Apr 14: PEI Pulse

Jenna MacMillan Apr 14: PEI PulseBy Millefiore Clarkes

In a While - a film written, directed, and produced by PEI-filmmaker Jenna MacMillan (currently residing in Toronto) was selected to be part of the NSI Online Film Festival! Jenna is a recent graduate of the film production program at Ryerson University and the owner of film and video production company Club Red Productions.

Description of In a While: After the recent death of his wife, Russell is living on his own for the first time in four decades and not adjusting well to the change. Paul, a self- involved philosophy student, is asked to check on his grandfather while his parents are on vacation. Paul sees Russell in a different light through the fresh perspective of his engaging homecare nurse. Watch it here:

Queen of the Crows, written and directed by Harmony Wagner, has been selected to be part of Canada: Not Short on Talent at Cannes. Telefilm Canada’s initiative is designed to increase the international exploitation of new short films and to promote Canadian talents to accredited buyers and international festival programmers at the Cannes Market.

Island Green - a mid-length documentary produced by the National Film Board and directed by PEI filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes is set to screen at the upcoming Viewfinder’s Film Festival for Youth in Halifax NS. It is a lyrical documentary that contemplates the future of farming on my agrarian home province of Prince Edward Island. It is a film that celebrates the work of all farmers, while asking a hopeful question: what if PEI went all-organic? Through the combination of stirring poetry by Tanya Davis, intimate imagery of the bucolic island, and the wise words of some of PEI’s most innovative farmers – Island Green offers a possible way forward for the future of the family farm.

See the Viewfinder’s schedule here:

A trailer for the film is available here:

PEI Screenwriter’s Bootcamp – Deadline extended to April 10th! Make sure you take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.  It never hurts to apply. For more info on this program go to http://www.peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net

February 3: PEI Pulse

Telefilm Jason and Harmony February 3: PEI PulseBy Millefiore Clarkes

PEI Filmmakers Up for Telefilm Microbudget Program

Director (and WIFT-AT member) Harmony Wagner and producer Jason Rogerson’s script, Kuperman, was recently selected by a jury of industry professionals to represent the Island Media Arts Co-op and Prince Edward Island in Telefilm’s Microbudget Feature Film Program. The project now moves on to a national competition, where a Telefilm jury will review the 28 entries from across Canada and select 8-10 films to fund.

“This is a golden opportunity,” says producer Jason Rogerson. “A project of this scope could really bring some attention to the many great filmmakers, actors and technicians here on PEI. It could only lead to bigger things for the PEI film industry as a whole.”

Produced by Periscope Pictures, Kuperman is a feature length, micro-budget comedy about Griffin Kuperman, a smalltown zero who must face his fears, snap out of his fantasty world, and become a hero in order to save his comic book store, his friendship and himself.

“While most of us don’t own comic book stores or live in that world, it’s a story I think a lot of people can relate to,” says director Harmony Wagner. “The comedy is outrageous at times, but the stakes are very real.”

The team is extremely grateful to have the support of the Island Media Arts Co-op and Telefilm Canada as they move forward with their application. If selected, Kuperman will shoot later in 2014.

News from Susan Rodgers

PEI Filmmaker Susan Rodgers now has the first three books of her Drifters series available online and in print! A Song For Josh, Promises, and No Greater Love are set partly on the fictional television series Drifters, shooting in Langley, BC. PEI runaway Jessie Wheeler is an actor and singer who was discovered while busking on the streets of Vancouver. The books are about the friendships one can find on a television series, and Jessie’s mantra ‘There is Always Hope’ gets the cast through some tough times. Available where all ebooks are sold.

Susan is now finishing the edit on her documentary The Healing Place. Next project is a feature drama, fingers crossed!

Filmmaker Jenna MacMillan has been selected for the NSI Online Short Film Festival

In A While, a short film by PEI Filmmaker Jenna MacMillan, has been selected for the NSI Online Short Film Festival. In A While tells the story of twenty-something Paul who is asked to check in on his aging grandfather, Russell. He makes an unexpected discovery.

The NSI Online Short Film Festival is the only year-round, 100% Canadian online film festival. New films are added to the NSI website weekly. All NSI website content can be accessed for free.

Jenna MacMillan says, In a While is inspired by the relationship of my late grandparents who were married for 56 years. I’m excited that their story will be seen by audiences across Canada.”

Watch In A While and all of the other selected Canadian shorts in February, 2014 here:

Just Passing Through – A PEI-Based Web Series

Prince Edward Island filmmaker and WIFT-AT member, Jenna MacMillan was Associate Producer for the highly acclaimed series Just Passing Through, which was funded by the Independent Production Fund. The 22min/episode, 7 episode series employed many PEI film professionals in 2013 and has garnered over 200,000 views since launching in November. John Doyle, Television critic for the Globe and Mail named the series #6 on his list of Top 10 Canadian shows of 2013. Check out the show here:

PEI SCREENWRITER’S BOOTCAMP

Free five-day introductory and advanced screenwriting workshops.

No application fees!

Your screenwriting career starts here.

The Island Media Arts Coop is looking for creative writers who want to develop skills in writing for the screen-based entertainment industry. The focus at this year’s PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp will be on writing dramatic web series and low and micro budget features.

Louise Lalonde, Project Coordinator, is pleased to announce that Tom Shoebridge, a seven-year veteran of Bootcamp will once again bring his own special brand of professional development that leaves participants ready to tackle their first project. She adds that ” For the more advanced writers, Bill Boyle will be working with individuals, getting their first draft on track, and Jill Golick, award-winning producer of Ruby Sky P.I. is back for a return engagement mentoring writers in developing dramatic series for both the web and television. Louise has been coordinating this event from day one and is happy to report that “we have so many success stories now that it’s impossible to ignore the importance of this workshop series in building careers. “

Once again, a two-day introductory workshop will be on offer for the general public for a minimal fee. Details will be available in the spring.

IMAC is working closely with all of its sponsors, in particular, Telefilm Canada, the Independent Production Fund, Astral Media, Super Channel, and Innovation PEI by offering these workshops to Atlantic Canadians and building our Canadian film and video industry one story at a time.

The deadline for submissions is April 3 and the workshops are being held from May 17 to 21, 2014 at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown, PEI. This year, the organizers are waiving the application fees and removing one more barrier for hopeful writers. For more information, visit www.peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net.

ISLAND GREEN: a bi-coastal screening event presented by Open Cinema and the PEI Certified Organic Producer’s Co-op

ISLAND GREEN is a lyrical documentary produced by the National Film Board and directed by Millefiore Clarkes, that contemplates the future of farming on Prince Edward Island. Island Green is being screened as part of Open Cinema’s first ever Connect the Docs multi-city hybrid screening event. This initiative is newly supported by the Canada Media Fund. This innovative multi-city hybrid cinema event will take place in both Victoria, BC and Charlottetown, PEI at 7pm local time on Wed. Jan. 29th. The screening of the film will be followed by post-screening discussion in both locations, and the two conversations will be connected via Livestream, Twitter and Facebook, providing opportunities for online engagement on the issue, no matter where you are in the world.

Everyone is encouraged to join in the discussion before, during and after the screening on Facebook or on Twitter #opencinema.

For more info. on the film go here:

For more info. on Open Cinema go here:

Join the Facebook Event:

May 6: PEI Pulse

ONCE again TORONTO 1 May 6: PEI PulseONCE again TORONTO

PEI filmmaker and WIFT-AT member, Millefiore Clarkes recently had her short lyrical documentary film ONCE again TORONTO screened at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival, alongside her music video Stealin’ for musician Catherine MacLellan. ONCE again TORONTO is also currently selected in the National Screen Institute’s Online Film Festival and can be viewed here

Island Media Arts Festival 2013

WIFT-AT member Cheryl Wagner is up to her pierced earlobes in all things IMAF2013 – the Island Media Arts Festival  – that runs from May 23rd to 26th in Charlottetown.

Cheryl is coordinating this much-anticipated event which includes working with the committee selecting from almost 100 entries from every Atlantic province, scheduling the nine screenings and three industry panels, and planning the parties, her true talent.

For the first time in the 4 year history of the festival IMAF2013 will include feature films and is excited to be bringing both The Disappeared and Blackbird to PEI.

IMAF2013’s closing night is the CBC GALA and AWARDS  night which showcases Island films exclusively  will include works by WIFT-Atlantic members Mille Clarkes, JoDee Samuleson, Louise Lalonde and Jenna MacMillan. Plus Harmony Wagner’s Queen of the Crows, the winner of last year’s  CBC 3-2-1 Award will debut.

Cheryl hopes WIFT-Atlantic members will come to ‘ the little film festival of big dreams’. And she promises . . FREE POPCORN !

For more info go to: www.imaf.ca or contact Cheryl Wagner at imafcurator@gmail.com

Mar 11: PEI Pulse

PEI just passing through Mar 11: PEI PulseJust Passing Through
A web series funded by the Independent Production Fund entitled Just Passing Through wraps shooting on PEI this week. PEI filmmaker Jeremy Larter and his brother Jason are at the helm of the production, along with WIFT-AT member Jenna MacMillan. The story revolves around the relationship of Owen Stephens and Terry and Parnell Gallant; rough and tumble cousins from PEI who arrive unannounced on Owen’s Toronto doorstep. They swear they’re “just passing through” Toronto to sweet jobs in Alberta. But like every family reunion, this one turns out to be more than Owen’s bargained for. Coming May 2013. To find out more about Just Passing Through you can join their Facebook group here:

PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp
The PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp is entering its 7th season. Presented by The Island Media Arts Co-op and coordinated by WIFT-AT member Louise Lalonde, the Bootcamp refines the skills of Atlantic Canadian screenwriters over an intensive week of mentoring and pitching.

Deadline to apply for 2013 is April 8th!

Everything you need to know about the Bootcamp is here:

The Island Media Arts Festival
The 4th annual Island Media Arts Festival (IMAF) will take place in the heart of downtown Charlottetown from May 23rd – 26th. This little festival with big heart showcases the best of media art from PEI and around the Atlantic Provinces. With panels, parties, screenings and more it’s a time not to be missed.

Deadline to submit your film is March 15th 2013. It’s free to submit.

For more info go to: www.imaf.ca or contact Cheryl Wagner at imafcurator@gmail.com

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.

Feb 11: PEI Pulse

People I Love Feb 11: PEI PulseMillefiore Clarkes received the 2013 MusicPEI Award for the Best Music Video. She directed the video ‘People I Love’ for the band English Words. The video is in the style of a lyrical documentary and captures the revelry at a PEI cottage party. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmU_qFQmCIU

Millefiore also won the 2012 Best Music Video Award for Catherine MacLellan’s ‘Stealin’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We1Y03X_9Ts

Susan Rodgers is busy these days filming her feature documentary, The Healing Place, about the power of nature to help heal after the loss of a child or sibling. She also recently completed a full length documentary for the PEI Co-operative Council called Building A Better World: A History of co-operatives on PEI. Susan spent the fall writing three novels in the Drifters series – A Song For Josh, Promises, and No Greater Love. These books feature a fictional actor in a fictional television series, and so far the reviews are wonderful for Book One, which just went online in January. “The best love story I have read in a long, long time!

The first book in the series can be found at most online retailers such as Kobo, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Apple, etc. and also at https://www.ebookit.com/books/0000002301/A-Song-For-Josh.html.

Spend some time in Jessie Wheeler’s world!

PEI Filmmaker Jenna MacMillan was shortlisted for the 2013 NSI Drama Prize along with producer Alex Coles. Jenna MacMillan is the writer/director for the short film Baby Doll. Jenna’s production company is Club Red Productions http://www.clubredproductions.com/

PEI SCREENWRITER’S BOOTCAMP

In preparation for the seventh annual PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp workshop series, the Island Media Arts Coop is calling for submissions from emerging and mid-career screenwriters interested in participating in the five-day event being held in Charlottetown this spring.

This series of professional development workshops offer new and mid-career screenwriters an opportunity to hone their skills with seasoned mentors within a small group and receive individual attention.

New this year, Mark Hand will be facilitating a short session for all participants on creating a video pitch. As in the past, on day five, producers and broadcasters will hold pitch meetings with the participants, providing a unique opportunity for emerging screenwriters to experience the reality of pitching their ideas and making valuable contacts. Several projects developed at the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp have received development funding and producer interest and some have gone on to win competitions and been produced.

The workshops are scheduled for May 18 to 22, 2013 and as a bonus this year, the workshops begin on a long weekend, which could mean taking less time off work for interested parties and will be held in Charlottetown at the historical Haviland Club. The competition is open to writers from Atlantic Canada only and the deadline April 8, 2013.

Guidelines and application forms are available at www.peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net. For more information, contact

Louise Lalonde at (902) 566-1353 or louise@peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net

Island Media Arts Festival 2013 Deadline Postponed

New Deadline: March 15th, 2013

2013 marks the 4th year of The Island Media Arts Festival in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – the largest and most popular celebration of local and Atlantic-region films, videos, documentaries, animation and music videos on the Island. The festival is organized by IMAC – The Island Media Arts Cooperative – an association of media artists founded in 1978. It will be held from Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26, 2013 with five nights and two days of screenings. A program of interesting and hands-on workshops will be offered to the public as well as a series of panels and guest speakers that will be especially interesting to the local media arts community.

Go to www.imaf.ca to find out more about the festival and how to submit work online. Entries will be accepted up to March 15th, 2013. The site will have the full schedule of events as well as full listings of the films to be screened closer to the actual festival. There is no fee for submitting work. For more information you may also contact: director@imac.coop

October 2012 PEI Pulse

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Several PEI Women filmmaker’s films will be featured in the Culture Days screening OUR SHORTS ARE SHOWING – put on by the Charlottetown Film Society and The Island Media Arts Co-op. This screening features some of PEI’s best short films of all genres and is FREE to the public. The event takes place on Sunday September 30th, 2pm at City Cinema in Charlottetown. Featured films include; JoDee Samuelson’s The Bath, Jenna MacMillan’s Fine Tuning, Kristin Santos’ Cannonball, Sandi Hartling’s Eat Work Sleep, Susan Rodger’s Silence Bloodhound, and Harmony Wagner’s Vast. Go here for more info.

NO FRACKING WAY

Filmmaker Eliza Knockwood has been going back and forth to Cape Breton over the month of September, supporting the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society as their Media person. She is there to document their story. On Saturday September 22nd, on Global Anti-Fracking Day there were over 300 people from all over NS gathered together, in song & prayer with the Mi’kmaq. “It was such a powerful day” says Eliza about her experience. You can watch Eliza’s video about the issue here:

SCRIPTWRITING WORKSHOP

Harmony Wagner is conducting a workshop: How to Write a Short Narrative Film, hosted by the Island Media Arts Coop. This FREE workshop will be held at Springhead Studios in Charlottetown on Friday Oct 19th 6pm – 9pm. Harmony will be discussing the anatomy of a short, short vs. feature and common pitfalls to avoid. Writers are welcome to bring in drafts of short screenplays to for the group to analyze and critique. Contact Jim Bruce at IMAC: director@imac.coop to register.

TWO NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Millefiore Clarkes produced two music videos over the summer of 2012 for PEI musicians of vastly different musical genres. People I Love is a music video for English Words and was listed on Exclaim Magazine’s Top Twenty News stories for several days in September. Coat of Many Colours is a cover of the Dolly Parton song by Island songstress Meaghan Blanchard. View People I Love and Coat of Many Colours here.

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.

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!

To 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!

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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

Tidings Issue 16 Provincial Pulses, April 2012

Here’s what’s happening in the Atlantic Provinces this spring!

Nova Scotia Pulse
Chris Pauly

Halifax Independent Film Festival 2012 April 10th-14th 
DELEGATE PASSES – NOW AVAILABLE.  Buy online at http://hiff.ca.
This year’s festival will feature screenings by visiting filmmakers Tom Sherman and Paul  Clipson, along with screenings of The Forgotten Space by Alan Sekula, Movement  Revolution Africa by Joan Frosch and Alla Kovgan, screenings of new work by many local  filmmakers, and a retrospective of the work of Janie Geiser – among more. As well, HIFF 2012  will premiere POSE by AFCOOP 2012 Filmmaker in Residence Eva Madden-Hagen.  As an  added incentive, enter to win a Google Android Tablet from AFCOOP and The Halifax  Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF)!

Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $12 and are available at  the AFCOOP offices or online through PayPal.  Finally, why not top-up your purchase with a  donation to AFCOOP? Donors will be issued a charitable tax receipt for the top-up portion of  their purchase. Draw is for one tablet only, and will be held during the HIFF closing reception  Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Call for Submissions: 2012 Centre for Art TapesMedia Arts Scholarship Program Applications
Due 5:00p.m. Friday, April 27, 2012
The CFAT Media Arts Scholarship Program is a rigorous six-month education and mentorship opportunity. Selected applicants are required to make a media art piece in a medium in which they have no previous background. Scholars are responsible for learning the skills required to complete their piece. Media Art Scholarship Program is open to any member of the public who is not currently attending a program similar in nature.  Generally, Media Art includes work made with the use of video, recorded sound, animation, interactive presentation, electronics, and/or installation. Media Art can be digital video, animation, interactive websites, and gallery installations with sensors or new media elements. It also includes audio that can be broadcast, installed in a specific place, or listened to with headphones. CFAT will make every effort in their capacity to serve projects in the above mediums.  Details about the program and application forms can be found at www.centreforarttapes.ca/programs.aspx. Any questions regarding the Scholarship Program or the application procedure can be directed to Kristen Atkins, Communications Coordinator at 902-422-6822 or cfat.communication@ns.sympatico.ca.

•  White Rabbit: Open Air Arts is now accepting submissions from artists. Call for Submissions: deadline May 1st

Taking place from August 12th- 19th at Red Clay (Upper Economy), Nova Scotia, White Rabbit is an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to live, work, and learn in community. The week-long residency culminates in a public celebration, performance and exhibition of individual and collaborative works that emerge during the week.  It is an immersive outdoor experience that encourages artists to push the boundaries of their practice collaboratively and individually in response to the unique landscape. Red Clay is a land of organic gardens, meadows, ponds and forests looking out over the extreme tides of the Bay of Fundy.  During the week, two senior mentors will guide resident artists through workshops, presentations and one-on-one engagement. Details re: cost, services provided and application instructions can be found on the website.  Projects that are harmonious with the environment are encouraged. www.whiterabbitarts.ca

Nova Scotia Culture Department – Grants to Individuals Application Deadline: May 15

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. See http://www.gov.ns.ca/cch/culture/funding/individuals/ for details

Annapolis Valley Short Film Festival

The Annapolis Valley Short Film Fest is open for submissions for the May 12th festival. The AVSFF offers independent, low budget filmmakers the opportunity to show their films, and the opportunity for film lovers to see creative and unique films shot in Nova Scotia. The May 2012 fest features comedy and drama shorts ranging from 4-30 minutes in length. No animations or docs this time; just pure fiction!  For details visit www.avshortfilmfest.ca or email info@avshortfilmfest.ca

NS Pulse Ann MacKenzie Photo by Film Nova Scotia 150x150 Tidings Issue 16 Provincial Pulses, April 2012 WIFT-AT wishes to extend a heartfelt “thank you” and best wishes to Ann MacKenzie, who stepped down from her position as CEO of Film Nova Scotia, on March 30th, 2012.  The value of Ann’s work for regional filmmakers and as an ambassador for Nova Scotia on the national and international stage over the past 14 years is incalculable, and her successor has some tall shoes to fill!

 

 

 

New Brunswick  Pulse
Cathie LeBlanc

• Cavelle is hooked on the value of creating documentaries since she always meets incredible, humble people who have stories to tell The “Art of Living” creative Doc series highlights “ordinary people with extra-ordinary lives”. The trailer for Gothic Matriarch is now online http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxvdtOdhRK8

NB Pulse Cavelle 150x150 Tidings Issue 16 Provincial Pulses, April 2012 The 2nd Doc Crashed recently had a principle shoot with a local man who had a near death  experience or clinical death, after a transport truck collided into his car. The 3rd Doc Natural Living is now being negotiated with a sustainable local farming family who use  trad horse and plow. At the same time, Cavelle is working on the draft treatment and budget for  a 4th Doc entitled Haitians to be filmed back in the Caribbean where she lived and worked for 6 years. This will be a complex documentary both historically compelling and deeply  personal, a story of courage that is celebratory intimate and revealing. This Doc offers a  platform to her former students and their parents to explore in their own voice what really  motivated the Haitian Boat People to dream and risk their lives on the open sea; considering the  immense danger and that 1000s before themdrowned off the shores of  Cuba, Florida and the Bahamas.    Contact Cavelle at artist@cavelle.net

The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative workshop series continues with workshops in Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John. Coming soon: Production Design April 7, 2012 (Saint John) Non-Linear Picture Editing April 14, 2012 (Moncton) Creating Original Music May 19, 2012 (Moncton) For complete schedules and further information e-mail info@nbfilmcoop.com

Sackville – Struts Gallery, Faucet Media Arts Centre & Catalyst MTA are pleased to present a FREE screening of film and video works on gender expression Monday April 2 at 6:30 pm at the Vogue Cinema, Sackville, NB. Gender expression is any and all mannerisms, personal traits, etc. which serve to communicate a persons identity and personality as they relate to gender and gender roles. Masculine, feminine, and androgynous gender expressions can be present in people of any geender or gender expression – even though they are often associated with men, women, and non-binary genders respectively. The program includes an eclectic compilation of short works from Canada, USA, Germany, and Sweden. This screenng is made possible with support from River of Pride Moncton, The Vogue Cinema, and S.H.A.R.E. MTA. For more information please contact Elli Hearte at Struts Gallery and Faucet Media Arts Centre, (506) 536-1211 or faucet@strutsgallery.ca

Fredericton – NBFC Kids Filmmaking Summer Camps The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative is hosting Filmmaking Summer Camps for young school students (ages 8-14) and teenagers (ages 15-18) taught by Film Co-op Filmmaker Michel Guitard. Space is limited so please register early!

Kids Film Camp – July 9-13 – $165 ($15 is for food) http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/KidsCamp/KidsCamp/Welcome_.html
Teen Film Camp – July 23-27 – $215 ($15 is for food) http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/KidsCamp2/Welcome_.html

Contact Cathie Leblanc info@nbfilmcoop.com or (506) 455-1632 for registration info.

 

PEI Pulse
Mille Clark

IFF’s DIGITAL MEDIA WORKSHOP SERIES
PEI Pulse DM Workshop 150x150 Tidings Issue 16 Provincial Pulses, April 2012A series of winter workshops was recently put on by the Island Film Factory, a PEI producer  collective. Maritime industry pros at the top of their game were brought in to bump up the skill  level of our already seasoned film and digital media workforce. A five day production  management course led by Cathy Grant and Margaret Harrison was jam packed with an  astounding amount of information. From this group one participant, Dan Rowswell, was chosen  to production manage the rest of the workshops in this series. His management skills were put  to the test when he had to schedule and wrangle three workshops happening concurrently at  Springhead Studios in Charlottetown. Several mock film shoots were set up to teach practical  technique in the areas of Directory of Photography led by Jeff Wheaton, Field Sound Record led  by Aram Koujoudmian, and Grip/Gaffer/Electric, led by Corey Bulger. It was a fun filled  weekend of learning and comradery that got rave reviews from all the participants. Much was  learned and many connections were made. The next weekend was Sound Design led by Steven  Naylor and Comedy Editing led by Kim McTaggart. Steve introduced his group to the art of  sound by having them experience and experiment. And Kim’s approach was similar, introducing  her group to the art of making people feel and laugh through pacing and timing of edits. Again,  participants of both workshops came away feeling like they had really upped their game with  the practical and creative information they were given. Long Form Drama Editing led by Chris  Cooper and Online Editing led by Ken Peterson will wrap up the series of workshops at the end  of March. It is expected that these workshops will go just as well. The members of the Island  Film Factory would like to thank all of the workshop facilitators for taking the time to offer our  filmmakers such an exciting and rewarding experience. The skills that the participants have  been able to glean from the best of the best will go a long way toward putting PEI on the map in  the Canadian film/digital media industry.

Call for Submissions to PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp 2012  Deadline:  April 23, 2012
The PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp organizers are preparing for this sixth annual professional  development activity that has become an important and popular first step in the careers of many  Atlantic Canadian screenwriters.

The workshops are scheduled for the week of June 4 – 8, 2012 and will be held in  Charlottetown at the historical Haviland Club. The competition is only open to screenwriters  from Atlantic Canada and the initial deadline is  5 p.m. April 23, 2012.

The week-long workshops offer new writers an opportunity to hone their writing skills with  seasoned mentors within a small group with lots of one-on-one time, provide an opportunity for  new writers to learn the intricacies of pitching their ideas to producers and build on their  networking contacts. There are no workshop fees and Provincial governments offer financial  support to participants.

Super Channel’s Marguerite Pigott, Head of Development will be working with all of the  participants on pitching their ideas and will be among the producers and broadcasters hearing  pitches on the final day of the workshop.  Other producers who will be on hand to hear pitches  are John Galway, President, English-language Program for Astral Media’s Harold Greenberg  Fund, CBC’s Stewart Young as well as local producers Cellar Door Productions, Periscope  Pictures, and Beachwalker Films.

New this year, six writers will be mentored by story editor, Diane Barnes of TP Productions inc.  as they turn a treatment into a first draft.  Again this year, Tom Shoebridge, Screenwriter and  founder of the Canadian Screen Training Centre will be in PEI for a return engagement to  mentor a group of six emerging writers from the idea stage to writing a full treatment for a  feature, and Jill Gollick, screenwriter/producer for the web and television will be working with  a group of six writers, developing ideas for web and television dramatic series.

VAST 
Harmony Wagner’s directorial debut VAST, has been invited to the 11th ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth which takes place in Halifax, April 17-21, 2012. VAST  was also selected for the Atlantic Shorts Gala at the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival, the 2011 Silver  Wave Festival in Fredricton and won the Audience Award at the 2011 Island Media Arts  Festival.

PEI Filmmaker Jenna MacMillan
Jenna MacMillan is an independent filmmaker from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She  graduated from the film production program at Ryerson University in 2010. Jenna’s thesis film,  Off Season from Ryerson was chosen for CBC’S 2010 Short Film Faceoff. Her films, Off  Season and In A While were both shown in the 2010 Island Media Arts Festival.

Post graduation, Jenna worked as Production Coordinator on the IPF funded groundbreaking  interactive web series, Guidestones (guidestones.org) before returning to her hometown of  Charlottetown in July, 2011 to make her professional film debut with Fine Tuning  (http://vimeo.com/31813776). Commissioned under the Cultural Capital of Canada designation,  Fine Tuning told the story of Harry Jenkins who moves from his country home of Belle River  into Charlottetown, PEI after the death of his wife. He discovers that new beginnings can  happen at any age. Fine Tuning premiered alongside the other Cultural Capital films at The  Homburg Theatre in November.

Jenna and her production company, Club Red Productions (clubredproductions.com) are  committed to making films with a special focus on improvisation and dramatic acting. She has  developed a keen interest in exploring deep-rooted human issues such as family, aging and  personal strength.

Jenna has just wrapped production on a short romantic comedy written by Ann Thurlow entitled  Sweethearts which will premiere in May. She is currently developing a Western feature film  entitled Barkervile Girls slated for production in October, 2012. Outside of Club Red, Jenna is  working as Production/Script Coordinator on the new television show for the Food Network;  Chef Michael’s Kitchen which is shooting this spring (www.chefmichaelsmith.com)

Island Media Arts Festival  Dave Ward, the IMAFestival Director has been organizing another amazing roster of panels,  workshops, and activities for 2012. The festival will run from May 8-13th at locations across  PEI; Summerside, Charlottetown, and Georgetown. Deadline for film submissions has passed  for this year, but there are lots of opportunities to participate in this festival, increase your skills,  network with industry professionals, and view some amazing films from Atlantic Canadian  filmmakers.

Here is an exciting list of just some of what is coming up:
•10 screenings featuring PEI and Atlantic Canadian films.
•The CBC Best of PEI Shorts Gala with the presentation of awards such as the CBC Audience Award and others.
•Stop-Motion Animation Workshops for kids in partnership with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.
•Advances in Digital Filmmaking Workshop with the Sony F3 and DP Nigel Akam.
•Creative Directing with Actors Workshop at 3-Oaks Highschool with Director Michael Kennedy
•Realities of Low/No-Budget Feature Filmmaking with Laura Dawe, Michael Ray Fernando, Jesse Anthony and Robert Morin.
And so much more…  Keep your eyes on the website and press releases for more information and a full schedule of  events and screenings closer to the date:www.islandmedia.pe.ca/events/imaf

 

NL Pulse
Ruth Lawrence

Colleen Powell
What I’m up to aside from being the new News Director at CHMR-FM, I remain very active in the film  industry. I recently completed my third short film, which is my second super-8 project, enititled  Pop and Nan. This film starts Kevin Lewis and Sheilagh Guy-Murphy. It also doubles as the  first music video for my up-coming French CD, due out this Fall.

I am currently writing a script called The House Built on the Fairy Path, loosely based on my  life growing up in Placentia Bay.

I continue to perform and record various film scores for projects which my partner, Roger  Maunder is working on. I just completed the score for his upcoming film, Cracker Barrell.

NL Pulse Martine Blue 150x150 Tidings Issue 16 Provincial Pulses, April 2012Martine Blue is in a state of eager anticipation. Her NIFCO first film Desperate Scribbles, a psychological thriller about a conflicted novelist trapped in an elevator with her two biggest critics is completed and is just embarking on it’s festival submission strategy. She also has two more shorts percolating at the grant proposal stage. Freshly inspired from teaching kids how to make a one-minute short with the Nickel film festival rural school tour, she is now working on the 3rd draft of her feature script Hunting Pignut.

PEI Pulse March 2012

PEI GR + Chef Michael PEI Pulse March 2012By: Cheryl Wagner

  • To kick off ‘ Daffodil Month’ The PEI chapter of WIFT-AT has scheduled a special screening of the controversial NFB feature documentary PINK RIBBON INC. from legendary director Léa Pool on April 1st at City Cinema in Charlottetown. A lively discussion is anticipated après.
  • The Island Film Factory’s Digital Media Workshops | The IFF’s Digital Media Workshops, with funding from SkillsPEI, have kicked off with    great results. The Production Manager Workshop in January was led by Halifax PM         Margaret Harrison and PEI’s own Cathy Grant. A ‘graduate’ of that workshop has been hired      to co-ordinate the rest of the lineup: DOP, Field Audio, Grip/Gaffer/Electric, Sound Design   and a triad of editing workshops: Long-form Drama, Comedy, and On-line. WIFT-AT       member Kim McTaggert will be leading the comedy editing session in March.
  • Millefiore Clarkes (www.onethousandflowers.tv) recently won the ‘Best Music Video Award’ at the 2012 MusicPEI Awards for her video ‘Stealin’ for Catherine MacLellan. She is currently directing a documentary on the topic of organic farming in Prince Edward Island with the National Film Board. The project is in the editing stages. She has several ‘pocket docs’ on the go for various clients. A series about the City of Charlottetown’s Sustainability Plan will be released online in March.
  • Gretha Rose of Cellar Door reports: FortuneIT has just completed a web series called CHEF MICHAEL’S KITCHEN for Shaw Media/Food Network. It is the first fully commissioned series for Food TV online. Met with tremendous success, the web series is now being commissioned as a TV/Online series for 26 x 4 segments, to be shot on PEI in 2012. We are crewing up as a full PEI production with mainly PEI hires. We have also just completed a series of videos with Pulse Canada and launched the first cookbook with Penguin (September 2011) with another scheduled to be released in September 2012.
 One of our biggest undertakings is the launch of our first Canadian Grilling Company with Chef Michael Smith, at Queens University http://www.facebook.com/pages/Canadian-Grilling-Company-at-Queens-U/240314499360311. We are scheduled to open 19 more across the country over the next 5 years.
  • Susan Rodgers is busy with Bluemountain Entertainment, both with the passion side of the business and with a more client oriented side. On the client side, following the 2011 success of Bluemountain’s 59 minute documentary film for the Wyatt Heritage Properties in Summerside, the company has been hired to write, direct, and edit a 60 minute documentary style film chronicling the history of the Co-operative Movement on PEI. Also in history mode, Susan, a former museum curator, has won the task of researching and writing a book on the history of PEI’s popular Community Schools. On the passion side, Susan is developing a Documentary Feature called “The Healing Place”, which she is in the process of pitching to Broadcasters. She is also busy seeking funds for yet another short film, this one called “Looking For Ghosts”, which she plans to shoot in September. Her first novel “A Certain Kind of Freedom” has had a small bite with a Publishing Company in Newfoundland, Breakwater Books, who have asked for the full manuscript based on the first fifteen pages (fingers crossed), and she is 25 000 words into her second, “Seasmoke”. Last but not least, Bluemountain’s music video for Silence, Bloodhound (Artist Christopher Rodgers – youtube) was nominated for Music Video of the Year for the 2012 Music PEI Awards. Busy times in sleepy Summerside, PEI!
  • Jenna MacMillan, now permanently back on the Island after film studies at Ryerson, has just wrapped production on the short film Sweethearts that she directed and co-produced. Written by Charlottetown’s Ann Thurlow, it’s a lovely little romantic comedy that will premiere this spring. Fine Tuning, the short film that Jenna produced as part of the Cultural Capital of Canada designation is complete and she is in the process of submitting it to the festival circuit. Currently Jenna is working as Script Coordinator on Chef Michael’s Kitchen which is shooting this spring.
  • Louise Lalonde reports: The next PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp is taking up most of my days, planning and preparing for the advent of submissions that are due on April 23 and for the week of workshops June 4 to 8. It seems far away, but it’s amazing how quickly time can fly, even when you’re waiting for spring. I have a short spoken-word piece in post that will be ready for screening at the next string of festivals and in I’m in a pre-development phase of a pilot for a television series created by a PEI writer and Bootcamp alumnist. As well, I’m bouncing back and forth between applications for the production of shorts and feature scripts. I just recently agreed to acting as a petitioner for the Charlottetown Film Society in association with City Cinema. Stay tuned for exciting screening activities from this group. I’m still a board member for the PEI Council of the Arts and I volunteer as much time as I can to the Island Media Arts Coop.