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News for January 2016

Posted on January 31, 2016

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.

Posted on January 30, 2016

On January 27, Creative BC, the non-profit society responsible for promoting the development of creative industries in British Columbia, announced changes and new additions to its Board of Directors.

Posted on January 30, 2016
Almira Bardai (left) and Lindsay Nahmiache (right)

Whether you're filmmaker or press, if you've recently attended a red carpet event at VIFF or Whistler, you've surely felt in good hands with the representatives of Jive Communications (Jive).

On January 12, the Canadian boutique public relations and digital marketing firm announced its expansion to Los Angeles. The company’s third office aims to assist Canadian film and entertainment brands looking to expand their presence in the U.S. as well as entice American entertainment and brand clients with its inspired and integrated approach to PR and digital marketing.

Posted on January 30, 2016

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced on January 26th that the company had acquired worldwide rights to writer, director, producer and star Nate Parker’s slave drama The Birth of a Nation, following its Sundance Film Festival premiere.

Posted on January 30, 2016

Support for women directors is trending, but it was rejection that fueled two Vancouver storytellers to form a creative bond, which culminated in their first joint feature film.

The Birdwatcher will celebrate its Vancouver premiere at the 11th Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival (#VIWIFF2016, March 8-13).

Posted on January 26, 2016
Summoned by Victoria Angell

Vancouver director Victoria Angell is about to premiere her first horror short at the 11th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (#VIWIFF2016 - March 8-13).

In Summoned, a young woman in an abusive situation calls a demon for help, but is horrified when she gets more than she asked for.

Posted on January 5, 2016

Wild, Keating Screen New Work at Available Light Film Festival

The Available Light Film Festival is back for a weeklong celebration of films and multi-disciplinary performances focusing on life in the North American Arctic and sub-Arctic regions.

Posted on January 5, 2016

When the Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) comes to a close on January 30th, patrons are in for an amazing showdown.

Posted on January 5, 2016

BC filmmaker Lawrence Le Lam grew up with fascinating stories of his father in 1970s Taipei. Lami Lam, Lawrence's father, is the legendary "Blue Jet" radio host who used to broadcast western anti-war rock and roll banned by the regime.


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