Recipients of 2014 Short Film Venture Program announced
The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative has released the names of the recipients for the 2014 Short Film Venture Program. The four winners will receive financial assistance for the production of short films of 10 minutes or less, fictional in nature, to be shot in the province.
The Short Film Venture Program, an initiative of the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative and the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, assists emerging New Brunswick filmmakers who have a serious interest in establishing a career in filmmaking.
“The program will assist these budding filmmakers in creating works that will help to launch their careers,” NB Film Co-op Executive Director Tony Merzetti said. “Independent Filmmaking is an important part of culture in our province. We need to continually assist promising filmmakers in New Brunswick, in order to keep the sector healthy and growing. The Short Film Venture Program is an excellent way to help them get started.”
The Short Film Venture Program recipients for 2014 are Matt Rogers (A List), Fonya Irvine (As the Crow Cries), Shawn Henry (Il Sole) and William Beatty (The Midnight List).
One of the filmmakers Fonya Irvine is a filmmaker based out of Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is absolutely delighted to be a recipient of the New Brunswick Short Film Venture grant for her film As the Crow Cries. Already an accredited writer for the CBC/Telefilm 3-2-1 awarded script The Art of Decay, Irvine continues to write and collaborate with other filmmakers in the province.
“I’m absolutely overjoyed to receive the 2014 Short Film Venture Grant for the film As the Crow Cries. I’m grateful to have this support and opportunity through the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture as well as the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative which has been instrumental for immersing me in New Brunswick’s ever growing film community.” Fonya Irvine
Participants Selected for 2014 PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp
The Island Media Arts Co-op announced that twenty-two screenwriters will hit the ground running again this year on May 17 as they embark on a five-day journey working on scripts for feature films and dramatic series.
This is the largest number yet of participants invited to attend the professional development activity, and mentors for the workshops are: veteran mentor, Tom Shoebridge; returning mentor, Bill Boyle; and rookie, Bobby Theodore. All three of them are industry professionals and experts in screenwriting who will be sharing their expertise with the participants.
This year’s group of participants includes two teams of two and eighteen solo writers for a total of twenty-two writers developing twenty properties. The PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp initiative operates as an incubator program with first-time and returning writers working on various phases of their projects.
“Screenplays and teleplays can take a very long time to develop, and the guidance and support that these writers receive from experts is paramount to getting many of these scripts finished, let alone, produced. Each year, we bring in producers and broadcasters to take pitch meetings with the writers, which gives the writer hands-on networking experience and valuable feedback on their work. In turn, the producers are introduced to fresh talent and ideas. In this industry, nothing happens to a script without both a writer and a producer being attached to it,” commented Louise Lalonde, Project Coordinator for Bootcamp.
The New Brunswick participants for Bootcamp 2014 are Rhonda Herrington-Bulmer, NBFC members Jennifer Mawhinney, Melony McCarthy and Randy Pelletier, Jean-Marc Goguen and Gilles Doiron
Ms. Lalonde added that “We are finally operating as a true incubator program with past participants returning to continue to develop their properties, and we have our sponsors to thank for their investment in these and future storytellers.
The Life and Music of Garnet Allison Boyd
Check out this fantastic interview that NBFC member filmmaker Rachel Bower did with Lorraine Boyd Eden Hermann about her father’s New Brunswick musical legacy.