Oct 7: All Access Pass Award Winner Ruth Lawrence’s Blog Update – AFF

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It’s hard to say what the attraction is to sitting in the dark.  But I love it.  That is, I love it when I’m sitting in the dark with 200+ people all sharing a cinematic or theatrical experience.

Today started with a text from fellow filmmaker Ashley McKenzie and 20 minutes later, at 11 am, I was back in front of a screen for two great documentaries.  And a lot of people were there will us.  A quick introduction to Millifiore Clarke (whose work I’ve admired for a while) and then Zoo Revolution and Bad Coyote took us all over the world, then back to Cape Breton for two docs that questioned our relationships and ability to live with animals.  I was left with many questions, exactly as it should be.

A quick sip then back in the theatre for more Atlantic shorts including Megan Wennberg’s Grain Elevators.  This was a poem on film project so I was really pleased to see it.  I’ll be shooting one this fall so this was inspirational.  I was also pleased to see friend Natasha MacLellan on the screen!

Then it was off to the 10×10 Challenge.  This is a project where 10 Atlantic directors get paired up with 10 Atlantic bands or musicians and they have 1 week and very limited resources to create a music video.  The results can be extraordinary and over the last few years, I’ve seen some incredible works.  Milliflore’s video with Irish Mythen was lovely, as were several others (there was no program and my memory fails me for the artists, sorry) and so was Heavyweather’s Adam Penney’s video for  AA Wallace.  It’s something I’d like to try when I get the nerve!

A quick bite (that I snuck into the theatre because there wasn’t time to sit and eat) and then it was back in the theatre to see Bill MacGillivray & Terry Greenlaw’s Hard Drive (shot by my own DP, Stephanie Weber Biron) and Eva Madden’s short about Bill for the GG award he recently received for his lifetime of great work.  It was a dark film that pained me, in a good way, as I was swept up in the story.  There is a standout scene with Megan Follows and lots of lovely moments that stand out in this low budget feature.  Another glass of wine with new friends then back to the Festival lounge to end off the night!  I’ll soon close my eyes and lie down in the dark this time. Tomorrow is the big day.

Today’s new encounters and chats: Ashley & Milly, Pat Condon, Mike Cuffini, Justin, Jennice & Brad, Ian Foster, Bill & Terry, Ally & Tina Thoden, Jinx MacGillivray, Adam, Stephanie, Andrea Dorfmann, Fless, Colin MacKenzie, John Walker and Jason Beaudry.

To read more about Ruth’s film festival adventures, follow her All Access Pass Award Blog!

Jun 10: Rhonda’s Party and Mimespeak nab awards in the NSI Online Short Film Festival

In the latest round of award presentations for the NSI Online Short Film Festival run by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI), Rhonda’s Party, directed by Ashley McKenzie, won the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award and the $2,500 Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award. Mimespeak, directed by Tracy D. Smith, won the $750 Bite Comedy Award.

Our independent jury members had this to say about the films:

Magali Simard

“A fully achieved short narrative film, Rhonda’s Party is a perceptive take on aging, loneliness and ultimately, friendship.

Mimespeak is a clever comedy about workplace employee dynamics, and the absurd nature of some of our interactions. Mimespeak is politically incorrect, and all the better for it.”

Ryan Hanson

Rhonda’s Party is a quiet and powerful film. The final shot is still etched into my head.”

Mimespeak is a hilarious look at corporate malaise.”

Marta Young

Rhonda’s Party: Aging, death and loss explored with frankness, beauty and humanity.”

“Against the cookie-cutter backdrop of a customer call centre, Mimespeak is a sharply witty consideration of difference and disability.”

Rhonda’s Party

Hot on the heels of her Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for her latest short film Stray, director Ashley McKenzie had this to say about winning the A&E Short Filmmakers Award:

Rhonda’s Party continues to connect with audiences almost three years after its release into the world. The success this small film has earned is a testament to all the fine and talented people – actors and crew and advisors – who took a chance on a team of first-time filmmakers to bring the story to life.

More and more I want to take big risks when I make a film. There are always challenges and places where one can compromise in the filmmaking process, but receiving an award like the Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award affirms that driving impulse to be persistently bold and honest.

I would like to thank the jury and the National Screen Institute; these awards will go a long way in helping me finish my latest film and get it out to festivals.”

NIFTY Links: May 27, 2013

AAPA 2013 NIFTY Links: May 27, 2013 Along with delegate passes to eight festivals, WIFT-AT’s All Access Pass Award also offers professional development meetings, local accommodations, representatives at each festival to guide the AAPA recipient and $1,400 cash!The All Access Pass Award is not limited to filmmakers, but is open to any WIFT-AT full member working in the industry whose career has reached the point where she believes the AAPA will be useful in furthering the trajectory of her career.

The application deadline is Saturday June 1st at 5pm. Please review the complete AAPA Guidelines before submitting your online application HERE!


logo NIFTY Links: May 27, 2013 The Island Media Arts Festival took place this past weekend in Charlottetown, PE.A big congratulations goes out to all our WIFT-Atlantic members screening their films and participating in panels & workshops: Sandi Rankaduwa, Shandi Mitchell, Dawn George, Harmony Wagner, Susan Rodgers, Latonia Hartery, Renee Laprise, Ashley McKenzie, Louise Lalonde and Cheryl Wagner for organizing it all!


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FAP is designed to help emerging and developing independent filmmakers complete their films by providing financial support for production services. The program is open to independent filmmakers that are not currently enrolled in film school and have produced no more than three film/video projects (outside of film school).

Projects must fall within the NFB’s mandate of producing bold and distinctive cultural and social issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and innovative digital interactive content that can provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective.

Deadline : May 30th, 2013



Upcoming Film Festival Deadlines

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Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Namur, Belgium
Deadline for feature-length documentaries (+ 60 min) : June 1, 2013
Deadline for feature-length narrative and animation films (+ 60 min) : July 1, 2013

Hamptons Fest Portrait 150x150 NIFTY Links: May 27, 2013
Hamptons International Film Festival, East Hampton, NY
Deadline for festival late entry : June 3, 2013

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70th Venice Film Festival, Venice, Italy
Deadline with Telefilm Canada : June 7, 2013
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Festival Off-Courts Trouville, Trouville-sur-mer, France
Deadline for submissions : June 15, 2013

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Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago, Illinois
Deadline for festival regular entry : June 21, 2013
Deadline for festival late entry : July 8, 2013

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DOK Leipzig | International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Leipzig, Germany
Deadline for films completed after May 1, 2013 : July 10, 2013

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Tokyo International Film festival, Tokyo, Japan
Deadline for submissions : July 12, 2013
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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Deadline for documentaries completed after April 1, 2013 : August 1, 2013
Deadline to submit a project to the FORUM : September 1, 2013


A few more for you….



Industry news


WIFT-Atlantic members’ news
  • Andrea McCulloch’s RED HORIZON is the only Atlantic Canadian entry in the top ten of the CineCoup Film Accelerator program. From May 30 to June 2, the public vote for the top five who will then will pitch their projects at the Banff World Media Festival on June 10. The top project will receive $1 million in financing and a guaranteed release in Cineplex Theatres! The trailer that can be found at cinecoup.com/redhorizon


And some articles that may interest you…






Mar 11: Lots of Great Prizes at Women Making Waves Silent Auction

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Feeling lucky? WIFT-Atlantic sure is. That’s because we received so many fabulous donations for our Women Making Waves Silent Auction.

There’s a $100 gift certificate to the Carleton Lounge – and a gorgeous pair of Jan Peterknecht sterling silver earrings that you might like to wear while there. Suzie Sparrow’s handmade clutch is both playful and elegant – perfect for your next premiere.

If you’re more of a homebody, there’s an intriguing pile of books donated by the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. For your wall – and your state of mind – don’t miss out on “Smile”, a remarkable photograph by Ashley McKenzie, last year’s winner of the Women Making Waves All Access Pass.

The very generous Chris Pauley has once again donated his talents to score your movie. EP Canada Movie Magic Budgeter and Scheduler are must-have software packages for film makers. There’s also a chance to bid on stunning artwork by Jeremy Akerman, Lara Cassidy, Shannon Campbell, Vanessa Furlong and Monique LeBlanc.

But keep tuned. There are bound to be more surprises on the big day. Donations keep rolling in.

Feb 11: All Access Pass Award Opens Doors for Women in Screen Industry

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Photo by Douglas Mullin

Women in Film and Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT) is offering its members a chance to experience all of the film festivals in Atlantic Canada – plus an event pass to the prestigious Women Making Waves conference – through the All Access Pass Award.

The award is presented annually to a deserving female working in screen-based media whose career will be assisted through this amazing learning and networking opportunity.

“The All Access Pass Award equipped me with both the financial support and boundless morale needed to immerse myself in the film circuit across the region,” says filmmaker Ashley McKenzie, who received the inaugural All Access Pass Award in 2012.

“I strongly encourage local filmmakers to apply for this special award. It is unique in not only offering much-needed funding, but also surrounding the recipient with a hugely supportive and caring family – Women in Film and Television-Atlantic. The incredibly knowledgeable women who run this organization offered me mentorship whenever I needed it. Whether it was a casual phone call or urgent e-mail, they drew on a vast network of industry professionals to provide invaluable guidance when I needed it most. Becoming part of this family is the part of the award that will extend far into my career as a filmmaker.”

Along with delegate passes to seven festivals, the All Access Pass Award includes professional development meetings, representatives at each festival to show her around, and $1,000 cash!

The following will be awarded to the successful female recipient:
- one year annual membership to WIFT-AT
- one delegate pass to the annual WIFT-AT Women Making Waves conference


One delegate pass to every major film festival in Atlantic Canada including:
- Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) (April)
- Island Media Arts festival (IMAF), PEI (May)
- OUTeast Film Festival in Halifax, NS (June)
- Nickel Independent Film Festival, NL (June)
- Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) in Halifax, NS (September)
- St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF), NL (October)
- New Brunswick Silver Wave Film Festival (SWFF), Fredericton, NB (November)
- International Festival of Francophone Film and Video in Acadie (FICFA), Moncton, N.B.(November)

Application deadline is June 2013, with the winner announced mid-summer. Stay tuned for the 2013 call for applications!

Women in Film & Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT)
info@wift-at.com | 902-877-5307 | www.wift-at.com

Feb 11: NB Pulse

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  • NBFC member BronweN is currently in post-production on Monkey See, a film about role models and how they influence our children.

This spring she will be producing a music video for Pamela Pachal and a short film for Writer/Director Jared Carney.

After a round of script notes by Gretchen Kelbaugh, who is always a huge help, BronweN is also re-writing a feature film: The Story (working title). She also did script notes for a feature film written by Gretchen Kelbaugh.

BronweN’s first short film, A Saturday Affair, is being shown about 15 times per month on Rogers TV as part of the show Loose Frames. She was also asked to show the film and be a guest lecturer for a UNB class on the Economics of Immigration.

Finally, BronweN is currently writing chapter 10 of a spy novel, which is lots of fun!

  • NBFC Annual Provincial Workshop Program for 2013

The NB Film Co-op annual provincial film workshop series provides hands-on practical film and video training for members and non-members alike.

The NB Film Co-op Annual Workshop Series runs Feb-June in all three cities annually and is reasonably priced for all interested. The NBFC is very lucky to have extremely talented award winning filmmakers from NB and from away who teach workshops annually.

Fredericton Film Workshop Programme is now launched! Registration is OPEN!
Saint John and Moncton Workshops Programmes will launch in April.

NBFC Activities Link: http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/activities.htm

The NBFC is proud to present three of the Fredericton workshops with WIFT-AT.

  • NBFC member Christine McLean has several documentary projects in the works. She is about to begin editing her first episode of Land and Sea. It’s a look at our complicated relationship with wild animals in New Brunswick. She is writer/director. It will go to air on CBC in March. She is also writing and co-directing a one-hour documentary for CBC on bullying and the legacy of John Peters Humphrey, the New Brunswicker who wrote the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This show is being produced by Hemmings House Pictures in Saint John.
  • This May, NBFC member Victoria Clowater is officially going to the Cannes Film Festival with Film Market Access! Filmmaker friends, if you’re looking to attend this prestigious film festival this year, and to develop important career contacts in the film industry, this is an experience she would highly recommend! Message her on facebook to get involved or get her info from Cat at the Film Co-op at: info@nbfilmcoop.com

Victoria is co-producing a series of commercials for the anti-bullying charity, Bullying Canada. These are slated to air on multiple network tv stations

Victoria is also producing her first project, a web series pilot entitled “Bench Press” — it’s a comedy!

  • NBFC member Leah Warren is eager to do her first short film project/You tube type sketch called “Flirting Addiction” in the spring/summer which will be done with the comedy sketch troupe Fiddleheadz and hopefully with support from the NB Film Co-op and a few Saint John filmmakers. Leah just wrapped up a TNB playwriting course where she learned about and attempted her first one act play. Leah was also able to meet and chat with her longtime writing hero and maritime novelist David Adams Richards and Canadian Playwright Norm Foster. Fiddleheadz hopes to get underway with doing various you tube style short comedy sketches–one will be filmed this Sunday which will be directed by Britany Sparrow. Leah is also looking forward to taking workshops through the NBFC provincial workshop programme, with special interest in location sound.
  • WIFT-AT Panel from the Silver Wave Film Festival now on Youtube

Check out this discussion about Women in Film and Television which took place in Fredericton, NB during the Media NB Industry Summit on November 9, 2012. Guests: Ashley McKenzie, Ruth Lawrence, Jillian Acreman. Moderator: Gretchen Kelbaugh.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECDN90PcqwQ
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ_usEiF7oY
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh2cZ-w5PCM

For more Industry Summit videos and other Silver Wave Film Festival videos subscribe to Silver Wave Film Fest on Youtube.

  • French Series broadcasting schedule released

New Brunswick filmmaker Pamela Gallant is pleased to announce the broadcast schedule for the four episodes of the series “Petites vues de chez nous” that she directed.

These four half-hour shows offer a unique ethnographic look of four French-canadian communities: Port-au-Port (Newfoundland), Cap-Pelé (New Brunswick), Windsor (Ontario) and Clare (Nova Scotia). The following are the broadcast dates for each show which will air on Radio-Canada Atlantique.

samedi, le 16 février à 17:30 : Petites vues de chez nous: Port-au-Port (Terre-Neuve)
samedi, le 23 février à 17:30 : Petites vues de chez nous: Cap-Pelé (N.-B.)
samedi, le 2 mars à 17:30 : Petites vues de chez nous: Clare (N.-É)
samedi, le 9 mars à 17:30 : Petites vues de chez nous: Windsor (On)

  • 2013 Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award – Open To All NB Residents

Formerly known as the Members Give Back Award, the NB Film Co-op proudly announces the Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award for 2013. In honour of a woman who lived life to the fullest and courageously took action in making her dreams a reality. A message that will hopefully inspire the winner of this award in realizing his/her dream of making films a reality.

The award has a value of $1000 and includes:
- $600 in cash
- 2 years Full Membership with NBFC
- 10 workshops through the NBFC workshop series
- $3500 in production and post services from NBFC
- Script workshop with Actors Helping Actors Group of your choice (Moncton/Fredericton)
- Prep to Post mentorship with Red Leaf Productions Producers

An opportunity to Co-Produce with Red Leaf Productions, a Moncton based production company responsible for award winning films such as Délivrance, Do Gooders, All Revved Up and many more. The company has also produced a one hour Television program with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television and Société Radio Canada Acadie.

Eligibility is open to all New Brunswick first and second time filmmakers.

Submit a 4-8 page script of drama or comedy by October 15th, 2013 to info@nbfilmcoop.com

Visit the NBFC website for details

The winner will be announced at The 2013 Silver Wave Film Festival Awards.

  •  Donate to the Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award!

The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative is a registered charity with a charity number as well as a non-profit and you can receive a charitable tax receipt by snail mail when you donate. Please consider donating to this very worthwhile filmmaker award.

  • NBFC member Elaine Shannon is currently Executive Producing and  Hosting a 22 episode TV project for Bell Aliant’s Community One Channel. It is a 30 minute bi-weekly wellness show co-produced in NB with Kirsten Stanley of 181 Productions.
The show highlights people from the Atlantic region who are sharing their wellness stories.
Elaine is assisting local business owners with short video stories for their websites. These videos are usually less than 5 minutes in length and will be hosted on youtube.

November 2012 – NB Pulse

NB Pulse 350x174 November 2012   NB PulseWomen filmmakers made a splash at the Silver Wave Film Fesitval in Fredericton, NB earlier this month. The festival, which ran from November 8-11, showed 101 films from across New Brunswick, the rest of Canada, and from around the world.

During the Media NB Industry Summit, three women filmmakers who all had films in the festival (Ashley McKenzie, Jillian Acreman, and Ruth Lawrence) gave a panel about their experiences making films in the Atlantic provinces.

At the Silver Wave Awards Show, many women filmmakers were presented with hardware. Here are some of the winners.

Best NB Youth Shorts:

Let’s Save the Earth by Keswick Ridge School Grades 3 and 4 with home room teacher Suzanne Archibald and Music Teacher Danielle Upshall

Shatter The Silence by Emily Campbell and Megan Toner

Terra Mars by Ecole Grand-Digue, Julie Surette, Kathy Gildart and the students

Best Student/48 Hour Film: Peelings by Diana Myers

Winner for Best Canadian Short: When You Sleep by Ashley McKenzie

Best Documentary: The Paramount by Greg Hemmings and Melanie Flannigan

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Action Film: Becky Forbes in Nick Ryan

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama: Sam Kamras in On the Last Day

Best NB Short Comedy or Action Film: S.W.I.T.C.H. by Jean-Pierre Desmarais and Kathy Gildart

Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award: Joceline Paczoski for Dory’s Last Laugh

For a complete list of winners and nominees go to the Silver Wave Film Festival Facebook page.

NB Pulse is compiled by Cat LeBlanc. Cat has been membership services director at the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative for 17 years and is co-organizer of the annual Silver Wave Film Festival. She also does production management/catering and music for independent shorts for her volunteer work.

All Access Update – Ashley McKenzie at the AFF and SWFF

Ashley McKenzie Jillian Acerman SWFF2012 Photo credit Douglas Mullin 350x233 All Access Update – Ashley McKenzie at the AFF and SWFFWith the Fall season comes perhaps the most desirable way to lose a month of one’s life: the film festival circuit. Watching all the top films of the year in a condensed few weeks is about the only thing that cures my end of summer (impending winter) blues. This year I spent over twenty days on the circuit at TIFF, the Atlantic Film Festival, and the Silver Wave Film Festival. I premiered my latest short, When You Sleep, in each respective place, went to over thirty film screenings, and participated in industry panels and a talent lab. My travels to Halifax and Fredericton were courtesy of the WIFT-AT All Access Pass Award.

At Atlantic, I was struck by the prolific female presence at this year’s festival. All Inspired Script participants were women, and last year’s winner, Megan Wennberg, held a Script Out Loud reading of her feature comedy, The Pink Ladies. Filmmakers Lorna Kirk, Martha Stiegman, Susan Wolf, and Ruth Lawrence swept the Linda Joy Awards. And Shandi Mitchell’s feature, The Disappeared, was the Atlantic Gala screening.

When attending a festival, I think you can only do a couple of things well. This means making choices between watching movies, attending parties, promoting your film, setting up meetings, networking, exploring the host city, etc. I typically channel energy into representing my film and watching movies. While doing so, I often meet like-minded filmmakers and gain lots of inspiration from getting to know them.

At Silver Wave, I sat on a WIFT-AT panel with two fellow filmmakers where we shared personal experiences of the challenges and successes of making films. The night before the panel, I emailed my producer a Robert Bresson quote: “make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.” It’s a summation of what I value most as a filmmaker, and it remained at the forefront of my mind throughout the panel and festival weekend.

If there’s a compass with which to navigate the highs and lows of filmmaking, I feel like this may be it. One thing’s for sure, the films and filmmakers that fuel me with inspiration long after festival season is over are always the ones steeped in this singular vision.

Thanks again to the All Access Pass for the opportunity to travel the circuit and be recharged.

October 2012 NS Pulse

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Noted as a top festival in Canada, the 32nd Atlantic Film Festival was held from September 13th–20th in Halifax. Screenings from WIFT-AT members such as Ashley McKenzie, Britany Sparrow, Eva Madden and Lara Cassidy were held. Winners at the awards ceremony included:

•  Honourable Mention for Best Atlantic Feature: The Disappeared (Shandi Mitchell)

•  Best Atlantic Emerging Director: Ashley McKenzie, for When You Sleep

•  The First Feature Project: Bunker 6 Producer: Rebecca Sharratt, Writer/Director: Greg Jackson

•  Script Development Award: The Magic of Boxer Connor (Wanda Nolan)

A full list of winners can be found here.


Application Deadline: October 1st, 2012

FILM 5 is a professional film-training program for Writers, Directors and Producers culminating in the opportunity to produce a five-minute film.

The program provides:

- Cash and services to produce a five-minute film

- Mentorship and instruction from industry professionals

- Relationship building opportunities with the local film community

Application guidelines and form are available on the AFCOOP web-site: www.afcoop.ca


Tuesday October 2nd, 6:30pm

AFCOOP Office, 5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 101

Full Members must send regrets to admin@afcoop.ca

The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in AFCOOP is welcome to attend! If you would like to become a Full Member of the co-op please contact Greg in advance of the meeting to confirm your eligibility: admin@afcoop.ca. AFCOOP GM’s are a great networking opportunity for folks in the film and media arts communities. Come find out what we’ve been up to at the co-op and learn a bit about what the next season holds.


Deadline: November 1st, 2012

AFCOOP is pleased to announce Telefilm Canada’s new Micro-Budget Feature Film program. Through the program AFCOOP can recommend one project and team per year to be sent to the national selection committee at Telefilm. From there, Telefilm will select eight to ten projects to receive a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $120,000 per project.

The project must be a fictional or a documentary feature length film destined for distribution to the public on one or more platforms. To be eligible, an applicant must be a student or a recent graduate of a production program such as FILM 5, or a recent member of a film cooperative including AFCOOP. If you’re a graduate of an AFCOOP program like FILM 5 from 2009 to now, or if you’ve been a member of AFCOOP from 2009 until now, you’re eligible to apply.

Applicants to the Recommendation Phase are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Micro-Budget Production Program Guidelines prior to applying to AFCOOP to ensure they and their project are fully eligible to apply to the Program. The Guidelines and FAQ available on Telefilm’s website. Deadline for applying to AFCOOP for a letter of recommendation is: Nov. 1st 2012

For more info: click here


Deadline: December 15, 2012

The program supports the creation of new works by professional artists in all disciplines including fine crafts, literary, visual, media and performing arts. It also promotes a broad understanding and appreciation of art and artists through professional development, creation and presentation of work. Individual artists may submit one application per grant per deadline.

To encourage equitable distribution of funds, artists can only receive one Creation Grant in a 12-month period.

For more info: click here


Deadline: February 15, 2013

HIFF is pleased to announce the Call for Entries for four screening programs at the 2013 festival:

Atlantic Narrative Screening: Recent narrative short works from Atlantic Canadian writers, producers, or directors.

WIFT-AT Atlantic Women In Film Screening: Recent short works from women writers, producers, or directors from Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Experimental Screening: Recent experimental short works from Atlantic Canadian writers, producers, or directors.

Music Video Showcase: Recent music videos made by Canadian filmmakers.

NS Pulse is compiled by Chris Pauley. Chris is a composer and the owner/operator of Evil Twin Music. He has been playing music since he was a kid, and writing music for the media for fifteen years. Check out his work at www.eviltwinmusic.ca, on Facebook and on Twitter @EvilTwinMusic.

September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19

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Hello fellow WIFT-ers! To all of you returning members welcome back, and to all of you joining us for the first time, welcome! There have been all kinds of great things going on this summer at WIFT-AT and we’re excited for what’s coming up this fall.

-Britany Sparrow, Tidings Editor

Invest in WIFT-AT: Become a member!

When was the last time you went to a movie and shook your head at how the women were portrayed? Or watched the credits and it hit home that less than twenty per cent of the people working in film are female? We are offering you an opportunity to help make a positive change.

WIFT-AT is the newest chapter in an international organization, Women in Film and Television, designed to support and connect women working in screen-based industries. If you are joining us for the first time or are renewing, you are investing in the many women in your community who want to be on screen, in writers’ rooms, at film festivals and on set. You can do it right now, online, here. And as a volunteer organization, it is membership fees that sustain our activities.

In the last two years, WIFT-AT has brought to the east coast some of the most successful women working in film and TV in North America, Patricia Rozema and Kari Skogland to name a couple, to inspire and train our Atlantic female filmmakers. We have celebrated our own female filmmakers by handing out Wave Awards at our annual Women Making Waves weekend in Halifax. We have partnered with regional film festivals and have arranged screenings of work by female filmmakers in Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton and Halifax and have even established a film club in St. John’s. This spring we launched a new award for an emerging filmmaker, the All Access Pass award. And we’re just getting started.

Our chapter was formed three years ago. We are already more than a hundred members strong. If you join us by renewing or purchasing a membership, your contribution will help our not-for-profit organization continue to grow. And please join us for our celebration of Atlantic Women in the Screen Industry reception, Sunday, September 16, 6- 8 pm at the Lord Nelson Hotel, as part of the Atlantic Film Festival, right after the WIFT-AT AGM. WE would love to see you there.

The number of women working in film and television is small in number but big in influence. One recent study showed that when a female director is at the helm, the number of women employed on a film jumped by fifty per cent.

That’s a great return on your investment. Please consider joining us.

Christine McLean, Chair, WIFT membership committee

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Our Annual General Meeting and Event at The Atlantic Film Festival will be held on Sunday, September 16th at 4pm in the Britannia Room at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax. Please join us as we elect a new Board of Directors, introduce some exciting new programming initiatives and roll out our three-year strategic plan! And once the business is done, it’s time to party! C’mon downstairs to the AFF Super Channel Festival Lounge to celebrate WIFT and everyone who has helped make 2011-12 such a successful year!





Spotlight Ashley McKenzie photo by Krista Comeau 1 380x252 September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19And the recipient of the All Access Pass Award is…Ashley McKenzie!

Women in Film and Television – Atlantic has awarded its inaugural All Access Pass Award to Nova Scotia filmmaker Ashley McKenzie. The prestigious award offers McKenzie a delegate pass to every major film festival – that’s seven festivals – in the Atlantic Provinces over the next year. It also includes an annual membership in WIFT-AT, mentorship at every festival with a senior WIFT-AT representative, a weekend pass to the Women Making Waves Conference in March 2013, select accommodations plus a $1000 cash prize.

There’s no other award like this in the country,” says WIFT-AT Board Chair Jan Miller. “This is the first of its kind and we’re thrilled to offer it.”

McKenzie says the award is perfect for her. “The All Access Pass is such an exciting initiative. The award will enable me to attend festivals in the Atlantic region with ease, increasing exposure for my new short film “When You Sleep” and building connections for the future.”

Earlier this year McKenzie’s short film “When You Sleep” was selected as part of Telefilm’s Canada: Not Short On Talent showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. McKenzie was the only Maritime filmmaker whose work was selected for the screening program.

Festivals are such incredible places to share your work, learn, and be inspired,” says McKenzie. “I always want to present my films in person, but finding the means to do so is a challenge at this stage of my career. This is a perfect opportunity to connect more with the East Coast, the place where I love to live and make movies.”

McKenzie recently moved home to New Waterford, Cape Breton to begin development on her next short film,Stray”, which she plans to shoot in November.

I connected with cinematographer Stephanie Weber Biron at the St. John’sInternational Women’s Film Festival in 2010, went on to work with her on “When YouSleep”, and will continue to collaborate with her in the future,” says McKenzie. “It is opportunities such asthese that make attending festivals so beneficial to my future plans.”

WIFT-AT gives the All Access Pass Award annually to a deserving female working in screen-based media whose career will be assisted by the award.

IMAF Louise Lalonde 380x253 September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19WIFT-AT 2012 Salute Award: One of Life’s Many Surprises

As the 2012 Island Media Arts Festival drew to a close, and happy with the decision that we, the committee, had made in choosing a recipient for the 2012 WIFT-AT Salute Award, I stood at the back of the theatre and daintily shoved a piece of celery in my mouth. As I gnawed away on my celery, I watched Mille Clarkes, last year’s recipient, go up on stage to announce this year’s winner. Then I heard her say my name. I stopped chewing. “Wha? That’s not what we agreed on,’’ I thought. The announcement that I was the recipient of the award was received by lively applause and the committee members were quite pleased that they had managed to distract me and keep it a surprise. I grabbed a napkin, spit out the celery and aimed for a trash can. As I made my way up to the stage, my mind went blank. I couldn’t think of anything to say except “Thank you.’’ So, I will now take this opportunity to say what I should have said that night: “I used to think that awards were kind of pointless. After all, when you’re passionate about something, you just naturally do what needs doing and to single out one person seemed somehow wrong to me. Then one day, I received an award and my attitude changed completely. It’s not only a thrill to be recognized by your peers, but the validation that it brings spurs you on to do even more and work harder at making a difference. Being a member of WIFT-AT has led me to exciting new contacts and a wealth of resources that I never knew were out there, and receiving an award of appreciation like this is truly an honour. Again, thank you, and I look forward to another year full of surprises and new and exciting projects.”

One of Life’s Many Surprises is written by Louise Lalonde, recipient of the 2012 WIFT-AT Salute Award. Louise is Project Manager of the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, President of the Charlottetown Film Society, and a member of the Island Film Factory. For more info, visit www.peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net or www.islandfilmfactory.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/TheCharlottetownFilmSociety

BarbaraDoran1 380x531 September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19Newfoundland Feature Film: The Grand Seduction

This has been a busy spring and summer for women producers in the Newfoundland & Labrador feature film industry. First up was Rock Island’s feature film Hold Fast, produced by Rosemary House and hot on its heels was a feature comedy co-produced by Barbara Doran of Morag Loves Company.

Based on a Quebecois hit film (known in Anglo Canada as Seducing Doctor Lewis), The Grand Seduction features a slew of Newfoundland performers in the supporting cast of characters led by Brendan Gleeson and Gordon Pinsent. As a co-production with MAX Films in Quebec, the mix of Anglo and Franco crew have been moving around the Bonavista peninsula in glorious weather, hopping from Red Cliff, Tickle Cove, New Bonaventure, Old Bonaventure to Champney’s. I spent a few weeks working on the wardrobe crew (with locals Peggy Hogan, Charlotte Reid, Heather Power, and Allison Hicks) in early August and was pretty impressed with the NL women working all around me in almost every department- from location manager Lynn Andrews to makeup artist Mackenzie Geehan, from electrician Flora Planchat to unit PA Renee Callahan, from office PA Crystal Parsons to assistant production coordinator Anita Reilly-McGee. Under the direction of Don McKellar, performers such as Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones, Sara Tilley, Rhonda Rogers, Michelle Rex Bailey, Sheila Redmond and Janet Edmonds are among the large cast.

For Barbara Doran, The Grand Seduction is just the latest feature film she’s co-produced in the past 5 years. Young Triffie was director Mary Walsh’s feature debut and 2009’s Love & Savagery led to a Genie award for Best Supporting Actress Martha Burns. Before that, Doran co-produced the award-winning international TV mini-series Random Passage, an 8-hour production that stands out as one of the greatest challenges and achievements in her long, successful career. When she’s not producing great drama, she writes and directs documentaries such as Life Below Zero, To Dublin With Love, Still Rowdy After All These Years, When Women Kill, and Phantoms of the French Shore. Her talent for pulling together productions ranging from big budget to small scale has been a contributing factor in her success but those who know her best recognize that her passion for a good story is what accounts for her longevity in a competitive industry that just gets tougher each year. Filming continues to the end of September on this latest production.

Newfoundland Feature Film: The Grand Seduction is written by Ruth Lawrence. Ruth is an actor/writer/filmmaker whose most recent film Two Square Feet, starring Jeanne Beker, won the 2011 RBC Michelle Jackson Award and will debut at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in October 2012. www.bluepinionfilms.com

A Top Ten “To Do” for Writing a Film Grant – Part 1

One evening in June, WIFT-AT Board Member Irene Duma and I met with St. John’s filmmaker Anita McGee to see if we could put together a guide to approaching the dreaded funding application.

A couple of hours and two bottles of wine later, we had come up with ten tips that we felt would give any new or experienced grant writer an edge on the competition. This list is a conglomerate of our successes and failures as applicants, with invaluable insider tips from Anita, who has sat on juries since Jesus was a cowboy and knows her stuff!

Here are the first five gems:

#1 – Read the Application

The most valuable advice I’ve ever received on grant writing came from the late Robbie Thomas and it was this: read and follow the application guidelines.

It’s surprising how few people take the time to simply read the application. It tells you pretty much everything you need to know, from who is eligible and what support materials to provide, to how many paragraphs you should write about shooting your first short in Cupids this summer.

Read the guidelines. Do what they say. And if you don’t understand them, call the funder and ask lots of questions.

A thorough reading of the application guidelines is a good way to begin to…

#2 – Get to Know Your Audience

Check out the website of your potential funder. Read their mandate, their mission statement and their staff bios. Are their goals in line with yours? Tell them so.

Pay close attention to the language used. Is it formal or informal? What does it tell you about them and what they want to hear?

A little research will give you a good sense of who you’re speaking with, and allow you to tailor your application accordingly.

# 3 – Know That Your Audience Doesn’t Know You

If you’re in or around the local arts community, you might take for granted that people know who you are and that they’ve seen your work. You shouldn’t.

“Newfoundlanders are bad at understanding that nobody knows us,” says Anita. “We’re not used to having to convey a sense of who we are as artists in our community.”

In a competitive arts environment where Anita says “even Guy Maddin would have to fight in a crowd”, it’s important to produce a professional and complete application each time around. Like a newbie.

Because “you’re from here” isn’t enough.

#4 Know Your Project

The ability to speak to your project can make or break your application. What is your vision? What is your plan? Why, and why not?

You know why you’re here. You know why you’re writing the application. This is your chance to take an audience on a tour of your concept, and you can be creative while doing it. In fact, it’s kind of expected!

Be articulate. Be clear and concise, not repetitive,” says Anita. “Paint a picture. Write it as though you’re writing a movie and the words you’re writing are evoking a sense of what you’re doing.”

#5 – Build a network, or a nest… and charge admission! You might be famous someday.

Just kidding about the admission (and probably the fame as well! here’s hoping!), but it’s important to surround yourself with folks who are supportive of your work and to spend time in environments that foster creativity.

As you make alliances with others in your field, opportunities for collaborations and partnerships appear, and this can spill over into proposal writing.

So foster these relationships! Having support not only builds faith in your project, but it helps you keep faith when the going gets tough.

Join us next month for tips #6-10!

This Top Ten List was compiled by Tracey Waddleton. Tracey was the primary grant-writer for and manager of the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society for 2010 and 2011. She provides writing, editing and administrative services from the downtown home she shares with her two cats, Emma and Sam, and studies English at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The 2012 Praxis Summer Screenplay Readings

In November 2011, I was one of eight Canadian writers chosen for the Praxis Screenplay Competition with my dramatic feature film script, House of Matches. I travelled from Halifax to Vancouver, where I had a number of one-on-one meetings with a writing advisor, award-winning novelist and screenwriter Peter Behrens. In preparation for our working together, I read Peter’s novel The Law of Dreams and fell in love with his epic, poetic story. On the plane I felt jittery, anticipating his response to my script. When we met, he told me right away that he was pleased to be reading the work of a real writer. A real writer. For a beginner like myself, this kind of comment is almost enough. I had a strong impulse to turn right around and go home to my cozy writers’ cave, vindicated. But I stayed. Over the course of four days, Peter and I would meet and discuss the script, I would leave and work intensely on a new draft, send it to him and we would meet again. In addition to having scheduled these one-on-one meetings, Praxis hosted a production meeting for all eight writers. A guest producer went around the table and gave each of us feedback about our scripts. By the end of that intensive week, I flew home to Halifax with what felt like an exciting new draft.

To my delight, I was invited back to Praxis, along with five other writers from the original eight: Kevin Doree, Andre Harden, Jesse Heffring, John Burke and Geoff Redknap. In June 2012, we returned to Vancouver for the Praxis Summer Readings. Over the course of three days, we heard professionally cast table readings of our screenplays, two on each day. A script would be read by actors, the audience and actors would have a discussion, we would break for lunch, and then there would be a second reading and discussion in the afternoon. As the House of Matches reading began, I was so nervous and excited I had to remind myself to breathe. Lori Triolo, the Praxis casting director who cast all six scripts, did an amazing job. As the actors began speaking, giving voice and passion to the words I printed on paper, I felt as though I secretly had multiple personality disorder and someone had taken the voices in my head and liberated them.

Each table reading had an audience of about twenty people: the four writing advisors, the four script editor interns, Praxis Director Patricia Gruben, Program Assistant Liz Cairns, my five fellow screenwriters, guest producer Christine Haebler (Screen Siren Pictures) and Telefilm’s Lauren Davis. After each reading, the entire audience and the actors engaged in a rousing discussion about plot, character, theme, tone – all the good stuff you want people to be talking about when it comes to screenwriting. It felt thrilling and invigorating and just a tiny bit decedent to be talking about nothing but writing, day after day. I learned a great deal about giving feedback by listening to the writing advisors. They responded to the readings with great consideration, wisdom and patience. One screenplay involving a mix of reality and a fantasy world and after the reading it became apparent that the audience was somewhat confused about the plot. Then one of the advisors, Lynne Stopkewich, suggested that perhaps his story was confusing to us because perhaps he wasn’t clear about the laws of this fantasy world. She suggested that the more he understood and was clear about those laws, the more we would understand the story. It was an eloquent way to cut to the heart of the issue and propose a way to make the story stronger. When it was time to discuss House of Matches, it was thrilling and surreal to have a whole group of people talking about story issues and details that had, until that point, only been swimming around in the fish tank of my mind – sometimes with explosive splashes and sometimes in tiny, murky circles. Thoughtful suggestions were made. Strong opinions were expressed. People took sides! The way I see it, you could go in the direction of a Mike Leigh film, or you could go Hollywood, but you can’t do both. I took notes and regretted that I’ve switched off every Mike Leigh film I’ve ever tried to watch.

Near the end of the discussion, one of the House of Actors actors, Tim Perez, suddenly made an impassioned speech that I will never forget. It went something like this:

“You know, I would just like to say – this story is the story of my life. It’s the story of my mother and how she struggled and suffered to raise me in this country, it’s the story of all the Latina girls I see fighting to get by, raising kids, dealing with the immense obstacles in their lives; the addiction, the oppression, the absent fathers. Zoe’s got two kids and she’s so young and she’s so poor and all over the place and dealing with so much. We meet her and we think, She’s not gonna make it. She has too much to contend with – she just won’t make it. And then guess what? She does. But she doesn’t win the World Cup or become a soccer superstar or anything like that – she works hard and doesn’t give up and she goes to school. She pulls herself out of poverty. This is the story we need to see, this is the story we want to see. We want to see these girls make it. So I hear you giving Jessica suggestions about structure and characters and that’s great – say whatever you want say if you think it will make it better. But this story is important and this film needs to be made because it’s real.”

As Tim left the room, he patted me on the shoulder, thanked me, and wished me luck. My story had touched him so deeply it made him consider his mother’s life journey. As a writer, this is what I hope for.

I was lucky enough to be approached by two other writing advisors, Arne Olsen and Michael Miner, who each gave me generous, detailed feedback about House of Matches. Additionally, each Praxis writer was given a one hour meeting with guest producer Christine Haebler. I took notes intently the whole week.

On the final day, I met with Peter Behrens and Gorrman Lee, the story editor intern who had been assigned to House of Matches. We discussed the script and the feedback that had been given at the reading. Peter offered me new ideas and responded to my questions and concerns that had been churned up after days of notes. As I was leaving, Peter wished me luck with the new draft. He reminded me of how much he loves the story and my writing and encouraged me to keep at it and stay true to my vision. Elated and inspired, I headed for the skytrain.

The 2012 Praxis Summer Screenplay Readings was written by Jessica Marsh. Jessica wrote the screenplay for “Wake”, the 2010 winner of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Short Film Face Off. She is a 2012 Praxis Screenwriting Centre Fellow and is hard at work on a post-Praxis draft of her feature film script, House of Matches. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

GamersPromo1 380x253 September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19HerStory – Britany Sparrow

I’ve loved words for as long as I can remember. I started talking as early as possible, could read by the time I was in pre-school, and wrote my first short story at the age of 6. By high school, I had written a novel, and although it was definitely lacking in substance, it solidified that above all things, I loved to tell stories. I was also very involved in theatre, working backstage, acting small parts, and writing one act plays for class. I loved the team work, the collaboration, and the connection you created with people, feeling that you had gone to battle together and no one else could ever understand. When I left high school, I was unsure if I’d ever get to be a part of something so amazing again.

When I turned 20, I did the craziest thing I’ve ever done: I moved across the country from Vernon, BC to Fredericton, NB to attend UNB. I registered for an Introduction to Film class, which turned out to be a life defining moment. It was love at first sight. After graduating from UNB in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and minoring Creative Writing and a Certificate in Film Production, I joined the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative and haven’t slowed down since.

One of the greatest thrills of my life was when I was given the opportunity to direct my first film, The Perfect Cliché, in 2007. I was awarded the Short Film Venture Grant in 2008 for my second film, The Morning After, and Emily Brennan won the Best Actress in a Comedy Award at SWFF for my third film, True Hollywood Romance. My fourth film, Gamers: A Love Story, starring Kyle Smith and Becky Forbes (shown), was nominated for acting and screenwriting awards at the 2011 SWFF, and has recently been accepted to the 2012 Atlantic Film Festival.

I’ve worked on over 20 independent short films as Production Manager, Script Supervisor, and Assistant Director, putting in hundreds of volunteer hours helping new and experienced filmmakers create their films on a shoestring budget. I also sit on the Board of Directors for the NBFC, teach workshops through the NBFC workshop program in Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John, and I have been one of the Silver Wave Film Festival organizers since 2008. In 2011 I was awarded a Silver Wave Award for Contribution to the New Brunswick Film Industry in a Volunteer Capacity, alongside my longtime friend and mentor, Colin Smart.

In 2011, I was fortunate enough to be awarded the NB Joy Award for my fifth film, Chopsticks. This film took me where I had never gone before: I stripped away as many of the words as I could, and created relationships between the characters with looks, touches, and everything that was left unsaid. It was terrifying, and one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had on set. We’re in post production now, and I have a long winter ahead of me. And I couldn’t be happier about it.

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  • WIFT-AT member Eva Madden’s short film “Pose“, which was made when Eve was the AFCOOP 2012 Filmmaker in Residence, has been nominated in The Coast’s Best of Halifax 2012. POSE is nominated for Best Film (short,feature,other) and Eva Madden has been nominated for Best Filmmaker. Eva is the only female nominated in both categories.

Pose is an experimental documentary that explores the visceral experience of posing as a nude model, while in the process revealing a character study in contrast and contradiction. Through the eyes of artist and raconteur Dave Cullen, the film explores the unique experience of an artist setting down his pencils and posing as a nude model.

To vote for Eva, please visit the Coast Survey here:http://posting.thecoast.ca/halifax/Survey?survey=3217648
POSE is also playing at the Atlantic Film Festival on Saturday Sept 15 @ 4:05 as part of Atlantic Shorts 2 at Park Lane. http://atlantic.bside.com/2012/films/pose0_evamadden_atlantic2012
  • Noted as a top festival in Canada, the 32nd Atlantic Film Festival will be held from September13th – 20th in Halifax. Large enough to attract the world’s most notable actors, directors and producers, but intimate enough to be innovative and flexible in its approach to the changing needs of our industry, audience and the communities we serve, the AFF provides an unpretentious atmosphere for watching some of the best international, Canadian and Atlantic Canadian films, while showcasing some of the best musical talent the region has to offer. Keep an eye out for screenings from a number of WIFT-AT members such as Ashley McKenzie and Lara Cassidy. A full program guide can be found here.
  • Prismatic Festival and Conference – Screenings September 14-29

    Prismatic brings new works by culturally diverse artists into the spotlight. The mandate of this initiative is to promote the pursuit of artistic excellence through collaboration, innovation and dialogue.


  • FILM 5 2012/13 Call for Applications – Application Deadline – October 1st 2012. FILM 5 is a professional film-training program for Writers, Directors and Producers culminating in the opportunity to produce a five-minute film. The program provides:

Cash and services to produce a five-minute filmMentorship and instruction from industry professionalsRelationship building opportunities with the local film communityApplication guidelines and form are available on the AFCOOP web-site: www.afcoop.caFILM 5 Info Session and Networking – Wednesday, Sept. 5th 6pm, AFCOOP Office, 5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 101. Come find out more about the program and meet with potential writers, directors and producers!

  • AFCOOP’s Fall General Meeting – Tuesday October 2nd, 6:30pmAFCOOP Office, 5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 101

Full Members must send regrets to admin@afcoop.ca

The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in AFCOOP is welcome to attend! If you would like to become a Full Member of the co-op please contact Greg in advance of the meeting to confirm your eligibility:admin@afcoop.ca. AFCOOP GM’s are a great networking opportunity for folks in the film and media arts communities. Come find out what we’ve been up to at the co-op and learn a bit about what the next season holds.

  • Arts Nova Scotia Funding- Grants to Individuals December 15


The program supports the creation of new works by professional artists in all disciplines including fine crafts, literary, visual, media and performing arts. It also promotes a broad understanding and appreciation of art and artists through professional development, creation and presentation of work. Individual artists may submit one application per grant per deadline.

To encourage equitable distribution of funds, artists can only receive one Creation Grant in a 12-month period.

NS Pulse is compiled by Chris Pauley. Chris is a composer and the owner/operator of Evil Twin Music. He has been playing music since he was a kid, and writing music for the media for fifteen years. Check out his work at www.eviltwinmusic.ca, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EvilTwinMusic and on Twitter @EvilTwinMusic.

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  • It’s been a busy and exciting summer for Joceline Paczoski. She recently completed work on a 4-part soap opera web series called “Hallmark Family” created by the talented Digital Filmmaking students at the Centre for Arts and Technology in Fredericton, NB. Joceline plays Lily Lars, a religious mom whose mundane world begins to unravel. Check out all the drama for yourself on YouTube. Also, the SWFF 2011 award-winning comedy, “Thanksgiving Wishes,” in which Joceline plays Mrs. Kelson, has been selected to screen at the Toronto Independent Film Festival. Director/writer Denis Sweet did such a great job on this film, congrats to the entire cast and crew.

Currently, Joceline is editing a screenplay that she has written and hopes to begin filming it next spring. She is definitely looking forward to many more acting opportunities right here in Atlantic Canada. Stay tuned!

  • Christine McLean was story editor on The Paramount, a documentary produced by Hemmings House Pictures that was broadcast on CBC Maritimes this past Saturday night. She was also script writer and narrator on the documentary, It Was the Dance, produced and directed by Semra Yuxel of Acrolect International, slated for broadcast this fall on CBC. Christine hosted CBC Radio’s Information Morning in Fredericton for the past month and this week, she is hosting Information Morning in Saint John.

  • Gretchen Kelbaugh and her company, Story First Productions, are delighted to have landed a great distributor, Moving Images Distribution, for several of her educational videos. They plan to market both Menocracy; Gender Representation in Government (a 2012 version) and the five-part series 80/20; the Developing World in the USA and Canada. 80/20 is already a highly successful co-production with Rowan Ridge Productions, having sold widely across Canada to high schools, universities and NGOs.

  • This summer has been very busy for Nathalie Rayne. She started a new job at the beginning of the summer with the New Brunswick Arts Board as Marketing, Communications and Translation Specialist. You can find her weekdays sitting at her desk working on Facebook and Twitter posts and translating documents. Every once in awhile she takes a break to put together shelving from IKEA icon smile September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19 . Everyone should drop by her office at 61 Carleton Street in Fredericton, NB to see how great their office renos look and to talk to a program officer about NB grant programs.

Nathalie’s husband Tim Rayne directed two music videos that she edited. One for local metal band Hero’s Last Right, which was shot in the basement at the Charlotte Street Art Center and the Blackbox Theatre at STU in Fredericton. The other was for Winnipeg singer Ingrid Gatin, which was shot in the green screen studio at Outreach Productions (special thanks to them). Thanks to the project producer Arthur Thomson, DP Jeff Crawford and the rest of our crews from both productions. Nathalie and Tim always appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication!

Nathalie has also been asked by the NB Film Co-op to edit the Cultural Capital documentary about Acadians in Fredericton. She has been working on that for a few months.

All three of these projects will be submitted to the Silver Wave Film Festival on September 4th.

In between all this, Nathalie and Tim adopted their lovely dog Fraggle from the SPCA, started a weekly radio show “East Coast Stream” which is all about east coast music and can be heard Thursdays at 4pm on 97.9 FM CHSR (or on their website as a podcast), and are in pre- production on a local food documentary which will be shot over the winter and next summer.

  • After script writing for almost two years and delaying production twice, Britany Sparrow has finished principal photography on her NB Joy Award winning film Chopsticks. The film, starring Elizabeth Goodyear, Andrew Long, and Leah Warren, tells the story of a woman who is forced to re-evaluate her life choices and her marriage after re-connecting with an old friend. Chopsticks will be edited over the fall and winter months by Andre Goguen and by the Postman editing team.

  • Congratulations to NBFC ED Tony Merzetti (Bliss Carman: Divine Force of Nature), andmembers Joel Thompson (Boxface) and Britany Sparrow (Gamers: A Love Story) who had their films accepted into the 2012 Atlantic Film Festival. These films were all nominated for or won awards at the 2011 Silver Wave Film Festival.

NB Pulse is compiled by Cat LeBlanc. Cat has been membership services director at the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative for 17 years and is co-organizer of the annual Silver Wave Film Festival. She also does production management/catering and music for independent shorts for her volunteer work. Check out her music work at: http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/Catinahatmusic/Welcome.html

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  • Sara Tilley is an actor, writer, Pochinko clown instructor and award-winning novelist. She’s spending part of her summer working on a feature film shooting in the Trinity Bay area in Newfoundland. I caught up with her while on the set:

 “I have been cast as Miriam Mahoney in the film The Grand Seduction, directed by Don McKellar, which is shooting in Trinity Bay this summer and fall. Miriam is married to Bob Mahoney (Pete Soucy) and has nine children, with another on the way. Her dream: to never be pregnant again. I have had a lot of fun on set so far working with my ‘kids’, though I admit I am no expert on quieting crying babies when the cameras are rolling. It’s been great to work on such a large production and to feel the ensemble energy of this piece – which is ultimately about the town itself, and all us little folks in it.”

  • The Fishing for the Future Film Festival runs in Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park from September 28-30, 2012. Five screenings along with panels, workshops, discussions, art exhibits and an online gallery will celebrate coastal communities, oceans, marine fisheries and aquaculture in Canada and around the world. www.fishingforthefuturefilmfestival.ca

  • The 23rd Annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival provides fantastic screenings, workshops, panels, forums, and meet and greets for a low cost during the week of October 16-20, 2012. www.womensfilmfestival.com

NL Pulse is compiled by Ruth Lawrence. Ruth is an actor/writer/filmmaker whose most recent film Two Square Feet, starring Jeanne Beker, won the 2011 RBC Michelle Jackson Award and will debut at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in October 2012. www.bluepinionfilms.com

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  • Gretha Rose, owner of Cellar Door Productions and co-owner of FortuneIT Ltd. is currently in post production on a new television series for the Food Network: ‘Chef Michael’s Kitchen’.

Join Chef Michael Smith as he goes back to basics while stirring in freestyle ideas along the way. Watch as he shares his favourite home-style recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques and learn how to add a twist or two to your cooking. See how easy it is to impress yourself in your own kitchen because once you know the rules, you can break them!

Chef Michael’s Kitchen was filmed in beautiful Fortune, Prince Edward Island over the spring with a crew comprised of Maritime film professionals, the majority of which were from PEI. ‘Chef Michael’s Kitchen’ airs on the Food Network on August 27th at 6 pm EST.

  • The newly formed Charlottetown Film Society is now running City Cinema in Charlottetown and has officially launched its fundraising campaign with a raffle. First prize is a trip for two to TIFF for two days in September along with a pass to the Closing Night Gala, and second prize is a one year of free movies (2 per week), and lots of other prizes. Tickets are available at City Cinema or email lmlalonde@yahoo.com.

City Cinema is hosting a special evening of film on September 23 with guest Thom Fitzgerald, Director of Cloudburst. His film will be the very last film screened on film at City Cinema as they are going digital. There will be two screenings: one at 5 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and there will be a reception at the Haviland Club after so that people can meet Thom and enjoy some food and libation.

  • Harmony Wagner of Periscope Pictures was the recipient of the 2012 CBC 3 -2- 1 Award at this year’s Island Media Arts Festival. The award, along with funding from PEI Council of the Arts, will go toward the production of the short film QUEEN OF THE CROWS, set to begin shooting in Charlottetown this fall. Harmony’s directorial debut, VAST recently screened at the Nickel Film Festival.
  • As part of Culture Days activities and with the support of Culture PEI, the Charlottetown Film Society in partnership with the Island Media Arts Coop is hosting the first of a series of Sunday afternoon screenings that will focus on Island-made films.

Two forty-minute screenings will be on offer beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at City Cinema on King Street. The public is invited free of charge to view local filmmakers’ works in a theatre setting and cast their vote for one of the People’s Choice Awards.

Cash prizes will be awarded in four categories for Best of Short Shorts: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. A complete list of films is available on our web page or for more information and a complete list of films, please visit: The Charlottetown Film Society Inc. on Facebook.

The PEI Pulse is compiled by Millefiore Clarkes. Mille is a Producer/Editor/Director with her company One Thousand Flowers Productions. She has been creating documentaries, music videos, web series, and experimental work for a number of years. Check out her work at www.onethousandflowers.tv Mille’s work has been screened at festivals such as The Vimeo Film Festival, The Atlantic Film Festival, and RIDM and she has won the Music Video of the Year Award from MusicPEI as well as the WIFT-AT Salute Award.

What’s Happening at WIFT-AT..and beyond.

  • Meet us at the WIFT-AT AGM! Our Annual General Meeting and Event at The Atlantic Film Festival will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 4pm in the Britannia Room at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax.

  • WIFT-AT is inviting submissions for the 2013 WIFTI Showcase. WIFTI will be accepting two films from every eligible Chapter across the globe. From there, their selection committee and Showcase Producer will be choosing one film to represent each Chapter in the 2013 Showcase. Last year’s entry from WIFT-AT was Megan Wennberg’s FLUSH.


Eligible films will have a completion date after 2010. They should be under 15 minutes in length and should highlight the work of Women in two of the following categories; Director, Producer, Actor, Writer, Director of Photography, Animator, and/or Editor. First preference will be given to film submissions directed by Women. We encourage submissions featuring strong female characters and stories about women. Submissions will ONLY be accepted from current WIFT-AT members (you may join now by going here)

Send a DVD copy of your film to the WIFT-AT office. Please include a cover letter indicating:

-The name and gender of your Director, Producer, Actor, Writer, Director of Photography, Animator, and/or Editor.

-The title

-The run time (15 min max)

-Date of Completion (after 2010)

-A short synopsis

-Full contact info

Submissions must be received by Friday, September 21, 2012. Notification will be provided via email by October 5, 2012.

  • The Canada Council for the Arts provides research, creation, production and dissemination support to artists, organizations, groups and independent collectives in film, video, new media and audio. The next deadline is October 1, 2012. www.canadacouncil.ca/mediaarts/

  • Bravo!FACT provides support and funding for short films and music videos, see www.bravofact.comfor more details. There are four deadlines per year and the next one for 2012 is December 7.
  • The Linda Joy Awards support the work of emerging media artists, as well as established artists who wish to explore a new genre or medium in Atlantic Canada. Check the website for upcoming deadlines for your province. http://www.lindajoy.com/
  • Telefilm Canada’s has officially launched its new Micro-Budget Feature Film program. Through the program, 23 partnering organizations will each recommend one project and team per year to be sent to the national selection committee at Telefilm. From there, Telefilm will select eight to ten projects to receive a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $120,000 per project. The project must be a fictional or a documentary feature length film destined for distribution to the public on one or more platforms.

Partners include the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, the Island Media Arts Cooperative, the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative, the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co- operative, and NSCAD University. Please contact your local film co-op or organization for specific details on how to apply.

Applicants to the Recommendation Phase are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Micro-Budget Production Program Guidelines prior to applying to ensure they and their project are fully eligible to apply to the Program. The Guidelines and FAQ available on Telefilm’s website.

  • Apply now for NSI Features First deadline Sept 12, 2012