MEDIANET NEWS JANUARY 28, 2010

OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri 9 am – 1 pm, Sat 9 am – noon
(250) 381-4428   info@media-net.bc.ca

Please note: The MediaNet office will be closed this coming Saturday, January 30 and on Saturday, February 6
Technical assistance will be unavailable for the week of Saturday, January 30 until Sunday, February 7.

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OPEN CINEMA Presents the Victoria Premiere of H2Oil

7pm February 24th, 2010

at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad St)

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: http://www.h2oildoc.com

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Upcoming MediaNet workshops:

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

The Blender interest group

February 6 at 1pm.

New people interested in learning about Blender animation are encouraged to attend.

The Blender Interest group is open to all members and doesn’t require previous knowledge of Blender. Members are encouraged to show and explain techniques and topics they have discovered as well as putting forward their Blender questions and challenges for the group to discuss.

Visit   http://www.blender.org/  for more info. Or take a look at a video produced using Blender at   http://orange.blender.org/download

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  communications@media-net.bc.ca

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The MediaNet tech blog:  http://www.medianettech.wordpress.com

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Petition in Support of the Arts

We are looking for a volunteer who would be interested in helping with the Petition in Support of the Arts. This person will conduct on-line research to get email addresses and phone #s  for arts organizations, galleries, studios, art/ music schools, drama groups, bookstores,  music stores, art supply stores, etc.  in rural BC and enter them into an excel spreadsheet. It will be used to send out material about the Arts Petition. The Volunteer will also make phone calls to some of these places, and organizations in Vancouver  to ask them to collect signatures and send petitions out. A long distance card number will be provided for this purpose.
Time spent on this project can go towards the five hour volunteer contribution required by each member. If you have completed your five hours, you can earn Volbucks to be used towards equipment rentals and workshops.

If you are interested, please contact  info@media-net.bc.ca

For more information on the petition, or to sign, please go to http://artmattersvictoria.blogspot.com/
The petition will be presented to government on Feb 10 or 11. There is a final push to get as many signatures as possible before that time.
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Ocean Networks Canada looking for a Communications & Engagement Assistant
This posting is open until 4:30 pm, February 5, 2010.

ONC is a not-for-profit society created by the University of Victoria to build and sustain Canada’s world leadership in ocean science and technology through the NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS ocean observatories.
Reporting to the Manager of Communications & Engagement, the successful candidate will provide organizational and project management support in the execution of a public engagement strategy.

Please visit: http://www.oceannetworks.ca  for a compete job description.

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AROUND TOWN

Screenings and Events

PechaKucha Nights

PechaKucha is an event started in Tokyo in 2003 by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. It has grown so popular that it has spread to over 250 cities around the world, inspiring artists, writers, designers, architects and other creative professionals to engage with other disciplines outside of their own.  After a few months of collaborative work, PechaKucha Victoria has just received consent to be the official organizers for PechaKucha Nights in Victoria.

Date: February 25th 2010
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, Start at 7.20pm
Tickets: $10/$8 students

Confirmed Presenters:

Trish Tacoma – Smoking Lily Boutique
Janet Rogers – Spoken Word Artist
Will Horter – Dogwood Initiative
Matt Salik – Graphic Designer
April Inghom – Pacific Peoples’ Partnership
Emilio L. Williams – UVic MFA student
Kane Ryan – Photographer
Kirsten Wright – Boucherat Gallery/Regalia Boutique
Brandy Gallagher – O.U.R. Sustainable Community (TBC)
Matt Phillips – Phillips Beer (TBC)

For more information about PechaKucha visit

Pecha Kucha Organization:
http://www.pecha-kucha.org

You Tube – Pecha Kucha of Pecha Kucha – Training Bite

I love my life…Ben Hollis
http://www.pecha-kucha.org/presentations/24

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Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 1 February 2010
Wendy and Lucy, 2008, 80 min

Here’s the antithesis of the hot, flashy films that are entertaining us in the theatres these days. Here’s a simple story about a few days in a woman and dog’s life that I found engrossing. I hope you will too. It reminded me more of real life than most other films I’ve watched in years. Don’t read reviews and ratings (it’s best if you have no idea what happens next, that’s real life…) R (for language).

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6:30 pm Monday 8 February 2010
Every Little Step – The Journey of “A Chorus Line”, 2008, 113 min

A Chorus Line was a tremendously successful Broadway Musical in the 70s through the 90s (I saw it in London ’75 and it was brilliant) and it was an ok film by Michael Douglas (1985). This documentary follows a remounting of the musical and looks at the history of this enduring story against the backdrop of the current casting and workup to a new production. It’s the perfect setup for a great reality show. This one is more than that. PG13 more and even more.
As themselves: Teddy Balangu, John Marston, Carol Mayer, Elaine Monds

For more information on upcoming films, visit http://www.moviemonday.ca

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

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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 Nurse.Fighter.Boy

For more information on upcoming Canadian feature films, and joining the DVD club, go to http://www.firstweekendclub.ca/

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Submissions to other Media Arts Centers are posted on the on-line version of the newsletter only. Please go to: http://www.medianetnews.wordpress.com

Alternator Gallery – React 2010

The Alternator is engaging artists and the global community in a creative cultural conversation about the values surrounding the Olympics.
REACT2010.com is a dynamic medium for creative expression that we hope will lead to an examination & appreciation of diverse cultural values.
Utilizing the medium of your choice, we invite you to react to the values you see expressed in the Olympic Games.
REACT2010.com provides the platform to display your art to the world.

http://www.alternatorgallery.com

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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  http://www.artbychance.org

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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 http://www.rcinet.ca/roots.
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 http://roots.rcinet.ca/contest

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

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MATCH INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S VIDEO & FILM FESTIVAL (Ottawa)
We here at Match International would like your video and film submissions starting NOW!
Deadline: February 10, 2010
Info: http://www.matchinternational.org

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NSI Online Short Film Festival 2010 (Winnipeg)
Films wanted for the NSI Online Short Film Festival 2010
The National Screen Institute is now accepting films for its NSI Online Short Film Festival.
Deadline: February 10, 2010
Read more

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MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2010 CALL FOR ENTRIES (Windsor)
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: http://www.houseoftoast.ca/mediacity

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S i l e n t s – Call for submissions – L’Appentis (Montréal)
Moments of latency, neither inhabited nor in complete silence. L’appentis invites you to submit short videos and soundtracks inspired from these topics.
Deadline: March 1st, 2010
Info: info@lappentis.com
http://www.lappentis.com
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Urban Screens Toronto 2010
Call for Interactive Media And Video Art – I am here; what can we do?
New or existing experimental, interactive artwork suitable for urban screens.
Short-format videos that are relevant for presentation on urban screens.
Deadline: March 1, 2010
Info: http://www.urbanscreens.org

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RACINES/ROOTS Challenge, Radio Canada International (Montréal)
Show us your roots.Tell us your story!
Enter Radio Canada International’s new competition, Roots, by submitting a short film or multimedia production (3 or 8 minutes long) about your personal history or that of your family.
Deadline: March 7, 2010
Info: http://roots.rcinet.ca/index_en.php

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Call for submissions | MUSE (Toronto)
Seeking video work for a project curated by Suzanne Carte-
Blanchenot & Su-Ying Lee taking place in May/June 2010. This
is an experiment between curators, artists and audience.
Deadline: April 30, 2010
Mail submissions to: MUSE
11-1463 King St. W
Toronto, ON M6K 1J4
Info: leesuying@hotmail.com

MEDIANET NEWS COMES OUT EVERY TWO WEEKS.  THE NEXT ISSUE IS  ON THURS. FEBRUARY 11

PLEASE SEND YOUR POSTS TO: info@media-net.bc.ca
MEDIANET NEWS JANUARY 28, 2010
OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri 9 am – 1 pm, Sat 9 am – noon
(250) 381-4428   info@media-net.bc.ca

Please note: The MediaNet office will be closed this coming Saturday, January 30 and on Saturday, February 6
Technical assistance will be unavailable for the week of Saturday, January 30 until Sunday, February 7.

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OPEN CINEMA Presents the Victoria Premiere of H2Oil

7pm February 24th, 2010

at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad St)

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: http://www.h2oildoc.com

*************************************************************************************

Upcoming MediaNet workshops:

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

The Blender interest group

February 6 at 1pm.

New people interested in learning about Blender animation are encouraged to attend.

The Blender Interest group is open to all members and doesn’t require previous knowledge of Blender. Members are encouraged to show and explain techniques and topics they have discovered as well as putting forward their Blender questions and challenges for the group to discuss.

Visit   http://www.blender.org/  for more info. Or take a look at a video produced using Blender at   http://orange.blender.org/download

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  communications@media-net.bc.ca

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The MediaNet tech blog:  http://www.medianettech.wordpress.com

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Petition in Support of the Arts

We are looking for a volunteer who would be interested in helping with the Petition in Support of the Arts. This person will conduct on-line research to get email addresses and phone #s  for arts organizations, galleries, studios, art/ music schools, drama groups, bookstores,  music stores, art supply stores, etc.  in rural BC and enter them into an excel spreadsheet. It will be used to send out material about the Arts Petition. The Volunteer will also make phone calls to some of these places, and organizations in Vancouver  to ask them to collect signatures and send petitions out. A long distance card number will be provided for this purpose.
Time spent on this project can go towards the five hour volunteer contribution required by each member. If you have completed your five hours, you can earn Volbucks to be used towards equipment rentals and workshops.

If you are interested, please contact  info@media-net.bc.ca

For more information on the petition, or to sign, please go to http://artmattersvictoria.blogspot.com/
The petition will be presented to government on Feb 10 or 11. There is a final push to get as many signatures as possible before that time.
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Ocean Networks Canada looking for a Communications & Engagement Assistant
This posting is open until 4:30 pm, February 5, 2010.

ONC is a not-for-profit society created by the University of Victoria to build and sustain Canada’s world leadership in ocean science and technology through the NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS ocean observatories.
Reporting to the Manager of Communications & Engagement, the successful candidate will provide organizational and project management support in the execution of a public engagement strategy.

Please visit: http://www.oceannetworks.ca  for a compete job description.

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AROUND TOWN

Screenings and Events

PechaKucha Nights

PechaKucha is an event started in Tokyo in 2003 by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. It has grown so popular that it has spread to over 250 cities around the world, inspiring artists, writers, designers, architects and other creative professionals to engage with other disciplines outside of their own.  After a few months of collaborative work, PechaKucha Victoria has just received consent to be the official organizers for PechaKucha Nights in Victoria.

Date: February 25th 2010
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, Start at 7.20pm
Tickets: $10/$8 students

Confirmed Presenters:

Trish Tacoma – Smoking Lily Boutique
Janet Rogers – Spoken Word Artist
Will Horter – Dogwood Initiative
Matt Salik – Graphic Designer
April Inghom – Pacific Peoples’ Partnership
Emilio L. Williams – UVic MFA student
Kane Ryan – Photographer
Kirsten Wright – Boucherat Gallery/Regalia Boutique
Brandy Gallagher – O.U.R. Sustainable Community (TBC)
Matt Phillips – Phillips Beer (TBC)

For more information about PechaKucha visit

Pecha Kucha Organization:
http://www.pecha-kucha.org

You Tube – Pecha Kucha of Pecha Kucha – Training Bite

I love my life…Ben Hollis
http://www.pecha-kucha.org/presentations/24

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Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 1 February 2010
Wendy and Lucy, 2008, 80 min

Here’s the antithesis of the hot, flashy films that are entertaining us in the theatres these days. Here’s a simple story about a few days in a woman and dog’s life that I found engrossing. I hope you will too. It reminded me more of real life than most other films I’ve watched in years. Don’t read reviews and ratings (it’s best if you have no idea what happens next, that’s real life…) R (for language).

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6:30 pm Monday 8 February 2010
Every Little Step – The Journey of “A Chorus Line”, 2008, 113 min

A Chorus Line was a tremendously successful Broadway Musical in the 70s through the 90s (I saw it in London ’75 and it was brilliant) and it was an ok film by Michael Douglas (1985). This documentary follows a remounting of the musical and looks at the history of this enduring story against the backdrop of the current casting and workup to a new production. It’s the perfect setup for a great reality show. This one is more than that. PG13 more and even more.
As themselves: Teddy Balangu, John Marston, Carol Mayer, Elaine Monds

For more information on upcoming films, visit http://www.moviemonday.ca

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

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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 Nurse.Fighter.Boy

For more information on upcoming Canadian feature films, and joining the DVD club, go to http://www.firstweekendclub.ca/

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Submissions to other Media Arts Centers

Alternator Gallery – React 2010

The Alternator is engaging artists and the global community in a creative cultural conversation about the values surrounding the Olympics.
REACT2010.com is a dynamic medium for creative expression that we hope will lead to an examination & appreciation of diverse cultural values.
Utilizing the medium of your choice, we invite you to react to the values you see expressed in the Olympic Games.
REACT2010.com provides the platform to display your art to the world.

http://www.alternatorgallery.com

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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  http://www.artbychance.org

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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 http://www.rcinet.ca/roots.
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 http://roots.rcinet.ca/contest

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

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MATCH INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S VIDEO & FILM FESTIVAL (Ottawa)
We here at Match International would like your video and film submissions starting NOW!
Deadline: February 10, 2010
Info: http://www.matchinternational.org

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NSI Online Short Film Festival 2010 (Winnipeg)
Films wanted for the NSI Online Short Film Festival 2010
The National Screen Institute is now accepting films for its NSI Online Short Film Festival.
Deadline: February 10, 2010
Read more

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MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2010 CALL FOR ENTRIES (Windsor)
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: http://www.houseoftoast.ca/mediacity

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S i l e n t s – Call for submissions – L’Appentis (Montréal)
Moments of latency, neither inhabited nor in complete silence. L’appentis invites you to submit short videos and soundtracks inspired from these topics.
Deadline: March 1st, 2010
Info: info@lappentis.com
http://www.lappentis.com
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Urban Screens Toronto 2010
Call for Interactive Media And Video Art – I am here; what can we do?
New or existing experimental, interactive artwork suitable for urban screens.
Short-format videos that are relevant for presentation on urban screens.
Deadline: March 1, 2010
Info: http://www.urbanscreens.org

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RACINES/ROOTS Challenge, Radio Canada International (Montréal)
Show us your roots.Tell us your story!
Enter Radio Canada International’s new competition, Roots, by submitting a short film or multimedia production (3 or 8 minutes long) about your personal history or that of your family.
Deadline: March 7, 2010
Info: http://roots.rcinet.ca/index_en.php

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Call for submissions | MUSE (Toronto)
Seeking video work for a project curated by Suzanne Carte-
Blanchenot & Su-Ying Lee taking place in May/June 2010. This
is an experiment between curators, artists and audience.
Deadline: April 30, 2010
Mail submissions to: MUSE
11-1463 King St. W
Toronto, ON M6K 1J4
Info: leesuying@hotmail.com

MEDIANET NEWS COMES OUT EVERY TWO WEEKS.  THE NEXT ISSUE IS  ON THURS. FEBRUARY 11

PLEASE SEND YOUR POSTS TO: info@media-net.bc.ca

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