Coming Up: OPEN CINEMA and Bridges for Women Fundraising event, May 14; MediaNet’s Cinema Salon Presents Latin American film night, May 22; MediaNet’s Youth Video Summer Camps – Registration open; Members: Morgan Tam’s Killer’s Crossing at Cinevic’s Short Circuit Festival, May 3;  Cinevic’s Short Circuit Film Festival, May 2 and 3.


1. OPEN CINEMA and Bridges for Women Fundraising event, May 14

at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.

Doors: 5:30

Screening 7pm

Suggested donation: $20

On Wednesday May 14, OPEN CINEMA and Bridges for Women ( will be screening the documentary Miss Representation (

Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsome, the film examines the ways in which the media’s representation of girls and women contributes to the lack of women in positions of power in North American society.

The event is a fundraiser for OPEN CINEMA and Bridges for Women, and will feature a silent auction of goods and services from local businesses.

If you have an item that you would like to donate, please contact Catlin at

The event features a discussion by Denise Helm; Manager of Media Relations and Public Affairs at the University of Victoria and former editor of the Times Colonist magazine; Sandy Mayzell, Dancing with the Octopus: Women and Politics; Janet Rogers, media artist, radio host and Victoria’s Poet Laureate; and Jenny Holder, Program Director, Bridges for Women.


2. MediaNet’s Cinema Salon Presents Latin American Film Night

6:30 Thursday May 22 at the Main Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library


Are you Interested in discussions about classical and contemporary cinema? MediaNet and the Greater Victoria Public Library are collaborating on the Cinema Salon, a monthly screening series with guest lecturers and public discussion.

On May 22, Cinema Salon will screen The Crime of Padre Amaro, followed by a discussion with Isabel Leal, Director of the Hispanic Film Society of Victoria

“ Politics and sexual tensions threaten to corrupt a young priest in a small Mexican town.”

Starring a very young Gael Garcia Bernal.

Watch the trailer:

To register for this event, please go to the Library’s Programs and Events Calendar

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3. MediaNet’s Youth Video Summer Camps

MediaNet will be running two youth filmmaking camps this summer. Registration is through Saanich Parks and Rec:  Enter online code 600868.  Space is limited so book early!

The workshops run from July 7-10 and July 14-18. The classes are from 10am to 4pm

1. Introduction to Video Expression

No experience necessary

A one week introductory video creation program for youth 11 to 14.

July 7 to 10

This week long introductory is a hands on video-making program. Youth will learn to express themselves using documentary, narrative and stop motion techniques and by creating their own video they will come to understand how media works to influence our lives and actions.

2. Creative Media Expression 

No experience necessary

A two week program for youth 15 to 18.

July 14 to 18 and 21 to 25

The goals of this two week program are to give youth the ability to effectively tell their stories using a variety of video techniques and to enhance their critical understanding and appreciation of how media influences our lives and beliefs. Visiting artists will demonstrate and work with the youth to provide a variety of viewpoints, styles and techniques in documentary and personal storytelling.



Morgan Tam’s Killer’s Crossing at Cinevic’s Short Circuit Film Festival!

The Cinevic Short Circuit Film Festival takes place Friday May 2 and Saturday May 3, at the Cinevic office, 1119 Fort St. Tickets are $10 per night, or $15 for both nights, and may be purchased at the Cinevic office, Lyle’s Place or at the door.

Morgan Tam’s short “Rock Opera” Killer’ Crossing will be screened on Saturday night, as part of a program of short works from the Pacific Northwest starting at 7:30pm.

About Killer’s Crossing

A rock n’ roll western set deep among the trees of coastal British Columbia, Killer’s Crossing is a unique perspective on the imagined mythos of the Pacific Northwest, weaving together elements of rock opera and history with a tale of one man’s absolution. Featuring original lyrics and music by Canadian indie-rocker Brooke Gallupe (Immaculate Machine, Rugged Uncle).





Cinevic’s Short Circuit Film Festival

A Celebration of Short Film from the Pacific Northwest

Victoria, BC — Two evenings of Pacific Northwest Short Film presented by CineVic at the Vic Theatre (808 Douglas St) on May 2nd and 3rd, 2014.

Tickets are now available at CineVic (1119 Fort St) and Lyle’s Place (770 Yates). Tickets are $10 per night or $15 for both. CineVic members may purchase tickets for the weekend for $10. (Package deal only available at CineVic and the door.)

19+ No Minors (sorry!)



The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) has a fabulous website containing calls for video and film submissions, classes and residencies:




Deadline June 30, 2014

Are You An Aboriginal Artist Interested in

Professional Development in Traditional Forms of Expression?

Do You Require Tuition and Living Allowance Scholarship to Attend?


Scholarships for up to Ten New Applicants Available

September 2014 ~ April 2015

For more information please contact:

Tracey Kim Bonneau

Public Relations, Recruitment

En’owkin Centre

(250) 493-7181 Ext. 2228


Call for Submissions, Asinabka Festival 2014, Ottawa

Deadline May 12

The Festival is currently seeking works from independent filmmakers, any film or video that tells First Nations, Métis, or Inuit stories, or focuses on international Indigenous issues, is eligible. Submissions can be in any genre (documentary, drama, animation, experimental etc.) or any length, and must be finished works. Preference will be given to new works produced within the last two years.



Telefilm Canada

Micro-Budget Production Program: Funding of micro-budget feature films from emerging filmmakers – Main component and Aboriginal Component

This program targets emerging Canadian talent, supporting them in the production and promotion of their first feature-length film, with an emphasis on the use of digital platforms for marketing, distribution and audience engagement.

For more information:



David Simmon’s Screen Actors Studio

845 Fisgard St, Victoria B.C.

Ph: 250-595-1339. / e:


Movie Monday

6:30 pm Monday 5 May 2014

The Anonymous People, 88 min, 2013

Mental Health Week

The Anonymous People is a feature documentary film about people living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. An American film, local context. Pg 13

A collaboration with Umbrella Society

Presented by Gordon Harper, Umbrella Society for addictions and mental health. trailer ~ more


6:30 pm Monday 12 May 2014

Philomena, 98 min, 2013

Judy Dench is priceless in this role as a woman who lost her child to an Irish convent that dealt with unwed mothers back in the early 50s. She never stopped searching and with the help of a world-weary political journalist (Steve Coogan, who produced and wrote the screenplay as well) learned her child’s fate late in life. A lovely, surprising story. Pg13

The real Philomena.

cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Barbara Jefford


The Canadian First Weekend Club  

Great Canadian Film – It’s out there!

April 29 was officially named Canadian National Film Day.

Continue to celebrate Canadian Films in March by taking advantage of the NFB’s free online viewing service – watch some 2,000 Canadian shorts, documentaries and features on — for free!

And keep your eyes open for great Canadian films in your local theatre!

Coming to Theatres: Enemy, Algonquin, Cruel and Unusual and more!


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