Oct 7: NB Pulse

Christene Hirschfeld Oct 7: NB Pulse

NB Film Co-op/WIFT-AT Copyright Session Attracts over 40 in Attendance

Christene Hirschfeld, partner with BOYNECLARKE LLP, wowed a packed house in Fredericton, NB recently with a workshop session explaining how changes to Canada’s copyright laws affect film and television producers. Attendees were then treated to complimentary refreshments in a cocktail mixer networking reception.

Christene lives in Queensland, Nova Scotia. Her practice focuses on business, entertainment and intellectual property law. She is often invited to speak on entertainment law and intellectual property, as well as matters relating to business related issues including financing, privacy and other topics. Christene is regularly included in a number of publications as one of the best lawyers in Canada in the entertainment, intellectual property and information technology fields, and she has been given Distinguished Attorney Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

She is a founding member of Women in Film and Television – Atlantic, a member of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s Speakers Bureau, an Associate of the Law & Technology Institute, an Affiliate of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Past Chair of the Nova Scotia Chapter of Canadian Women in Communication, Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Intellectual Property subsection, a past director of the Information Technology Industry Alliance of Nova Scotia (now Digital Nova Scotia) and a former lecturer at Dalhousie University Law School.

Christene and BOYNECLARKE LLP are sponsors and supporters of the NB Film Co-op.

2013 Silver Wave Film Festival Programme and Website Unveiling!
NB Film Co-op Marks SWFF 13th Anniversary in Celebration of New Brunswick Filmmakers

Time: Friday, October 18 · 12:00pm ‐ 2:00pm
Location: 732 Charlotte Street, Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Upstairs Auditorium, Fredericton, NB

The 2013 NB Silver Wave Film Festival will celebrate and commemorate this year with a special Silver Wave design created by SWFF Marketing and Publicity Co-Lead Bunthivy Nou. The design will be featured on the festival programme cover, passes, and website.

Silver Wave annually spotlights the province’s rich film talent and cultural legacy in film. The festival draws its inspiration from New Brunswick’s extraordinary and diverse collection of films created by filmmakers from every age group and walk of life and is designed to engage fans of all ages in the art of cinema.

A significant element of the festival includes the NB Shorts, which are the centerpiece of the event and draw large crowds. Laid out around that focus is a visual feast of local and international shorts and documentaries with several carefully chosen features highlighted in key programming slots.

“Silver Wave is always a proud moment for all of us who’ve had the privilege of volunteering on the festival annually,” said Tony Merzetti, NB Film Co-op ED and Silver Wave Co-organizer. “This year’s festival is designed to bring back longtime movie lovers and fans, and to engage new audiences with our programming line-up.”

Please join the NB Film Co‐op organizers as they launch the Festival programme and website for Silver Wave 2013. This is a great opportunity to celebrate and support film in NB. Mix and mingle with filmmakers, actors, the media, the public, sponsors and the festival organizers. Complimentary food and Picaroon’s will be provided.

An exciting highlight to the event is the announcement of the winner for the Picaroon’s ‘Films on Tap’ Contest! The prize for this great contest is $500!

Contact: Cat LeBlanc, membership services
info@nbfilmcoop.com

The Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award

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.  This message will hopefully inspire the winner of this award in realizing his/her dream of making films a reality.

Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award ($1880.00 value)
(for first or second time Filmmakers)

• $200 in workshops/training from the NBFC (2014)
• $600 cash from The LeBlanc Family and generous donations
• $1000 in equipment and post services from NBFC
• $80 (full membership for two years) from the NBFC
• Workshopping of winning screenplay

Presented by the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative & the LeBlanc Family

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

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

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

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

LA Based Filmmaker Shoots in Province

Award winning film director Cayman Grant has completed principal photography on her latest movie Butterflies, some of which was filmed in her native village, St. Martins, along with other New Brunswick locales. The narrative short was written with Saint John actors Gavin Downes and Marley Caddell in mind after Gavin and Cayman met at a local Interaction Children’s Theatre workshop.

Butterflies is an uplifting tale about two teens embracing life to the fullest despite living in the shadow of cancer. The principal photography happened between September 12th and 15th, utilizing the area’s stunning geography as the story’s back drop.

Although Grant is no stranger to the area, this was the first time she filmed a story around her childhood home. Based out of Los Angeles, she has assembled a team of both Canadian (many introduced by Cat and the NB Film Co-op) and US film makers to make her vision come to life.

Special thanks to the crew: Cale Finot (Cinematographer), Kim Russell (Co-Producer, Art director), Scott Parejo (Co-producer), Derek Riedle (Producer), Wayne White (Sound), Nathan Savage (Prod design), Megan Kervin (Costume), Pierre Cormier (Grip), Sarah Campbell (Grip), Gretchen Kelbaugh (Script Supervisor), Chris Giles (1st AC), Mark Lavin (Grip), Brad Godwin (Grip), and Apryll Aileen (PR & Social Media).

Please like the film’s Facebook page at or follow Cayman on Twitter.

Documentary to Screen Nationally

The documentary The Boy Who was Bullied which was produced by Hemmings House Pictures and co-directed and written by NB Film Co-op/WIFT-AT member Christine McLean has been selected for national broadcast on CBC. It screened on Saturday, October 5.

2013 48 Hour Film Competition Coming Soon!

Frederictonians and NBers! Next month is the 6th annual 48 Hour Film Competition (October 18-20).

Please link the event and spread the word to all interested film parties. You don’t have to live in Fredericton to compete. You just have to be here to pick up your inspiration package and drop off your film. Please help spread the word and let’s make this the biggest, most bad ass 48 Hour yet.

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New Brunswick – Joy Award

Deadline: October 18, 2013

The Joy Awards, besides being recognition of merit, help emerging filmmakers finish projects which reflect their own creative vision without compromise. These projects help establish their reputation and credibility and provide important networking and contact opportunities as they build ongoing careers in the field.

“Participation and collective initiatives by both industry and community organizations within the media arts scene is vital in Atlantic Canada,” says Will Roberts, the Joy Awards Coordinator. “Having The PostMan Studio on board adds a critical element to the NB Joy Award and demonstrates the liveliness of the sector in NB. The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative’s increased commitment reflects their go-to attitude and conviction that there is exceptional creative talent worth investing in.”

The Linda Joy Media Arts Society was established in memory of filmmaker and artist Linda Joy Busby, who died in 1984 after struggling with cancer. The Joy Awards have encouraged and supported the best emerging media arts talent of the Atlantic region for twenty-four years. These Awards provide material and funding to emerging filmmakers, media artists, and scriptwriters.

Recent New Brunswick Joy Awards have gone to New Brunswick filmmakers Pierre Huard, Britany Sparrow, Lex Gigeroff, Joel Thompson, Tim Rayne, Linda Rae Dornan, Chris Giles, and Glendon McKinney.

The entire New Brunswick Joy Award for 2013 ($33,000 total) includes:

• $5,500 in equipment or facilities from the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative
• $1,000 in cash from New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative
• $7,500 in post services from The PostMan (Moncton)
• $1,500 in film stock from Kodak Canada Inc. (Filmmakers cannot receive the film stock if they are not shooting on film)
• $10,000 in equipment resources from Equifilm (Moncton)
• $7,500 in post services from CinemaTick and Insurmountable Sounds (Fredericton)

Packages must be emailed to Cat at the Film Co-op: info@nbfilmcoop.com (submissions will only be accepted by email).

To apply to the Joy Awards in Halifax, go to: http://www.lindajoy.com/

Cat LeBlanc 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.

May 6: NB Pulse

Linda Rae Dornan May 6: NB PulseBy Cat LeBlanc

Sackville based NB Film Co-op member Linda Rae Dornan has set up her Indiegogo fundraiser to help cover the costs of post production for the doc she’s been editing -Walking with EB. It is now a rather entertaining, quirky and eventful 35 minutes – never a dull moment. It will be part of a compilation CD/DVD to be launched in the fall. The CD is music set to Elizabeth Bishop poetry and sung by Suzie LeBlanc.

In 2008, Suzie and Linda walked across the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland together following the 1932 journal of Bishop’s experiences. Linda carried a video camera and documented the landscape, the people and our experiences. They are still talking about it.

They are planning to launch the compilation in Halifax, Toronto and Sackville in the fall, so keep tuned for that!

If you are interested in reading more, or even to donate something, here is the link:

Cat sat down recently to talk to NB Film Co-op member filmmaker/screenwriter and UNB Film Prof Robert Gray. Rob is an associate member of WIFT-AT, and is also very active in the Fredericton film community. He is the driving force behind the very successful 48 Hour Film Competition in Fredericton, and is hoping to carry the success to Moncton as well. Rob is getting ready to shoot his next short film, “zack and luc” this May.

You can read the entire interview here:

Young talented filmmaker Emily St. Pierre was recently hired by Hemmings House Pictures in Saint John (Hemmings House has offices in both Saint John and Halifax). Emily is a recent graduate of the Centre for Arts and Technology in Fredericton, NB and is a full member in good standing at the NB Film Co-op. She does freelance work in film, as well as making her own independent films.

NB Film Co-op members Bunthivy Nou, Britany Sparrow, and Kaleigh Stultz were proud to work with the New Brunswick Heart and Stroke Foundation to create two new videos for their The Heart Truth Fashion Gala. This year, they  were able to tell the story of two women who met in Toronto at Sick Kids Hospital while their young children were battling heart disease. They were honoured to have these women share their stories with them and tell then about what their friendship meant during the difficult times in their lives. The second video allowed the NB Film Co-op team to shoot in the operating room at the Saint John Hospital. With the help of their wonderful editors Nathalie Rayne and Rob Gemmell, this intrepid Film Co-op crew have two videos they were proud to screen recently at The Heart Truth Fashion Gala at Casino New Brunswick in Moncton.

To help them celebrate, Chantal Kreviazuk, Canadian singer, songwriter, and Juno Award winner, joined them to complement a star-studded fashion show, a variety of delightful foods, and much more! All proceeds supported the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Cat LeBlanc is back in action on her personal video poem Life Signs. Life Signs is the humorous and sad story of one family’s experience with illness and death incorporating, old stills, 8mm footage, digital and HD footage. Cat’s story editor on her project is fellow NB Film Co-op member filmmaker/screenwriter Gretchen Kelbaugh. Cat, in consultation with NB Film Co-op ED Tony Merzetti, hopes to shoot some additional stop motion footage with the Co-op’s intrepid Bolex cameras.

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.

Apr 8: NB Pulse

leahheadshot4 Apr 8: NB PulseGrand Bay-Westfield based NB Film Co-op member actress Leah Warren was recently awarded the NBFC jumpSTART Grant for her first short film. “Flirting Addiction” is about a girl that plummets into the depths of a flirting addiction. The film contains various bizarre scenarios where her flirting addiction becomes out of control

Moncton based NB Film Co-op member actress Joceline Paczoski will be doing her first short film production after being awarded the Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award for her short script, “Dory’s Last Laugh.” The story is quite a fish tale.  Joceline will be mentored by the NB Film Co-op and RedLeaf Productions (Danny Thebeau and Donovan Richard) based in Moncton/Dieppe, NB.

Gretchen Kelbaugh is thrilled to have won several minutes of original music from Chris Pauley at Evil Twin Music. This prize was part of the silent auction at the recent Women Making Waves event in Halifax. Gretchen is in the early stages of production on a short animated video about the history of Saint John, and now her worries about music are over.

 

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.

Feb 11: What Women Say about Women Making Waves

Gretchen Pam Feb 11: What Women Say about Women Making Waves

© Stefanie Glasgow Photography

Women Making Waves is just a wonderful, not to be missed, weekend of rubbing elbows and sharing good laughs with industry leaders, colleagues and mates. Last year I quite enjoyed meeting new women working in film and television in Atlantic Canada and seeing old friends. I also appreciated last year’s workshops and the Saturday night film screening with popcorn. I look forward to attending again this year!

Pamela Gallant, New Brunswick filmmaker

Now I know that at least once a year, I’ll get together with friends and colleagues from the other 3 provinces.

Gretchen Kelbaugh, New Brunswick filmmaker

Feb 11: NB Pulse

Bronwen Feb 11: NB Pulse

  • 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
Email:info@nbfilmcoop.com

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.

Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd – The Film Fest Edition!

 

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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.

The deadline for entries is February 15, 2013. Click here for the Submission Form and for more details.

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IMAF – the Island Media Arts Festival – has a rich history of diverse programming that emphasizes community, industry, and artistic connections within the Atlantic Provinces. Founded in 2010 and now going into its 4th year, it is the single most important media arts festival on Prince Edward Island.

Submission deadline February 15th, 2013.

IMAF is a Festival put on behalf of the Island Media Arts Co-op.

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The Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) is an eight-day celebration of film, media and music from around the world. It’s a festival that turns Halifax – a charming and historic coastal city – into an international Mecca for the arts, abuzz with filmmakers, industry types and film lovers. The Atlantic Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 33rd festival, taking place September 12-19, 2013.

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For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. Through our annual Festivals in Toronto and Ottawa, our filmmaker initiatives, our youth engagement and our year-round events and screenings, Inside Out is engaged every day in challenging attitudes and changing lives.

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Here are some more for you….

10534x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada
submissions must be made within 2 days (Fri 4th Jan 13)
festival g50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! The Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota, United States
submissions must be made within 2 days (Fri 4th Jan 13)
11936x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Corto Helvetico al Femminile, Ascona, Losone, Massagno, Switzerland
submissions must be made within 3 days (Sat 5th Jan 13)
14962x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Indie Horror Film Festival, DeKalb, United States
submissions must be made within 3 days (Sat 5th Jan 13)
 10571x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! LA Comedy Shorts, Studio City, United States
submissions must be made within 8 days (Thu 10th Jan 13)
10096x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival, New Brunswick, United States
submissions must be made within 9 days (Fri 11th Jan 13)
festival g50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Chicago International Movies and Music Festival CIMMfest, Chicago, United States
submissions must be made within 9 days (Fri 11th Jan 13)
17566x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Charleston Film Festival, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
submissions must be made within 9 days (Fri 11th Jan 13)
10391x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! backup_festival, Weimar, Germany
submissions must be made within 12 days (Mon 14th Jan 13)
17377x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Panazorean International Film Festival, Ponta Delgada, Portugal
submissions must be made within 13 days (Tue 15th Jan 13)
10544x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Pontino Short Film Festival, Latina, Italy
submissions must be made within 13 days (Tue 15th Jan 13)
9855x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! CPH PIX, Copenhagen, Denmark
submissions must be made within 13 days (Tue 15th Jan 13)
10662x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! The Davis Feminist Film Festival, Davis, United States
submissions must be made within 13 days (Tue 15th Jan 13)
10541x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival, Providence, United States
submissions must be made within 15 days (Thu 17th Jan 13)
11684x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! San Francisco Green Film Festival, San Francisco, United States
submissions must be made within 16 days (Fri 18th Jan 13)
14828x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! VAFI – International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival, Varaždin, Croatia
submissions must be made within 23 days (Fri 25th Jan 13)
16250x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Video Festival Imperia, Imperia, Italy
submissions must be made within 26 days (Mon 28th Jan 13)
10139x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Through Women’s Eyes, Sarasota, United States
submissions must be made within 28 days (Wed 30th Jan 13)
17264x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Imphal International Short Film Festival, Imphal, India
submissions must be made within 29 days (Thu 31st Jan 13)
16392x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Mobil Film Festival, San Diego, United States
submissions must be made within 29 days (Thu 31st Jan 13)
9775x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! A Corto Di Donne – Women’s Short Film Festival, Pozzuoli, Italy
submissions must be made within 29 days (Thu 31st Jan 13)
3915 s Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! The DIY Film Fest, Santa Monica, United States
submissions must be made within 45 days (Fri 15th Feb 13)
festival g50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Phoenix Comicon Film Festival, Higley, United States
submissions must be made within 29 days (Thu 31st Jan 13)
12796x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival, Letterkenny, Ireland
submissions must be made within 29 days (Thu 31st Jan 13)
17589x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Let’s All Be Free, London, United Kingdom
submissions must be made within 29 days (Thu 31st Jan 13)
festival g50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Indie Boots Film Festival, Chicago, United States
submissions must be made within 30 days (Fri 1st Feb 13)
14647x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Kristiansand Int’l Children’s Film Festival, Kristiansand, Norway
submissions must be made within 30 days (Fri 1st Feb 13)
9832x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Big Island Film Festival, Waikoloa, United States
submissions must be made within 30 days (Fri 1st Feb 13)
toplogo Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Film Fest DC, Washington, United States
submissions must be made within 30 days (Fri 1st Feb 13)
17666x50 Nifty Links of the week: January 2nd   The Film Fest Edition! Sunset Film Festival – Los Angeles, Glendale, United States
submissions must be made within 30 days (Fri 1st Feb 13)

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WIFT-Atlantic members’ news

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September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19

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Welcome

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

AGM Invite 380x531 September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19Meet us at the WIFT-AT AGM!

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.

    http://www.onelighttheatre.com/pris.html

  • 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

http://novascotia.ca/cch/investing/artsns-funding/individuals/

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.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:

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

http://www.nsi-canada.ca

Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012

Welcome

Hello Tidings readers -

Happy June! This will be our final issue before we break for the summer, so I want to thank you all for reading and sharing your wonderful stories with us. Please look for us again in late August or early September, and don’t forget to send us your news and press releases - we want to know what you have going on this summer. Also thank you to all the ladies (and gents) who submitted articles for the newsletter. I couldn’t do this without your support!

- Britany Sparrow, Tidings Editor

allaccesspass web 300x256 Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012ALL ACCESS AWARD – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

We want to award our WIFT-AT members a chance to experience all of the film festivals Atlantic Canada has to offer. But wait, there’s more!

Along with delegate passes to seven festivals, we’re also going to give one worthy female recipient professional development meetings, local accommodations, representatives at each festival to show them around and $1,000 cash!

Ready to take your career to the next level? Apply online today for the All Access Pass Award!

Click HERE for the online application. DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED to Friday, June 15th!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@wift-at.com with any questions.

angelaantle web Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012LOOKING FOR LOVE? Pitch it!
Ruth Lawrence Interviews Angela Antle

Ruth Lawrence: Well Angela, it’s time to turn the tables. As the former host of Weekend Arts Magazine for CBC Radio St. John’s, you’ve often interviewed me. But your career has taken a new direction.

Angela Antle: I think my career path has been going down this road for sometime…obviously, two decades of producing CBC Radio and Television has given me an incredible foundation. Even my work as a visual artist has come into play in helping me create program ideas and collaborate.

I was ‘bitten’ by the program development bug while serving on the CBC’s Network Radio Program Development Committee. That experience gave me the skills and confidence to start pitching my own ideas and ultimately led to the co-creation of Majumder Manor and more recently the TV dating format Looking for Love.

And I may be back to interview you again, Ruth…so consider yourself warned! The CBC has graciously given me a leave to pursue these opportunities and I am so appreciative of their support.

RL: So you and a co-producer just won a pitching contest?

AA: It was hosted by MIPFORMATS in Cannes, a lead-in to MIPTV. My co-producer on Majumder Manor - Stuart Coxe – sent me the contest notification. We’d talked about creating a TV program based on an article I read about online dating. Over a weekend, I locked my office door, ignored my motherly duties, and we honed that pitch. The prize was $33,000 of development money from Warner Brothers International and if chosen as finalists, we’d get to pitch in the Grand Palais at Cannes. I was overjoyed that Looking for Love (L4L) was one of the 6 international concepts selected for the live pitch contest.

The rules stipulated that only one of us was allowed onstage to pitch, and truthfully, I was happy to tweet backstage while Stuart sweated it out. He is an incredibly skilled ‘pitcher’ and even though I wasn’t on stage, it was crucial to have a partner to create the overall pitch. I am grateful to collaborate with Stuart; he’s very creative and a great mentor. Here’s an interview from right after the live event…don’t be fooled…normally I am a lot more talkative! I was pretty floored that we had won.

RL: You look blissful there! Did your producing experience prepare you too?

AA: I’ve been working for two years on Majumder Manor, a docu-soap that will air on the W Network. It’s a 13-episode series following comedian Shaun Majumder’s quest to transform his hometown from a sleepy rural outport to an upscale luxury tourism destination. That led to the pitch because I co-developed and co-produced MM with Stuart Coxe (and Take The Shot Productions of St. John’s).

Stuart and I spent five weeks shooting on the beautiful Baie Verte Peninsula last summer. It was intense and challenging and we learned to rely on and trust each other. Pitching and winning L4L has further solidified that – I hope to create many more programs with Antica Productions.

RL: In retrospect, was anything you learned a help or hindrance?

AA: Ha! The first thing that pops to mind is “ignorance is bliss.” Seriously, if I had known how huge that contest was or how many broadcasters and producers would be in the audience, I might’ve been intimidated. I watched last year’s contest on YouTube…but until you go through it, you can’t know. Frankly, until I attended MIPTV, I was blissfully unaware of how many other people are out there pitching. Aside from the contest, I would advise anyone in TV to attend MIPTV. Fill your schedule with meetings and go there, guns blazing – some of our meetings were 10 minutes, some were 45. But we made it worthwhile, we pitched several projects to international broadcasters.

In terms of advice, find a strong collaborator and look for the opportunities. Most of the TV festivals (Banff, New York Festivals, etc) have pitch contests.

L4L was a strong idea and as long as we created a clear and entertaining pitch, I felt we’d have a good chance. If an idea falls flat, adapt it, and re-pitch. Stuart and I both come from a news and current affairs background which is perfect for unscripted TV formats – our program ideas are generally rooted in facts or current trends – they have a ‘hook’ built in.

RL: What was your main strength as a team?

AA: So many factors helped us win: Stuart knows how to pitch. He was the only presenter who asked the audience a direct question and he has a lot of experience in unscripted programs (Dragon’s Den, Make the Politician Work, Wipeout) so he handled the judge’s questions very well. Because we formulated the idea as an international TV format, it had to be crystal clear and easily understood by an international audience; that made the pitch very strong. Our sizzle, an animation created by Perfect Day of St. John’s (pday.ca), was fabulous.

Watch the animated pitch here. The password is guest1.

RL: Well, you won! What happens next?

AA: A major Canadian broadcaster came up on stage after the win and asked us to submit the format to them. We have and are now waiting to hear if the show will be produced first in Canada. The win opened so many doors at MIPTV; we had producers and broadcasters pitching us and we are following up on those leads.

RL: I mean, what are you up to right now?

AA: I’m an active board member for SJIWFF – I’m watching submissions for the 23rd annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. We are expecting over 500! I am working with our incredible staff to build up the industry event that accompanies the festival. Keep your eyes open for some really exciting guests this year…you may even want to book your flights now for October 16-20, 2012.

RL: Having done it in my interviews with you, I appreciate the final plug! Thanks Angela, I can’t wait to go Looking For Love with you.

The Third Annual Island Media Arts Festival – A Celebration of Atlantic Short Films
by Cheryl Wagner

From May 8-13, Prince Edward Island was a-buzz with independent film makers and film fans as the third annual IMAF opened its doors and turned off the lights, screening over 60 short films from all four Atlantic provinces.

The theme was Diverse Networks - and the variety of topics and styles reflected that with panache. IMAF’s Managing Director Dave Ward offered that this diversity distills into a vibrant regional community. And Curator [and WIFT-AT member] Mille Clarkes was challenged with a tough selection process with over 120 submissions.

“We received so many quality works from across Atlantic Canada that we wished we could have added many more screenings to the roster. It is amazing what so many artists can do, and often with so few resources,” Clarkes said.

There was a strong representation of works by WIFT-Atlantic members, including our own Britany Sparrow’s Gamers: A Love Story. The festival kicked-off with Kristen Santos’ kick-ass music video Cannonball for PEI’s singer-songwriter, bright light Brooke Miller. Next up was the Island’s Jenna MacMillan’s romantic comedy Sweethearts. This opening night show – with screenings in Charlottetown, Summerside and Georgetown – also featured Nova Scotia’s Ashley McKenzie’s award-winning Rhonda’s Party.

Documentary night Where We Are – Docs about Atlantic Canada included the charming In Key Choir from Rothsay’s Gretchen Kelbaugh which introduced us to members of an unforgettable choir of ‘challenged’ adults. This 10-minute film challenged our attitudes. In the Same Boat by Halifax’s Rachel Bower presented us with the surprising parallels between a Newfoundland inshore fisherman and an Alberta cattle rancher as they assess their years of effort and what the future holds. Both filmmakers had made the jaunt across the big bridge and were present to introduce their films which was a real bonus.

Thirteen films were screened at the Experience Experimental night of media art and art docs. And of these films EIGHT were by woman filmmakers. These included Mille Clarkes’ In Between Spaces, a video project that explores the notion of a communal gaze. New Brunswick had a strong presence with films by Louise Bourque, Kamaya Lindquist, E. Hearte, Jessica Arsenault and Leandre Bourgeois.

Comedy Night – Funny HaHa – included the very pointed Ken Fucks Up by Nova Scotia’s own Ruby Boutilier and Sarah Byrne. It was interesting to note that with Renee LaPrise’s Buzz Off only 2 of the 15 comedy shorts screened were by women. It does pose the question – why do we feel more compelled to make experimental/art shorts and shy away from comedy? ‘Friday Night Freak Out’ featured eight shorts of zombies and mythical creatures all by male film makers. Interesting.

The week flew by with panels and screenings that included terrific work from Grade 6 kids in an animation workshop who created remarkable ‘camera-less animation’ by drawing on 16 mm film and making their own music for the score. This was inspiring! Other interesting works by young people included two compelling shorts with strong messages about texting while driving.

The most intriguing panel was the announcement of the MicroBudget Program by Telefilm Directrice Carolle Brabant with Gordon Whittaker. This fund will finance 10 feature films providing experience for short filmmakers as preparation for Low Budget financing. IMAC and the Island Film Factory hosted a reception for the very warm and approachable Mme Brabant who indicated gender-equity is important in the project.

The IMAF Gala on Sunday night was hosted by CBC. The night was a celebration of Ten of PEI’s Best Shorts and FIVE of them were by our WIFT-AT gals here on PEI. Susan Rodger’s extended music video Silence Bloodhound was tender and touching. Fine Tuning by Jenna MacMillan was an accomplished work, showing her great promise fresh out of Ryerson. JoDee Samuleson continues to display her world-class talents as an animator with her very drole A Brief History of Charlottetown. Wrapping up the program was an episode of Periscope Pictures’ BunnyBop!, and songstress Catherine MacLellan shone in Mille’s video of her single Stealin’. The big news of the night was the announcement of the CBC’s 3-2-1 Award of $9K toward the making of a short film. The winner was the very pregnant Harmony Wagner for The Queen of the Crows. We know she will deliver!

peiscreenwriters web Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012To top off the night, Louise Lalonde was surprised to be awarded the WIFT-AT Saulte Award for her contribution to our region’s community in producing the annual PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp. This award provides an annual WIFT-AT membership and full registration to the 2013 Women Making Waves event. Congrats Louise!

taramacdonald web Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012HerStory – Tara MacDonald

I was working in Calgary, Alberta and getting ready to tell my father that I wanted to go to SAIT for film instead of staying at my brand new, high paying job, when my father passed away unexpectedly in 2006. This moment marked my life as I had to be patient to realize my passion. I had to walk before I could run.

In 2007, I came home to Nova Scotia and registered at a private career college for Digital Filmmaking. Months later, the only reason I was still at the school passed away. His name was Daniel Gaynor and he had such a passion for life and film. He encouraged me to join AFCOOP and I did. This led to a job as a PA on the set of Paper Hearts, a Film 5 Production. With hope in my heart, I left the school and started my own company naming it after my father – Charlie Mac Productions Inc. I took a Production Workshop at the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-op with Julian Grant. This workshop changed my focus at the school and I knew, in my heart, that I could do this. Hiring people I knew and opening up two offices seemed logical until part of my private investing stepped back and led me to drastically change my work environment. In the first few years Charlie Mac Productions won various awards but lacked major clients. I was forced to start networking and moved the office into a home office. Then, I met Jacqueline Kelly, MBA through LinkedIn and through her I acquired clients plus more investors. Caroline Ruyle joined the team as a Stills Photographer and she recently completed work with award-winning Director Julia Phillips Smith.

Despite facing some obstacles, we’ve succeeded in building a small business. I stayed in the business due to other filmmakers reaching out to lend support and time through the years. We also reached out for professional training at Maine Media Workshops. They not only helped us train for larger clients but also reaffirmed my love of film as producer/writer/director. Whenever I’ve been tired I’m reminded by the greater vision of film – reaching an audience with your story. That is the best moment of my career when you get an email from someone in a different country interested in the films you produce. Also, working with David Kellogg was a real joy in Maine.

Now, I am taking things extremely slow and concentrating what I want my company to look like. A huge help for me was Jac McNeill of Highland Coaching who offered business coaching that provided me with my compass for the direction of the company. I still network but recently moved Charlie Mac Productions Inc. out of small contract work so we can focus on feature film development.

The heat that I received from working through the past few years does not compare to the rewards of production. Never let a bank, accountants, fellow filmmakers and private investors dictate your company’s vision and get in the way of what you want to accomplish. With help from freelancers and new investments in the film community such as Steve Richard’s new studio in Bayers Lake, I know that I will always remain a producer long after the life of my company. I’m inspired by other women that are filmmakers and mostly, my determined Mom. My Mom dragged me as a small child to all sorts of artistic events and I’ve never forgotten the appreciation I gained for the arts community.

Contact Tara at info@charliemacproductions.com or visit her website at http://www.charliemacproductions.com/index.php.

Nova Scotia Pulse

32nd Atlantic Film Festival Call for Entries
June 15, 2012 – Final Submission Deadline

Submissions may be fiction, documentary, animation or experimental of any length. Only films completed no more than 18 months prior to the 32nd Atlantic Film Festival will be considered for admission. Preference will be given to submissions that have not been distributed theatrically or broadcast on television in the Atlantic region prior to the 2012 Festival. Entry fee is $30. You can fill out our entry form online at www.withoutabox.com or download the form from our website at www.atlanticfilm.com and mail it in with your entry.

If you have any questions, please contact the Festival:

Toll free:  877.611.4244 T: 902.422.FILM F: 902.422.4006
E-mail: programming@atlanticfilm.com
For
more information visit http://www.atlanticfilm.com/sites/default/files/32nd_aff_entryform2.pdf


AFCOOP Filmmaker in Residence 2012 Call for Entries
Deadline: June 11, 2012, 5pm

The AFCOOP Filmmaker in Residence (FIR) program will provide a filmmaker with the resources and guidance to create a completed work with the support and participation of the AFCOOP community.

The Applicant must be an experienced filmmaker and must have created at least three independent film or video works, have previously exhibited at least 3 separate film and/or video works in a professional context, have completed basic film training appropriate to their discipline/filmmaking process, have been practicing for at least four years, not including time training, have been living in Nova Scotia for at least 6 months prior to the application deadline and be a citizen of Canada or a landed immigrant, not be a full time or part time student at any level during the residency, and be able to commit to the project for a period of up to six months.

For its part, AFCOOP will provide services and expenses for the proposed project (up to $4,000 in direct ‘cash’ costs of the project, up to $11,000 in AFCOOP equipment and facility rentals, and staff and organizational support and a supportive community in which to work).

Application form and details available here: http://afcoop.ca/programs-and-training/afcoop-filmmaker-in-residence-2011-call-for-entries/fir-guidelines-and-application-2012-3/

Parrsboro Film Festival 2012
Deadline for submission is September 1, 2012

If you are a film maker in Atlantic Canada, whether professional, student or amateur, we invite you to submit your short films to the 2nd Annual Parrsboro Film Festival.  A jury will select films in two categories:
- shorts (more than 5 minutes but no more than 20 minutes) and
- short shorts (no more than 5 minutes)

The audience favourite in each category will receive a certificate of appreciation.  Deadline for submission is September 1, 2012. We cannot guarantee that submissions received after September 1 will be eligible for this year’s festival. Our theme is films made recently (within the last 2 -3 years) in Atlantic Canada. Any genre will be considered. There is no submission fee.

For more information visit https://sites.google.com/site/thehallsitelogic/films-for-all-at-the-hall-1/parrsboro-film-festival/pff-submission-form

ashley web Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012 Congratulations to Ashley McKenzie, whose short film When You Sleep screened at the Cannes Film Festival as part of their Canada: Not Short on Talent program, featuring 25 short films from directors across the country.  The full story can be found here!

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 nigh on fifteen years. Check out his work at www.eviltwinmusic.ca, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EvilTwinMusic and on Twitter @EvilTwinMusic.

New Brunswick Pulse

Christine McLean has been key in writing and structuring the upcoming multi-media launch of the new season at the Playhouse in Fredericton, NB. She will also be host of the event on June 19. Christine also recently hosted a province-wide Victoria Day edition of Information Morning on television, radio and online for CBC.

Silver Wave Film Festival now accepting applications
Deadline is September 3, 2012.

The NB Silver Wave Film Festival (SWFF) screens feature films, documentaries and short films shot in the province and produced by New Brunswick filmmakers. It also showcases some of the best film and videos from Canada and around the world. By infusing a warm glow and setting the town abuzz, the Silver Wave Film Festival is a grand celebration of New Brunswick’s   growing presence in the world of film and television entertainment.

2012 Silver Wave Film Festival runs from November 8-11, 2012! For application forms and additional   information go to www.swfilmfest.com.

dunsworthworkshop web Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012 Recently, seasoned actor John Dunsworth was in Fredericton, NB to give an advanced acting workshop for 15 lucky actors from across New Brunswick (Jeff Bate Boerop, Leah Warren, Joceline Paczoski, Bunthivy Nou, Carol Ann Hanley, Chris Gairns, Mike Mallaley, Patricia Leger, Danny Thebeau, Tracey Carney, Sheldon Garland, Suzanne Short, Keith Ruttan, Dennis Poirier and Elizabeth Goodyear .

The workshop was co-ordinated by Film Co-op staff Cat LeBlanc and hosted by the New Brunswick Filmmakers’
Co-operative
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Skate Proof is a feature length crime/drama film that was made in New Brunswick by Film Co-op member Jesse Anthony. All of the cast and crew consisted of New Brunswickers that were willing to dedicate their free times on weekends in the fall of 2011, the production had the help of the New Brunswick Filmmaker’s Co-operative. The movie is now complete and is available online for streaming and download, as well as a free iPhone/iPad app to download at http://www.skateproofmovie.com.

Due to demand, the New Brunswick Film Co-op will be hosting film workshops in Fredericton in July/August in Directing/Screenwriting/HD Camera and Lighting/Production Management and the AD, Picture Editing and Documentary Filmmaking.

The NBFC Kids and Teen Film Camps are almost filled up and will happen in July.

 http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/KidsCamp/KidsCamp/Welcome_.html

http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/KidsCamp2/Welcome_.html

 The NB Short Film Venture Programme has been suspended. An announcement will be made later in the year about any new initiatives being launched.

NS Pulse is compiled by Cathie Leblanc. Cat is the Membership Services Director at the NBFC. She is also a documentary filmmaker and singer/music composer. You can check out her music at: http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/Catinahatmusic/Welcome.html and follow her on Twitter @catinahat.

Prince Edward Island Pulse

TheHealingPlace SusanRodgers PEI Pulse Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012Susan Rodgers is currently in production on a new documentary film. The Healing Place is about a remarkable woman’s journey on the quest for healing after a heartbreaking loss, and the two very special places half a world apart she turns to for comfort. Can she find closure in the safe confines of a resilient Japanese village still recovering from nature’s devastating attack on its nation? Or will the healing power of nature in Prince Edward Island’s International Children’s Memorial Place be the source of her renewal?

Harmony Wagner‘s short film VAST screened at the Viewfinders International Film Festival For Youth and was selected for the Nickel Film Festival in Newfoundland. Her upcoming film, The Queen of the Crows won the 2012 CBC 3-2-1 Award at this year’s Island Media Arts Festival.

Mary Helen McLeese, from Stratford, PEI has just had her first film The Invitation debut at the Island Media Arts Festival.

“Nicholas Whalen, who plays the Hero in the film and who I work with regularly, convinced me to make a film to put into the festival. It was conceived, written and filmed within four weeks. With a tiny budget of $400, I was incredibly lucky to have a group of amazing volunteers and actors to help produce the film. I also would not have been able to create this film without use of my sister’s extensive costume collection at BJM Costumes in Saint John as well as hairdresser Anya Zakharenkova’s donated time and expertise to create the amazing hairstyle on Angela Rush, who played the Heroine.”

This period piece set around 1750 was inspired by Les Bergeries, a keyboard piece written in 1717 by François Couperin.

“Doing an historic, silent film for a first attempt was a challenge. I didn’t want to do the typical subtitles to tell the story, so I came up with an idea for it being based around a letter which is read at different points in the story. The storyline is about a daydreaming young servant girl who falls in love with a handsome aristocratic friend of her employer.  Believing that he is secretly writing a love letter to her, she steals the letter and confronts him.”

Mary Helen’s next project:  “My next short is a modern comedy, but will have fantasy elements  as I continue to be inspired by epic costumes and a penchant for TCG’s (trading card games). I look forward to submitting it for the 2013 Island Media Arts Film Festival!”

Millefiore Clarkes‘s short experimental documentary December in Toronto was shortlisted for the 2012 Vimeo Film Festival Awards. Her film will be screened at the festival in NYC where she plans to attend.

 

peiscreenwriters web Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012

Louise Lalonde won the 2012 WIFT-AT  Salute Award. This award is given to a PEI woman in the film and media arts sector who has contributed greatly to the community and craft of filmmaking. Louise is best known for her work as the force behind the annual PEI Screenwriter’s Bootcamp (a program of The Island Media Arts Co-op), now entering it’s sixth year.

 

 

The PEI Pulse is compiled by Millefiore Clarkes.  Millefiore Clarkes 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.tvMillefiore Clareks’ 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.

Newfoundland Pulse
by Ruth Lawrence

Janelle Hickey NL Pulse Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012Janelle Hickey, the new Festival Director of the Nickel Independent Film Festival gives us a sneak peek at the women featured in this year’s program. The 12th Annual Nickel Independent Film Festival is proud to be screening 34% female content this year. Thirteen of the 38 programmed films have been created by females. Out of these thirteen films, four of them are local NL films.  Two are Picture Start films – Meters, produced by Paula Gale; and Kathy, written by Emily Bridger and produced by Shannon Lynn Hawes.  Decolored, written and directed by Allison White was the 2010 Michelle Jackson award winner. There’s a first-time animated film, Friends, by Tymur Markunin, and filmmaker Jordan Canning brings Oliver Bump’s Birthday, a short she’s written and directed. The Nickel runs June 19-23, 2012 at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s.

NL Pulse is by Ruth Lawrence. Ruth is an actor/writer/filmmaker in St. John’s, NL . Her work has garnered many awards including the Joan Orenstein Best Actress Award, the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award and the 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Artist of the Year. Check out her work at www.bluepinionfilms.com and www.whiteroostertheatre.com or follow her on Twitter @IamRuthLawrence.

On The Web

Filming unanswerable questions, from Rwanda to Antarctica by Anne Aghion @TEDxESCP

 A Blog About Women in Film by Krystyna Hunt

Another reason to love Ingrid Veninger by Sarah Smellie

Cannes sexism debate explodes on eve of festival by Melanie Goodfellow

What’s Happening at WIFT-AT

Women’s Film Club
First Tuesday of the month | St. John’s, NL

June 5 Selection: An Unreasonable Man, co-written/directed/produced by Henriette Mantel.
For more information, email Ruth Lawrence bluepinionfilms@gmail.com.

Reel Talk: Conversations with Women in Film, TV & New Media
Last Friday of the month | Halifax, NS

This month’s guest is Gemini-winning, Call Me Fitz editor Kim McTaggart, Friday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. Carbon Arc at The Khyber, 1588 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS. WIFT-AT members are FREE, non-WIFT-AT members $6.

WIFT-AT at the Atlantic Film FestivalAGM & Get Together
Sunday, September 16, 2012 | Halifax, NS

May Tidings NB Pulse

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By Britany Sparrow

Fredericton actress Becky Forbes has been a busy little bee over the last few months. She performed in the play Oleanna by David Mamet for Nasty Shadows Theatre Company, which showed in both Fredericton and Saint John. She also acted in two New Brunswick short films, Travis Grant’s film Nick Ryan, and Chris Fulton’s film Buzz. She also had a supporting role in Jesse Anthony’s low budget feature film Skate Proof. Becky also co-directed Beauty and the Beast for George Street Middle School.

Gretchen Kelbaugh’s short documentary In Key Choir is screening with three other documentaries at the Island Media Arts Festival in Charlottetown May 9 at 7:30pm.

“The choir sings with gusto and the rapt audience applauds, many from wheelchairs. Peek into the lives of a group of people politely placed on the edge of society: so-called mentally challenged adults. Hear them bring a touch of humanity to yet another marginalized group: seniors in a nursing home. Meet Christina, Bree and Elizabeth. Watch them at work and choir practice as they ponder what it means to be labelled ‘handicapped’, why some old people are put in institutions and how the In Key Choir makes a difference in all of their lives.”

Pam Gallant is gearing up to direct three half-hour documentary episodes on Canadian rivers for an upcoming series called Courants.

Recent UNB Multi-Media graduate Jennifer Ferris is at work on her first documentary, about suicide, and will also be working on several short films this summer.

New Maryland filmmaker Britany Sparrow is less than one month away from filming her next short film, tentatively titled Co-Existence. Britany won the NB Joy Award for the film at the 2011 Silver Wave Film Festival. Her most recent film, Gamers: A Love Story is showing at the Island Media Arts Festival in Charlottetown, PEI on May 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm. Follow Britany on Facebook:

New Brunswick actresses Bunthivy Nou and Leah Warren, alongside Jeff Bate Boerop, Chris Gairns, and Mike Mallaley, are Fiddleheadz, a new, local comedy sketch troupe.

Check out their latest sketch: Dinner with the Parents – Johnny & Jenny Sketch #1 on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1Cd_RdPcD8 SUBSCRIBE: http://www.youtube.com/user/fiddleheadz Follow us on TWITTER: @Fiddleheadzzz Creep us on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/Fiddleheadz

Tidings, Issue 17: May 2012

Britany Sparrow 150x150 Tidings, Issue 17: May 2012Welcome
Britany Sparrow

Hello again! I hope the spring weather is finding everyone. In this issue, we spotlight Wanda Carroll, our 101st member, and talk about our championing program, and hear about two Moncton events that involved WIFT-AT members.

 

 

Spotlight Wanda1 150x150 Tidings, Issue 17: May 2012Member Spotlight: Wanda Carroll

Who you are and where are you from?
I am Wanda Carroll. I was born and raised in Newfoundland. I left home after high school and have since lived in Halifax and Toronto.  I now call Sheffield Mills in the Annapolis Valley home.

What do you do?
I write, produce, perform, rant, tell stories and make people laugh! My first one woman show, The Road less Gravelled has played to sold out houses across Canada including at the Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Atlantic Fringe Festivals. I have been invited to numerous festivals, including an encore performance at this year’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival in Cow Head, Newfoundland. The Road is a collection of humorous stories about growing up in Northern Newfoundland in the 1970’s.   The show is classic Newfoundland humour with stories like “The Bat’room story”, which tends to be a crowd favourite. In my second one woman show, Beyond the Road Less Gravelled, I tell the stories of moving to the “Mainland,” my elusive search for Mr. Right and my life’s one true purpose. It debuted at the 2010 Atlantic Fringe Festival and was one of that year’s top selling shows. I am currently writing the last instalment of the Road Trilogy, The End of the Road Less Gravelled, which I hope to take to this year’s Atlantic Fringe Festival. When I moved to the Valley a few years ago one of my goals was to start a theatre festival for women. After many years in the male dominated comedy world I was frustrated to say the least. “I went to comedy school, I cried a lot” is the name of that story, told in my latest show. In October 2010, I launched WTF……Wanda’s Theatre Festival, a festival meant to give women a voice on stage, at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. My first year was a wonderful success with one show selling out and in 2011, ticket sales doubled! The festival is over three nights. The first night is Stand-up Ladies , the second night is TBA, and the third night is always   starring me doing one of my one woman shows! This year’s festival will be October 18-20, 2012 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. I am currently looking for a venue to launch a monthly female comedy night in Halifax. In my spare time I love to garden and walk my dogs!

What drew you into the industry?
I was born to be a performer and did so from an early age. It is not so much that I was drawn into the industry so much as I really have nowhere else to go. Although I have never earned a living being a full time actor/performer, my soul has been well fed and my dreams live on.

What is the best and worst part of being a woman in the film/television industry in the Atlantic Provinces?
As I am just entering the film and television world I am not sure I can answer that one except to say that the challenges women face are not restricted to our region of the world or this industry but are universal.  As women we are underutilized and I believe marginalized in many industries. I am passionate about the increasing role women must play in the world. So I guess the best would be seeing the amazing talent we have here and the worse would be the social and industry obstacles we have in the way of such talent!

Tell us what being championed by Patricia Leger means to you and why you’re excited to be a WIFT-AT member.
I was honoured when Patricia gave me the membership. She is quite an accomplished lady and I hope to work with her some day. I think a Newfies/Acadian thing would be really funny! I will have to chat with Patricia about that! I am really excited to become a member of WIFT-AT. I recently heard someone say that without ever realizing it, they had been working on “keeping themselves small”. I am the artist constantly getting in her own way and keeping herself small. I want to change that and put myself out there more. I want to seek out directors and producers who can help me tell my stories to a wider audience. www.wandacarroll.com

The Champion Program

WIFT-AT’s championing program allows individuals or organizations to sponsor or cover the cost of memberships for women in the four provinces who might not otherwise be able to afford it, and also provides financial assistance to members for some of our more costly events. Interested in being a champion? E-mail us at info@wift-at.com for more information!

Current champions are as follows:

Teri Anderson  – WMW student bursary for Sarah Smith
Bill Niven
– WMW student bursary for Gwyneth Christoffel
John Walker
– WMW student bursary Kayla Barnard
Jan Miller
- One year WIFT-AT membership for Ally Cameron
Patricia Leger
- One year WIFT-AT membership for Wanda Carroll as part of her prize for being the 100th WIFT-AT member


Annette event 150x150 Tidings, Issue 17: May 2012WIFT-AT Event Spotlight: Le Temps de Vivre

Pam Gallant

On April 10, 2012, honourable WIFT-AT member and talented and experienced filmmaker Madame Annett Wolf presented her exceptional film on the renowned Belgian singer-songwriter, Jacques Brel, at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick. Sixty people attended the cabaret-style event, which offered wine and cheese, a fascinating presentation by Mme Wolf and the screening of her film followed by a Q & A. The evening was a huge success.

Comments heard following the event:

“She (Annett Wolf) is luminous, ageless and fascinating; I could easily do 10,000 interviews with her. Interviewing her was one of the best encounters in my career.”  – A journalist from Radio-Canada

“From the wine and cheese and cabaret-style event set in an intimate setting, to Mme Wolf’s riveting storytelling and her magnificent film, this is one of the best events I have attended since I moved to Moncton.”  – An employee of l’Alliance française.

“I was moved to tears by her film.” – A WIFT-AT member in attendance

“It is so wonderful to watch a film that takes the time to let you experience the songs and the intensity of the interviews. It is a beautiful, lyrical film.” – A costume designer

“We connected with Annett’s philosophical views on life, mortality and living life to the fullest.”  – A couple of world-travellers in their seventies

The evening was magical. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.” - An assistant optician

Many thanks go out to the organizers of the event, members of WIFT-AT and Film Zone, and sponsors, Film NB and The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-op.

 

The Heart Truth
Britany Sparrow

In November of 2011, Fredericton filmmaker Bunthivy Nou and I were approached by the Heart and Stroke Foundation to work on a film project to go along with their Red Dress fashion show. Having never done any documentary work before, I was excited to try something new and happy to be able to support a good cause. It turned out to be more educational than I could ever have imagined, and it was a great experience.

The Heart and Stoke Foundation website states “The Heart Truth is a national program founded to create awareness that heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death for Canadian women. Most women believe that heart disease is “a man’s disease” and underestimate their risks. However women are now more likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than men. To highlight this fact, we were asked to tell the stories of three young girls who have all been affected by heart disease directly. Despite the tragedy that all three had to face, they were all bright, energetic young girls and they were a lot of fun to work with. All three of them will be modelled red dresses in this year’s fashion show.

We were also able to meet with and interview Rob Stevenson, a Cardiologist in Saint John. He was very informative and he taught us a lot about the risks, the symptoms, and the statistics about Heart Disease. It was eye opening and really made us stop and think, so I’m sure his message will come across in the video!

Allen Galloway was kind enough to help us out with lighting and camera, and his assistance was invaluable. Jen Chiasson and Nathalie Rayne, the wonderful editors, did a fantastic job! And the two women from Heart and Stroke who worked with us through the project, Darcy Leblanc and Angie Thibodeau were a lot of fun to work with and had a great energy that kept the whole thing running smoothly.

The two videos were shown as part of The Heart Truth Fashion Gala at the Moncton Casino on April 28.

 

NS Pulse
Chris Pauley

NS Pulse1 150x150 Tidings, Issue 17: May 2012Nova Scotia Talent Trust – Fall/Winter Application Deadline 15 May 2012

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust is a not-for-profit registered charity that provides scholarships to  Nova Scotians who are interested in furthering their education in the arts in theatre, dance,  music, media, film, literary, and visual arts, fine craft and design. The NSTT is supported by the  Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, The Craig Foundation, RBC  Foundation and ImmediaC. Since 1944, the NSTT has assisted over 1,800 Nova Scotians with  awards totalling over $1.8 million.

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) would like to remind all potential applicants that its next  deadline date for Fall/Winter study is fast approaching. Note that if applicants are mailing their  application from outside of Canada, the deadline date is 2 weeks earlier. For Fall/Winter study,  applicants applying from outside Canada must submit and have their applications postmarked  by 1st May. For all applications being mailed within Canada, the deadline date is 15th May. All  applications must be submitted and postmarked by these dates. Submission guides, application  forms and reference documents can be found at www.nstalenttrust.ns.ca, or by calling the NSTT  at (902) 492-6801.

Nova Scotia Culture DepartmentGrants to Individuals Application Deadlines: May 15 2012 http://www.gov.ns.ca/cch/culture/funding/individuals/

Grants are intended to support people at all levels of artistic involvement, support artistic expression and the pursuit of excellence and innovation, promote learning in the arts for people of all ages through education and participation, and develop new audiences for the arts and maintain existing audiences.

Individual artists may submit one application per category per deadline.
• Professional Development Grants assist Nova Scotian artists to pursue excellence in the arts  through formal study programs, or other professional development programs such as mentoring,  workshops, apprenticeships, or conferences. Curators, arts administrators and producers are also  eligible under this category. The maximum grant available under this category is $3,000.
• Creation Grants assist Nova Scotian artists and emerging artists working independently or  collaboratively to create new work, in any art form, by contributing towards the artist’s  subsistence and the project costs. The maximum grant available under this category is $12,000.
•Presentation Grants assist Nova Scotian artists in direct costs associated with public  presentation of their works, including: framing, installation, costuming, venue rental, or  promotion of arts activities. The maximum grant available under this category is $5,000.

A Certain Openness: The Filming of Poetry Deadline for Applications: May 14th 2012, 5pm http://afcoop.ca/2012/03/new-poetry-filmmaking-program/

AFCOOP is pleased to present a new program in cooperation with the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. A Certain Openness: The Filming of Poetry is a collaborative filmmaking project designed to foster relationships between Nova Scotia’s filmmaking and writing communities. Six poets will be paired with six filmmakers to collaborate and create filmed interpretations of existing poetry. Through the program, participants will receive training in relevant aspects of the filmmaking process as well as mentorship from lead instructors and AFCOOP staff. Films will be shot on 16mm (colour or b&w) with non-sync sound and may be finished digitally with an audio track or live accompaniment. The program will supply filmmaking gear, supplies and materials. Teams will also be given a small cash budget to spend on their production and will be awarded with an artist fee upon completion of their films.

AFCOOP Filmmaker in Residence 2012 Call for Entries Deadline: June 11, 2012, 5 PM  http://afcoop.ca/programs-and-training/afcoop-filmmaker-in-residence-2011-call-for-entries/fir-guidelines-and-application-2012-3/

The AFCOOP Filmmaker in Residence (FIR) program will provide a filmmaker with the  resources and guidance to create a completed work with the support and participation of the  AFCOOP community. The Applicant must be an experienced filmmaker and must:
-have created at least three independent film or video works.
-have previously exhibited at least 3 separate film and/or video works in a professional context.
-have completed basic film training appropriate to their discipline/filmmaking process.
-have been practising for at least four years, not including time training
-have been living in Nova Scotia for at least 6 months prior to the application deadline and be a citizen of Canada or a landed immigrant.
-not be a full time or part time student at any level during the residency.
-be able to commit to the project for a period of up to six months.

For its part, AFCOOP will provide services and expenses for the proposed project (up to $4,000  in direct ‘cash’ costs of the project, up to $11,000 in AFCOOP equipment and facility rentals,  and staff and organizational support and a supportive community in which to work).

Applications must be dropped off or mailed to the following address and postmarked no later  than the deadline. Late applications, incomplete applications and applications submitted by  email or fax cannot be accepted.
The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative  5663 Cornwallis St., Suite 101  Halifax, NS  B3K 1B6

Parrsboro Film Festival 2012 Deadline for submission is September 1, 2012 https://sites.google.com/site/thehallsitelogic/films-for-all-at-the-hall-1/parrsboro-film-festival/pff-submission-form

If you are a filmmaker in Atlantic Canada, whether professional, student or amateur, we invite you to submit your short films to the 2nd Annual Parrsboro Film Festival. A jury will select films in two categories: “shorts” (more than 5 minutes but no more than 20 minutes) and “short shorts” (no more than 5 minutes) The audience favourite in each category will receive a certificate of appreciation.

Deadline for submission is September 1, 2012. We cannot guarantee that submissions received after September 1 will be eligible for this year’s festival. Our theme is films made recently (within the last 2 -3 years) in Atlantic Canada. Any genre will be considered. There is no submission fee.

 

NB Pulse
Britany Sparrow

NB Pulse Becky Forbes 150x150 Tidings, Issue 17: May 2012Fredericton actress Becky Forbes has been a busy little bee over the last few months. She performed in the play Oleanna by David Mamet for Nasty Shadows Theatre Company, which showed in both Fredericton and Saint John. She also acted in two New Brunswick short films, Travis Grant’s film Nick Ryan, and Chris Fulton’s film Buzz. She also had a supporting role in Jesse Anthony’s low budget feature film Skate Proof. Becky also co-directed Beauty and the Beast for George Street Middle School.

Gretchen Kelbaugh’s short documentary In Key Choir is screening with three other documentaries at the Island Media Arts Festival in Charlottetown May 9 at 7:30pm.

“The choir sings with gusto and the rapt audience applauds, many from wheelchairs. Peek into  the lives of a group of people politely placed on the edge of society: so-called mentally  challenged adults. Hear them bring a touch of humanity to yet another marginalized group:  seniors in a nursing home. Meet Christina, Bree and Elizabeth. Watch them at work and choir  practice as they ponder what it means to be labelled ‘handicapped’, why some old people are put  in institutions and how the In Key Choir makes a difference in all of their lives.”

Pam Gallant is gearing up to direct three half-hour documentary episodes on Canadian rivers for an upcoming series called Courants.

Recent UNB Multi-Media graduate Jennifer Ferris is at work on her first documentary, about suicide, and will also be working on several short films this summer.

New Maryland filmmaker Britany Sparrow is less than one month away from filming her next short film, tentatively titled Co-Existence. Britany won the NB Joy Award for the film at the 2011 Silver Wave Film Festival. Her most recent film, Gamers: A Love Story is showing at the Island Media Arts Festival in Charlottetown, PEI on May 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm.  Follow Britany on Facebook:

New Brunswick actresses Bunthivy Nou and Leah Warren, alongside Jeff Bate Boerop, Chris Gairns, and Mike Mallaley, are Fiddleheadz, a new, local comedy sketch troupe.

Check out their latest sketch: Dinner with the Parents – Johnny & Jenny Sketch #1 on  YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1Cd_RdPcD8  SUBSCRIBE: http://www.youtube.com/user/fiddleheadz Follow us on TWITTER: @Fiddleheadzzz  Creep us on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/Fiddleheadz

 

NL Pulse
Ruth Lawrence

 Hilary Thomson has worked for the National Film Board (NFB) in Montreal as a sound technician in post-production since 2002. She moved to St. John’s last year to work as Associate Producer with the NFB’s Annette Clarke, and has since worked on the films Hard Light, Imaginary Heroine, and Buying Sex. In addition to her work with the NFB, Hilary plays bass in the three-piece Montreal-based band The Dryheaves and is currently working on a multidisciplinary visual art project that explores the lives of extraordinary Newfoundland women.

NL Pulse Victoria Wells1 150x150 Tidings, Issue 17: May 2012Victoria Wells has been working in and around the NL Film industry since 2004. She has held positions at the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative (NIFCO) as well as the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and the Nickel Independent Film Festival. She also works as a freelance photographer, most recently photographing Republic of Doyle star Lynda Boyd for InterACTRA magazine.

 

PEI Pulse
Millefiore Clarkes

 The Island Media Arts Festival 2012
Just a note to remind you of the wonderful events approaching for the Island Media Arts  Festival across PEI! Everything is up online now and easy to access. You can check out the  films playing, the workshops offered, and the really cool panels and presentations on the go.  Not to mention the parties! Find a full IMAF Schedule here.

Here is a list of some of the highlights…
Workshop – The Insider’s View of Creating a Comedy Film – May 5-7th – REGISTER TODAY!  (It’s free!)
Opening Night Reception – Hosted by MusicPEI – May 8th
Workshop – Creative Directing with Actors with Director Michael Kennedy – May 10-11th –  REGISTER TODAY! (It’s free!)
Special Presentation – Chinese Cinema After the Cultural Revolution – May 10th
Panel Discussion – Realities of Low, No, and Micro Budget Films – May 11th

Bring a friend and come attend some of what IMAF 2012 has to offer. Films from across  Atlantic Canada, industry professionals and filmmakers, hands-on learning experiences, and just  a good time.    Join the Island Media Arts Festival Facebook Group and keep up to date.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/IMAFestival/

Island Filmmaker Shortlisted for Vimeo Film Festival Awards
Millefiore Clarkes
, a filmmaker from PEI, has been shortlisted for the 2012 Vimeo Film Festival  Awards in New York City. Her film December in Toronto is in the ‘Lyrical Category’ and is up against 11 other films to make it to the final round. Finalists are decided upon by a combination  of online voting (you can vote for December in Toronto up until April 30th at  https://vimeo.com/awards/vote/lyrical) and guest judges.

December in Toronto was filmed over  a six day journey when the filmmaker visited Toronto for her Christmas holidays. Before  boarding the plane in Charlottetown, PEI, Millefiore’s partner said “Why don’t you film your trip  with your new camera?” And that is exactly what she did. The result is a dreamlike journey  through the streets, homes, and hearts of a vibrant city. Upon returning to the Island and editing  the video to a score composed by PEI musician/composer Roger Carter, Millefiore uploaded the  film to Vimeo. Within a day the video had “gone viral” with views coming in from around the  world. Today December in Toronto has over 110,000 hits. The Vimeo Film Festival, now in its  second year, has already gained a reputation as the global festival for online work. Vimeo has  set itself apart in the world of online video hosting with it’s respectful community and  supportive mandate of ‘by filmmakers for filmmakers’. The judges for this year’s festival are  some of the global media arts community’s leading creators; Director Peter Greenaway, Actor  James Franco, DSLR-Guru Philip Bloom, to name a few. To help get this east-coast filmmaker to the big apple vote for December in Toronto by going to  https://vimeo.com/awards/vote/lyrical  before April 30th.

Faye – New Production
Renee Laprise and Patti Larsen are currently in pre-production with their short film Faye, a  dark adult fairytale, scheduled to be shot in late May through Renee’s production company,  Mugisha Enterprises Inc. “Faye offers more than just love on the dark city streets.”

Actor’s Workshop
Springhead Studios in Charlottetown PE is offering an in depth actor’s workshop beginning in  May, led by seasoned actor Mark Fraser and DOP Brian Sharp. The workshop will focus on  acting for film and television. Participants will come away from the course with footage they  will be able to use for their demo reels. Contact Renee Laprise at reneel@mugisha.com for  more details on dates and fees. Space is limited.

 

What’s Happening at WIFT-AT

Women’s Film Club First Tuesday of the month | St. John’s, NL

Reel Talk: Conversations with Women in Film, TV & New Media Last Friday of the month | Halifax, NS

The WIFT Salute presented at The Island Media Arts Festival May 8th-13th, 2012 | Charlottetown, PE

WIFT Event at The Atlantic Film Festival September 16th, 2012 | Halifax, NS

For more information on WIFT-AT events please contact info@wift-at.com