MEDIANET NEWS November 12, 2009

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OPEN CINEMA Screening Series

Next  Wednesday, November 18,
The Age of Stupid

Sponsored by the Sierra Club

Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St
Doors 5:30
Suggested donation $10

Blurring the boundary between sci-fi and documentary Oscar nominated

Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the

devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and

asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the


(UK, 2009)

Open forum discussion with

Dr. Colin Campbell, Science Advisor (,

Dorothy Cutting (,

Michelle Culossi (

and Dr. James Rowe (School of Environmental Studies, UVic).

Baked goods, coffee, drinks, door prizes and more!


OPEN CINEMA is also pleased to announce the Victoria premiere of FUEL

Presented in collaboration with  Cowichan Alternative Energy

December 10, 2009, at the IMAX Theatre

Doors at 7pm, screening at 7:30 | suggested donation $10-$20

Advance ticket information to come…

Winner of dozens of awards, including the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award.

FUEL is a comprehensive and entertaining look at energy in America: a history of where we have been,
our present predicament and a solution to our dependence on foreign oil. FUEL challenges the audience to make a change and
seek accountability, reinforcing the idea that the power of every individual can and will make a difference.


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Screening at St. ANNE’S ACADEMY
835 Humbolt st.
Friday NOV 13 (7pm) & NOV 14 (1pm).

The plan: to cycle halfway across the planet. From the tip of Patagonia to the far reaches of the Canadian Arctic, this adventure would change their perspectives of the world forever. Despite what they thought they knew about the world… they came to see that they hardly knew it at all.

In a time when global relations can make the world seem too scary to embrace, these young Canadians remind us that the most common thing we share with other parts of the world is humanity.

18 countries by bicycle.
“The journey is the destination” ~ D. Woodend, Momentum Magazine
“This adorable film offers breathtaking vistas” ~ Y. Zacaraias, Vancouver Sun
“Fascinating” ~ M. MacDonald, Seattle Times




NOV  20  21  22  2009


Friday Program:
Speaker – Moussa Magassa, Human Rights Education Advisor, University of Victoria
Eleanor’s Dream – An artistic tribute to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to Eleanor Roosevelt
The Devil’s Bargain – Powerful footage of the destruction caused by the trade in small arms and the struggle for an International Treaty

Saturday Program:
Speaker – Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada
Seeking Refuge – Canada’s refugee process provides hope and despair for five featured refugees

Sunday Program:
Speaker – Serina Zapf, Vice President of Amnesty International Canada
Speaker – Dr Mary-Wynne Ashford, past president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Justicia Now – Oil’s toxic legacy in Ecuador and the largest environmental class action lawsuit in history
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari – Planting trees for fuel, shade and food led Wangari Maathai to social activism and the Nobel Peace Prize.  She is still speaking out on climate change.  This film has won many awards


Workshops for Producers

My name is Greg Jeffs, I am formerly of Nanaimo, educated at the Victoria Motion Picture School and I am an indie film producer.

I am planning a session for producers who want to make a short film with the intent on selling their product to an international market.

I am holding 2 sessions on the Island (1 in Victoria and 1 in Nanaimo) in December (dates determined by interest) and they are open to 8 producers (per session) only.

I am proposing:

Saturday, December 12th (Nanaimo, Nanaimo Conference Centre)
Sunday, December 13th (Victoria, Victoria Conference Centre)

Each producer will be encouraged to bring a work in progress, but will also be shown how to acquire a property for production.

The session is one day 8-4 and costs $200 (which will be receipted for budget purposes)

If you are interested in the session, please reply to me and I’ll put you on a contact list and will let you know the details (if there is any interest) and when the session will be held.

Places will be held on a first come, first served basis.

Greg Jeffs
Cedar Boy Pictures Inc.

David Simmon’s Screenactor’s Studio

(1) The Auditioning Dilemma & Solutions.     Instructor: Joanne Wilson

(2) The Meisner Approach. (last spots available).    Instructor. Joe McCoy.

(3) Acting With The Tao (For Actors and Directors).

(4)  ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES (last spots available)

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Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 16 November 2009
Owning The Slave, 2006, 32 min + extras

with filmmaker Renée Poisson

Andy Stringfellow is a black man who, wanting to escape the racism of his birthplace in rural Arkansas, settled in a white town in Canada. Suddenly facing death 30 years later, he questions his identity; he has lost his culture, his marriage and his health as well as his brilliant career as a clinical counsellor.

Determined to continue his personal evolution, Andy overcomes his lifelong need to keep his inner self hidden, taking the risk of revealing himself on camera. Andy’s frankness and clarity give us fresh insight into the experience of the “outsider.” Owning The Slave is about reclaiming oneself from imposed social, political and personal patterns and restrictions. Pg 13

Andy’s spontaneous performances of traditional songs complement original music composed and played by Michel Leblanc.


6:30 pm Saturday 21 November 2009

The Reena Virk Story, 44 min & 20 min

Special guests Suman and Manjit Virk appear with filmmakers, Larry Moore and Cathie Douglas, for a special presentation of The Reena Virk Story during Anti-Bullying and Restorative Justice Week November 15 -22 with this years theme; Communities
Responding to Human Needs. With the complexities of an adversarial process finally complete, the four worked together to create a documentary in Reena’s memory and to encourage dialogue about what can be learned from the tragedy.

Reena Virk was only fourteen when she was beaten and drowned by a group of her peers in a middle-class suburb of Victoria, B.C. For over a decade now, Reena’s parents, Suman and Manjit Virk, have struggled through rage and grief, bureaucracy and trials, media and misinformation; yet their main focus remains on the life affirming values of service, compassion, truth and understanding. Their dedication to the prevention of similar tragedies has led them into restorative dialogue with communities, educators and even Warren Glowatski, one of the youths responsible for Reena’s death. Manjit and Suman’s courageous journey brings us to reconsider much of what we believe about love, conflict, compassion and justice.

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

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:  Cairo Time
Cairo Time received the City of Toronto and Astral Media’s Award for Best Canadian Feature Film. Starring Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig

The DVD club is now discussing Fierce Light

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

Call for Submissions: $100 Film Festival

The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers is pleased to present the annual $100 Film Festival from March 4-6, 2010.  The festival embodies the spirit of low-budget, independent filmmaking and brings the experience of projected celluloid to our audience by only screening film prints.  It is the only competitive festival in Canada that screens exclusively on Super 8 and 16mm film.  The $100 Film Festival does not charge any entrance fees and pays artist fees for all films selected for the festival.    The selected films will also be eligible for festival prizes.  For more information and entry forms, please visit: or e-mail

Call for Submissions:
The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers:  18th Annual $100 Film Festival
March 4-6, 2010
Calgary, Alberta   CANADA

Deadline for Entries:  December 1, 2009.
·      16mm or Super 8 Film under 22min
·      MUST provide a 16mm or Super 8 film print for screening.
·      Official Release date after December 1, 2007.

The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers
Building J2, 2711 Battleford Ave. SW
Calgary, AB  T3E 7L4  CANADA
(403) 205 4747


The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is currently accepting applications for an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (FULL-TIME PERMANENT POSITION).

The annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival – the largest festival of its kind in Canada – is seeking a dynamic self-starter for a key executive role.   Now entering its tenth year, imagineNATIVE is an international showcase for Indigenous film, video, radio, new media, and installation art. Located in a beautiful arts-focused building at 401 Richmond Street West in Toronto, imagineNATIVE is a community-based festival committed to the development and promotion of Indigenous artists and their work. This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of a successful, growing organisation that has become one of the leaders in Toronto’s vibrant independent film festival scene.   The role will offer a high profile in the arts and Aboriginal communities and the candidate will nurture and develop key contacts within the film and media industries, as well as both the public and private sectors.


Operations, Staff and Financial Management

Write public and private grant proposals in compliance with established deadlines, collect and maintain all data and records required for such grants, in conjunction with senior staff members.
Manage the organization’s financial operations within the budget approved by the Board of Directors, including the overseeing the annual audit and cash flow, managing accounts payable and receivable, issuing petty cash, preparing materials as needed for the bookkeeper.
Manage staff, department and personnel issues, including supervising, delegating, hiring, terminating, running staff meetings, training and conducting performance reviews in conjunction with the Board and the Personnel Committee;
Manage and supervise the operations of the organization including fielding external requests from stakeholders, funders and the public, disseminating information internally and externally, and ensuring that deadlines are being met.
Manage, analyze and update organizational systems to ensure efficiency and accuracy;
Prepare monthly reports and statements on imagineNATIVE’s operations and finances for monthly board meetings;
Assist the Chair of the Board in developing agenda and materials for board meetings.

Festival Execution and Marketing Plan

Oversee and ensure effective execution of the festival, including programming, events, community, special projects, and industry initiatives in accordance to annual strategic priorities as set by the Board of Directors;
Revise and implement festival plan and timelines in accordance to annual strategic priorities as set by the Board of Directors;
Develop, oversee and implement imagineNATIVE’s marketing and promotions plan and campaign in conjunction with senior staff and contractors.
Supervise catalogue advertising and ad sales in conjunction with Marketing and Communications Manager;
Oversee and manage the production of the festival catalogue.

Partnerships and Profile

Develop and increase imagineNATIVE’s festival and year-round profile;
Ensure the implementation and completion of festival projects and initiatives;
Maintain current and build new relationships with funders and partners;
Build stronger national and international network of community organizations, media arts presenters and advocacy organizations;


Represent imagineNATIVE at events and meetings as necessary;
Participate in board committees as necessary;
Prepare monthly reports to the board, as necessary;
Prepare and provide final festival report following the event;
Participate in job evaluations, as necessary;
Other duties and general assistance as required or assigned;

Skills and Qualifications:

University or college degree in areas including: humanities, fundraising, arts administration or commensurate experience in the not-for-profit sector or media industry
Demonstrated track record in management and arts administration
High level of professionalism and ability to interface with senior-level professionals
Excellent communication, analytical, and motivational skills,
Grant or proposal writing experience; writing samples will be requested for interview
Experience with strategic planning, goal and target setting
Ability to work independently and manage a number of projects in a deadline-driven environment
Knowledge of the landscape of Aboriginal media arts in Canada an asset

Deadline: November 13th, 2009

Apply in writing to: Personnel Committee, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 417, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8 OR Fax: (416) 585-2313. You may also email your resume (as an .rtf or .pdf file) to: Please write Executive Director Position in the subject line.

We encourage candidates of Aboriginal ancestry to apply.

For more information about imagineNATIVE, please visit our website, We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Canadian Film Center Program (Toronto)
Deadline: January 25, 2010
With an impressive combination of skills and experiences, CFC alumni have established themselves as key players in the national and international entertainment industries.
Apply today at

RAIQ Call For Submissions (Montréal)
Arts interdisciplinaires: Hi-Tech, Lo-Tech, No-Tech?
The Regroupement des arts interdisciplinaires du Québec (RAIQ) is currently seeking proposals for its upcoming interdisciplinary conference: Arts interdisciplinaires: Hi-Tech, Lo-Tech, No-Tech? to be held in Montreal in May 2010.
Deadline for submissions: November 16, 2009


Bourse PRIM/Codes d’accès (Montréal)
Call for projects – Creation Support Program
Deadline: November 15, 2009


SAVAC Call for Submissions: MONITOR 6 (Toronto)
SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) invites submissions for
its sixth annual experimental short film and video screening
program, MONITOR 6. MONITOR 6 is dedicated to the presentation of experimental
short films and videos by and/or about South Asians from
Canada and around the world.
Deadline: November 16, 2009
Call for entries: AniFest, the International Festival of Animated Films (Czech Republic)
AniFest, the International Festival of Animated Films based in the Czech Republic is opening the 2010 competition of 9th festival edition which will be held in May
18 – 23 in a Renaissance South Bohemian spa town Trebon.
Film and video submissions for Ladyfest Toronto
Ladyfest Toronto is looking for film and video submissions for
our annual Supplement Film Night! We accept submissions of
all genres, lengths, and styles and are putting together a one-
night program for late January 2010.


2010 NSI Drama Prize (Winnipeg)
The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is accepting applications from emerging Canadian filmmakers for its 2010 NSI Drama Prize training program.
Filmmakers must apply as a team and submit a finished script with their application. Their proposed short film should not run longer than ten (10) minutes.
Deadline: November 12, 2009.


Images 2010 Film + Video call for submissions (toronto)
The Images Festival presents and promotes excellence in independent film, video and other time-based media.  Images is now accepting film and video submissions for consideration for the 2010 festival, which takes place from April 1-10, 2010.  Screening fees paid for all works presented.
FINAL deadline: November 13, 2009
Trinity Square Video (Toronto)
Trinity Square Video (TSV) is making a call for submissions and are seeking innovative artist’s works that use video, its forms and its processes, to examine the modes of presentation found in activist gesture, social action or cultural critique.
Deadline: November 15th, 2009
Silver Salt Animation Festival (Mumbai – India)
Silver Salt Animation Festival is a competitive, animation short film festival seeking international submissions.
Early Bird Deadline: November 15, 2009
Final Deadline: December 15, 2009

29th Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival (New Jersey)
Since 1981, the annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival, an international juried competition and award tour, has been fulfilling its mission to advocate, exhibit and reward cutting edge works from independent film and videomakers.
Deadline:  Friday, November 20, 2009


San Francisco International Film Festival
Looking for shorts and features completed after January 1, 2009.
Final Deadline: December 4, 2009


Rooftop Films is currently accepting submissions for the 2010 Summer Series. In May 2010 we will begin celebrating our 14th year of bringing the best underground films in the world outdoors and to the rooftops of New York.
Earlybird: December 5, 2009
Regular: January 15, 2010
Late: February 15, 20010

Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival
Seeks features and shorts
Early Deadline: December 15, 2009
Final Deadline: February 1, 2010

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (Toronto)
Seeking submissions for 2010 festival.
Deadline: December 18, 2009

Pleasure Dome Call for submissions: New Toronto Works Show 2010
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.
Deadline: January 15th, 2010


Show Us Your Shorts – A Festival of Short Films (Calgary)
Show Us Your Shorts screens the best in local, national, and international short films in a relaxed and enjoyable environment, awarding and recognizing the best in show for craft, narrative, size (as in length) and a Grand Jury prize.
Deadline: January 18th 2010

PLASTIC PAPER: Winnipeg’s Festival of Animated, Illustrated + Puppet Film
Seeking animated feature and short films made after January 1, 2009
Deadline February 1, 2010

CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (Toronto)
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival
Seeking shorts for the 2010 festival.
Deadline: February 5, 2010


16th Edition: May 26 – 29, 2010
MEDIA CITY is an international festival of experimental film and video art
presented annually since 1994.
Deadline: February 19, 2010
Infos and entry form:





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