North Island Film Commission & North Island College Create Careers in Film + TV

Vancouver Island North Film Commission (INfilm) partners with North Island College (NIC) to celebrate the completion of BC’s first TV and Film Crew Training program–one that has successfully prepared more than 135 students in its first graduating cohort for careers in the motion picture industry. NIC launched the program last year, after the federal and provincial governments allocated almost $500,000 to deliver the pilot program on Vancouver Island.

 

INfilm championed the inception of this program as the regional film commission that provides liaison and location services to film, television, commercial and media companies filming from Nanaimo northward. INfilm commissioner Joan Miller saw an opportunity to increase the region’s success through availability of local crew and led collaboration with NIC to deliver local training which now qualifies crew and creates a base of talent that can help attract a wider range of film projects to Vancouver Island.

Current synergy exists between the acclaimed show Chesapeake Shores, which filmed its first two seasons in Parksville and recently announced its renewal for a third season. This announcement coincides with the graduating class and representatives from the show will be present to congratulate graduates.

Chesapeake Shores is the Hallmark Channel’s most-watched original television show (in Canada the show airs on the W Network).

In a previous interview, Matt Drake, Chesapeake Shores producer, said crews are excited to take advantage of North Island College’s TV and movie industry courses, “I think that will be a really good way for us to get some new faces into the industry.”

Today’s graduation is taking place at Vancouver Island Film Studios in Parksville which will provide the motion picture industry with three new sound stages, office space and prop shops. A portion of the space is already complete with the remaining sections scheduled to be completed in mid-2018.

Festival of BC Film Returns to Maple Ridge

The ACT Arts Centre and Ridge Film Studios, with the support of the City of Maple Ridge, are presenting the second edition of the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film. Highlighting films created throughout British Columbia. The festival is taking place at The ACT Arts Centre from Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25, 2018.

The ACT Arts Centre’s Acting Executive Director, Philip Hartwick, says, “As an addition to our programming that includes our Golden Ears Movie Series, we are thrilled to once again present the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film in partnership with The Ridge Film Studios and the City of Maple Ridge. Through this festival, we are able to not only bring more film to the heart of our community, but high caliber, domestically-made films too. We are proud to be able to support our local film industry in this unique way.”

The Ridge Studios’ John Wittmayer adds, “The Ridge Studios supports a talented and thriving local film community. We are very pleased to collaborate with The ACT Arts Centre and introduce these remarkable films to the public. It’s important to create a strong Canadian film industry.”

According to Lino Siracusa, Manager of Economic Development with the City of Maple Ridge, “Maple Ridge is regarded as a film friendly community, and this is reflected in the high volume of movies and series that are shot here every year. The film industry provides employment to over 600 Maple Ridge residents. In addition, the wages, which total over $24 million, and services procured by production companies help support local businesses. The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film contributes to the City’s film profile by showcasing some of these exceptional productions filmed in Maple Ridge.”

The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film kicks off with an Opening Reception on Friday, March 23 at 6:30 pm and features a total of six shorts, four feature films, and one documentary over the course of three days. To purchase tickets and view the full lineup visit http://www.theactmapleridge.org/FestivalofBCFilm/ 

 

Vancouver journalist, Sabrina Furminger, launches YVR Screen Scene

YVR Screen Scene is a digital magazine and podcast that celebrates the shining stars who power Vancouver’s booming film and television industry. Helmed by award-winning film and television journalist Sabrina Furminger, YVR Screen Scene is a go-to source for in-depth conversations with the dynamic artists, actors, writers, directors, and all manner of behind-the-scenes magicians who’ve made Vancouver’s screen industry the juggernaut industry it is today.

Sabrina honed her craft as the force behind the Westender’s wildly popular Reel People column and with YVR Screen Scene, she continues in her mission to showcase Vancouver’s film and television storytellers through engrossing, revelatory, informative, funny, intimate, and regularly confessional conversations with Vancouver’s brightest stars.

We had a moment to check-in with Sabrina and learn more about what led her to YVR Screen Scene, read our full interview below and follow along with YVR Screen Scene on Facebook and Twitter.

What milestones have you achieved or are you focusing on now?

We hit the ground running on January 8 with a full slate of articles featuring top-notch industry talent like Amanda Tapping, Vincent Tong, John Cassini, Agam Darshi, Lee Majdoub, Christopher Russell, Christina Sicoli, and the filmmakers behind Adventures in Public School and Scout and the Gumboot Kids. As soon as we launched, the response from the film and television industry (and people who love reading about the film and television industry) was immediate and validating, which reiterated something I’ve long believed: there is an appetite for these kinds of stories. I spend my days conducting interviews and writing articles while also seeking out the next generation of entertainment journalists and planning for the podcast, which is coming in March. My goal is to publish at least two interview-driven articles a week but I’ve been surpassing that because there are so many wonderful stories to tell, and I have ample space to tell them. I have some incredible interviews in the can that I’m excited to share, featuring an array of established and emerging film and TV industry talent from both sides of the camera.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the numerous articles I’ve written over the years in which the interview subjects have trusted me with their deeply personal stories. In my journey to find the story behind the screen story, I’ve written articles about pregnancy loss, racism, sexism, domestic violence, poverty, #metoo, missing and murdered Indigenous women, grief, trauma, being an outsider, and all manner of love. I’m just as interested in why someone chooses to tell a particular screen story as I am in how they choose to bring it to the screen. I told many such stories at the Westender, and I’ll continue telling them at YVR Screen Scene.

I’m proud to have been the first recipient of Women in Film and Television Vancouver’s Iris Award for shining a spotlight on female filmmakers, performers, and storytellers in my column (you can watch her full speech on YouTube!).

I’m proud of the cover story I wrote in October about the #metoo movement which featured several brave women speaking out about sexual harassment and violence they’ve faced on set and in the industry. I am proud of those women, full-stop.

Where can readers learn more and sign-up for YVR Screen Scene?

The best place is the source itself: www.yvrscreenscene.com.

Nice Marmot PR

Nice Marmot PR, founded by Mavis Harris, is a Canadian based music publicity company located in Nelson, British Columbia. Harris has worked on over 500 albums for artists including tour promotion, press release distribution and album launches. She has lead promotional campaigns for artists including Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Drake, PJ Harvey, Dragonette, Joel Plaskett, M.I.A., The Hives and many more. Currently, Nice Marmot PR is working with local artist such as Jessika, Marianas Trench and Little Destroyer.

Mavis Harris was the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Music Publicist of the Year at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards and has been nominated for 2017 as well.

To discover local and Canadian artists as well as latest projects, be sure to follow Nice Marmot PR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

https://www.facebook.com/NiceMarmotPR/

https://twitter.com/NiceMarmotPR

https://www.instagram.com/nicemarmotpr/

Electronic Arts- Vancouver

Electronic Arts Vancouver (EA), is no stranger to the creative industry as they are the largest Video Game Developers in British Columbia. Electronic Arts purchased Distinctive Software, the original developers of both the NHL and FIFA video game franchises, in 1991. Twenty-six years later, Electronic Arts Vancouver is still a pioneer within the Sports Video Game sector.  The Vancouver campus handles all the lead development work for FIFA Online, currently the largest and most widely played sports video game in Asia.

Their campus, located in Burnaby, includes a full-size soccer field, arcade, on-site dry cleaner, guitar lessons and their own doggy daycare, these perks are one of the many ways EA is competing to attract the best talent to Vancouver. EA Vancouver employs approximately 1500 full-time positions, with an additional 500 part-time contractors on any given day. “We’re growing. We’ve probably added 100 to 150 [full-time] people per year,” says Jonathan Lutz, Vice President of Financial Planning & Strategy.

The Video Game Industry is extremely competitive and continues to grow at an exponential rate. This is why Jonathan Lutz is so passionate about career growth and training in the creative technology sector. “We need the best and brightest in the world on our teams in order to compete” urges Lutz. Play to Learn, a youth program developed in partnership with EverFi, is just one of the ways EA Vancouver is developing BC’s local talent. Students in Grade 8 through 12 can learn the basics of coding and are provided with the building blocks to pursue a career in the gaming industry. At the end of the course, students are given career recommendations based on their interests.

Harnessing the energy of BC’s youth and helping them develop their skills and talents to work in the creative technology industry is a major focus of EA Vancouver.  “We’re building the future pipeline of talent to come from BC as much as possible.”

Check out their internships and careers info.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ea/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/electronicartscanada/

The Heels!

Vancouver’s very own, The Heels, have released their new music video “Come Aroundthat mentions BC places and is shot from Vancouver to the Coquihalla, through Merritt and the Nicola Valley. How many places can you recognize?

Supported by Creative BC, the sassy song-writers are a captivating balance of three-part harmonies, grit and glamour.

Follow The Heels at theheelsmusic.com and all major social media platforms as The Heels Music.

Website: www.theheelsmusic.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/theheelsmusic/
Twitter: @theheelsmusic
Instagram: @theheelsmusic

Western Living Magazine

Originally from Salmon Arm, Julia Dilworth knew from an early age that she wanted to work at a Magazine. With a great deal of passion for the arts, Julia studied at UBC, Langara and BCIT, and with multiple degrees she now can hang her hat on two doors. Associate Editor for Western Living and Vancouver Magazine, Julia says she is “living the dream”.

Set for a move this fall, Julia is looking forward to applying some of Western Living Magazine’s home décor advise to her new living space. In addition to her growing passion for home décor Julia is very excited about this December’s issue where upcoming trends are explored and discussed. Vintage recipes will also be a highlight for this issue as local chefs have re-done recipes previously published in issues from the 70’s and 80’s to have a modern twist. Keep your eyes peeled for Western Living’s Christmas Plum Pudding.

Western Magazine has been providing readers with tips and stories as well as guides to travel, gardening and real estate, food, restaurants, wine-pairings and home design for over three decades. As Canada’s largest regional magazine, published 10 times a year, Western Living invites readers to stretch their imaginations about living in the West. 

Finger Food Studios – Helping you Drive Innovation

Finger Food is an award-winning technology company that helps businesses drive innovation and growth with solutions that utilize holographic computing, cognitive computing and the Internet of Things. Founded in 2009 by CTO Trent Shumay and led by CEO Ryan Peterson as a video game company, Finger Food pivoted in 2016 to embrace holographic technology, becoming the first company in Canada to become a Microsoft HoloLens agency partner.

With the support of its diverse and dedicated team of fearless innovators, Finger Food has built numerous large-scale holographic applications for global companies, including PACCAR, Lowe’s, Deschutes Brewery, Cirque du Soleil and more.

Constantly tackling projects with creativity and curiosity, Finger Food is home to the largest dedicated holographic development space in the world: The Holodeck. With over 25, 000 square feet of devoted warehouse space in Port Coquitlam, The Holodeck, is a game-changing, facility that enables the design and development of mixed and augmented reality applications. The applications and possibilities now available are vast and far-reaching.           

The 30th Annual Vancouver Writers Fest Explores the Power of Storytelling!

This year The Vancouver Writers Fest celebrates a remarkable 30-year history and Creative BC staff members have been present and in full support of the festivities! Inaugurated in 1988 and now a staple event in the literary community, The Vancouver Writers Fest brings local and international readers and writers together to reimagine the world we live in through storytelling.

This annual Festival is complimented with year-round programming where readers of all ages are encouraged to explore the Incite reading series at the Vancouver Public Library, Spreading the Word programs, and various special events with leading writers.

Find out more about The Vancouver Writers Fest programs.

 

 

 

POWELL RIVER LIVING MAGAZINE

Isabelle Southcott’s publication, Powell River Living Magazine, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, marking over a decade of serving the local Powell River community.  Nestled on the upper Sunshine Coast, Powell River Living Magazine is a locally owned and independent, leisure and lifestyle publication that reflects the lives and needs of local residents.

Southcott, a seasoned journalist who began her successful career working with daily newspapers in Nova Scotia, launched Powell River Living Magazine after realizing that her community was being underserved by the publishing industry.  She wanted to offer her readers the option of reading a magazine that focused on human successes rather than the sensationalism that so often consumes the industry.  Today, along with her Associate Publisher, Sean Percy, Southcott continues to offer her community access to diverse perspectives with 16 issues published per year for residents to enjoy.