imagineNATIVE eBulletin, August 23, 2013

imagineNATIVE eBulletin, August 23, 2013

2013 imagineNATIVE
Film + Media Arts Festival's NEW
Short Film Pitch Competition

Do you have a great idea for a short dramatic or documentary short? New this year, imagineNATIVE’s pitch competition brings short stories to the big screen with prizes to produce them to perfection. Enter our competitions to pitch your idea to an esteemed jury of shorts producers, programmers and development leaders who will provide valuable feedback, advice, and make the final winning decision! You will also have a chance to win imagineNATIVE’s Short Documentary or Short Drama Pitch prizes to help your idea become a reality.

FOUR short documentary & FOUR short drama pitch contestants (or teams) will be selected by imagineNATIVE’s Programming Committee to receive a free, six-hour intensive “How to Pitch” workshop with Producer, Digital and Social Media Strategist, Deborah Day. Accompanied with Industry guest speakers, this workshop will provide invaluable insight and instruction on the pitching process and advice on improving individual pitch ideas before pitch day.  The intensive workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 16 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King St. W. in downtown Toronto. 

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Early Bird Passes and The Beat with A Tribe Called Red
Plan Your Trip - Discount Travel Packages
Pre-Sales Begin August 15th

The 14th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media
October 16 - 20, 2013

The 14th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is approaching quickly! Early-bird rates for Festival passes and tickets to the highly-anticipated The Beat featuring A Tribe Called Red will be available starting August 15. imagineNATIVE is also excited to continue to offer discounted travel packages to the Festival which include hotel, a Festival pass, local food and vendor discounts among other fun perks to ensure you can be here for it all!  

The Beat, presented by Slaight Music, is one of imagineNATIVE’s most popular annual events. The Beat is both a showcase of Indigenous music that includes live performances and a professional development mentorship for emerging musicians. This year imagineNATIVE co-presents with The Music Gallery to present 2013 Polaris Prize nominee A Tribe Called Red (ATCR) at The Black Box Theatre at The Great Hall. In addition, ATCR will act as mentor to Nelson Tagoona, a young beat-boxing throat singer from Iqaluit.

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imagineNATIVE TV Series call for Mediatheque submissions

imagineNATIVE is now accepting TV series submissions produced and led by Indigenous owned production companies to the Festival’s on-site Mediatheque. The imagineNATIVE Mediatheque is an on-site video library of all imagineNATIVE’s submitted and opted-in film and video submissions for the current Festival. Available only to Festival delegates (i.e. non-publicly accessible), it is a resource for the Festival’s attending national and international broadcasters, distributors and programmers to consider film/video works for their programming and acquisition needs. These delegates have viewing priority privileges. This is an incredible opportunity for eligible Indigenous companies to reach new global audiences with their series, garner sales and increase the longevity of their work and practice.

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imagineNATIVE Short Film Program Soars Again with Air Canada!
Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media
October 16 - 20, 2013

Those of you travelling on Air Canada to any of its destinations worldwide (or to imagineNATIVE this October!) will have the exclusive opportunity to view a selection of imagineNATIVE’s films on Air Canada’s enRoute In-Flight Entertainment system. Now celebrating its third year, and with new presenting sponsor TD Bank Group, the “imagineNATIVE presents: Canadian Indigenous Shorts” programme will be available on Air Canada's in-flight entertainment system from September 1 through October 31, 2013 on all Air Canada flights worldwide, featuring work by Canadian Indigenous filmmakers.

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Call for Submissions

International Short Film Competition
Regular Deadline: August 31, 2013 
Extended Deadline: September 30, 2013

The International Short Film Competition was created to help locate fresh new voices in filmmaking and give them the tools and promotional opportunities they deserve. The overall winner will receive a trip to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where his/her short film will be featured at an industry networking event in the heart of the fest. All winners will receive film gear, film production software, and well-deserved industry exposure. 

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17th Japan Media Arts Festival
Deadline: September 12, 2013

The Japan Media Arts Festival announced the call for entries for the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival starting in 2014 from July 11, 2013. Works completed or released between September 21, 2012 and September 12, 2013 are eligible for entry in the four divisions - Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga. Entries are sought from professional, amateur, independent, and commercial creators from across the globe. For each division, one Grand Prize, four Excellence Awards, and three New Face Awards will be awarded on the basis of artistic quality and creativity. Entries can be submitted by uploading data online. 

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New York International Children's Film Festival
Short Films Early Deadline: September 15, 2013 ($40)
Feature Films - Early Deadline: October 15, 2013 ($75)

New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) is North America's largest festival of film for children and teens and stands at the forefront of a movement to define a new, more provocative and compelling film for kids. Submissions are now open for NYICFF 2014! Each year the festival scours the globe to present a highly selective slate of the best animation, live action, documentary and experimental film from around the world. 

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MONITOR 10, South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Toronto
Deadline: September 15, 2013

Monitor 10 is dedicated to the presentation of experimental short films and videos by/and/or about South Asians from Canada and around the world. They invite independent and innovative short films and videos that explore the aesthetic and form of the moving image and its relation to narrative. Monitor 10 encourages new, experimental and risk-taking work that challenges the viewer's active engagement. Selected works will be screened in April 2014 in Toronto, Canada. Monitor 10 will be programmed by independent curator and artist Shai Heredia.

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2014 Women's International Film Festival, Miami
Early Bird Deadline: August 31, 2013 (submission fees apply)
Official Deadline: September 30, 2013 

Submissions for the 2014 Women's International Film Festival (WIFF) in Miami, Florida are now being accepted. If you would like to submit your film or apply to be a 2014 speaker, please contact them at Films made by or about women are eligible. WIFF will accept film in which women have a primary role in the production, direction or in the writing. However, because the mission of WIFF is to address issues which affect women nationally and internationally films which focus on women's issues such as gender equality, the plight of women in America or around the world for example, but which were primarily produced by men, will also be accepted. 

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Call for Applications

Green Screen Award, Planet in Focus, Toronto
Deadline: August 30, 2013

Every year the Green Screen Award is presented by the sponsorship of Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund. This award honours the most innovative and proactive behind-the-scenes green practices in the film and television industry. The award? $5,000 with the runner-up receiving $1,000. This award will be given in the name of the television series or film, which highlights the positive role that the film and television industry is playing in creating solutions for a healthier planet. 

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Call for Artists and Ideas, Pan Am Path Arts & Culture, Toronto
Deadline: August 31, 2013 

The Friends of the Pan Am Path is looking for arts and cultural partners and ideas for the Pan Am Path. The Pan Am Path will create a multi-use pathway from Brampton to the Rouge River. Check out the video and route map of They aim to engage communities along the route with new arts programming and create an active-living legacy for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. All ideas and artists are welcome but they are particularly interested in receiving submissions and ideas from artists with ties to South and Central America, the Carribean as well as organizations based in communities near the path.

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2013 Fall Residency Award, Spark Box Studio, Picton
Deadline: August 31, 2013 

The Spark Box Studio Residency Program provides artists, working in a range of mediums, a place to live and work, without distractions. These residencies are about taking your concepts and dreams and making them into a reality. Its about your work, your desires and getting your art career on track. They are excited to tell you they are accepting applications for their Emerging Artist Residency Award. If you are an artist between the age of 20 - 35 years, living/working in Ontario, you can apply to potentially receive one free week at Spark Box Studio. 

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Pitch Video Contest, Raindance Toronto
Deadline: September 4, 2013

Crowdfunding leader Indiegogo and Raindance Toronto come together for their first Pitch Video Contest, and your chance to win $2,000 to fund your film. Want $2,000 deposited to your next film, TV or Web series Crowdfunding Campaign? Prepare your Pitch video, upload it and RSVP to the party September 9th, where John Trigonis and Joe Rosenberg will award $2,000 gogobucks to your winning pitch to help fund your film.

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Aboriginal Documentary, National Screen Institute, Winnipeg
Deadline: September 23, 2013 (pending funding for the course)

The National Screen Institute's (NSI) Aboriginal Documentary is a development launch pad for producer/director teams looking to produce a short documentary. Teams are paired with an industry mentor to help with the final development and production of a 10 minute documentary. The course starts with a two-week bootcamp in Winnipeg. Travel and accommodation is paid for by NSI. Teams receive a cash award of up to $16,000 to put towards production of their documentary and attend the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival in Toronto. 

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So You Think You Can Pitch, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Deadline: September 23, 2013 

So You Think You Can Pitch welcomes all film genres, be it dramatic, documentary, musical or experimental, as long as an Asian individual is featured in a key creative role, either in front or behind the camera. Interested applicants can apply under two categories - Emerging Filmmaker or Established Filmmaker. The two winning filmmaking teams will walk away with amazing prize packages including professional production services to help turn their short film into reality. The pitch winners will also have the opportunity to screen their work at the 2014 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival with full festival accreditation. 

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Workshops + Training

2013 Film, Video and Interactive Workshops, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto
Summer 2013

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) provides training in all aspects of filmmaking and media arts. Offering 150 workshops each year from camera theory to digital animation, LIFT is a one-of-a-kind training facility that offers practical knowledge to media artists at any stage of their career. These workshops include, Voice-Over Techniques (August 24), Transmedia 101 (August 26), Introduction to 35mm Camera Operation (September 11).

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Visual Arts Indigenous Studio Work Study, Banff Centre
Deadline: September 3, 2013

Visual Arts Studio Work Study programs  provide practical real-world experiences in a structured learning environment, which are designed  designed to expand and enhance participants’ technical skills and to increase knowledge and creativity in the areas of printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, sculpture, and photography. Programs offer a dynamic combination of learning opportunities which include attending workshops, demonstrations, and presentations; contact with professional staff, visiting artists, and faculty; and collaboration with facilitators in Visual Arts and other Banff Centre arts programs.

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Workshops, Charles Street Video, Toronto

Charles Street Video (CSV) offers a number of workshops on an on-going basis on the use of their most commonly-rented production gear and post-production software, as well as occasional special sessions on other available technologies, or on particular issues of interest. CSV will schedule extra sessions as demand warrants. Students attending a Canadian institution pay only 50% of the non-member rate for workshops. Student rate registrations must be done in person, with a valid student ID, at CSV during office hours. 

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Jobs + Volunteer

Staff Representative, Canadian Media Guild, Vancouver
Deadline: August 30, 2013

The Canadian Media Guild has an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to make a difference in both the union and media worlds. They are seeking an energetic and self-motivated Staff Representative for our Western regional office, which serves members from Manitoba to British Columbia and the North. The position is currently located in Vancouver but the location is negotiable. Under the direction of the Senior Staff Representative, the successful applicant will work as part of a team, providing support for local executives, advice to individual members, assist with organizing opportunities and deal with management on behalf of the Guild within the region. 

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Education Assistant & Manager for Individual Giving and Membership, The Studio Museum, New York 

The Studio Museum in Harlem is looking for a highly motivated, energetic museum education professional, Education Assistant, to be responsible for facilitating the administrative day-to-day functions for The Studio Museum in Harlem's Education department, including Group Tours, Volunteer and Artist-in-Residence programs. Also, The Studio Museum is seeking a creative and dynamic fundraiser to serve as its Manager for Individual Giving. The candidate will oversee the Individual Giving program, including program support groups, major gifts, planned giving, and stewardship programs. The ideal candidate will have experience in developing and implementing a broad-based strategy for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting gifts from individuals. S/he will also have demonstrated experience soliciting special and major gifts.

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Events + Announcements

Raindance Helps Independent Filmmakers Network & Connect at TIFF

In its fourth year, Raindance@Tiff industry party is one of the hottest tickets during Toronto International Film Festival for independent filmmakers serious about getting their films made. 

On Monday Sept. 9th at 7:00 pm - 12:00 midnight, the Raindance@Tiff industry party kicks off a spectacular year of supporting and connecting Independant filmmakers at Blackline Tattoo & Body Art Studio 577 King St. West (at Portland) on trendy King West strip. For its fourth year, Raindance gathers independent screenwriters, producers, directors, web content creators and actors and connects them with International Film Industry leaders at their TIFF party. Industry Suppliers Post City Sound will host the 'Sound Lounge' on this evening, and production giant William F. White brings its 'Viral Van' for show and tell at this red carpet industry event. Visiting party hosts this year are Joe Rosenberg, Los Angeles-based UCLA Faculty member and former CAA Talent Agent, and John Trigonis from Indiegogo New York.

Some special features this year for the Raindance@Tiff party include the Winner Announcement of the Raindance Toronto & Indiegogo 'Pitch Video' Contest With a $2,000 Crowd-Funding Campaign Prize, Red carpet interviews courtesy of Vistek will be uploaded to Youtube. DJ music by Dr Spin; Cocktails provided by Jagermeister, catering provided by Chef Annielicious.

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26 August 2013


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