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Crazy8s - a Community Effort, Thanks to YOU

Crazy8s has been helping emerging filmmakers in Vancouver make accomplished short films for an incredible 17 years now, and in turn has propelled the careers of innumerable local directors, writers, producers, actors and craftspeople. But they haven’t done it alone. If you’ve ever read the closing credits of any Crazy8s film, you’ll see the names of over 123 local sponsors and supporters – each one providing an invaluable contribution to the making of these films.

Apart from our amazing Presenting Sponsors Telefilm Canada, Creative BC and Super Channel, each year Crazy8s can also count on the generous support of the rest of the local industry -- encompassing film unions, trade associations, suppliers, post houses, studios, production companies, educational institutions, community partners, media sponsors and much more. Our sponsors are there for us because they want to support a strong local industry, and contributing to an established non-profit such as Crazy8s is one way to ensure this. They also do it because they know they’ll get comp tickets to the film party of the season: the annual Crazy8s Gala and AfterParty!

Speaking of the Gala, this year it will be held on Saturday, February 27th, once again at The Centre for Performing Arts, with the AfterParty to follow at Science World. We are beyond excited about this year’s host, a local luminary who we will be announcing soon, once tickets go on sale on February 4th. Confirmed entertainment at the AfterParty thus far include indie funk pop band Little India and DJ Dubba G & DJ Ahtz and DJ Emilita. There will be catering provided by Sugar Mountain Catering, multiple cash bars, and lots of opportunity for socializing with both film industry veterans and up-and-comers.

Chosen from among the original 179 submissions, this year’s selection of short films is a cutting-edge collection featuring ghostly grandparents, exciting grocery store action sequences, romantic serial killers, stylish sci-fi explorations of time and space, a diversity of sexual orientations and desperate wannabe parents.

The films and directors are as follows:

(L to R: Matthew Campbell, Shauna Johannesen, Shannon Kohli, Jesse Lupini, Patrick Currie. Lying down on couch at front: Joel Ashton McCarthy)

A FAMILY OF GHOSTS directed by Shannon Kohli

GROCERY STORE ACTION MOVIE directed by Matthew Campbell

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH IT’S KILLING THEM directed by Joel Ashton McCarthy

ITERATION 1 directed by Jesse Lupini

MEET CUTE directed by Patrick Currie

TRYING directed by Shauna Johannesen

For more info on the films click here

Currently, all the teams are chin-deep in pre-production, getting ready for their start date of February 12th. From that time, they’ll have just eight days to shoot, edit and post their films, with $1,000 cash and significant in-kind assistance generously provided by the local film community. Be sure to get your tickets now to the Gala on February 27th, where you can see for yourselves what a community working together can accomplish!


Gear & Electric Houses
William F. White
PS Production Services
Pacific Backlot

RAW Camera
Clairmont Camera
Red Rad
Fusion Cine
Brightside Cinema
Gearhouse Camera Rentals
SIM Digital

Post Houses - Colour
Finalé Editworks
Watershed Post
24 Frames
Silver Lining Post
Brass Tack Films
James Chase
Sam Gilling

Breakdown Services
Shoreline Studios
Omni Post
Parallel Rentals
GO Studios
Gloo Studios
Red Castle Films

Post Sound
Fresh Air Audio
Craft Cave Sound
Pinewood Sound
Ridgeline Sound
Cinescope Sound

For a full list of our sponsors, click here.  

For more info on how to get Gala tickets, please click here. Thanks for your support!

By Caroline Coutts
Photos courtesy of Crazy8s 
Key photo: behind-the-scenes shot of the 2015 Crazy8s film
Under A Glass Moon

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