Pink Ribbons, Inc to screen in St. John’s

    Posted on: Thursday, February 16th, 2012

After premièring at TIFF this year, it became one of the most talked about documentaries of the year. Lea Pool’s latest, Pink Ribbons, Inc, takes a critical look at the multi-corporational, multi-million-dollar Pink Ribbon campaign and asks if it’s doing breast cancer victims any good, or if it’s just stuffing the pockets of CEOs. Her conclusion? It’s mostly the latter.

The film was released in theatres across the country early this month, but Newfoundland theatres decided not to pick it up.

So, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is going to screen it on March 11th, as part of Scene and Heard, our yearly screenings to celebrate International Women’s Day. The screening will be the official theatrical release in Newfoundland, and will take place at the LSPU Hall, at 7pm. A panel discussion will follow, with guests to be announced.

The trailer made rapid rounds on Facebook for a while, but in cased you missed it, here it is:

In case you were wondering, this is how your snow clearing budget is being spent.

    Posted on: Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Is it really necessary to pay a crew of workers to wake people up at two in the morning on a weeknight for this?

Meanwhile, on the morning of a huge storm when you have to make your way to work, the plows are nowhere to be found.

Imagine if instead of wasting money on this nonsense, the city ensured that a vital service like snow clearing was taken care of when you really needed it?


CBC Short Film Faceoff

    Posted on: Monday, February 6th, 2012

The CBC Short Film Faceoff is looking for submissions from Newfoundland filmmakers. Here’s the deal: You submit a film and, of they like it enough, you go and talk about your film in front of a live audience and a panel of judges on CBC TV. The winner is picked via audience voting and the expertise of the judges. Whether you win or not, you’ll get lots of good exposure and publicity.

Past Newfoundland directors in the Faceoff finals include Mary Lewis and The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival’s own Kelly Davis.

Here are the submission requirements:
– Films must be under 12 minutes (excluding credits), completed within the last two years, not yet broadcast on network television
– Comedies / Dramas are preferred; Live-action / Animation are accepted
– Music videos or documentaries will not be accepted
– Directors must be available for tapings at CBC Halifax (May 15-18), travel/accommodations covered.
– Participants must own / control all rights to the content in the film and be able to waive those rights for broadcast.
Deadline is March 30th, 2012

And here’s where to send them:
Maggie Keiley
95 University Ave./ PO Box 12010 Station A
St. John’s, NL
A1B 1Z4

The City of St. John’s: The Nexter Generation

    Posted on: Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The City of St. John’s Council. Photo lifted from Shannie Duff’s website.

The City of St. John’s has just launched a program called Next Up! to inspire youth to participate in city politics. The program places people aged 19 to 35 on the City’s Advisory committees. Now, the people chosen to sit on these committees are referred to as “Nexters” in City press releases, but you can look past that hipster lingo, right?

Anyway, only one person has applied to sit on the Arts Advisory Committee as part of the Next Up! program. Gah! If you’re interested, or you know someone who is interested, have a look here. They’re happy to accept late applications, especially for the Arts Advisory Council.

Telefilm Canada Industry Information Meeting – you should go.

    Posted on: Friday, January 27th, 2012

No, really, you should. Ingrid Veninger – yep, that’s her – was just Tweeting from the Toronto conference, and it looks like Telefilm has a lot on the go that people in the industry should know about. (Ingrid’s tweets from the conference are posted below.)

Ruth Lawrence is going. Here’s why: “This consultation is a great way to learn from established filmmakers and a major funder. It sounds like a great opportunity- a creative exchange of ideas where Telefilm would say what they are interested in funding and filmmakers would say what they are interested in creating. But unless a wide range of people from the industry are there to contribute, that exchange will be limited. It’s very important now for local creators to have a voice in shaping our industry’s future and to encourage Telefilm’s contribution within it.”

The St. John’s Telefilm Canada Industry Information Meeting is taking place on January 30th, at 3:00 pm, at the Sheraton Hotel. You need to secure your spot, preferably today, by contacting Helene Comstock at, (902) 426-8425 x2710 or 1-800-565-1773. More information about the sessions can be found here.

Here are Ingrid’s tweets, from her Twitter feed @punkfilmsnow:

Toronto @Telefilm_Canada Industry Conference is kicked-off by Anne Frank. Lots of producers in the crowd.

Michel Pradier has the mic now. @Telefilm_Canada wants to be less bureaucratic. Talking ‘new success index’ now #profilms

Allowing 1 applic per co/year. Revising eligibility-must have produced at least 1 feature in last 5 years. Want diversity #profilms

Focusing on revamping development @Telefilm_Canada currently 10 Dev. programs currently cost 1.5M to administer/year #profilms

Focussing on track records @Telefilm_Canada will remove creative content analysis & no development deadlines #profilms

Development is moving to envelope system: if co. made 1-2 films in last 5 years could be eligible for 75,000… #profilms

Opening floor for Q&A #profilms 1st question is what about exceptions for TV producers w feature projects in Dev? #profilms

Dave Forget answers Q’s & says guidelines will be out early Feb and in effect April. Docs not eligible for Dev. Slate funding #profilms

#profilms plans to respond to new guidelines in writing early next week @Telefilm_Canada says ok & says there have been extensive consults.

@Telefilm_Canada Not able to confirm Ontario allocation today #profilms

Benchmarks to calculate theatrical are generous. If features hit big screen co. is eligible. Box office $ will affect ranking

Talking about Micro-Budget now @Telefilm_Canada to support next generation. $100-$120k/project (max.) #profilms

Talking ‘Industry Promotion’ Program. One applic. per co./year. Will absorb current Alt. Distribution Fund #profilms

Other news ‘recoupable advance removes @Telefilm_Canada as participant in copyright ownership’ #profilms

The goal is to develop a portfolio that @Telefilm_Canada will ultimately want to fund in production #profilms

Ontario presentation just wrapped. If @Telefilm_Canada is doing this in a city near you -GO! And ask questions #profilms