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    It’s entirely possible to create a compelling, professional looking film on a shoestring. Leo Award winning production designer Joyce Kline wants to show you how! A well thought out plan for set, costumes and props can not only enhance the look of your film, it can simultaneously convey tone and mood, and further plot and character development. On low-budget films the production designer wears many hats. This workshop will take you from initial script breakdown to post production, touching on all aspects of visual storytelling: creating an overall concept that allows for story and character arcs, overcoming location limitations, and integrating set, wardrobe, and props to create a cohesive “visual ecology.” Areas covered will range from larger design principles like shape, texture, perspective and colour palettes, to practical tips on local rental sources, getting set and prop donations, researching, planning and bookkeeping, collaborating with a fluid (and usually overstretched!) team, set dec, clearance and continuity, and what to include in an on set tool kit or look for in an amateur PD. Film is visual — especially short films where there isn’t time for exposition. This wide-ranging workshop will expand your tool kit beyond cinematography and lighting to open your eyes to how set, costume and props can tell your story. SATURDAY OCTOBER 2nd 2021 10am – 4pm Pacific Time REGISTER NOW >> This workshop is presented as part of The Incubators program. Click here for more info on the other workshops in this series >> Joyce Kline is a 2017 Leo award winning production designer with a passion for visual storytelling. Formally trained as a visual artist, she draws on wide-ranging experience as a writer, playwright, dancer, theatre designer, home stager and storyboard artist. Joyce has exhibited across Canada and in Finland, had theatre pieces produced and workshopped in Victoria, Vancouver, and Toronto, and received Ontario, Toronto and Canada Council visual arts and arts writing grants. For many years she taught visual narrative at Victoria College of Art. She currently hosts Push In – The CineVic Podcast, and is winding up post production on her first short film Cancelled Stamp, which she wrote, directed and co-produced.
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    Join award-winning Vancouver creator Andy Hodgson for an introduction to Producer-related duties in both indie and industry environments. Topics to be covered include management of script and writing, production planning and coordination, casting, directing, finances, marketing, and distribution. SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25th 2021 12pm – 4pm Pacific Time REGISTER NOW >> This workshop is presented as part of The Incubators program. Click here for more info on the other workshops in this series >> Born in Ecuador and raised in the Middle East, Andy Hodgson moved to Vancouver, BC in 2001 to pursue film; he graduated from Capilano University Cinematography program in 2004. He began his career working on several big-budget films and commercials as a member of IATSE Local 891. Andy quickly realized his passion for indie filmmaking, and began producing and shooting his own independent films, commercials and music videos. His talent and unique visual eye has garnered him nominations and awards at international film festivals including the Whistler Film Festival and the Milan International Filmmaker Festival. Andy was the Director of Photography and Producer of his first feature film Woodland which is now released across all major VOD platforms. Since then, he has taken on the role of Director of Photography and Producer for Brother, I Cry a Telefilm Talent to Watch funded feature that is set to be released in 2021, and his own feature film El Suspiro De Silencio which was shot in El Salvador in 2019 and is set to be released early 2022. Alongside producing, Andy works locally in Vancouver as a Director of Photography for thrillers and romcoms for Lifetime, Hallmark and OWN Network and was chosen to be Cinematographer on the original Netflix series Project MC2.
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    There is a thirst for quality content and diverse voices right now. It all starts with the script. Meeshelle Neal’s easy-to-understand Screenwriting Workshop is the best place for anyone contemplating writing a movie or wanting to learn how to pitch & polish their work. This information-packed workshop will give you the tools and information you need to write a feature-length screenplay or short film to budget. The workshop is part lecture, part discussion, part writing exercises. You will learn how to develop your voice and create complex, unique and interesting scripts — all while sticking to the almighty structure and formatting to ensure you are seen as a professional within the industry. Packaging your materials appropriately means people will be more likely to read your work and take you seriously. This workshop is for new and emerging screenwriters, or seasoned writers from other disciplines, or professionals working in other departments of filmmaking (directors, actors, and crew) who want to learn how to write for the screen. The details depend on what you bring. If you have a script, Meeshelle will help you hone and sharpen it. If you just have an idea but need to get it on paper, she will plant the seed and help you find the story you are meant to tell, sending you off with the tools to write. A great entry point for writers, directors, producers, actors, filmmakers, film crew, writers from other mediums, and anyone with an interest in how screenplays are written and how they are marketed and sold. Or for writers who want to push through to the next level of their career. You will leave the workshop with the techniques needed to write a feature-length or short screenplay, inspiration for your project, a notebook full of ideas, story notes and new connections. SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18th 2021 10am – 5pm Pacific Time This workshop is presented as part of The Incubators program. Click here for more info on the other workshops in this series >> If you are interested in The Incubators, but aren’t sure about signing up for the full program just yet, this workshop is the perfect way to dip your toe in the water! If you purchase a single ticket for this workshop and later decide to attend the full program, we will deduct the amount you’ve already paid from the Full Package Deal registration fee. REGISTER NOW >> Meeshelle ‘Meesh’ Neal is a queer she/her award-winning Canadian filmmaker. She is the first in the history of the Whistler Producers Lab to have two feature film projects selected. Meesh wrote and is slated to direct both. She won Best Female Filmmaker for her work on Sweet Release in the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival where the short also took home Best LGBTQ Film. She was recently awarded Best Director for Where Everyone Lives in the Berlin Indie Film Festival. Meeshelle is in development on a feature film version of Sweet Release. This grounded sci-fi is being brought to life with the help of the WIDC CBC Films Talent Development Award and the Whistler Producers Lab. In addition to working in film, Meeshelle is an author and has published a trilogy called Betwixt. She was a recipient of the Amy Ferris Fellowship for Betwixt: The Call of the Void. She is currently in development on an adaptation of the books into a feature film with the help of the Whistler Producers Lab. She wrote, produced and acted in Mental, which she adapted to the screen from a one-woman stage play. The film screened at CineVic’s Short Circuit in 2018, received BravoFACT funding as well as multiple awards, and co-earned her a WIFTV Spotlight Image Award. She is mentored by well-respected director / producer Gary Harvey and is grateful to have apprenticed with him on: Hudson & Rex (Citytv), Welcome To Christmas(Hallmark) & Tiny Pretty Things (Netflix). She enjoys telling heightened reality stories that remain grounded in the nuanced complexity of human emotions.
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    Enjoy a handful of brand new short films made from start to finish in just 48 hours by energetic guerrilla filmmakers from Vancouver Island! Register for a FREE ticket on Eventbrite, and you will receive a YouTube link to watch the films when they become available. After the screening premiere time, films will be available to watch for 48 hours. Screening premiere: Friday June 18th 2021 @ 8:00pm Films will be available to watch until: Sunday June 20th 2021 @ 8:00pm Get your FREE Tickets >> Click here to see more info about the challenge that the filmmakers signed up for. Then get your tickets and see their hard work coming to a screen near you! The top two films selected by our jury will go on to compete for a chance to screen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto in 2022. ~ ~ ~ presented by: CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers & The 48 Film Festival CineVic acknowledges and respects the long history of the Lək̓ʷəŋən-speaking people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations, on whose traditional and unceded territory we carry out our activities. CineVic gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance and support of Canada Council for the Arts, Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, and the CRD Arts Development Service.
  5. CineVic presents: Media Artists Grant Webinar with BC Arts Council Tuesday June 8th 2021 @ 2:00pm PDT Are you applying to the upcoming deadline for the BC Arts Council’s Individual Arts Awards for Media Artists? Join us for a FREE webinar by Walter Quan and Sarah Todd, Program Officers at the BC Arts Council. They will delve into grant writing tips for your film and media arts projects, and discuss how to approach preparing applications for the online grant management system. This info session is a great way to learn what funders look for in applications, how to make yours stand out, and how to navigate (not fear) the application form! Register on Zoom >> CineVic acknowledges and respects the long history of the Lək̓ʷəŋən-speaking people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations, on whose traditional and unceded territory we carry out our activities. CineVic gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance and support of Canada Council for the Arts, Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, and the CRD Arts Development Service.
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    The 48 Film Festival (aka. The 48) is a brand new Canada-wide short filmmaking challenge and festival spearheaded by Ben Williams and Guy Maddin. For one weekend, participants will write, shoot, direct, score, edit and finish a short film in 48 hours. For filmmakers on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, CineVic is resurrecting the Film Slam name from our time-crunch filmmaking challenges in the early 2000s. Filmmakers who register and complete their film by the deadline will be screened locally in each participating province and territory, then the top 2 films selected from each province and territory will appear together on the big screen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto in March 2022. • Limited spots available! • Individuals or teams may register to make a film. • Finished film can be up to 4 minutes maximum running time including credits. • Filmmakers who submit a finished film by the deadline will be included in the online screening and will receive an artist screening fee. • Equipment and insurance are not provided but our rentals are first-come first-served. Be sure to book your gear after registering! • At the start time, filmmakers will receive an email containing a theme and the “key” which includes items, elements, and techniques that must appear in your film (this ensures everyone starts at the same time). • Please note: CineVic’s edition of this event is intended for participants from Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands. For information on how to participate in other editions in your region, visit www.the48filmfest.ca Key is revealed + filming begins: Friday June 11th 2021 @ 6:00pm Film submission deadline: Sunday June 13th 2021 @ 6:00pm Online Screening: Friday June 18th 2021 (details TBA) Registration: $25 CineVic Members $50 Non-Members Register at www.cinevic.ca
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    The Top 5 scripts and screenwriters have been chosen — now YOU can watch them pitch their projects at Short Circuit! Wednesday May 19th @ 7:00pm PDT Now in its fifth year, CINE⚡SPARK annually awards a production package of cash, equipment, and services to an outstanding short screenplay by a filmmaker from the Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands region. The best pitch will walk away with more than $17,500 worth of resources to make their short film courtesy of CineVic, William F White International, and Modo. Then they'll have a year to complete the film and premiere it at next year’s Short Circuit Film Festival! Tune in to the livestream on YouTube ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ Or watch right here! ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️
  8. The only Pacific Rim film festival in the world returns for our 9th annual showcase of short films from near and far!An entire month of online screenings and events•50 short films in 10 on-demand programs available to stream worldwide•Dozens of filmmakers representing over 25 regions around the Pacific Rim•CINE⚡SPARK pitch eventSee www.shortcircuitfilmfestival.com for film programs and synopses, tickets, filmmaker Q&A schedule, and more! presented by Victoria BC Canada
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    On March 24-25 2021, Vancouver Short Film Festival is partnering with the CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers for our first event in the VSFF On The Road series: Racism and Cultural Appropriation in the Arts: Screening, Workshop, and Panel with Simone Blais ~ ~ ~ Wednesday March 24th / 6:30pm via ZOOM Short Documentary Screening and Discussion with Simone Blais In this workshop, watch the 30 minute film Dance Like Everybody's Watching, which explores the lives of Black dancers in Victoria, BC (Songhees, Esquimalt, W̱SÁNEĆ territories). After this private viewing, participate in a facilitated discussion with the director and other participants. This is the perfect opportunity for people looking to work though themes of cultural appropriation and inclusion in the dance community and is ideal for artists and non-artists of any background. If you are interested in community-building and anti-racism, this workshop is for you! REGISTER VIA GOOGLE FORMS HERE >> ~ ~ ~ Thursday March 25th / 6:30pm via Facebook Live Filmmaker Panel featuring Peruzzo, Andy Hodgson, Adhel Arop Moderated by Simone Blais, this panel will further the conversation begun in the screening and workshop, and explore the intersection of these themes with the work and career of local filmmakers. ACCESS ON MARCH 25TH VIA FACEBOOK LIVE >> ~ ~ ~ Simone Blais is a dancer, doula, director and aspiring midwife. She is a recent UVic Gender Studies graduate whose work focuses on decolonizing the dance community and reproductive justice for marginalized communities. In the past 5 years, she has worked with the Nesting Doula Collective, and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, delivering workshops about reproductive justice. She is also the director and producer of the documentary Dance Like Everybody's Watching, which highlights the experiences of Black dancers in 'Victoria'. Find about more at simone-blais.com About Dance Like Everybody’s Watching: Dance Like Everybody's Watching follows three Black dancers in Victoria, BC as they expose their worlds of flamenco, hip hop, and dancehall. While the dancers grapple with racism, tokenism, and stereotypes, we are reminded that dance is always political. This short film deals with themes of cultural appropriation in dance and is uniquely a BC production. 100% of the production, cast and crew are based in Victoria, BC. Dance Like Everybody’s Watching is funded by Storyhive and Creative BC. About VSFF On The Road: The Vancouver Short Film Festival is excited to announce VSFF ON THE ROAD: an online event series connecting filmmakers across the province while staying apart. Sponsored by Creative BC. VSFF is proud to partner with film organizations province-wide and connect with communities outside of Vancouver as we create unique educational and professional development opportunities for filmmaking in British Columbia.
  10. Have you been chomping at the bit to get cameras rolling on your next film project, but feel bogged down by isolation and public health guidelines?CineVic presents How to (Safely) Shoot Your Indie Film During a Pandemic -- an informative panel of local Victoria talent who have tackled the challenge of film production during Covid-19 restrictions over the past several months. Five experienced filmmakers will divulge the trials and tribulations of managing a distanced cast and crew without sacrificing the quality of your cinematic storytelling. They'll also give some hot tips on how to follow protocols and resources published by WorksafeBC, ActSafe, DOC, CreativeBC, and others (hint: it's more than masks, sanitizer, and six feet of space!)Wednesday January 20th 2021 @ 7:00pm on Zoom FREE for CineVic Members Email us to get the Zoom link >> $25 for Non-Members Register on Eventbrite >>Meet our panelists: Tamara Tulloch is currently serving as a Covid Compliance Officer/Health and Safety Supervisor for Air Bud Entertainment and Lighthouse Pictures inc. With 10 years as a set medic/craft service and the last 4 years as a paramedic and dispatcher for BC Ambulance – being able to tap into “insider knowledge” in the early days was vital to understanding the path and transmission of this virus in our midst. With an extensive education background in OH&S, in May 2020 she was asked to be at the forefront of covid protocol creation and implementation for the film/television/performance art industry and by late June was boots on the ground building Compliance and Enforcement teams all over the province. She is currently completing her 17th show in the Covid Era as lead for Covid Health and Safety with 3 more productions trained, crewed and beginning in the next month. Libby Kaul has been involved in the indie film scene on Vancouver Island since 2016. She has a background in corporate administration and education but was drawn to the intense team environment of a working film crew while chaperoning her son to film sets in Vancouver and Los Angeles. She produced her first UBCP Ultra Low Budget short MIA in 2017 which won an Award of Distinction at the Canada Short Film Festival. She also produced Bump in the Night which debuted at the Telluride Horror Show in 2019. Libby was Location Manager for the short film version of All-In Madonna and worked as Second Assistant Director on the feature film Open for Submissions. During the pandemic, Libby has been advising on Covid Safety Plans and monitoring on-set regulations on local indie film productions. Lukas Hanulak is a writer and director for film & television based in Victoria, BC. He was born in former Czechoslovakia, where his longtime passion for visual and emotional storytelling began, and where he has directed a dozen crime/drama series for major film and TV producers. As a writer, he co-created the award-winning film The Good Death, a story about voluntary assisted dying, that aired on many worldwide TV markets. He is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, and his first Canadian production – the short film Empty Spaces – was made in December 2020, right in the middle of the pandemic. Joyce Kline is a 2017 Leo Award winning Production Designer with a passion for visual storytelling. Formally trained as a visual artist, she draws on wide-ranging experience as a writer, playwright, dancer, home stager, theatre designer and storyboard artist. Joyce has exhibited across Canada and in Finland, had theatre pieces produced and workshopped in Victoria, Vancouver, and Toronto, received Ontario, Toronto and Canada Council visual arts grants, danced in Canada, England and France and taught drawing and visual narrative at Victoria College of Art. Her short film Cancelled Stamp, which she wrote, directed and co-produced in the midst of the pandemic, is currently in post production. Justus Lowry was born to independent filmmakers and grew up exposed to cinema and making videos. After a Computer Animation program at The Centre For Digital Imaging and Sound (now the Art Institute of Burnaby), he spent half a decade doing freelance graphic design and photography before starting his own freelance media company in 2007, producing websites, advertisements, music videos, corporate videos, and TV commercials. Since then, he’s produced a variety of short culinary documentaries and two short documentaries about cacao. In early 2020 the international production of his first feature film about the chocolate industry was interrupted due to the pandemic, but he pushed through and the project is currently in post-production. More info at cinevic.ca >>
  11. CineVic presents: A COLD READING EVENT Live on Zoom Wednesday November 18th 2020 @ 7pm Script & Actor Submission Deadline: Saturday October 31st 2020 @ Midnight Have you been hunkered down writing screenplays to get you through pandemic isolation? Are you ready to put your screen direction and dialogue to the test, and have it read by actors in front of a live audience? Then don’t miss the return of our Cold Reading series! An opportunity for writers to hear how your script flows and your characters sound, for actors to gain experience with on-the-spot no-rehearsal reading, and for viewers to join the fun by witnessing brand new work from local artists. SCREENWRITERS Submit your screenplay or a portion, MAXIMUM 5 contiguous pages. This could be a complete short film, or a 5-page section from a longer piece. Submissions are FREE and open to writers from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Selected writers will receive free admission to the event, and a portion of proceeds from audience donations. SCREENPLAY SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Saturday October 31st 2020 @ Midnight EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO office@cinevic.ca >> The Fine Print: • Writer’s name must be removed to allow for blind judging. • Maximum 5 contiguous pages, PDF documents only. • Submissions must also include short film synopsis and character breakdowns. • Up to 6 scripts will be chosen for live reading at the event. ACTORS Submit your headshot and acting resume for consideration to be one of our cold readers at the event. Submissions are FREE and open to actors from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Selected actors will receive free admission to the event, and a portion of proceeds from audience donations. ACTOR SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Saturday October 31st 2020 @ Midnight EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO office@cinevic.ca >> AUDIENCE Join the fun and watch it all go down LIVE! Watch from anywhere and support local artists with a pay-what-you-can donation that will be shared with all of our actors and writers. REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE >>
  12. ANNOUNCING THE 2020 CINE⚡SPARK Top 5: Joyce Kline SISTERS Elvie Simons BEQUEST Ann Marie Hak WISHING FALL Susan Ko CLOSING WALLS Kirsten Van Ritzen TAKE ME AWAY Now in its fourth year, CINE⚡SPARK annually awards a production package of cash, equipment, and services worth over $17,500 to an outstanding short screenplay by a filmmaker from the Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands region. The winner will have a year to complete the film and premiere it at next year’s Short Circuit Film Festival. The Top 5 have been chosen — now YOU can watch them pitch their projects! Tuesday July 28th 2020 @ 7pm on Zoom Register Here >> Presented by CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers Thanks to our sponsors and funders: William F. White International Modo Canada Council for the Arts BC Arts Council Province of British Columbia CRD Arts Service
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    CineVic presents the 7th annual Short Circuit Film Festival, May 3+4 in Victoria BC!We'll start it all off with local and international shorts and docs, live pitches from our 2019 CINESPARK Top 5 screenwriters, and a party high atop the Chateau Victoria. Get up close and personal with our guest filmmakers from near and far in a round-robin filmmakers panel. Enjoy some shorts from BC's lower mainland, and an entire program dedicated to homegrown Victoria films.Full festival schedule and tickets at:www.shortcircuitfilmfestival.com ~ ~ ~ Many thanks to our event sponsors: Modo The Vic Theatre Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria ArtsVictoria.ca CineVic acknowledges and respects the long history of the Lekwungen people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, on whose traditional and unceded territory we carry out our activities. CineVic gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance and support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, and the CRD Arts Development Service.
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