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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.

Posted on December 30, 2015

Special to Reel West by Holly Carinci

The following is the tale of three Revenants: Hugh Glass, the movie made about him, and an unknown actor who greatly impacted both.

Posted on December 29, 2015

The Vancouver Short Film Fest (VSFF) announced its selections for the 6th annual festival to be held January 29th and 30th, 2016, at Vancity Theatre. This year, the fest includes 23 short films from BC filmmakers, selected from over 180 submissions.

Posted on December 29, 2015

When Dianne Whelan decides on a project, she's all-in. The adventurous BC documentary filmmaker convinced the Canadian Army to take her along to the High Arctic to shoot the Leo-awarded This Land and spent 40 days at Mount Everest Base Camp for her award-winning vérité documentary 40 Days at Base Camp. Now, Whelan is at the heart of a new adventure as the first filmmaker to walk the entire Trans Canada Trail in a documentary project called 500 Days in the Wild: Hiking the Trans Canada Trail.

Posted on December 28, 2015

The Vancouver-based short film event Crazy8s partnered with Canadian digital platform dotstudioPRO to launch a streaming service for Crazy8s short films on December 4, 2015.

The free service #‎Crazy8sFilmStream will eventually share all 91 Crazy8s short films to date and more additions in the future.

An official soft launch was announced during the 2015 Whistler Film Festival by Crazy8s Executive Director Paul Armstrong and dotstudioPRO's Co­Founder and Head of Content & Financing, Selena Paskalidis.

Posted on December 28, 2015

In 1969, students at the former Sir George Williams University in Montreal occupied a ninth floor computer lab to protest the administration's mishandling of racist accusations towards a professor. Over four decades later, the documentary Ninth Floor reopened the file on a watershed moment in Canadian race relations and one of the most contested episodes in the nation’s history.

Posted on December 28, 2015

With the start of a new year, many people have a bucket list of good resolutions. They might include more sports, a better diet, and more time for the family. But are these goals really obtainable?

One hardworking local industry maven found a way to combine his passion for film and the force of love. Chris Browne wrote a story intended to pave the way for his debut live-action feature film starring his wife, Kiana Aletaha-Browne.

Posted on December 1, 2015

The Whistler Film Festival offers a free screening of recent Aboriginal short films at the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre on Friday, December 4th at 1 PM.

Mia', by directors Amanda Strong and Bracken Hanuse Corlett is a beautifully animated documentary that challenges conventional formats and presents indigenous oral traditions as truth, not myth or legend.

Posted on November 27, 2015

Post-production is well underway for the feature film Considering Love and Other Magic.

Considering Love and Other Magic is the fourth feature film conjured from the mind of Calgary writer, director, and producer Dave Schultz. This time around, Schultz dips deep into magic realism to construct a story that follows the ups and downs of two awkward teenagers on their journey to discover the meaning of life and death.

Posted on November 27, 2015

Three local Vancouver actresses - Sydney Doberstein, Lily Zarif and Laura Carly Miller - are upping their game with their upcoming self-produced project, The Support Group.

The Support Group is an original comedy web series about three unlikely friends, each facing their own challenges, coming together to save their beloved support group.

Posted on November 27, 2015

The #FromOurDarkSide National Genre Concept Competition has extended its deadline to January 4, 2016.

From Our Dark Side is a national English-language contest and mentorship program seeking the best in Canadian women-driven genre film ideas. Women writers from coast to coast can submit a max. 5-page genre film concept – be it thriller, horror, fantasy, sci-fi or a combination thereof.

Posted on November 27, 2015

The Whistler Film Festival offers a free screening of recent Aboriginal short films at the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre on Friday, December 4th at 1 PM.

Posted on November 27, 2015

The Whistler Film Festival offers a free screening of recent Aboriginal short films at the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre on Friday, December 4th at 1 PM.

One of the seven showcased films is Clouds of Autumn, directed by Trevor Mack and Matthew Taylor Blais.

Posted on November 27, 2015

By Ryan McDermott

Buyers want compelling content, but they also want it to be problem-free. That’s why distributors and broadcasters increasingly require film producers to provide sufficient errors and omissions (E&O) coverage to protect against legal liability for intellectual property infringement, defamation or libel, invasion of privacy, and other claims arising out of feature films, television shows and direct-to-video projects.*

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