The Crazy8s Film Society announced this year’s top 6 finalists. The annual filmmaking challenge provides funding, professional mentorship and support to emerging filmmakers to help them produce a short film in 8 days. Since 1999, Crazy8s has helped emerging filmmakers who have little or no access to funding for short films and to train crew and cast.

“BC is a filmmaking hub, which is why it is so important to provide opportunities for local filmmakers to learn and grow. Crazy8s saw 150 applicants this year, with strong pitches and compelling stories from our diverse community. The team and board are excited to see what the top 6 create this year,” says new Executive Director, Grace Chin.

This year’s finalists will screen their films at a gala event that will take place on April 15, 2023. The Top 6 teams for Crazy8s 2023 are:

Director: Jessica Lauren Doucet
Writer: Jessica Lauren Doucet
Producer: Eloise Cameron Smith
Logline: An ex-Hallmark protagonist fights to save the happy ending she thought she’d already achieved.

Director: Brenna Goodwin-McCabe
Writer: Brenna Goodwin-McCabe
Producer: Dominique Roy
Logline: An alienated young woman discovers a body in her apartment elevator, left to fester under the heels of her unconcerned neighbours.

Director: Rukiya Bernard
Writer: Rukiya Bernard
Producers: Mariam Barry, Teana-Marie Smith, Andy Hodgson, Jessie Anthony
Logline: Four black women, with seemingly unrelated lives, meditate on race and how the love of their identity saved a young Black boy.

Director: Helen Liu
Writer: Jordan Symes
Producers: Melanie Germain, Nancy Kamar, Vivian Davidson-Castro
Logline: An elite-level chef literally puts herself into her craft, as her attempt to impress a famed food critic descends into a bloodbath.

Director: Gabriel Souza Nunes
Writers: Carolyn Woolner, Gabriel Souza Nunes
Producer: Emily Poulin
Logline: In a modern retelling of Brazilian folklore, nervous and insecure Theo discovers love for the first time at a fantastical, avant-garde party.

Director: Ava Maria Safai
Writer: Ava Maria Safai, Syd Castle
Producer: Nicco Graham
Logline: On her 16th birthday, singer-songwriter Melody awakens with a zipper sewn to her mouth. A story about the voiceless, who must fight to be heard.

Crazy8s has become a place to discover new talent, provide valuable on set training, and give opportunities to filmmakers to create work that can be used to launch their careers in the film industry. Crazy8s has provided working opportunities for thousands of people in the BC industry. In addition to supporting directors, there are opportunities for producers, writers, performers, cinematographers, editors, and a host of other crew members to gain valuable experience and build working relationships that often continue for many years to come.

Many Crazy8s alumni over the past 24 years have gone on to have vibrant and sustainable careers in the film industry. Dylan Akio Smith’s Crazy8s film Man Feel Pain won Best Short Film at TIFF, Zach Lipovksy’s Crazy Late landed him a spot on the Steven Spielberg’s On the Lot where he placed in the top 5, and other past participants such as Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open), Nimisha Mukerji (Big Sky), Cameron Labine (Mountain Men) and more have gone on to have successful careers in the film industry.

Approximately 24,000 people have attended Crazy8s screenings, and the films have appeared in more than 500 international film festivals, with many being broadcast on television and on streaming platforms worldwide. Crazy8s is made possible through the support of the DGC-BC, Telefilm Canada, Creative BC, and many more creative industry and education sponsors, supporters and partners.

The Crazy8s Gala, is a ticketed event open to the public and attended by a who’s who of the Vancouver film industry and local and international film lovers alike. This year’s gala takes place on April 15, 2023, with more details to be announced soon.