Music & Image 10×10 Music Video Program

Music & Image has extended the deadline for applications for the 10×10 Music Video Mentorship Program! Applications will be accepted until Monday August 22 at Noon.

This September, 10 Atlantic Canadian filmmakers and 10 Atlantic Canadian musicians/bands will be paired up to produce 10 music videos, over 5-days. Selected filmmakers and musicians will participate in a music video workshop, on Monday September 12th and have access to video director mentors, professional film equipment and post-production support during the 5-day program from Monday Sept. 12-Friday Sept. 16. Facilitating the program and guiding the teams will be 2011 Juno and 2011 MMVA award winning music video director, Kyle Davison.

An exciting new addition to the program this year is the RBC 10×10 Emerging Artists Award, to be presented to the team selected to have the best video as determined by the audience of fans and a panel of jurors at the final screening on Saturday September 17th. The winning team will be awarded $5000 to be split evenly between the filmmaker and band.

Click here to download an application form. Submissions for both filmmakers and musicians will be accepted via email directed to Please review carefully the rules and regulations before you submit your application.
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Picture Start 2011/12

The application kit (PDF) for Picture Start 2011/2012 is ready for downloading.

PICTURE START is a professional development program targeted at emerging producers, directors and writers. This comprehensive skills enhancement program employs a project-oriented methodology whereby participants learn by working with established filmmakers and film industry professionals. This hands-on approach will be complemented by a series of workshops prior to principle photography aimed at enhancing the participants’ filmmaking savvy. Local and national experts will conduct workshops, and senior filmmakers will mentor junior filmmakers throughout the development, production and post-production phases of the project.

Check out our Picture Start page for more information.

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Parrsboro Film Festival

Parrsboro Film Festival
Friday, October 14th – Sunday, October 16th
Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

In 2007, a group of dedicated film lovers began showing films twice a week in the former Presbyterian Church (now home to the Parrsboro Band Association on King Street in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia We called ourselves “Film for All at The Hall.”

Now, 3½ years later, we are pleased to announce the launching of Atlantic Canada’s newest film festival (
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Queer City Cinema Film & Video Festival


Location: Eastern Edge Gallery
72 Harbour Drive
St. John’s, NL

Coast to Coast 2011Tour hits St. John’s!

Friday June 17th at 8:00pm
Saturday June 18th at 11:00pm

How much? Only $6 per evening of screenings (payable at the door)
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Leadership Lab

On June 18th – 19th, the NLFDC, will present the Leadership Lab. Over the course of two days, the Leadership Lab will assist you to understand your communication and leadership style, help you understand your co-workers and learn new managerial skills. You’ll also pick up tips on how to mentor new people coming into the industry. Using case studies based on real events in our industry, you’ll have an opportunity to think through other ways of handling situations away from the stress of the set.

Date: June 18-19, 2011
Location: Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
Instructor: Mickey Rogers
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $100.00

To register, please contact Industry Analyst, Laura Churchill at or (709) 738-3456. Space is limited so register early.

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Entertainment Electric Workshop

On June 25th, the NLFDC, in partnership with IATSE Local 849 will present a basic entertainment electric workshop. This workshop is a basic course that would be of use to anyone interested in working in the electrics, grip, transport and locations department. The course will be instructed by Mike Harwood, National Rental Service Manager of William F. White International.

The workshop will address a number of topics, including: electrical safety; grounding and bonding; and planning, design, assembly and maintenance of an Entertainment Power Distribution system.

Date: June 25, 2011
Location: Atlantic Studios Co-operative, 62-64 Pippy Place, St. John’s
Instructor: Mike Harwood, William F. White International
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $150.00 (50% Reimbursement for IATSE members and students)

To register, please contact Maureen Perrin, at or (902) 425-2739.

Space is limited, so please register early.

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Nickel Screenplay Series

Facilitated by Lois Brown, 2011 will be the seventh year of the wildly successful Nickel Screenplay Series. Deadline for submission of short screenplays is May 20, 2011. Decisions will be made by June 3, 2011.

The Nickel Independent Film Festival
invites submissions of short screenplays for its 7th annual Screenplay Series Workshop.

The Rules:

· Scripts should be no more than a maximum of 15 pages (shorter is better) and must be submitted in a 12 pt font with page numbers.

· You must provide your contact information with your submission.

· Writers must be available all day for the Friday June 24 workshop and reading of their play.

· Co-writers are eligible for submission.

· Submissions can be dropped off at the Nickel Independent Film Festival office on 197-199 Water St. or email them to
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Reminder: Wonderbolt Gala on April 21st

A friendly reminder of Wonderbolt’s 30th Anniversary Gala on April 21st.

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Screening of “Gen Silent” Documentary

Today’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender seniors grew up under harsh oppression in the years before Stonewall. Many are estranged from their families and must rely on paid caregivers for assistance with mobility, healthcare, or basic life needs. But what if the only helpers available are intolerant, discriminatory, or abusive? Would you go back in the closet if it were necessary to survive?

Gen Silent illustrates these issues through the heartrending stories of our elders and the small but dedicated group of professionals working to provide them with compassionate, supportive, care.

Screening Date: Tuesday April 12, 2011
STARTS 8PM (90 minutes, discussion to follow)
$5 (or pay what you can)

*Funds raised from the screening will be donated to Planned Parenthood’s “Ageless Intimacy: Seniors & Sexual Health” workshops.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to drop Andrew an e-mail at

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Telefilm Canada’s New Corporate Plan

A message from the Chair of the Board and the Executive Director

Dear industry colleagues and friends:

We are pleased to launch Telefilm’s new corporate plan, entitled Fostering Cultural Success. This new plan, which focuses on stimulating demand for Canadian content, marks an important shift for the organization.

Over the next few years, Telefilm will put into practice a series of concrete initiatives based on the following four strategic pillars:

1. Maintain and expand our core role as funder;
2. Develop our role as promoter;
3. Provide thought leadership by developing and sharing industry intelligence; and
4. Reinforce Telefilm’s organizational excellence.
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26th Annual Gemini Awards – Call For Entries

Entry forms for the 26th Annual Gemini Awards along with Rules & Regulations are now online at

2011 Entry Deadlines
Programs aired between May 1/10 – Nov 30/10
Broadcaster submissions due April 19, 2011

Programs aired between Dec 1/10 – Apr 30/11
Broadcaster submissions due May 3, 2011

Programs aired between April 1/11 – April 30/11
TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011
News submissions only

The entry form can be found online at & can be submitted via email to

For more information contact Jennifer Vella ~ or 416-366-2227 ext. 247

PLEASE NOTE: Academy Members receive reduced entry fee rates when entering the Gemini Awards. Join online and become a member today at

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Media Arts Petition

Earlier this year, Bell Canada announced that it cancelled its sponsorship to the Canada Council for the Arts for the Bell Canada Award in Video Art. For over twenty years, with the sponsorship assistance of Bell and the expert stewardship of Council, this prestigious award has honoured twenty-four innovative media artists at the vanguard of the medium, and has been a key instrument in establishing Canada’s national and international reputation for ground-breaking work in this field. It was the only award of its kind in Canada and considering the modesty of the amount involved ($10,000) its impact has been truly significant. In a letter dated 17 January 2011, each of the twenty-four previous Bell Canada award recipients signed urging the Canada Council to rescue and continue this extremely important honour through an ongoing annual award in public recognition of outstanding practice in the Media Arts field.

It would be a major loss to forfeit the momentum of such a unique prize. We cannot overstate the importance of the Bell Award, not only for the recipients but for its impact on the entirety of artist-driven media art practices in Canada. For more than twenty years, lacking any equivalent, it has been a visionary acknowledgment in a remarkable sector. We the undersigned appeal to the Canada Council for the Arts to continue its important work in sustaining a media arts award until another sponsor can be secured.


Signatories list:

Claudie Lévesque
4067 boul. Saint-Laurent, #200-A
Montréal, QC |
H2W 1Y7
t: 514.522.8240 |
Skype: imaa_aami_info

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Foundation of After Effects Workshop

On April 30th – May 1st the NLFDC, in partnership with Best Boy Entertainment, will be holding a two-day intensive workshop for After Effects. Foundation of After Effects will be facilitated by Splice. This two day workshop will focus on Layers, Masks & Animation as well as Advanced Animation.

Date: April 30th – May 1st, 2011
Location: Best Boy Entertainment, 236 Park Avenue, Mount Pearl
Instructor: Woody Lidstone, Splice
Cost: $50.00
Schedule: Day 1: Layers Masks & Animation
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Day 2: Advanced Animation
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Layers, Masks & Animation: Learn how to import different kinds of footage, including layered Photoshop and Illustrator files; how to mask off portions of footage, add keyframes to create animations; add format, stylize and animate text.

Advanced Animation: Learn how expressions and parenting can simplify your animating; how to create organic, optical-film style treatments and looks that don’t seem like regular video superimposes; how to create a rack-focus effect. Also learn the best ways to render footage for importing into Final Cut Pro or Media Composer.
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Wonderbolt Gala on April 21st, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Wonderbolt is celebrating it’s Thirtieth Anniversary with a fundraising gala at The Majestic Theatre, Thursday April 21st.

Join in for a “Night of Wonder” with great music, comedy, circus acts and incredible auction items. Have an amazing night out and help Wonderbolt continue its acclaimed outreach programs to the youth of our province and our creation of a world class circus based right here in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Voice Over Audtions

Non-union Voice Over Audtions
Date: Friday, March 18, 2011
Record Date: March 21 or 22 (to be confirmed)

Rate of Pay: $1500.00, 2 year buyout

Required Talent: Non-Union males, 40ish to 70ish. Mature voice, “East Coast” accent. We are looking for a NARRATOR. Nothing sales pitchy or retail. Good story telling quality to the voice. References include Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman — with an East Coast accent.

We are specifically looking for performers with VOICE OVER EXPERIENCE. Please make sure you have a resume or a demo reel or you will not be considered. If you have a voice demo to send please email it to You will STILL NEED TO APPLY ONLINE if you send a voice demo via email.

If you have already sent in your demo, but you don’t see it on your profile — RELAX. It’s there. You just don’t have access to your profiles ‘archive’.

PLEASE NOTE: You are permitted to record your own audition and email it to me. However, your recording has to be of good quality, and in the event you are cast you will need to attend the recording session in Halifax or in St. John’s.

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Speaking Out Against Bill C-32

The IMAA (Independent Media Arts Alliance) Speaks Out Against Bill C-32

Montreal, February 3rd, 2011 – In support of fair remuneration for media artists, the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) has signed on to the Canadian Conference of the Arts statement on Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act. The IMAA joins a total of 88 national and provincial arts service organizations representing writers, performers, actors, illustrators, musicians, composers, publishers, poets, playwrights, producers and songwriters from all arts and culture disciplines. The IMAA represents 80 media arts organizations across Canada working in film, video and new media.

In its current state, parts of Bill C-32 stand to benefit larger companies and multinationals while other parts of the Bill could have a detrimental impact on independent media artists.

Bill C-32 includes a list of many new exceptions that are intended to allow educators, students, businesses and libraries to make greater use of copyright material in digital form, amongst other changes that permit greater use of copyrighted material in general.
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DELT Seeks Future Filmmakers

DELT seeks future producers, directors, media-mogul-types, to pitch@Memorial

The people of Newfoundland and Labrador have the guts and gumption to pull off just about anything and Memorial University’s Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT) unit believes the province’s students are no different – especially when it comes to the arts.

The unit is daring Memorial University students to submit their ideas for a 3-5 minute movie illustrating the role technology plays in their current educational experience, and how they see technology fitting into education in the future. The pITch@Memorial video contest is a great career opportunity for students who are itching to break into filmmaking, video production and multimedia.

“There is a history of contributing to the media and film sector in this unit, so it’s natural that we’d like to continue in that vein,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, director of DELT. “We’re seeking ideas for short videos that aren’t very conventional, but cutting edge, extremely imaginative and creative, and that push the boundaries of technology in education.”

The top five written entries will continue on to participate in a Dragon’s Den-style live pitch session, during which students will tell a panel of well-known judges who work in film production, criticism and multimedia why their idea should be produced. The session will be broadcast throughout campus and will be available online for a public vote. The top student will receive a paid summer internship in the DELT Studio where they will work with a mentor to shoot and produce their video. That student will also receive a brand new iPad at the end of the summer.

DELT director/producer John Bonnell will be the student mentor and looks forward to both offering advice to and learning from the successful applicant.
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Calls for Entries & Symposium on Copyright

Calls for Entries for the 5th Annual Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (April 2-9 2011) which are open to all of Atlantic Canada. We would love to receive many more submissions from outside of our area for both of these screenings.

The Copy Copy Copy event will be held in Halifax on February 12-13, 2011 and is completely free. A two-day symposium on copyright, fair use, and intellectual property.

Greg Morris-Poultney
Executive Director
The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative
(902) 420-4494
PO Box 2043, Station M
Halifax, NS, B3J 2Z1

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Nickel Film Festival Deadlines

The final two deadlines for the Nickel’s 11th edition in June 2011 is coming up very soon so get your films to us as early as possible!

February 7 is the Final Deadline with a submission fee of $25.
February 14 is the ultimate extended deadline with a submission fee of $30.

If you submit by withoutabox, your film must be registered that day and mailed right afterwards in order to meet the programming deadlines. If you are posting, we will accept a postmark of Feb 7 or 14 but REMEMBER that the mail can be deadly slow and if it isn’t in the committee’s hands when they meet in March, this can cause you film to get very limited consideration. So Express Post if you can.

If you are comparing us to other festivals, remember that the Nickel pays a SCREENING FEE each time it shows your film (those who’ve been in our festival, subsequent tours, or special screenings can attest) that is at the CARFAC exhibition rates. We also pay for return postage of your exhibition tape and help you come to the festival, to the best of our abilities. We’re low budget but we make it go a long way.

For those who wish to use withoutabox, this link will take you directly to our form.
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Non-ACTRA Casting Call

Best Boy Entertainment is now casting for men and women over the age of 18 for dramatic re-enactments for the television series PET ER, scheduled to be filmed February – April 2011.

Pet ER is a new, groundbreaking docudrama series that tells gripping stories of pet medical emergencies.

Based on true accounts, Pet ER employs dramatic re-enactments to tell the heart-wrenching stories of pet medical emergencies — from the frantic race to emergency room, the diagnosis, the operation, the post-op, and, when all goes well, the recovery.

But sometimes, despite the heroic efforts of our pet medical team, we recount the tragic loss of a beloved family member.

Throughout the ordeal, Pet ER embraces the deep bond between pets and the families that love them — a bond of truly human dimensions.

This is a non-ACTRA shoot. Experience is an asset, but not required.

Please submit resumes and head shots to casting[at]

Appropriate candidates will be contacted for auditions.

Best Boy Entertainment

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