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Coming in September – MediaNet’s second annual EcoDoc program

workshops: September 12-19, production: Sept 20- Aug 4, screening: Oct 7

Cost: $125 for MediaNet members
$150 others

MediaNet is pleased to present “eco doc”, a program for filmmakers/ videographers and environmentalists to meet and produce short documentary films about issues relating to the environment, global warming and sustainable development.   The program will take place over 3 weeks, from September 12th to Oct 4th.  Works produced through the program will be shown at a special public screening on October 7th, as well as on community television and over the internet.

MediaNet is partnering with the ekosTV, Open Cinema, the Dogwood Initiative and the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria to offer this program to the Victoria community.   This is a unique opportunity for filmmakers, videographers, environmentalists and activists to explore local sustainability issues and solutions under the mentorship of filmmakers such as Richard Boyce, director of “The Art of Rainforests” and Rick Searle, founder of Ekos Communications and the Ekos TV website. Participants will have the opportunity to view and discuss a variety of documentary styles and genres.

Participants will be individually assisted while exploring the technical, practical and artistic challenges involved in creating an environmental video in a supportive and collaborative community. Participants will have access to MediaNet’s production and post production facilities during the program.  Several MediaNet filmmakers will be giving practical workshops to help participants develop their projects. Local environmentalists will offer feedback and suggestions for contacting resources and exploring issues.

This is a hands on program and filmmakers and editors will be on hand to assist participants in the use of cameras, lights and editing. MediaNet technicians will be availble for support.   Filmmakers may work in teams or as individuals. Each filmmaker will be eligible for support for one film. (or, a team of 3 could make up to 3 films in the program).

Contact MediaNet for further information at 250-381-4428 or email at

Videos from our 2008 EcoDoc program are on MediaNet’s website. Go to

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Vantage Point on-line magazine

Vantage Point is an on-line magazine of discourse on the media arts. Our latest post is Homemoovies by Rick Raxlen,
a three-part meditation on the history and form of the home movie genre.
Go to

Submit to Vantage Point! Send your thoughts, ideas and musings to

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 – 3 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

* 2 x Samsung CRT 997 monitors – free to first G5 purchaser who wants them

** offered to MediaNet members first – unsold will be placed on Craig’s list.


Velo Victoria

Do you have a film/video about bikes or bicycle culture? Velo Victoria, Victoria’s first ever celebration of bicycle culture, wants films made by local Victoria Filmmakers.  The films will be shown in Centennial Square on Friday Aug 21 and Sat Aug 22. Contact or call 250-514-1839 for more info, or drop it off care of the MediaNet office at #106 – 2750 Quadra St .

B Channel News Victoria – call out

B Channel News, a new online local video news collective, is looking for
videographers, on-camera reporters, video editors, journalists,
columnists, web designers/techs, and other volunteers to help us create a
new form of online interactive news media.

B Channel crews have been out filming events around town, and we have one
sample page up at to demonstrate what we hope to

Though we are hoping to attract dedicated volunteers who are willing to
work with us on a regular basis, we are also accepting submissions of
articles and videos. Consider becoming a freelance reporter with B

The B Channel News Collective meets every Sunday at 1pm.
Email for meeting location, or call 250-857-NEWS


Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 10 August 2009
Sita Sings The Blues, 2008, 82 min
You can watch quirky animated treat on line but as the filmmaker says, “The best way to see Sita Sings the Blues is on a big screen, in a dark room, with other people.” Several different styles of animation, cool 20’s blues torch songs, Indian mythology, modern day angst, and three shadow puppets narrating the action – this is something different…and fun!Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920’s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as “the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.” PG

6:30 pm Monday 17 August 2009
Women In The Shadows, 1991, 55 min
also: antidote: Multiracial Girls and Women’s Network, 1991, 55 min
An NFB distributed documentary about a Metis woman, Christine Welsh, now a professor of Womens Studies at Uvic discovering her hidden identity.

The screening is a fundraiser for antidote: Multiracial Girls and Women’s Network from UVic.

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

National Screen Institute – FeaturesFirst

The National Screen Institute is seeking Canadian filmmaking teams to participate in NSI Features First 2009 – a professional development

program designed to prepare filmmakers for the production of their first or second feature film with intensive training.

Deadline for applications is Monday, September 21.

Full details and application form available on our website:


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


Wednesday evenings 7 – 10 p.m.

August 5, 12, 19 & 26

Saturday showcase 1 – 4p.m.

August 29th rehearsal & performance

Cost $ 175 plus (5 Sessions)

Instructor: Joe McCoy

The first of four Wednesday evenings will begin the workshop process that leads to rehearsal then a showcase performance before a live audience. The actors, along with their scene partners will workshop and develop the selected material under the guidance of instructor Joe McCoy. On the Saturday a final rehearsal and run-through will take place before the audience arrives* and the showcase performance starts at 2.30. Afterwards everyone will be invited to enjoy refreshments and snacks. And because of  limited space we’re suggesting each actor be allowed to invite only two (possibly) three people to the showcase performance.

Audience arrives 2.15 p.m

Limited enrollment (10 people max).


Screen Actors Studio 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.

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

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

Limited enrollment / Payment plan available/ Or Visa

A copy of the final day shoot will be available on d.v.d. for $10.

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

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:  The Necessities of Life, Fifty Dead Men Walking, WaterLife, and more!

The DVD club is discussing “One Week”

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



“So You Think You Can Pitch?” –

The 4th annual collaboration between the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and Charles Street Video pitch competition is back!

* So you think you have a brilliant idea for a short film?
* So you think it’s the recession that’s keeping you from making your film a reality?
* So you think you and your team can go through the intensive Pitch Clinic boot camp and pitch like a pro in front of a live audience?

Then get ready, get set…APPLY NOW!

Once again this year, ten brave teams of finalists will present their pitches in front of three judges and a live audience. Two winning filmmaking teams will walk away with amazing prize packages that will help them kick-start and/or finish their short film. The two prize packages of over $10,000* for the Emerging Category and $18,000* for the Established Category cover High Definition or Standard Definition production and post services, artist’s fees and a one-year membership at Charles Street Video (CSV).

We welcome all good films and film ideas! Your film can be dramatic, documentary or experimental, up to 30 minutes in length. Don’t forget it must feature an Asian in a key creative role in front or behind the camera.

So make a film with an amazing prize package and expert guidance from our industry professionals! The winning teams will also get the opportunity to have their films considered for screening at the 2010 Reel Asian Film Festival.

Received in the Reel Asian offices by 5 pm on Friday, September 25, 2009.

So You Think You Can Pitch 2009 Guideline and Application (PDF, 2.8 MB, )

The ten teams of finalists will be announced live from the Exhibit Hall at the Japan Foundation-Toronto during the Reel Asian Press & Media Launch on Tuesday, October 13, 2009.

* Estimated prize values based on standard industry rates.

* Please forward widely to your contacts *

Siya Chen
Industry Series Coordinator
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 309
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
T 416-703-9333 | F 416-703-9986 |

Canada’s Premier Pan-Asian International Film Festival: 13th Edition November 11-15, 2009




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