MEDIANET NEWS November 26, 2009

MediaNet Office hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 1pm, Sat 9 am – noon

(250) 381-4428

Organizing against the arts cuts

There will be a rally in support of the arts today at noon on the back steps of the legislature. Come and show your support!

For information on other ways to support the arts, please read the forwarded email below.

The budget consultation ended last month, and a lot of people participated, eventually leading the Finance Committee to recommend that the government “Make funding of the arts a high priority in the 2010/11 budget by returning to overall actual funding levels of 2008/09.”  Now would be a good time to write BC Finance Minister Colin Hansen, and tell him that you support the Finance Committee’s recommendation to restore arts funding. Finance Committees have recommended increases in the past, only to see the recommendation overlooked when the budget comes out, so it is important to let the Finance Minister know how many people are in favour of meaningful public support for the arts!
You can send a letter using this form:;

Tuesday, December 1:  Rick Raxlen will be screening his new work, how-to-hula, and giving a short talk on animation
at the MediaNet office at noon.

Seasonal Pageant Disorder : MediaNet / Open Space fundraising party

December 18, 2009, 7pm- midnight at Open Space, 510 Fort St.

MediaNet and Open Space will be holding a fundraising event in support of joint programming.

Featuring music by Slim Sandy and Ry Moran, live drawing by Eden Veudry with cello accompaniment by Jared Brandle, and the films of Scott Amos.

food, drink and a silent auction with fabulous local artwork, goods and services

Come and escape the Christmas rush with us!

If you can donate anything to the silent auction, or would like to help with the fundraiser, please contact Catlin


OPEN CINEMA Screening Series presents

the Victoria premiere of FUEL
Presented in collaboration with  Cowichan Alternative Energy and The BC Sustainable Energy Association

December 10, 2009, at the IMAX Theatre

A fundraiser for Cowichan Alternative Energy

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

Advance tickets on sale at the MediaNet office, #106- 2750 Quadra St,

The IMAX Theatre concession, 675 Belleville St and Hemp and Company, 1102 Government St.

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.


MediaNet member Chris Ruffell has recently directed and produced a video for Our Place Society

“The Our Place Society has been doing positive things for the Victoria BC homelessness situation, even though it’s been a mystery to many on how . This new video, shown at the November ‘Taste of Britain’ fundraiser at the Crystal Gardens, displays Our Place’s upbeat model and process in little more than 3 minutes.”

‘Hope & Belonging’ is available for immediate viewing or embedding on your own site in HD:


For Sale:   Gildecam 4000 + Body Pod + Arm Brace  Excellent condition $495.00

Glidecam 4000 Pro: hand-held camcorder stabilizing system designed for cameras
weighing from 4 to 10 pounds.
Body Pod: A lightweight rigid support system which, when used with the Glidecam 4000 Pro, hand-held stabilizers, allows all the weight of the system to be supported by your body.
Arm Brace: An accessory designed to distribute the weight of a Glidecam 4000 Pro,
stabilizer over the entire forearm of the operator.

Contact Richard 250 885 6451

MediaNet member Noreen Thiele is looking for a tutor for Final Cut Pro. Will exchange the use of her camera and equipment.
Please contact

MediaNet member Raymond Painchaud is looking for a tutor for Final Cut Pro.
If you are interested financial arrangements should be made directly with Raymond
Phone 250-514-9040 or email

The MediaNet tech blog:



Open Space

Open Word: Readings and Ideas featuring Xi Chuan

Sunday, November 29, 2009 2:00 pm
Sunday November 29 at 2pm
Admission by donation

One of China’s foremost poets Xi Chuan (real name Liu Jun) will conclude a successful three-month residency as Orion Visiting Lecturer at the University of Victoria’s Department of Writing with a public reading at Open Space. Xi Chuan will read English translations of his work, including parts of a recent translation of his long poem Misfortune published in the Fall 2009 issue of the literary journal Grain. Following the reading, Tim Lilburn will interview Xi Chuan. An informal reception will follow. Everyone is welcome.


Nov. 28 & 29

From our Goods for Cuba Committee and all the other endorsers of this festival we would like to invite you, your family and friends in joining us in our upcoming Film Festival.


1:00pm Camas Books 2590 Quadra

24 Days in Brooks

Producer: Dana Inkster (2009 – 42:03 min.)
In a decade, tiny Brooks, Alberta has been transformed from a socially conservative, primarily Caucasian town to one of the most diverse places in Canada. Hijabs have become commonplace, downtown bars feature calypso and residents speak 90 different languages.
Immigrants and refugees have flocked here to work at Lakeside Packers – one of the world’s largest slaughterhouses.
Centering on the 24 days of the first-ever strike at Lakeside, this film is a nuanced portrait of people working together and adapting to change. They are people like Peter Jany Khwai, who escaped war in Sudan, wears an African shirt and a cowboy hat, and affirms his Canadian identity as well as his determination to fight for his rights. Or Edil Hassan, a devout Muslim born in Somalia, who counts her hours of organizing and picketing among her proudest moments.
As 24 Days in Brooks shows, people from widely different backgrounds can work together for respect, dignity, and change – even though getting there is not easy.

For more information on the film festival, and a program of events, please visit

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

Weekend Acting Career Boot Camp. Instructor: John Emmet Tracy.

December 6th & 7th.  Times: 10 – 4.30 p.m. both days. Cost: $195 + 5% gst.

For more information, go to

Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 30 November 2009

The Gathering Storm, 2007, 162 min

The HBO Movie The Gathering Storm is about Winston Churchill in the years just prior to World War II. The title of the film is the same as the title of the first volume of Churchill’s largely autobiographical six-volume history of the war, which covered the period from 1919 to 10 May 1940, the day he became prime minister.

The film stars Albert Finney as Churchill and Vanessa Redgrave as his wife Clementine Churchill (“Clemmie”); Finney gained many accolades for his performance, winning both a BAFTA Award for Best Actor and an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor. It’s a totally engrossing film, an unforgettable character.

Of particular interest in MM’s context is that Churchill was greatly troubled by a mood disorder, his “Black Dog”. One of his strategies was painting. Hundreds of canvases in oils, mostly landscapes, are part of his legacy, as well books on history and memoirs. For one of history’s great orators, it is also remarkable that he dealt with a serious speech impediment.

Several members of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Vancouver Island will be on hand to answer questions about the society and to share a birthday cake with all the audience! The Sir Winston Churchill Society of Vancouver Island is devoted to ensuring the inspiration of this great global statesman, from the last century, will motivate even greater leadership today. Run by volunteers, the society provides events and activities for members and for the general public.

6:30 pm Monday 7 December 2009
The Living Museum, 1998, 78 min

with a presentation by the Pandora Arts Collective and Yuri Arajs

The Living Museum is an art community in a downsized New York mental institution (Creedmoor Psychiatric Center) where every inch of the 40,000 square foot space is treated like a canvas. The Living Museum illuminates the life and work of artists who are patients and graduates of the Creedmoor. Dr. Janos Marton, charismatic director co-founder and seven of his patients/artists illustrate how it works and how art can be so necessary in the lives of many who are “afflicted with mental illness.”

By Academy Award winning filmmaker Jessica Yu. The project is still, after 15 years, very much alive in NY, as our art programs are threatened.

For more information on upcoming films, 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:  Prom Night in Mississippi, Love and Savagery, Amreeka, Invisible City, and more!
The DVD club is now discussing It’s Not Me, I Swear

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



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

Call for Submissions

The Edmonton Women’s Film Society is currently planning our 2010 festival and are looking for films that are either written, directed or produced by women. Our deadline is January 1, 2010. Our address is: 9136- 74 Avenue, Edmonton, AB ( T6E 1E1). For more information please visit our website


Deadline approaching for $100 film festival
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, 2009.
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
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

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.
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

18th Annual $100 Film Festival (Calgary)
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.
Deadline: December 1, 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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