MEDIANET NEWS January 8, 2009

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Happy New Year from the staff at MediaNet!

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 on March 13. 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


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

more information and workshop schedule to come.


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.


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

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, 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?



Tonight! Victoria Film Festival Pre-Festival Bash
Thursday, January 8, 5:30- 7:30 PM at Lucky Bar, 517 Yates St.
Sneak previews, funky music, cool prizes, munchies

Awareness Film Night Weds. Jan. 14th “Jerusalem, The East Side Story” – The reality on the ground of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine
Edward Milne Community School theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.

On January 14th Awareness Film Night will provide an opportunity to learn more about the urgent developments in Israel/Palestine, followed by a brief talk and question session with Victoria activist Theresa Wolfwood who has recently returned from Palestine.

This film was produced and directed by highly acclaimed film director and human rights activist Mohammed Alatar who has said: “I did not make the film so that people would like it, because there is nothing to like in military occupation, but rather I hope and pray that people will wake up to today’s bitter reality in the historic city of Jerusalem and do what it takes to bring peace to this troubled city.”


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.

Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 12 January 2009
Crimes and Misdemeanors, 1989, 104 min

In two separate stories of adultery; a New York doctor (Martin Landau) resorts to desperate measures to cover up his long-term adulterous affair. An unhappily married documentary filmmaker (Woody Allen) fights an adulterous temptation while making his latest documentary on a TV producer. One of Allen’s most accomplished films – about the interplay between morality and happiness. Touches of humour and high drama. Starring Martin Landau, Mia Farrow, and Woody,pretty much as himself. (he did win Oscars for Best Film, Writing and Screenplay, and Landau – Brest in a Supporting Role. Pg13

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

The Canadian First Weekend Club –

First Weekend Club is a non-profit organization that strives to build audiences for great Canadian films through grassroots initiatives such as special screenings, Q&As with talent, premiere parties, movie alerts and much more! First Weekend Club is a free cross Canada film club that encourages members to attend opening weekend screenings.

For more upcoming Canadian feature films go to:



Information on Projects, Residencies, Bursaries, and Submission Requests to other media arts centres

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


Job Opportunity

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Executive Director

The Executive Director implements and ensures delivery of the strategic mandate of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (“Reel Asian”), Canada’s premier pan-Asian film festival. Reel Asian will be entering its 13th year in November 2009.

After at least five years of relevant experience, you are ready to become the driving force of a highly-respected and entrepreneurial charitable organization, recognized for its ability to bring the very best of Asian film and media arts to a city known for its discerning taste and appreciation of film.

You bring a well-developed network of corporate contacts and have a proven ability to use your perseverance, intellect and savvy, to create and grow long term, mutually beneficial partnerships.

You are poised and fearless in the face of challenging situations. You are a natural collaborator, but you are able to make decisive judgment calls, but only upon necessary inquiry, consultation and reflection. You are ready to consistently inspire a very driven operational staff comprised of very dynamic and intelligent professionals charged with fulfilling the creative, marketing and operational mandates of Reel Asian.

You have a strong track record of staff management, resource management and problem-solving in a fast paced, team-oriented environment. You have exceptional communication skills and are able to multi-task in a creative environment which has enhanced your capability to deliver results and to empower your team to do the same.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. Compensation will be based on experience, potential and delivering against a challenging mandate.

DEADLINE: January 19, 2009
Please submit your C.V., letter of interest and three references (including daytime telephone numbers) in confidence to , or in writing to:

Hiring Committee, Reel Asian
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 309
Toronto, ON
M5V 3A8


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.

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!



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.
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 Indie Fest: Call for Entries
Deadline: January 30, 2009

Download the entry form at:

The Indie Fest is an independent, top-tier international film awards competition. The goal of the Indie Fest is to give filmmakers publicity and distribution opportunities.

Please take a look at the Indie Fest website,, so you’ll better understand the Competition. On the website you’ll find lots of original content of interest to independent filmmakers including articles about indie-friendly distributors.


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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