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MediaNet announces the One Minute Challenge!

MediaNet challenges all filmmakers in the Greater Victoria Area to make a one minute film. There will be some prizes awarded at the screening on Monday May 31st at the Victoria Event Centre, but mostly we are doing it for the fun of it and because we can!

Submit your one minute film on any topic. The length can be a little over one minute or a little under (but if it touches the 2 min mark in any way, even with credits, it will not get played). Drop it off or send it to MediaNet on or before noon on Sat 29th of May. This is not a juried competion but an event done for the fun and love of personal filmmaking, so get your entry to us as soon as you can. We will show as many one minute films as we can in the order they are submitted.

We would like to thank the Victoria Event Centre for sponsoring this event for local filmmakers. Come on out and celebrate local filmmaking in the VEC’s cabaret atmosphere.

for more information, please contact


Dance for the Camera
July 5 to July 17, 2010
Victoria BC Canada

Application Deadline June 1: $1300

Special rate for BC Participants: $700

DFTC 2010 is a unique opportunity for established and emerging choreographers, filmmakers, videographers, dancers and visual artists to explore dance/movement for the camera under the mentorship of award winning choreographer, filmmaker, curator, educator and recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), Ellen Bromberg.

SPECIAL GUEST for DFTC 2010 IN VICTORIA Bob Lockyer, co-founder of the Dance For the Camera series at the BBC, will offer a special evening screening and discussion of his ground-breaking work in the development of Dance for the Camera in the UK and around the world. Bob is known in the international dance community as a trailblazer and dedicated supporter of dance for over 40 years. Over 50 of the short dance films produced through the Dance for the Camera series at the BBC went on to win top international awards for their choreographers and directors. Bob has taught dance for camera in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa, USA and Canada. Bob is also chair of South East Dance as well as sitting on the board of PAL (Performing Arts Labs).

DFTC’s participants are individually assisted while exploring the technical, practical and artistic challenges involved in producing a dance/movement video in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Exercises with camera and dance are explored before diving into your finale video project.

Daily screenings of contemporary dance films representing the cutting edge of DFTC are followed by discussions.

Screenings of your video project/s in progress are followed by critical feedback to assist you in bringing your final video project to a public screening on the last day of the DFTC program.

Please contact  for more information

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Screenings and Events

at the Gulf Islands Secondary School on Friday, May 7
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available at the door.

The Environmental Action Group Encouraging Responsibility (EAGER) from Gulf Islands Secondary School is holding a fundraiser movie night Friday, May 7th, featuring TAPPED. Having recently played at the Salt Spring Film Festival, TAPPED urges Americans to “Get off the bottle,” a message that Canadians cannot afford to ignore. If you missed this film the first time around, here is a chance to see it again.

Where does bottled water come from? How far has it been trucked just to get to our island? How safe is it compared to tap water? Why do we spend money on a product that is readily available in our own homes and schools? TAPPED challenges viewers to change their patterns of needless consumption through a look into the bottled water industry.

For additional information, please email Susan Robinson at <> .


Open Space presents The Victoria Complaints Choir

Performances Saturday, May 8 at 2pm in Bastion Square
and Friday, May 14 at 8pm at Open Space, 510 Fort St.

Everyone welcome

for more info, please contact Open Space


Great New Wave: Contemporary Art from Japan
Anime Film Screening series

A collaboration between The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Cinecenta.
All films at Cinecenta in the Uvic Student Union Bldg.

May 11: 7pm and 9:30
Tokyo Godfathers
Dir. Satoshi Kon

One Christmas Eve, three homeless people – Gin, a gruff alcoholic, Hana, a transvestite, and Miyuki, a runaway girl – discover an abandoned newborn while searching in some trash. Deposited with the baby is a note asking the finder to take good care of the unnamed baby and a bag containing clues to the parent’s identity. Using pictures of the baby’s parents and a club’s card found in the bag, the trio set out to find the baby’s parents.

For more information, please contact the Art Gallery

With Open Arms – Stories and Giant Puppets
Sunday May 16, 4pm
Church of St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street
Free – fun for all ages!

The giant puppets are back!  In the new ICA and PUENTE Theatre production “With Open Arms”, the
puppets created by immigrant newcomers with puppeteer Tim Gosley will appear again, accompanying
stories, poems and songs about the experience of leaving home and finding a new place in Canada.

This is a free, family friendly event, and children of all ages are welcome.

Paulina Grainger
PUENTE Theatre Society
1647 Fell Street
Victoria, BC, V8R 4V9
(250) 592-4367 / (250) 590-4083

Fundraiser for Fizzil’l -Victoria’s only contemporary Youth Dance Company
Friday, May 21
5:30pm and 8:30pm
Superior Cafe
Cost: $50 – $25 goes to the Company.

Fizzik’l is having a fundraiser! Enjoy dance performances while you dine. Featuring work by Shay Kuebler, Jung-Ah Chung, Constance Cooke, Kelly Tyerman and Ron Stewart.
Fizzik’l is also working with Cinematographer and Director Pamela Millar on a new Dance for the Camera piece. The work will premiere in the Companies Concert, Saturday June 12.

If you are able to donate an item to the silent auction, please contact Martine Desbois at 250-380-8189.

Tickets must be bought in advance at the Superior Cafe at: 106 Superior St. 250-380-9515

The Victoria Noise Festival

Saturday May 22, 2010
Doors @2PM, Vids @3PM
Location: 510 Fort St. (upstairs)
Cost: free!!!

Featuring a free film screening of noise-related shorts, including the Genie award-winning documentary:

-= The Delian Mode =-

“The Delian Mode” is an audio-visual exploration of the life and work of
electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire. A collage of sound and image
created in the spirit of Derbyshire’s experimental processes, this film
illuminates her unique soundscapes onscreen while paying tribute to a woman
whose work has influenced electronic musicians for decades. Created by Kara
Blake of Philtre Films.

For further information on Noise! 2010 contact:

Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 10 May 2010
Ferron: Girl On The Road, 2009, 73 min

followed by Q&A by phone with Ferron from Michigan.

Ferron is a folk-rock singer songwriter who delivers each performance with an enigmatic calm and beauty that has drawn comparisons to Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Her intricate lyrics and guitar-driven melodies gained her serious credentials with critics and has inspired generations of women musicians including the Indigo Girls, Ani Difranco, and JD Samson (Le Tigre). Ferron has also faced her share of adversity from the same fans and followers of her music who fault her for including men in her band.

Girl on a Road is in essence a concert movie that captures musical performances and backstage interviews with Ferron and her band members after a ten-year absence from touring. We are privy to intimate confessions and reflections both personal and professional including Ferron’s flirtation with a major record label, her chaotic childhood and how her own identity as a woman, an Indian, a French-Canadian and as a lesbian is reflected in her life and in her art.
6:30 pm + 8:20 pm extra screening Monday 17 May 2010
Oliver Schroer – Silence At The Heart Of Things, 2009, 72 min

Filmmaker Eileen Thalenberg & producer Gail MacIntyre on hand

Silence At The Heart Of Things is a documentary about Oliver Schroer, fiddler extraordinaire. In a career cut short by illness, the Canadian artist recorded and produced more than 100 albums, composed some 1,000 pieces of music and inspired a generation of young musicians! The film follows Oliver in the last months of his life as he collaborates with musicians who have come from abroad to work with him. Through his own words, the documentary explores Oliver’s music and the unique voice he brought to his instrument, a voice that challenges traditional views of the fiddle. Featuring excerpts from Oliver’s last sold-out concert, Silence At The Heart Of Things is a joyful celebration of his life’s work.

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:  Last Train Home, Cooking with Stella, Passenger Side, The Hunt and more.
The DVD club is discussing two films by Denis Arcand: The Decline of the American Empire, and The Barbarian Invasions

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



Nettie Wild workshop
Lions Hall on Saltspring Island
Thursday May 20.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Nettie Wild steps out from behind the camera for a special three-hour workshop, presented by the Salt Spring Film Festival, called “Shooting the Contradictions: The Craft and Ethics of Producing Documentaries as Real Life Dramas.”

Nettie Wild has made a career of filming behind the headlines and frontlines of revolutions and social change around the world. Her feature titles include: A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution; BLOCKADE (which takes place in the mountains and valleys of northern British Columbia, at the heart of the boldest aboriginal land claims case to challenge the white history of Canada); A Place Called Chiapas; and FIX: The Story of an Addicted City, which follows Dean Wilson (Canada’s most outspoken drug addict) and Ann Livingston (a charismatic organizer) as they lead an unpredictable crew of street addicts in their fight to open North America’s first safe injection site for drug users in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The workshop runs from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Thursday May 20, at the Lions Hall. The workshop fee is $25 and registration forms are available at Salt Spring Books.  For more information on Nettie and her films, see <;

Submissions to other Media Arts Centers and Festivals
Exhibitions Assistance program (ARTCITE | Ontario)
Artcite is one of three MEDIA ARTS recommenders for the Ontario Arts Council’s Exhibitions Assistance program. The OAC Exhibition Assistance program provides grants of $500 to $1,500 to assist Ontario artists at all stages of their careers with presentation costs related to confirmed, upcoming public exhibitions of their work.
Deadlines for 2010: July 10, 2010; September 10, 2010; November 10, 2010

Call for Submissions | Reel Asian (Toronto)
Reel Asian is looking for the best new Asian films and videos from across Canada and around the world to show at our next festival this November 9-14 2010.
Early Bird deadline: April 1, 2010 (FREE)
Final deadline June 1, 2010 ($20)

Call for Submissions | Regent Park Film Festival (Toronto)
Canada’s largest and oldest inner city neighbourhood, populated predominantly by new immigrants, showcases international independent films of all genres and cultural diversity every year.
Deadline: May 3, 2010
Info:  416 599-RPFF (7733)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Independent Exposure 2010
A Worldwide Showcase of International Short Films, Videos, and Digital Works
Curated by Microcinema International and Bill Plympton
Presented by Panasonic Broadcast
Deadline: May 10, 2010

Call for submissions | Planet in Focus (Toronto)
Planet in Focus looks for work that pushes the boundaries of the accepted notions of ‘environment,’ presenting cultural perspectives that  are under-represented in Canada and across the globe.
Early Bird Deadline: may 3, 2010
Final Deadline: June 15, 2010

GIV is looking for recent videos (2008-2010) with running times of 10 minutes or less for our yearly outdoor screening held in Parc La Fontaine.
Deadline: May 7, 2010

Call for Submissions | TAIS Showcase 2010 (Toronto)
Deadline: May 14, 2010, 5:00 pm

Call for Submissions | Night at the Indies 2010
~Night at the Indies~ is proud to present Pride n Liberty on July 1, 2010 in Liberty Village!
Deadline:  May 15, 2010

Wavelengths Call for Submissions | Toronto International Film Festival
Wavelengths, the avant-garde programme of the Toronto International Film Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary from September 10 through 13, 2010.
There is no official submission process for Wavelengths, no forms to fill out and no entry fee.  All previews should be sent directly to:
Wavelengths, TIFF
Attention: Andréa Picard
2 Carlton St, suite 1600
Toronto, ON M5B 1J3 CANADA
Deadline: May 17, 2010
Info: 416.967.7371

Canwest-Hot Docs Documentary Funds (Hot Docs | Toronto)
The Fund will provide no-interest loans averaging between $10,000 – $15,000 in the early development stage, when projects are at the highest risk and may have not yet secured a market partner.
Deadline: May 26, 2010

Call for Submissions | imagineNATIVE festival (Toronto)
We are currently seeking film/video/media art/new media and radio works in all genres by international and Canadian Indigenous filmmakers and producers.
Deadline: June 1, 2010

Deadlines: June and July 1st,2010
Info :

Call for Submissions | Antimatter Film Festival (Victoria)
Dedicated to the exhibition and nurturing of film and video as art, Antimatter has grown into the premier showcase of experimental cinema in the west.
Deadline: June 4, 2010

Deadline: June 10, 2010
Info :

Call for Submissions | aluCine Latin Short Film Festival (Toronto)
Looking for submissions produced in 2009 or 2010 by Latin American and Latin Canadian film and video makers.
Deadline:  June 20, 2010

26th International Short Film Festival Berlin
Deadline: June 25, 2010

Rendezvous with Madness (Toronto)
Rendezvous with Madness is looking for shorts and features of all genres that feature cinematic representations of mental illness and addiction.
Deadline:  June 30, 2010



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