MEDIANET NEWS January 20, 2011


OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri 9 am – 1 pm, Saturday 9am – 10:30am

(250) 381-4428

MediaNet is located at #110, 2750 Quadra St.

Victoria BC

V8T 4E8


Please Note: The MediaNet office will be closed this Saturday, January 22


MediaNet Call for Submissions

MediaNet has received a Spirit Grant to hold a Celebration of BC Media Art with a screening

on February 16 at the Victoria Event Centre.


We are looking for short film and video works (no longer than 10 minutes)

from a variety of genres, including experimental, documentary,

narrative and animation.


Submission deadline is February 1.


Please send dvds of your work to the MediaNet office,

#110 – 2750 Quadra st. V8T 4E8

Attention: Catlin




The next OPEN CINEMA will be held on Wednesday February 23

at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.


Doors at 5:30, screening at 7pm

Suggested donation $10


We will be screening the documentary The Economics of Happiness

The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions.

On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power.

At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies.

Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

The film contains interviews with activists, philosophers, scholars and politicians from six continents.


The event features an after-screening discussion with members from Transition Towns Victoria

To see the trailer and learn more about the film, please visit


Refreshments available including free coffee from Level Ground, a cash bar, and food available for purchase: pizza by The Joint,

baked goods by Bubby Roses’ Bakery and popcorn from IMAX.

Doors prizes and more!


Please bring your own coffee mug, cloth napkin and spoon.


Are you interested in volunteering with OPEN CINEMA? Please contact Catlin



The MediaNet tech blog:



MediaNet in the Community


Bike Shorts Film Fest

Friday, February 18, 7pm

St. Ann’s Academy Auditorium, 835 Humboldt St, Blanshard St. entrance

Tickets: $10 advance from Capital City Cycles and North Park Bicycle Shop

or $12 at the door.


MediaNet is a co-sponsor of the Bike Short Film Fest, which features local and international videos

and films on bicycle culture, including works from South Africa, Germany, England and Australia.




MediaNet member looking for Grip

For Saturday, January 22nd, 12:00 Noon-6:00PM

Event is an annual Robbie Burns Birthday Run

In Fairfield, Beacon Hill Park & Downtown

Skilled or unskilled, an extra hand is required

Experience with boom pole & sound a definite asset

Equipment provided

Refreshments, food, haggis & name on the credits will be your reward

Dan Adams 250-885-1908








Save Mary Lake

Webathon at Cabin 12 on Jan 27th from 4-8pm.

MediaNet is looking for volunteers for this event.

Contact Kirk at


Mary Lake is a 107 acre area of land  located in the Highlands on Vancouver Island, which contains a rare Dry Coastal Douglas Fir ecosystem. It provides a habitat for many endangered species and also provides a continuous, undeveloped natural link between two other saved parklands, Thetis Lake and Gowland Todd Provincial Park.

The Mary Lake Conservancy, headed by Bob McMinn, former mayor of the Highlands, has embarked on the ambitious campaign to try and raise $4.5 million. If the money is raised, they will be able to buy the Mary Lake property and turn it into parkland. If not, the land will be developed into private residences.

The campaign has already received international support from donors as far away Denmark and the UK, as well as many from across Canada and the United States, who are supporting the project by “purchasing” a virtual square metre of land for as little as $10.


In the spirit of this vision, we are hosting a live Webathon at Cabin 12 on Jan 27th from 4-8pm.  The Webathon will feature environmentalists, passionate citizens, musicians, poets and beautiful video clips and a series of mini docs of the Mary Lake property – all broadcast live on the web. We will have an official “tweet bar” featuring local twitter stars who will be tweeting about the event live from Cabin12 and an actual square to stand on to  check into the event on  foursquare. The  Internet broadcast will be available on our <> and will be made available for supporters and news agencies to broadcast live.


In little over two months, over 1,500 conservation-minded people from Edinburgh to Emerald (Australia) have donated over  $200,000 to save 107 acres of sensitive forest surrounding a small lake in the Highlands, near Victoria, BC, from commercial development. The response is heartening — but the Feb. 1 deadline for raising $1 million to secure financing that will allow the Mary Lake Conservancy to purchase the property for public parkland is only two weeks away.


Please feel free to contact Nicole.


Nicole Sorochan

Campaign Manager <>

office: (250) 483-7411


Connect with us on Facebook <> and twitter <> and youtube  <>


Create your own video on the importance of protecting Mary Lake for the video contest.

Information and guidlines:

Footage of Mary Lake is available for use in your film.


Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria – LOOK VICTORIA 2011  CALL FOR ENTRY

The Annual South Island Regional Art Exhibition & Sale


Volunteers are needed for: registration, show set up and/or take down, show sitting 2 hour shifts.


Please call our office (250-381-2787) or drop by the CAC Arts Centre:

G6 1001 Douglas St                       Email:


Opening: Friday February 4, 6-9 pm

There will an AWARDS CEREMONY at 7 pm

Prizes and awards for various mediums will be professionally juried and given out by our Curatorial Chair, Dr. Pat Martin-Bates. There will also be a Peoples’ Choice and a Children’s Choice Awards announced at the end of the exhibition.


LOOK VICTORIA 2011 is a 2-D and 3-D visual art exhibition open to visual artists residing in the Greater Victoria area, including Vancouver Island south of the Malahat and the Gulf Islands. Prizes worth over $3,000 will be awarded. All entered works will be exhibited.



Submission dates: Saturday Jan 29 OR Sunday Jan 30, 11 am – 4 pm.

Artworks must be physically delivered to Unit #123A (next to ESPRIT), The Bay Centre (bottom floor near the escalator) with application, labels and entrance fees.


Exhibition dates: Friday February 4, 2011 to Friday March 4, 2011

Exhibition hours: Daily 11-5 pm, Thursday and Friday ’til 9pm


CRITERIA:  Work must have been completed within the last two years, and be within the maximum size restriction of 36″ by 48″.

Work must be available and remain on display for the duration of the LOOK 2011 exhibition from Feb 4 – March 4, 2011.


We will hang works in a “salon style” exhibition.


FEES: are for entrance and adjudication. Cash or cheques (or money orders) made out to:

Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria

Overdue and Non-Members: $25 per entry (max. 2 entries)

Paid-up Members:               $10 per entry (max. 2 entries)



PICK UP: Work must be picked up on Sunday March 6, 11-4 pm







Cinevic – Practical Lighting Set-ups on a Budget

The Ridge Playhouse (Claremont Secondary School) 4980 Wesley Road – Saturday February 19th, 2011 – 10am-5pm – $30 members $40 non-members

Local Cinematographer-Gaffer Karl Schoepp presents “Practical Lighting Set-ups on a Budget.” In this workshop, participants will learn practical and effective lighting set-ups both for daylight and tungsten balanced situations.


For more information, contact Cinevic (250) 389-1590




David Simmond’s Screen Actors’ Studio

845 Fisgard St, Victoria B.C. V8W 1R9. Ph: 250-595-1339. website:

Offering adult and youth programs.

Programs for the Beginner through intermediate, Advanced and Continuing Studies.






Victoria Film Festival

February 4-13


For information, please go to





Movie Monday

7pm, Saturday, jan 22

Despicable Me.

A fundraising and informational gathering for Kate, a woman who has MS and is seeking treatment abroad.

Guest speaker, Margaret Bryant, will join us to share her experiences with the treatment. Raffle tickets/gift basket draw also available at the event. Admission is by donation, please give generously.


Despicable Me is an immensely entertaining story of a supervillain who plans to use three orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, only to find that their innocent love is profoundly changing him.



6:30 pm Monday 24 January 2011

Mao’s Last Dancer, 2009, 117 min

A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao’s cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he becomes a focus of a high stakes game between emerging but deeply controlling China and the ‘free’ West. Bruce Greenwood is brilliant as the Houston dancemaster …. the delight of this film isn’t so much in the tale as the telling.



6:30 pm Monday 31 January 2011

Baseball Girls, 1995, 80 min

This is Women In Sport Week!

This feature documentary uses animation, archival stills and live-action footage to detail the history of women’s participation in the largely male-dominated world of baseball and softball. Zany and affectionate, it features 7-year-olds learning the rules and skills of the game and 50-year-olds hitting home runs, from the early days of the Bloomer Girls to the heyday of the Colorado Silver Bullets. By Montreal filmmaker Lois Siegel. Pg Lois will be with us by phone.


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: Incendies, Barney’s Version, A Drummer’s Dream and more

The DVD club is discussing You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo


Submissions to other Media Arts Centers, festivals, projects and residencies



24 January 2011

21 February 2011

21 March 2011

25 April 2011

23 May 2011





Deadline: February 4, 2011

Info :



The call for submissions is now open for the 8th Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF), in Calgary, Alberta Canada – April 11-17, 2011

CUFF is looking for new shorts and features in all categories to showcase in our annual festival.

Deadline: February 7th, 2011




21st Annual Festival – May 19-29, 2011

Inside Out, presenter of the Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival, invites you to join us for the 21st annual celebration of Canada’s pre-eminent exhibition of queer film and video from around the world.

Early Deadline: December 17, 2010

Final Deadline: January 31, 2011




PLASTIC PAPER is currently accepting submissions for short and feature-length animated films made after Jan. 1, 2010.

Deadline: Feb 1, 2011




An annual festival for film and video art in Windsor, Canada.

Deadline: February 25, 2011




Metro Cinema Society in association with AMAAS invites filmmakers, videographers, documentarians, and animators to submit their recently completed works to Prairie Tales, an annual touring program of short works by Albertan media artists.

Deadline: January 31, 2011.

Info: or 780-425-9212



A legendary 3-week blow-out of worldwide fantastic cinema taking place each July in the heart of Montreal, now deep in planning its 15th edition.

Deadline: March 15, 2011




WPIRG is calling for short film submissions for the 11th annual Rainbow Reels Queer Film Festival which will take place March 2-6, 2011.  Rainbow Reels is one of the largest queer film festivals in Ontario and the only festival of its kind in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

Deadline: February 1, 2011




– May 26 to May 29, 2011 –

The Yorkton Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2011 festival season.

Deadline: January 31, 2011









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