Victoria Film Festival – The Nucleus of Cinematic Arts on Vancouver Island

Since 1995, the Victoria Film Festival has been the center for film on Vancouver Island by offering a diverse selection of Canadian and international programming. With a commitment to providing the public with entertaining and high-quality films, the Victoria Film Festival has extended its programming to include year-round events. In fact, the Victoria Film Festival has grown from the Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival to the Victoria Film Festival, led and supported by Director Kathy Kay and Head Programmer Donovan Aikman. Together they bring a wealth of experience in artistic, technical, and operational guidance.

By supporting the practice of all media artists with particular focus on Canadian independent artists through exhibition of their work, the Victoria Film Festival has proven to be a pillar for artistic innovation and creativity. With the 2018 edition set to take place February 2-11, 2018, festivalgoers can expect to see work that further supports the Festival’s mandate which is to create dynamic media experiences that fuel a personal evolution for artists and audiences. The Victoria Film Festival will also continue to share artistic work with Victoria’s diverse communities through the Indigenous program, as well as present screenings of Asian, Quebecois, UK and Italian films.

ATOMIC CARTOONS

Rob Davies, Director of Development at Atomic Cartoons

The studio was founded in early 1999 by four animation artists: Trevor Bentley, Mauro Casalese, Olaf Miller, and Rob Davies. Atomic Cartoons came about by being at the right place at the right time.

Rob was working at Warner Bros TV Animation in Los Angeles in 1998 when a fellow director asked him if he knew of any animation studios in Vancouver that might be interested in taking on the pre-production of 26 episodes of a series. Rob’s three-year contract was coming to an end at Warner Bros, so with the 26 episodes in hand- he spoke with Trevor, Mauro, and Olaf and they decided to literally open a studio to accommodate the production. The four of them, with help from Mauro’s wife, Nancy, as production manager, literally did all the work themselves for the first month until they received their first cheque from the client. It was then that they were able to hire some actual staff and spread the workload out! That particular production opened the doors to many gigs from there on out.

In 2004 Atomic Cartoons co-produced their own series, Atomic Betty which ended up airing in 120 countries and ran for three seasons. The series was based on a female protagonist, Atomic Betty, named of course after the studio, and still remains the “studio mascot”.

In 2010, Olaf exited and Rob Simmons joined the company as a partner and missing piece to complete the Atomic team. In 2012, Jenn McCarron (who is now company president) joined the Atomic Cartoons executive team, bringing with her extensive production experience (and incredible people skills) and knowledge of the CGI pipeline and processes. With crucial key people in place, the studio was able to expand to the size and scale you see today.

As a studio, Atomic has been nominated numerous times for Leo Awards, Gemini Awards, and even a British Academy Award.

Recently they won at the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards with their preschool co-production, Beat Bugs, and picked up a win at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.

Check out the new Minecraft series launched last week, with over 1 million hits already this is on its way to being another national favourite.

Vancouver Island Film Studios Set To Open In Early 2018!

The Vancouver Island North Film Commission announced yesterday exciting news for the Vancouver Island film community and the BC motion picture industry at large. A new film studio, the Vancouver Island Film Studios, is currently in its final stages of construction and is set to be completed by early 2018. This latest facility to be added to Vancouver Island will feature 3 sound stages, offices, and prop shops!

With British Columbia already recognized as one of the top centres for motion picture excellence in North America, Vancouver Island Film Studios will help further grow the creative economy.

“Vancouver Island Film Studios is the icing on the cake”, comments regional film commissioner Joan Miller, “it is not a case of build it and they will come, the industry must have taken root to support a facility of this type and we have strong roots”.

Creative BC looks forward to seeing this Parksville addition contribute to productions on the island and opportunities for local talent and crew!