MEDIANET NEWS December 18, 2008

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

CORRECTION : MEDIANET WILL NOT BE OPEN THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20. MediaNet will be closed for the holidays from Saturday, December 20 until Monday, January 5.
The office will be open on Saturday, December 27 from 11am-1pm for equipment drop off and pick up. – SORRY FOR ANY CONFUSION.


Dance for the Camera 2009

Announcing a special early registration fee of $999.00
if you register before February 1, 2009.

For information, go to the Dance for the Camera website
It can also be accessed through the MediaNet website


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


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:

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?



Coming up at OPEN CINEMA:

Tableland…a Culinary Expedition
(Pixel One Productions, Canada, 2007)
7pm Wednesday 28th January 2009, Doors open at 5.30pm
Cash bar, food sales by Camilles Restaurant, door prizes, more!
$10 donation at the door

From the orchards of BC, the inner city gardens of Chicago to the Napa Highlands and everywhere in between, this sumptuous documentary showcases the successful production of tasty, local, and seasonal food from field to plate. Tableland documents the localvore movement in North America and the success of small-scale artisanal food

Local, organic & seasonal food sales provided by Camille’s Restaurant
Post-Screening Discussion with:

Craig Noble, Award-winning filmmaker

Mara Jernigan, Chef, farmer & educator

Sinclair Philip, Owner, Sooke Harbour House & Vancouver Island Slow Food Convivium

Tina Fraser-Baynes, Organic food producer, educator & activist

Moderated by Karen Hurley, PhD Candidate/UVic Instructor & community activist.


Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria

Independent Media Artists Competition for Short Films & Videos

The CACGV invites submissions for our Practicing Artist Awards for 2009 in Media Art.

$1000 will be awarded in each category of Personal Expression and Experimental Expression. Three awards of merit and two of honourable mention in each category.
Personal Expression may include personal documentary, family, or impressionistic works.
Experimental Expression may include works which push the boundaries of technology, form or substance

1. Limited to works 15 minutes or less in duration. Must be submitted in DVD or CD only (installation proposals may be submitted in pdf format on DVD or CD
2. Must have been produced within the last three years.
3. Not eligible: corporate or sponsored films/videos, music videos, programs slated for broadcast or previously broadcast on television.
4. Entrants are limited to directors who are residents of the CRD.
Entires must include:
1. A DVD (NTSC only) copy of your work.
2. A one-page resume outlining your training and any current professional experience, noting any previously created works. Please insure your contact information is current and complete.
3. Three photos from the work and a one-paragraph description of the work.

Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2009
Submit entries to: Attn Practicing Artists Awards
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria
G6 1001 Douglas St
Victoria, BC, V8W 2C5
Awards will be announced at the Opening on Friday April 24, 2009. Finalists will be notified one week before the Opening. Mailbacks only with a self-addressed envelope stamped with sufficient postage.
CACGV reserves the right to use award winners names in publicity materials and may request the right to use show clips in promotion.


New Studio Opening on John Street
Gala Opening in the New Year

Simon-Norton Game has opened a new studio.

The studio proper is open for rentals now and the space is available for shoots, green screen, to hold workshops, and there is a pro -editing suite. There is also a screening room featuring VPL-VW60 FULL HD projector and 7point surround, HD procam package, stainless dolly track, C stands, flags, grip gear, and lots of other goodies.

Please visit for pictures and more information or call Simon at 250 590 7685.


Victoria Motion Picture School

Open House: December 20, 2008.

· Watch a makeup artist do her stuff.

· See a professional editor at work.

· Watch a director and actors on set.

· View samples of VMPS student films.

· Learn about VMPS full and part time programs.

· The coffee and donuts are on us.

Learn about Victoria’s growing film industry and the jobs available for those with training.

There will also be a pitch competition on January 6, 2009

Next full time programs in filmmaking and acting start September 19th.

Call 250-381-3032 or 250-744 -8664 for more info. Toll Free: 1-888-522-3456


Movie Monday

Air Guitar Nation, 2006, 81 minutes
6:30 pm Monday 22 December 2008

While America was pounding Iraq, another kind of nationalist domination was being enacted. From NYC’s Pussycat Lounge to the tiny city of Oulu in Finland, the film tracks USA competitors who for the first time are vying for gold in the most harmless competition in the world, the Air Guitar Championships. Cheap too – no need for equipment, just guts! Feel the tension as “Asian fury” C-Diddy, the son of a Korean American psychiatrist, and his arch nemesis, Bjorn Turoque (think: Born To Rock) get down and airborn. Their mottos: “Make Air – Not War!” “To Air is Human” R some nudity and language trailer and Official site

cast: Peter Cilella, Dan Crane, Adam Crystal, Nina Gordon, David S. Jung (aka C-Diddy)

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

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:



Beginning in January, 2009, information on Projects, Residencies, Bursaries, and Submission Requests to other media arts centres

will be listed in the on-line version of the newsletter only. Please go to:


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.


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.


The CFC Feature Film Project (FFP) is a comprehensive development and production focused mentorship program that offers emerging Canadian feature filmmakers full training, mentorship and 100% financing to develop and produce a dramatic feature film.

Visit: for more information on application criteria and submission details.


The Cineplex Entertainment Film Program is a five-and-a-half month complete immersion in the art and business of dramatic filmmaking for directors, producers, writers and editors. Our alumni are masters of their craft, working across Canada and the world.

The next application deadline is February 9, 2009 – visit us online at to apply now!



Call for Submissions

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.
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.

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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