuition Price Drop:

For the entire 2009 season, we’ve decided to reduce the price of our flagship Weeklong MIP Program!

Tuition for all 2009 MIP weeklong sessions, youth or adult, is now only $685! Down $55 from our 2007 tuition fees. Plus, if you register now, during our Early Bird special, you will receive an additional 25% Discount!

New 2009 Courses:

Our 2009 Course Calendar is now available online and will be coming to a mailbox near you in the New Year!

We’ve added new programs for next season, including a special Two-Week Digital Journalism Course in the Spring. Registrations are already being processed online and through our office at 1.800.813.9993.

Also, due to the popularity of our Two-Week  Youth Directors Program that sold out in 2007, we’ve added extra sessions for next Spring and Summer. Register now to avoid disappointment!

~ Click here for the 2009 Calendar and Online Registration ~

If you’re not on our mailing list yet, email us at to request a 2009 Calendar in the mail.

Barry Casson’s Film School

One Week Film School
coming again January 26th – 31st.

Click the link below for details.
If you’re coming from out of town?? call me I can help you with accommodation.
but remember, I only take a maximum of 12 people.



The Canadian First Weekend Club  –

Dvd Club now watching – The Snow Walker

Based on a Farley Mowat short story, “The Snow Walker” is a remarkable journey of discovery in the vast and dangerous beauty of the Northwest Territories. The film follows Charlie Halliday (Barry Pepper), a self-obsorbed pilot in 1950s Yellowknife and Kanaalaq, and a quiet, resourceful Inuit girl (Annabella Piugattuk) who begin an odyssey of transformation and survival after their plane crashes in the remote Arctic tundra.

For more upcoming Canadian feature films go to:

Gift Cards – Canada Screens Film Pass. Screenings take place in Toronto and Vancouver.

Give the gift of Canadian Film to friends, family and colleagues

Film passes available now:

* 5 film pass – $40 ($20 savings)
* 10 film pass – $75($45 savings)

How to order:

To order, call 604-983-5373 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Upcoming Canada Screens events:

* Vancouver – December 18th – Film TBA
* Toronto – January 11th – Film TBA




UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries
Deadlines varies upon the destination.
The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists promote the mobility of young artists in order to enrich their personal perspectives, to enable them to engage in an intercultural dialogue and expose them to cultural diversity.
The Programme offers residencies to young artists (between 25 and 35 years old) worldwide.


National Geographic, All Roads Seed Grant
Deadline: December 15, 2008

ALL ROADS SEED GRANT Program funds film projects by and about
indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers
year-round and from all reaches of the globe. The program seeks
filmmakers who bring their lives and communities to light through
first-person storytelling.

More information:


Expo 2010 Shanghai
DEADLINE: 15 December 2008
All Canadian media artists are invited to submit their completed application for Canada’s cultural program at Expo 2010 Shanghai with le Cirque du Soleil.


Eyelevel Gallery Residency
DEADLINE: December 17th, 2008
Eyelevel Gallery is seeking artists interested in fulfilling a 3-week residency in Halifax , NS at the Eyelevel Gallery in partnership
with the Dawson Printshop (NSCAD University).

CFC Media Lab Telus
DEADLINE: December 19, 2008
The CFC Media Lab is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2009
session of the TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program (IAEP), a
five-month, post-graduate residency focused on creating inventive
interactive narrative projects for the Canadian and international marketplace.
WIFT-T Media Leadership Program Bursaries
Deadline: January 5, 2009 (Bursary), January 9, 2009 (Program)

Women in Film & Television – Toronto is offering a limited number of bursaries for the WIFT-T Media Leadership Program.

The Media Leadership Program, with support from CTV and Schulich School of Business is specifically designed for managers, professionals, and entrepreneurs working in screen-based industries. This program will help participants develop their leadership skills and gain a thorough understanding of business skills required in the industry.

Available bursaries include the RBC Royal Bank Bursaries for Independent Producers/Small Production Companies, Foundation for Women in Film & Television Career Transition Bursary, Foundation for Women in Film & Television Bursary for Underrespresented Groups.

More information:


WFG Aboriginal Curator Residency
DEADLINE: January 7, 2009
The Winnipeg Film Group is seeking a seeking expressions of interest to trigger a joint application to the Canada Council’s Assistance to Aboriginal Curators for Residencies in the Visual Arts.
Questions and clarifications via phone and e-mail can be accepted from Wednesday December 10 to Tuesday December 23, 2008:
ph:(204) 925-3451


Emerging artists residency PRIM
DEADLINE: 13 January 2009
PRIM, based in Montreal is offering a residency to emerging artists for a period of 8 weeks.



Call for Submissions
Wes Borg and the Victoria Event Centre are now accepting short-film submissions for the first of what will be a monthly live fake television show called VEC-TV.  The show will take place at the V.E.C. (1415 Broad Street) on Saturday, January 10th at 8 pm.

The show will work like this:
6-8 short (max 5 minute) ‘pilots’ will be accepted for screening at the show.  The filmmaker(s) will be interviewed in front of the live audience by the Host (Wes Borg).  Each ‘pilot’ will be shown on a great big screen to the live audience of ‘network executives’, after which a panel of ‘adjudicators’ will have their say about the merits of the work. Then the audience of ‘Network Execs’ will vote to ‘renew’ or ‘cancel’ each ‘pilot’. The top 3 or 4 ‘pilots’ of the night will be ‘renewed’ and have one month to make their next episode (this time with a 10 minute maximum).
The plan is also to get sponsors for prizes and screening fees. We are looking for just about anything television related… everything from comedy to weird cooking shows to crappy teen dramas to fake news programs to tough-guy action shows.

Submissions can be dropped off before January 1st 2009 at the V.E.C. (1415 Broad street) c/o Wes Borg.  Suggested formats are Mini DV or Quicktime files (AVIs are ok too).  Use standard broadcast formats (NTSC 720X480, 48k audio) but if you want to submit in HD, go for it (HD must be delivered as files, no tapes)

Contact Wes Borg at if you have any questions.
**************************** (London UK)
DEADLINE:  December 10, 2008. is inviting submissions from artists who wish to be considered for two week solo on-line exhibitions .
Info: @:

Bravo!FACT (Canada)
DEADLINE: December 12, 2008
Bravo!FACT is a foundation to Assist Canadian Talent and it’s next deadline is coming up soon. Shorts are seeked, covering a range of subject matter and styles. Sand animation to opera; modern dance to short dramas – the variety is as endless as the creative talent in Canada. Emerging and recognized filmmakers are encouraged to apply for grants. Maximum of 4 minutes are preferred.

SXSW 2009 (US)
DEADLINE: December 12, 2008.
The South by Southwest Film Festival 2009 call for entries is now open. SXSW considers any and all categories of filmmaking, from Narrative to Documentary, Experimental to Music Video, Short to Feature.

Cinema Politica (Montreal)
DEADLINE: December 15th, 2008.
Cinema Politica is a pan-Canadian and now international network of political film and video screening sites that focus on bringing independent documentaries, fiction, experimental and other genres to younger audiences. Most of our exhibitions occur at College and University campuses. Cinema Politica is currently seeking submissions from independent Canadian film and video artists for our WINTER 2009 Programme. We accept all lengths and styles and have a very wide scope for the term “political.”
Info: Ezra Winton


Inside Out Film and Video Festival (Toronto)
EARLY DEADLINE: December 15, 2008
Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival is seeking films and videos of ti’s next edition.
3 Americas Film Festival (Quebec)
DEADLINE: December 15, 2008
Quebec city’s 3 Americas Film Festival is seeking films of all sorts: short film, video, cartoon, animation, fiction or documentary. All projects submitted must have a pan-American origin or a related subject and must have been produced after March 2007.
New Toronto Works Show (Toronto)
DEADLINE: December 19, 2008
Pleasure Dome is seeking short experimental film/video works, expanded cinema performances and media art installations produced within the last year by Toronto-based artists for the annual New Toronto Works Show.
LGBT film festival (New York)
DEADLINE: January 1, 2009
FINAL DEADLINE: February 15, 2009
Submissions of films/videos of any length and in any genre that are by, about, or of interest to LGBT people are now being accepted for NewFest 2009: The 21st Anniversary New York LGBT Film Festival.
Bains numériques (France)

DEADLINE: January 9, 2009

For the 4th edition of the Bains numériques digital arts international festival , the centre des arts is organising an international competition for creations mixing “dance” and “new technologies”. This international call for project proposals is the first step of the competition and aims at pre-selecting hybrid stage forms, either in the process of being created or recently created.
Subtle Technologies Festival (Toronto)
DEADLINE: January 5th 2009
The 2009 Subtle Technologies Festival is currently seeking submissions for it’s next festival under the theme of “networks”.

call for papers (esse)
DEADLINE: January 10, 2009
A call for papers has been made for issue no. 66 of esse magazine theme: Disparition | Disappearance

Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany)
DEADLINE: 15 January 2009
For its 55th edition Oberhausen Short Film Festival invites submissions to its competitions. All types and lengths acccepted.

HOT DOCS 2009 (Toronto)
FINAL DEADLINE: January 16, 2009
Film submissions are now being accepted for the 2009 Hot Docs Festival


The Centre for Art Tapes: Animated Anomalies, Halifax
Deadline: January 16, 2008

The program is curated by Lisa Morse and Amy Baker and will showcase animated media from artists engaged in anomalies of content and form, concentrating on the experimental, the uncanny, grotesquerie, ribald humour and the unconventional.
More information:

The Akron Independent Film Festival

Deadline: January 31st, 2009.

Now accepting submissions for the 2009 festival.  We are eager to see all types of work — from experimental to music video to narrative — from all levels of filmmakers.

submission form at:


Cowichan International Aboriginal Film Festival

Deadline: February 13, 2009

The fifth Cowichan International Aboriginal Film Festival, organized by the Cowichan Intercultural Festival of Film & Arts Society, takes place in Duncan, British Columbia. Many of the festival events are held on the traditional lands of the Cowichan people, in the Cowichan Region of southern Vancouver Island. It is with the generous support and partnership of the Cowichan Nations that we celerbate Indigenous film and art, featuring an international slate of films, art, and dance.

More information:


Canada Council Art Bank

DEADLINE: February 16, 2009
The Canada Council Art Bank launched a request for submissions of artworks by Canadian artists of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American or mixed racial heritage to enhance its collection of original contemporary Canadian art.


Dreamspeakers International Aboriginal Film & Television Festival, Edmonton
Deadline: February 28, 2009

The Dreamspeakers Festival Society supports and educates the public about Aboriginal culture, art and heritage. It is a resource for Aboriginal filmmakers, for directors, scriptwriters, cameramen, technicians, actors, musicians, storytellers, artists and craftspeople. The Society is also a resource bank  a way to get in touch with Aboriginal filmmakers, performers and artists. And through Dreamspeakers, Aboriginal people receive training in arts, culture and
festival operations.

More information:



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