OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri 9 am – 1 pm, Sat 9 am – noon
(250) 381-4428

Happy New Year!

OPEN CINEMA’s Spring  Schedule

at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad St)

1. 7pm February 24th, 2010

H2Oil (Canada 2009)

Sponsored by Dogwood Initiative

Ever wonder where American gets most of its oil? If you thought it was Saudi Arabia or Iraq you are wrong. America’s biggest oil supplier has quickly become Canada’s oil sands. Located under Alberta’s pristine boreal forests, the process of oil sands extraction uses up to 4 barrels of fresh water to produce only one barrel of crude oil.

It goes without saying that water — its depletion, exploitation, privatization and contamination — has become the most important issue to face humanity in this century. At the same time, the war for oil is well underway across the globe. A struggle is increasingly being fought between water and oil, not only over them.

Alberta’s oil sands are at the centre of this tension. As the province rushes towards a large-scale extraction, the social, ecological and human impacts are hitting a crisis point. In only a few short years the continent will be a crisscross of pipelines, reaching from the arctic all the way to the southern US, leaving toxic water basins the size of Lake Ontario, and surface-mines as large as Florida.

H2Oil follows a voyage of discovery, heartbreak and politicization in the stories of those attempting to defend water in Alberta against tar sands expansion. Unlikely alliances are built and lives are changed as they come up against the largest industrial project in human history.

With hope and courage H2Oil tells the story of one of the most significant, and destructive projects of our time.

For trailer and more info visit:

Stay tuned for post-screening discussion guests

2. 7pm March 10th 2010

Tapped (USA 2009)

Sponsored by Greater Victoria Water Watch Coalition

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public’s right to water.

For trailer and more information visit

3. Exciting April 2010 screening details coming soon


Upcoming MediaNet workshops:

All workshops are at the MediaNet office, #106 -2750 Quadra St.

New Members’ Meeting
Tuesday January 19, 7pm
Learn about MediaNet’s policies and procedures. All new members are required to attend a membership orientation.

Keyframing Effects and the Motion tab in FCP
7 to 9:30  Tuesday Jan 26
Learn how to keyframe your effects and how to utilize the tools (including time remaping and sizing) in the motion tab in FCP
$20 Members, $40 non members.  This is a hands on class so there is a limit of 5 persons

Intro to Final Cut
7 to 10 PM Monday Feb 15 and Tues Feb 16th
The basics of final cut, from importing to manipulating clips in Viewer and on the Timeline, to outputting your project to tape or disk
Members $50, Non Members $80   This is an hands on Class, maximum 5 persons

Compressor: Exporting for DVD, the Web and more
Saturday 6 March  12:45 to 3 PM
Learn how to create the versions of your project you need to present yourself the best on DVD, the Web, Youtube and more
Members $20, Non Members $40

Intro to DVD Studio Pro
Sat 20 March  12 to 3 pm
customize your DVD interface with the sophisticated controls of DVD Studio Pro
Members $30, Non Members $50   This is a hands on course, max 5 persons

To register for workshops please contact

The MediaNet tech blog:




Technology and the Arts: Current Innovations and Concerns
Date: Monday, January 25: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Location: Uvic Engineering and Computer Science 123

Panelists: Peter Sandmark and David Cayley
Throughout history technological advances have provided artists with new tools and sources of inspiration. This free public forum will discuss recent developments and challenges resulting from the alliance of the arts and technology by addressing the following questions: How are artists currently using technology in the creation and dissemination of new work? Has technology democratized the arts and redefi ned what it means to be an artist in the 21st century? What are the social and political implications of new media’s capacity to globalize an artist’s work instantly? What are some of the legal, ethical, economic and practical issues to consider when exploring the artistic possibilities of digital sampling or video art on the Internet? Who owns creativity in our age of technology?

Admission is free, but registration is suggested.  To register, phone 250-472-4747


Mapping Our Future: Victoria Arts Scan Lecture and Group Discussion

WHEN:    Wednesday, January 20, 2009 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
WHERE:    City Hall Antechamber

Victoria Arts Scan is an arts and cultural mapping project designed to inventory information on Victoria’s arts and cultural assets – the scope of arts and cultural organizations and resources that currently exist in Victoria.

The LifeCycles Project Society, a local non-profit group, has been contracted to collect data and create an inventory, as well as prepare a report that identifies opportunities and gaps in Victoria’s current arts and cultural community and make recommendations for future priorities. This information will be used to develop the City’s first Arts and Cultural Plan in 2010.

Joanne Edey-Nicoll, Assistant Director of Parks, Culture and Recreation for the City of New Westminster, will talk about their new Arts Strategy and its role in supporting arts and culture in this municipality.

Following the lecture, group discussions will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss their vision for Victoria’s arts and cultural community, and how the City can help support this vision.

Registration is not required.


Saltspring Island
January 16, 7-9pm at the ArtSpring Theatre
Truth, Trials and Tar Sands

featuring presentations by Alan Bibby, premiering excerpts from his documentary Liquid Truth,
Jack Woodward, pre-eminent authority in Aboriginal law, speaking about the Beaver Lake Cree  legal action and how it can stop the expansion of the tar sands,
and James Hoggan, speaking about his book Climate Cover Up.

Reception to follow with a book signing by James Hoggan.

Admission: $20/$10   Tickets available at the ArtSpring Box office
100 Jackson Ave.,
Salt Spring Island



The Victoria Premiere of the award-winning documentary film
‘A Chemical Reaction’ about the effective community
movement to ban lawn and garden pesticides.

Thurs Jan 21, 7 pm (doors open at 6:30)
UVic David Lam Auditorium (South end of MacLaurin)

Paul Tukey, the executive producer, will be on hand to
answer questions.

Admission by donation.

Info Nancy Falconer, Canadian Cancer Society 250-380-2358


Velcrow Ripper comes to Salt Spring

January 22 @ 6:30 p.m. at the Fritz – in person with his award winning
documentary ‘Fierce Light’, Q & A  and discussion to follow – suggested
ticket price – $15 for this fundraising event for the Saltspring Island Film Festival.

January 23 from 1- 5 @ Mahon Hall – Velcrow’s ‘Fierce Light Workshop’ –
“integrate the head and the heart, ‘doing’ and ‘being’, compassion and
action, in order to be of highest service to yourself and the world around
you.” – $35 for the workshop fee

Please pick up your registration form at Salt
Spring Books  and mail your registration, as soon as possible as space is
limited,  with your payment (cheque)  to:

Salt Spring Film Festival

PO Box 741, Ganges
Salt Spring Island, BC
V8K 2W3

Thank you for supporting your ‘Salt Spring Film Festival’

Mask Removal Productions Presents


An insightful feature length documentary film, made by pre-adolescent girls, that explores the issue of female body image and its correlation with eating disorders
Monday February 1, 2010 (National Eating Disorders Awareness Week)
Mount Elizabeth Secondary School Theatre, Kitimat, British Columbia
7 PM
running time: 62 minutes
Admission is free (donations welcome)
All proceeds will be donated to the Kitimat Child Development Centre

The film gives the viewer a firsthand perspective of Jessica and Shannon’s battles with anorexia while lending itself to the professional opinions of counsellors and dieticians who work with adolescent women. It also explores the reality and insights of pre-adolescent girls who, prior to making this film, thought very little about the perception of female body image within our society.

Click on the following link to view the film’s trailer:

Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 18 January 2010
Rocaterrania, 2008, 74 min

“Rocaterrania” became Renaldo Kuhler’s lifelong obsession – secretly a coded story of his own life. His imagined and exquisitely illustrated country is a tiny nation of eastern European immigrants who purchased a tract of land along the Canadian border – just north of the Adirondacks. – after growing restless with America’s notions of “democracy.” Over 60 years Rocaterrania saw governments and rulers rise and decline. But, as filmmaker Brett Ingram, (maker of MM favourite Monster Road) reveals, each change in government reflects a deeper meaning for Renaldo, an outsider who struggled to escape a difficult childhood and searched for freedom within a nation of conformity.

Brett Ingram will be present for a discussion of the film.


7:00 pm Saturday 23 January 2010
The Notebook, 2004, 123 min

Come and participate in this film screening of The Notebook followed by discussion.

It will bring attention to the Alzheimers disease and dementia and the Sunday Jan 31 Walk For Memories*.


6:30 pm Monday 25 January 2010
Killerwhale and Crocodile, 2007, 111 min

In Killer Whale and Crocodile carvers from two of the world’s great carving traditions come together. A First Nations carver from Canada travels into the jungles of Papua New Guinea and a New Guinea carver travels to urban Canada. Together, they share each others cultures and learn about the myths and legends that inform their individual artistic styles.

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 taking a stand for the inclusion of arts in our community.

In the wake of an upcoming drastic and serious 92% cut of funding to the arts in BC, we, and thousands of our members ask you to take a look at the PSA short film “Artless”, made by two First Weekend Club members and award-winning filmmakers, Kryshan Randel and Cara Yeates. It is a poignant and visually beautiful short film (30 seconds), and is part of a campaign to help you reach out to the government.

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 Nurse.Fighter.Boy

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


WestCoast Screenwriting  “Are you feeding your inner screenwriter?”

In January 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 January 22nd (evening) to Sunday January 24th (late afternoon),

Fee: $275

$25 Discount for VIFPA members! (Mention this in your reply)

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 thescreen.

See curriculum details on our website:

Or e-mail Keith Digby at:



Super Channel announces the Super Catalyst Emerging Screenwriter Award

Super Channel is committed to developing Canadian talent, so we are proud to announce that we are launching a program

for unproduced feature film screenwriters. This is a great opportunity for emerging screenwriters to develop their projects and

their skills with one-on-one professional guidance, and to get industry attention for their work.

Four winning scripts will be chosen from entries received across Canada. Each of the winning screenplays will receive a full story

editing process with one of Super Channel’s Creative Development Representatives.

Deadline for Application is January 15.

Go to

Call for Submissions ART BY CHANCE
Art By Chance is a brand new “Ultra Short Film Festival” that will be aired in May 2010 all around the world. Films will be shown in unexpected, non-theatrical venues such as digital advertising screens located inside metros, busses, railways, and public transport.
ART BY CHANCE presents urban dwellers with stimulating content in unexpected locations.

ART BY CHANCE  is open to movies of all kinds: fiction, animation, documentary and video art with the exception of training and advertising films.  Film makers are asked to create 30 second long films on “Time”.  Online form


The Roots Challenge

Deadline: March 7, 2010

Radio Canada International’s Special Projects Team launches The Roots Challenge, a national competition of short films and multimedia productions. The Roots Challenge is open to all Canadians and permanent residents, 18 years and older, who wish to submit a video or multimedia production, 3 to 8 minutes in length. This competition targets citizen participation and aims to show the contribution of all cultures to the canadian mosaic.

Radio Canada International is looking for original productions, in all styles, that present a story about your roots or lack of. Avant-garde, sit-com, short docs, all styles are welcome in video, animated shorts, photo essays, anything that shows the story in a visual form!

Contestants must print, complete and sign the official entry form available on the CBC/Radio-Canada website at

To be valid, all short films, multimedia documents and entry forms must be sent to the following address no later than March 7, 2010, 11:59 p.m.

Send DVD of your submission to:

Roots Contest Radio Canada International Suite B52-94 1400 René-Lévesque Blvd East Montreal, QC H2L 2M2

For more information go to






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