MEDIANET NEWS August 28, 2014

Coming up:  MediaNet and Open Space present Backbone: Vancouver Experimental Cinema, Sept 5; MediaNet putting together volunteer video making team for Puppets for Peace and One Wave festival; Coming this Fall – the all new ACTIVATE! Sept 27 to Nov 29; Cinema Salon Fall programming; Exhibition of new work by Kristina Campbell at Martin Batchelor Gallery, Sept 6;  Latin American and Spanish Film Week Sept 16-21


1. MediaNet and Open Space present Backbone: Vancouver Experimental Cinema

September 5 at Open Space, 510 Fort St.

Admission by donation

Filmmaker Al Razutis will be in attendance to speak about his work.

On Friday, September 5th, at 7 pm, MediaNet will present the documentary film, “BACKBONE: Vancouver Experimental Cinema 1967-1981”.  The film celebrates artistic innovation in Vancouver from 1967 to 1981, a period when Canada was an international hub for experimental film. Vancouver artists, on Canada’s west coast, had a particularly dynamic scene that inspired an enduring body of work that resonates today.  In the film, Director Richard Martin examines some of the key works of the era, offering perspectives on the social and cultural context of the time and the influences of psychedelic pop, structuralism, experimental drama and poetic cinema. Nine experimental film artists and other members of Vancouver’s cultural community, including Alex MacKenzie, Dr. Ron Burnett, Colin Browne, Stan Fox and Peg Campbell recall the era and activity that inspired generations of artists to come.

Watch the trailer on Youtube:


2. MediaNet putting together volunteer video making team for Puppets for Peace and

One Wave festival

Are you interested in working as part of a group and learning new video making skills?

There will be opportunities to learn to create and upload short docs, learn MN cameras and equipment and work and learn media with the support of Kirk while enjoying a fun, colorful and exciting project.

MediaNet Technical Director Kirk Schwartz is looking for MediaNet volunteers to become part of a multimedia team for the Puppets for Peace Celebration and the One Wave Festival

We are looking to create some short video interviews and impressions of the Puppets For Peace creation process, and document the CHANGEMAKERS SUMMIT 2.0: “Puppets, Performance, and Social Change”


Friday Sept 19, 1 to 3:30 PM

University of Victoria

CHANGEMAKERS SUMMIT 2.0: “Puppets, Performance, and Social Change”

Friday Sept 19, 5pm-7pm

The Bay Centre

Puppets for Peace Opening Reception

Opening reception includes puppet exhibit, walk-about puppets, puppet-making activities and wine and cheese.

Sat Sept 20, noon – 3pm

The One Wave Festival in Centennial Square

Sun Sept 21, 1pm

Craigdarroch Castle

Puppets for Peace Parade


3. Coming this Fall – the all new ACTIVATE!

Sept 27 to Nov 29

A two month video creation program aimed at filling YOUR needs. This year ACTIVATE! is back with a new format. More peer interaction. More individual times. A variety of workshops and talks so you have the options that matter to you. From Stop Motion to Documentary to Story Development the focus will be on honing individual skills and advancing your interests.

Watch for Details


4. Cinema Salon Fall programming

Cinema Coffee and Conversation!

Main Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library

Free to Attend

This Fall, Cinema Salon returns for three more screenings at the Greater Victoria Public Library!


Thursday September 25 – Mood Indigo, the latest film by Michel Gondry, with a discussion by Victoria filmmaker Scott Amos

Thursday October 30 – Film Noir II: a screening of Gilda, with a discussion by filmmaker and musician Peter Sandmark

Thursday December 4 – Latin Film Night II: a screening of The Violin (Spanish: El violín)  with a discussion by Dan Russek, Uvic Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies, and President of the Hispanic Film Society of Victoria.


5. Members’ News

Ancient Songs

Exhibition of new work by Kristina Campbell at Martin Batchelor Gallery

September 6 – October 1, 2014

Artist Reception

Saturday, September 6, 7 -9pm.

Ancient Songs is a collection of oil on carved wooden panel paintings, inspired by the myths and artefacts of the Vikings.




The 5th Annual Latin American and Spanish Film Week

September 16-21


University of Victoria

The Hispanic Film Society of Victoria is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Latin American and Spanish Film Week! Regular Cinecenta prices apply, and tickets will be available at the box office at the screening of each film.  All films will be shown with English subtitles.

You can see a list of the films and trailers for each on our website:, and “Like” us on Facebook:  “5th Annual Latin American and Spanish Film Week at Cinecenta”.


Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars play a benefit concert for Doctors Without Boarders in Victoria 

September 3

Club 9one9

The Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars were formed in a refugee camp in Guinea, by musicians who were forced to flee Sierra Leone during the rebel uprising in the 1990s.

The All Stars have been touring with the release of their new album, Libations, and collecting funds for the group Doctors without Borders, who are responding to the Ebola crisis in their cherished home country.

More information on the group, and listen to a clip from their album Libations:

Contact Eric Sama, the head of the group 250-891-2944

Media Relations: Raven Simmonds 778-970-1077

or Lindsay Le Blanc 250-661-7779

Charity Board Member: Laurie Cairns 250-592-2278



The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is now accepting applications for its NSI Features First course, presented in association with Telefilm Canada.

NSI Features First is a development training launch pad for writer/producer teams working on their first or second feature film. Teams receive market-driven training and a cash award to put towards a story editor and further project development.

Apply now


Whistler Film Festival and Summit

WFF14 Film Submissions are being accepted until September 19! Be sure to submit here!

Women in the Director’s Chair Story Incubation Module 2.0 (November 2014 – January 2015)

Director Application Deadline: September 15 / Actor Application Deadline: October 31

WFF’s Industry Initiatives for BC filmmakers:

Aboriginal Filmmakers   Fellowship(December 5-6)

Applications Open: September  2, 2014 

MPPIA Short Film Award (December 6)

Application Deadline: September 2, 2014

WIFTV WFF Film Preparation Mentorship (December 3-7)

Application Deadline: August 29, 2014


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: the 8fest 2015

DEADLINE: September 30, 2014

the 8fest seeks your 8mm, Super-8, 9.5mm or other small gauge film projects (such as loops and installations) for our 2015 installment next January 30th to February 1st.

Films can be:

– Experimental, animated, personal, handmade

– Diary and essay films, documentaries

– Live performance and music mixed with film

– Films from everyday culture – historical footage, home movies

the 8fest exhibits all work on film. Works selected for the festival, therefore, must be finished on small-gauge film (8mm, Super-8, 9.5 mm., Ultra Pan 8). We do not exhibit projects on video or digital.

the 8fest uses professional small-gauge projection equipment including Elmo GS-1200 and ST-1200 models. Our technicians and programmers have many years experience specializing in small-gauge film formats and technology. The greatest care will be taken in handling, previewing, and projecting films.

Submission forms online at


March 19 to 29, 2015 Registration

Deadline: October 1, 2014
Regulations and Entry Form:

The call for submissions to the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) has officially begun! You may now submit your most recent productions to our 33rd edition, which will take place from March 19 to 29, 2015.

The FIFA accepts short, medium-length and feature documentaries, as well as works in media arts.

The festival regulations and entry form can be found on our website: 

Registration deadline: October 1, 2014

Register by September 5, 2014 and benefit from a discount on the registration fee.

No registration fees for short films of 10 minutes and less.

Presenting close to 250 films and videos annually, in several of Montreal’s major cultural institutions, to more than 32,000 viewers, the FIFA is the world’s largest competitive festival of films on art. Open to all artistic disciplines, the FIFA will ensure that your film is promoted throughout the world through its various public awareness activities, Market, Video Library, and marketing and communications strategies. Each year, the FIFA offers more than $20,000 in awards to the winners of the competition. Several films will eventually be presented as part of the international tour.

To find out more about the festival’s next edition, as well as the 5th International Market of Films on Art (MIFA), held from March 25 to 28, 2015, we invite you to subscribe to our Professional Space or to our newsletter via our website, and to follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


Images Festival

Our annual Call for Submissions for Live Images and Off Screen projects and for On Screen films and videos is now live. Please click on the link below for forms, guidelines and more info.

Images Festival



(gallery installations, live performances, new media)


(proposal to present ON SCREEN, OFF SCREEN, LIVE IMAGES program)


(film + video in the cinema)


(film + video in the cinema)



David Simmon’s Screen Actors Studio

845 Fisgard St, Victoria B.C.

Ph: 250-595-1339. / e:


Movie Monday

1 Sep 2014, Labour Day

Movie Monday’s Traditional Day of Rest

No film screenings this night


6:30 pm Monday 8 Sep 2014

The Lunchbox, 104 min, 2013

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. Delicious and charming visit to India


The Canadian First Weekend Club  

Great Canadian Film – It’s out there!

Coming to Theatres: It Was You Charlie, the Grand Seduction, Laurence and Holloman and more!