MEDIANET NEWS July 31, 2014

Coming Up: the all new ACTIVATE! workshop Sept 25 to Nov 29; MediaNet at Integrate Arts Festival, Aug 15-16; MediaNet presents Backbone: Vancouver Experimental Cinema, September 5; One of MediaNet’s Rebel T3i DSLR cameras now has Magic Lantern!; MediaNet giving away G5 MacPro tower;  The Cartography of Iconic Memory by Morgan Tams; Screenwriting workshop with Brian Paisley and Keith Digby, Aug 22-24


1. Coming this Fall – the all new ACTIVATE!

Sept 25 to Nov 29

A 2 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


2. MediaNet at the Integrate Arts Festival August 15 and 16

Integrate is a yearly arts festival where people visit selected galleries throughout the city for special events and programming. Details:

Video screening at the Ministry of Casual Living, 819 Fort St.

The Ministry of Casual Living gallery is in MediaNet’s former office space, and the screening will include works from throughout MediaNet’s history, as a kind of “homecoming.”

Lux et Voluptas

at Lux et Voluptas participants of MediaNet and Limbic Media’s RGB LED lighting control workshop will be showing their projects. Lux et Voluptas is an evening of interactive lighting installations with a musical performance by Circles of Frozen Light and Yaard.

August 15 at Limbic Media, #2 – 740 Discovery St.

This is a 19+ event.


3. MediaNet presents Backbone: Vancouver Experimental Cinema

September 5 at Open Space, 510 Fort St.

Admission by donation

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:


4. Members’ News

One of MediaNet’s Rebel T3i DSLR cameras now has Magic Lantern! 


MediaNet is giving away a G5 MacPro tower – suitable for a server.

First member to respond gets it!


MediaNet member Morgan Tams recently completed a residency in Iceland, and produced a work called The Cartography of Iconic Memory.

The Project:

Interested in using technology to bring new life to over-looked spaces, Morgan Rhys Tams created four short, site-specific animation pieces in rural Iceland over the winter of 2014.

Accessible by using a smart phone to scan permanently installed QR codes placed around the small fishing village of Skagaströnd, project participants interested in viewing the work followed a map from one hidden location to another: along gravel streets, through overgrown fields and across rugged coastline in order to engage with the production, resulting in a collaboration between the artist, the viewer, the landscape, and networked data.

Below is a link to the website, which attempts to recreate the experience for those of us who are unwilling/unable to make the trek to Iceland.





Vancouver Island’s premier screenwriting workshop duo to hold an August

‘Weekend Screenwriting Blitz’ workshop in Victoria!

August 22-24, 2014

At CINEVIC New HQ @ 1119 Fort Street

Cost: $2 75 per person*

*there is a strict limit of nine students, so please register early to avoid


For more information about this unique opportunity and details about how to register go to:

In five sessions of what has been described as ‘high-octane teaching’, Brian Paisley (LIES LIKE


JACK) will take a maximum of nine  participants through hands-on sessions in screenwriting

structure, character development, creating visual action scenes, and building sequences that will

grip your audience.



Yukon Film Society is looking for a new Technical/Communications coordinator

For more information contact Zoë Toupin, General Manager



SAW Video Media Art Centre (Ottawa) seeks a full-time Technical Coordinator (Production) for our busy not-for-profit media arts centre. He/she will work with the Technical Coordinator (Post-production) to provide production and post-production support to SAW Video members. This is a permanent full-time position (37.5 hours per week).

For full job description and application details, click here.



Call for submissions, Square Pegs Video screening

by Modern Fuel, a not-for-profit artist-run centre.

in Market Square in downtown Kingston, Ontario
deadline for submissions is Friday, August 1, 2014. The screening takes place on August 13, 2014.

Send digital submissions to Jonathan Barton,

Send physical submissions to

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre

21 Queen Street
Kingston, ON  K7K 1A1

Video Submission Guidelines:

Please submit your short videos (max. 15 minutes in length), as well as an artist’s statement and a CV. We will accept physical submissions on CD, DVD, and flash drive and digital submissions via YouTube, Vimeo, or other digital methods with a download link.

CARFAC fees will be paid for screenings:

Square Pegs is a free-to-attend public screening of local, contemporary video art from across Canada that aims to showcase and celebrate nation-wide work, while delivering a preview of the Canadian creative identity. To find out more information about Modern Fuel, please visit their website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or phone (613) 548-4883.


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

6:30 pm Monday 4 Aug 2014

Jack Hodgins’ Island, 57 min, 1981

BC Day

This very BC film, made by NFB 33 years ago, is a fond trip back in the past to writer Jack Hodgins’ Vancouver Island, the community that inspired his breakout short story collection, Spit Delaney’s Island, and many others in his long and illustrious career. This almost forgotten gem of a film features beautiful background of his family of origin, other hard working Island folks, the industry and logging sports days around his north island Merville home, his life and times – a portrait of the artist as a young man, now 76 and a Victoria resident. G


6:30 pm Monday 11 Aug 2014

Of Two Minds, 93 min, 2012

The great thing about “Of Two Minds,” a documentary on bipolar disorder, is that it doesn’t dwell on the clinical or pharmaceutical. We hear from the experts, and we learn about medications and health insurance nightmares. But this is a film about people, brave souls willing to reveal personal stories of the torment raging inside their brains. Writer-directors Doug Blush and Lisa Klein (whose late sister suffered from bipolar disorder), took great pains and untold hours documenting a wide range of folks who share their histories and emotions through interviews, videos, artwork and journals.” – Clint O’Connor, The Plain Dealer – Cleveland


The Canadian First Weekend Club  

Great Canadian Film – It’s out there!

Coming to Theatres: Gerontophilia, the Grand Seduction, Laurence and Holloman and more!