MEDIANET NEWS July 9, 2009

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

Please Note: The Reel Dance Film Fest fundraising Event has been Postponed until the Fall – updates to follow

The Reel Dance Film Fest will be held as a fundraiser to raise money for the Dance for the Camera Program. The event will feature highlights of the best short films made by previous Dance for the Camera participants, as well as live dance performances by Benedikt MacIssac and the Victoria School of Contemporary Dance, and a new music performance by Tina Pearson. The evening will end with a performance and dance party with music by Slim Sandy.

There will be a silent auction of goods and services from local businesses, a cash bar and light appetizers.

Please join us for what promises to be an enlightening and enjoyable evening!

For more information, contact Catlin
New MediaNet workshop! – Relative Synchronicity: black and white images and coloured sound
July 20 – August 1, 2009

Cost $60: includes 1 roll of b+w film (2 1/2 mins), with hand-processing and video transfer, hands-on soundtrack workshop and post-production facilities.

A two-week workshop. Week 1: shoot a roll of b+w super 8 film and edit it in camera. Week 2: create a digital soundscape using manipulated sound for your film.
The film and sound will be played together at the screening at the end of the workshop.

For more information, or to register, contact Kirk
or Scott

iPod for sale

iPod Touch, 8 gig, never used, never opened, brand new, for sale. Save $100 (& tax)). Asking $200.

120G Hard Drive for Sale

Brand new NEVER USED 120G Hard Drive in case (powered thru USB cable) $135.
– excellent as backup drive for laptop or for video projects – REALLY compact – 3″wide x 5″long x 3/4″ thick – fits easily in pocket or purse.

Contact Chris at 250-588-8138 or

The MediaNet tech blog:
MediaNet G5s for sale

We are selling our Dual G5 Mac Pro Suites (all have firewire 400 and 1 x firewire 800 ports)
* Dual 2 GHz Power PC – 2.5 Gig ram, DVD Burner, ATI Radon 9600 Pro Video Card, 2 x 160 gig internal drives, keyboard and mouse. $800
* Dual 2 GHz Power PC – 2.5 Gig ram, DVD Burner, GeForce FX 5200 Video Card, 1 x 500 gig internal drive, keyboard and mouse $800
* Dual 2.7 GHz Power PC – 2.5 Gig Ram, pioneer DVR-109 DV burner, AH Radon 9600 Video Card, 250 gig boot drive, 500 gig spare drive, Keyboard and mouse $850
* 2 x Samsung CRT 997 monitors – free to first G5 purchaser who wants them
PowerMac G4 2.8 GHz, 320 meg sdram, ATY rage 128 grapics card, 120 Gig internal drive, DVD rom, firewire 400, Acer G772 CRT monitor, Keyboard and mouse $125
** offered to MediaNet members first – unsold will be placed on Craig’s list July 15th.



Blender interest group
The first blender workshop was held on Sat July 4th and the Blender interest group and discussion will be held here at MediaNet on Friday July 17th. All members with an interest in Blender are invited to drop in and share their tips and insights into this full features (but sometimes complicated) 3D animation program

Final Cut Intro Workshop
Interested in an hands-on intro to Final Cut? We need 2 more people for a Final Cut Intro workshop (max 5 people) that takes you all the way from importing, through basic editing on the timeline to exporting your final project. $50 Members, $80 non members for this 6 hr one day workshop. Contact
Date and time TBA.


Open Space presents Us Ones In Between
July 4 – August 1

featuring the work of eight emerging artists: Ty Danylchuk, Caitlin Gallupe, Cody Haight, Liam Hanna-Lloyd, Cameron Kidd, Brooke Semple, Eden Veaudry and Erik Volet. Us Ones In Between is curated by Nick Robins.

Tuesday, July 14 at 8pm : Free Form Cinema, Film Screenings by Ty Danylchuk


Film Screenings at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

July 9, 2009 – Film Screening 7:00pm. Honey Moccasin, Director Shlley Niro creates a playful comedy/thriller to investigate authenticity, cultural identity and the articulation of modern Native American experience.

July 16, 2009 – Film Screening 7:00pm. Throne of Blood, a 1957 film directed by Akira Kurosawa. This film transposes the plot of William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth to medieval Japan.

July 23, 2009 – Film Screening 7:00pm. The Samurai Rebellion, a 1967 samurai classic directed by Masaki Kobayashi. This classic follows the story of Isaburo, a renowned swordsman who takes a heroic but deadly stand for individual freedom.

July 30, 2009 – Film Screening 7:00pm. Zatoichi, a 2003 award-winning saurai drama written, co-directed, and starring Japanese entertainment legend Takeshi Kitano.

For more information, contact the gallery: 250.384.4101


Deeper into Movies

with Shane Scott-Travis

This summer CineVic has a rather dashing co-op student by the name of Shane Scott-Travis. He is very enthusiastic about cinema, enjoys long walks on the beach, doing write-ups such as this, and talking shop. Shane has taken it upon himself to host a series of screenings each Wednesday in July @ 7:30pm at CineVic!

You can expect hand-picked faves from Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Demy, Michelangelo Antonioni and Bob Rafelson. Shane will be introducing each of the films and leading a lively discussion after each screening.

If you want to get deeper into movies, come chillax with Shaner each Wednesday this July! These screenings are FREE and open to the public. Bring your own snacks if you so desire.

To find out which films will be screening when, give us a call at 250.389.1590


Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 13 July 2009
One Week, 2008, 94 min

“Instead of hunkering down to face brutal treatment for cancer our protagonist chooses to leave family and home behind and to head out on his motorcycle across Canada. He meets interesting people and encounters many giant things (we have a remarkable number of over sized hockey sticks, nickels, geese, wigwams, and deck chairs etc). A great Canadian road movie with terrific soundtrack, this film really grows on you.” Pg

6:30 pm Monday 20 July 2009
Meatballs, 1979, 99 min

“30 YEARS, kids! Here’s the Summer Camp experience you never had – with Bill Murray in his prime (and his first starring part) as a zany yet inspiring and empathetic camp counsellor. Brought to attention by my 29 year old son, “a fun kids’ film heralding the summer (as in its maddening theme song ‘are you ready for the summer?’)… it has scene after scene of Bill Murray as head counsellor being charming and hilarious, and bonding with a lonely camper in a touching way. Give it a try- perhaps it might tickle you.” Pg 1979!

For more information visit

Movie Monday screens every Monday in Victoria, B.C. Admission is by donation.
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

Registration is now open online…

or phone 1.800.813.9993

with classes for children and adults, including 3 unique course streams: Director’s (Dramatic Video), Activist Documentary, and New Digital Journalism 2.0!


SCREEN ACTOR’S STUDIO. 845 Fisgard St, Victoria V8W 1R9

One Day Casting Director Workshop (now enrolling)

2007 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Casting in a Mini-Series.
Prior to workshop, Jackie has requested a head-shot / photo from those registering to allow selection of appropriate sides***.
Limited enrollment / early registration is advised.***
Either Saturday July 11th OR Sunday July 12th. 10 – 4p.m.
Cost : $150 (plus 5% gst)

Jackie Lind, a native of Saskatchewan has been a Canadian Principal casting director for eleven years, casting in Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Jackie built the first casting director studio in Alberta and still maintains a casting company there as well as in Vancouver, where she now lives. Jackie won an Emmy Award in 2007 “outstanding casting in a mini-series”. Credits include: The Assassination of Jesse James, Honey I Shrunk The Kids.Shooter, Open Range and Broken Trail just to name a few.* Some of the people Jackie has worked with are listed below.

An adult workshop suitable for actors beginning to develop auditioning skills and also for actors presently actively auditioning .

Summer 2009 adult and youth programs now enrolling. Please confirm all start dates with Studio.
West Coast Screenwriting asks,
“Are you feeding your inner screenwriter?”

In August, West Coast Screenwriting principals, Keith Digby (Time Exposures) and Brian Paisley (Lies Like Truth) will hold a ‘Weekend Blitz’ workshop for NINE aspiring screenwriters.

Yes, that’s right – there will only be NINE participants, maximum, in the class. This course is not only specific to success in the craft of screenwriting, but also uniquely personal in the assessment and development of each individual participant’s work.

Location: Victoria Film Commission Offices, Inner Harbour, Victoria.
Dates: Friday August 21st (evening) to Sunday August 23rd (late afternoon),

For new and emerging screenwriters, bring your idea/concept, outline or unfinished screenplay. Novel and short story writers, who might be thinking of adapting one of their works, bring a one-page outline and watch its progress to the screen.

Are you interested in taking this high-power, team-taught 12-hour course.

Take the plunge.
Take the workshop!
Tell other writers about this opportunity.

Sponsored by The Victoria Film Commission.

See curriculum details and rates on our website:

Note the ‘Early-Bird Discount’ for writers registering before August 1st.

“Where stories are told…”
West Coast Screenwriting

David Simmonds’ SUMMER CAMPS! for Young Actors 8 – 15*
Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Cost: 195 (plus 5% g.s.t.)

A four day fun-filled camp working with scenes, commercials and Improvisation and finding out what it means to be on-set. Video-taping and playback are used throughout the camp to monitor the progress and provide the understanding of how to work on camera for the young actors. Please bring a bag lunch Monday through Wednesday. On the Thursday and last day of camp we do a final shoot and enjoy a pizza lunch provided by the studio before presenting playback to the parents and guests on the closing afternoon. Outside locations are sometimes used. Camps are supervised at all times. *We try to keep camp age groups within a 4 year span.

(2) July 13 – 16th (cancelled spot – contact studio)

(3) Aug 10 – 13th (some spots available)

(4) Aug 17 – 20th (last spots available)

Limited enrollment / Payment plan available/ Or Visa



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.

Canadian Films coming to theatres: Victoria Day, Act of God, The Baby Formula, The Green Chain, Fierce Light and more!

The DVD club is now discussing “One Week”

For more information on upcoming Canadian feature films, and joining the DVD club, go to:


Calls for submissions – other Media Arts Centres and festivals

The 2009 Winnipeg Reel Pride GLBT* Film Festival

The 2009 Winnipeg Reel Pride GLBT* Film Festival would like to announce its Short Film Competition Call for Submissions. I’ve included the link to the application form below.

If your membership includes any GLBT* filmmakers that would like to submit a short film to our competition, please encourage them by forwarding them the link below.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 4, 2009 – 4:00 PM CST.

Thanks for your time,

Les Klassen
Board Member
Winnipeg Gay and Lesbian Film Society Inc.
Reel Pride Film Festival


Whistler Film Festival

Whistler, BC (April 8, 2009) – The Whistler Film Festival is seeking submissions for its ninth annual edition, which runs from December 3 to 6, 2009. Canadian and International filmmakers are invited to submit by the following deadlines: July 3 for early film submissions (discount on application); July 17 for short films; and August 14 for feature films.

Film submission guidelines and forms are available at


The Indie Fest: Call for Entries

Deadline: July 31, 2009

Download the entry form at:

The Indie Fest is an independent, top-tier international film awards competition. Our goal is to help independent filmmakers gain publicity and, when appropriate, exposure to distributors.

The Indie Fest is a virtual festival. It does not have physical screenings. Rather, winners receive publicity as we broadcast the list of winners via press releases and to our email database of more than 28,000 filmmakers and industry insiders. Winning an Indie will help you get noticed.

Entries are judged against high standards of excellence and against each other. The Indie Fest provides an equal chance of winning for all entrants, regardless of size and budget. Entries are judged on quality of craft and creativity. The Indie Fest is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.

There are three levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence and Award of Merit. No more than 15% of entries will be granted Awards of Excellence. Best of Show will only be granted if unique films are discovered. In fact, there is no requirement that any Best of Show awards be given. Notable artistic and technical productions that exceed industry standards are recognized at the Award of Merit level.

Judging is a three phase process. Like most traditional festivals, the first round of judging takes place internally and is a screening to find those productions that have outstanding craft, i.e., cinematography/videography, sound, editing, etc. Many films wash-out during phase. Those productions that survive are evaluated to find the films that excel at storytelling, entertainment and communication. Entries judged to be potential Best of Show winners may be sent to outside judges for additional review. Judging standards are high and selective.

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.

Go to for rules and entry form.

Toronto Urban Film Festival

Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) is making a call for entries, all genres of film and video accepted.
DEADLINE: July 15th, 2009
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (US)
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is making a call for entries.
DEADLINE – early bird: July 3, 2009

CFMDC is making a call for Curatorial Residency
(only open to curators living outside of Canada)
Deadline: July 10, 2009
Call For Submissions

Global Visions Film Festival
Global Visions Film Festival is making a call for entries.
DEADLINE: July 10, 2009.


Toronto Urban Film Festival
Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) is making a call for entries, all genres of film and video accepted.
DEADLINE: July 15th, 2009

2010 Images Festival
2010 Images Festival is seeking Off Screen (gallery installation) / Live Performance/ New Media work.
DEADLINE: July 15, 2009
Festival du nouveau cinéma
Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma is seeking films for it’s next edition.
DEADLINE: July 15 2009
Come up to my room
The Gladstone Hotel is seeking works for it’s 7th Annual Alternative Design Event: COME UP TO MY ROOM 2010.
DEADLINE: July 24, 2009 (no later than 5pm)
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (US)
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is making a call for entries.
DEADLINE – early bird: July 3, 2009


The Independent Media Arts Alliance seeks an Administrative Coordinator

Application deadline: Friday, July 24th, 2009
Start date: August 17th, 2009
12 month contract with the possibility of renewal
Salary starting at $16/hour
32 hours / week

The IMAA is a member-driven non-profit national organization working to advance and strengthen the media arts community in Canada. IMAA currently has over 80 artist-run member organizations, representing more than 12,000 artists and cultural workers.

For more information about IMAA visit

The Administrative Coordinator assists the National Director and the IMAA Board of Directors in the daily activities of the association.

The ideal individual must be fluently bilingual and have excellent communication, organizational, and writing skills (in both French & English), and a good understanding of the independent media arts and of artists-run culture in Canada.

− To act as a liaison between the members, the general public and the National Director
− To assist the National Director with grant writing and fundraising activities
− To assist the National Director with meeting preparation
− To assist with planning and preparation for the Annual General Meeting and National Conference
− To attend Board meetings in the capacity of Minute Taker
− To translate all IMAA documents from English to French and, when necessary, to provide French to English translation
− To collect, edit, translate and circulate the monthly Newsletter
− To maintain the IMAA website

The IMAA is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to actively assuring full participation in the organization and in access to its resources to all people, regardless of gender, race, language, sexual orientation, age or ability.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV and three references by email to:

Or by mail to:

Jennifer Dorner, National Director
Independent Media Arts Alliance
3995 Berri, Montreal QC H2L 4H2

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.


Western Front seeks Executive Director

Contract: Three year contract

Hours: Full-time (35 Hours per Week, plus some evenings and weekends)

Deadline: July 24, 2009

Start Date: ASAP
The Western Front Society is seeking a creative and entrepreneurial individual to fill the full time
contract position of Executive Director.

The Western Front is one of Canada’s pioneering artist-run centres and produces and presents
works in five programs: Exhibitions, Performance Art, New Music, Media Arts, and Publications
(FRONT magazine). Founded in 1973, the Western Front Society is located in a heritage building
in the central vicinity of Main Street in Vancouver, Canada. It is the mandate of the Society to
support the research, creation and presentation of work by emerging and established
contemporary artists in all disciplines. The organization collaborates actively with other arts
organizations, locally and internationally. Maintaining high artistic, curatorial and scholarly
standards, the Western Front enjoys an international reputation for excellence and innovation.

Ongoing programs and special projects promote artistic endeavours and public presentation
through exhibitions, performances, screenings, publications, residencies, and an extensive

We seek a bold, talented and personable Executive Director who can step into a leadership
position and take the institution in a fresh new direction at an exciting juncture in its long history.
This key position will be of interest to arts professionals with a passion for contemporary art, a
creative vision and team-leading abilities. It presents the opportunity to make a significant
contribution to the arts in Vancouver and beyond. The Executive Director should be someone
who is energized by the challenge of working with the history of this longstanding arts
organization while articulating a new set of contemporary conditions for the organization that will
see it blossom.
Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will:

Oversee fundraising, fund development planning and implementation, and grant writing
Develop financial and risk management controls
Facilitate annual budgeting and regular monitoring and reporting
Facilitate strategic planning and policy development
Facilitate groups, build consensus and communicate effectively
Foster partnerships within the local and national arts communities
Hire, supervise and mentor staff
Actively support the board and its committees with appropriate administration and reports
Develop community relations and promote the Western Front locally, nationally and internationally
Approve the programmatic initiatives set out by the curators
Act as key spokesperson representing the Western Front to other cultural organizations and the


The ideal candidate will have:

An MA or MFA or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline
An understanding of the artist-run centre movement and its principle concerns
An excellent working knowledge of contemporary art, music and literary practices
Enthusiasm for the position and the organization
The ability to foster a healthy collegial working environment
Experience with budget preparation, financial management and working within fixed budgets
Previous history of successful grant writing and fundraising experience
Excellent communication, presentation, writing, and time management skills
Strong planning and organizational skills including the ability to prioritize projects
Proven managerial experience, creativity and vision
Experience working with a Board of Directors and volunteers
Experience with office and data management software

REMUNERATION: $45,000 per annum, 4 weeks vacation and a comprehensive benefit package
Applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest and a CV as well as three professional
references. In addition, a writing sample (such as a grant application) and a fundraising history
are also requested.

Executive Director Hiring Committee, Western Front Society

303 East 8th Avenue

Vancouver BC V5T 1S1

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. We thank all applicants, but only shortlisted candidates will be
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:00 pm Friday, July 24, 2009




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