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Meet the BC Creates Associations Serving the Creative Industries

Start 2021 with support and community, meet the six member-based industry associations serving book publishing, interactive and digital media, magazine publishing, motion picture and music and sound recording. These associations work to serve their membership bases to help grow and champion the creative industry sector.

ABPBC (@ABPBC) | Twitter

The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) is a provincial association of BC owned and controlled book publishing companies. The ABPBC works to support the long-term health and success of the Canadian-owned book industry in British Columbia.

The ABPBC supports the aspirations and activities of its membership through cultural, economic, and political initiatives and engages book-related communities in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond.

 

DigiBC - The Interactive & Digital Media Industry Association of BC

The Interactive & Digital Media Industry Association of British Columbia is a member-supported, non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We were incorporated in 2010 and have previous history under the two banners of the Wireless Information Network (WIN) and New Media BC. We represent the creative tech sector which is made up of the video games and interactive, visual effects, animation, and VR/AR industries.

 

 

MagsBC

The Magazine Association of BC is a member-run organization. We unite a diverse network of member magazines and professionals, and develop strategic partnerships, projects and programs that strengthen our industry.

MPPIA of BC (@mppia) | Twitter

Established in 2002, the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (MPPIA) is a member-based non-profit organization dedicated to a strong future for BC’s motion picture production sector.

Together, MPPIA’s diverse membership represents the ‘voice and vision’ of the motion picture production industry in British Columbia. MPPIA’s vision is to grow, diversify and promote a competitive and sustainable motion picture industry in BC.

MPPIA members work together to inform, educate, develop and market new initiatives that ensure BC’s motion picture industry flourishes as part of British Columbia’s vibrant, environmentally conscious, knowledge-based economy.

 

CMPA BC - First Weekend Club

The BC Producers Branch (CMPA-BC) is a provincial chapter of the CMPA, working on behalf of British Columbia production companies.
The branch has four key operational priorities: government relations, industrial relations, export and industry development. CMPA-BC has its own eight-member branch council and operating by-laws, which adhere to the regulations and direction of the CMPA national organization.

 

 

Music BC Industry Association | Music Programs, Funding & Resources

Music BC Industry Association is a not for profit association serving the for profit and non-profit music industry, including artists from all genres, industry professionals, service providers, studios, promoters, venues, festivals, producers, agents, managers and educational institutions. Music BC is the voice of the BC Music industry locally, domestically and internationally, through active advocacy for funding, policy, red tape reduction, tax credits and creator’s rights. The organization also advocates at international trade missions to promote business and creative opportunities.

Binge #WatchBC

Watch the best from made-in-British Columbia films and TV series this winter. Here is a list of 21 titles made here in B.C. available to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, CBC Gem and more.

 

FILMS

To All the Boys I've Loved Before review: Netflix's latest charms - Vox

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Netflix

Lara Jean Covey is a teenage girl who writes love letters when she gets a crush too big to handle but she never actually sends them. One day her deepest secrets are revealed and she creates an elaborate plan to save herself from being too embarrassed but it all goes pear-shaped when it turns into more than fake. Watch To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 1 and 2 on Netflix.

 

Indian Horse, CBC Gem

The film follows Saul Indian Horse as he survives residential school and the racism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles stereotypes and alcoholism.

 

The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open Interview: Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers | by Seana Stevenson | MUFF Blog | Medium

 

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, CBC Gem

After a chance encounter on a busy street, a woman decides to bring a pregnant domestic abuse victim home and encourages her to seek help to navigate the aftermath of the traumatic event.

 

Red Snow, CBC Gem 

Dylan, a Gwich’in soldier from the Canadian Arctic, is caught in an ambush in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His capture and interrogation by a Taliban Commander releases a cache of memories connected to the love and death of his Inuit cousin, Asana, and binds him closer to a Pashtun family as they escape across treacherous landscapes and through a blizzard that becomes their key to survival.

 

Beyond Human Power, CBC Gem 

Edzi’u and Dut Zi Zi Sus Loverin are separated by two decades in age, but they’re close. Edzi’u was in the room when her younger sister was born and smiles at the memory. Dut Zi Zi Sus often looks on her elder sister for guidance when she isn’t sure what to do next, burying her face in their hugs for comfort.

 

Film: Mixed↑ debuting on OUTtv and OUTtvGo on November 11th | EILE Magazine

Mixed↑ (or MixedUp), OutTV & OutTVGo

Mixed↑ (MixedUp) follows Howard J Davis aka Haui in his feature film directing debut, as he navigates what it means to be BIPOC and LGTBQ+. Haui’s mixed-up manifesto demands that we celebrate the exist.

 

Christmas in Evergreen, Hallmark Channel and W Network

About Christmas in Evergreen But when a storm shuts down the airport, she crosses path with a doctor and his daughter. What transpires will give them all a Christmas more magical than they could’ve imagined. Starring

 

Last Stand to Nowhere, Amazon Prime (US), Vimeo On Demand (Canada)

The Earp sisters and Doc Holliday resolve to eliminate the Clanton Gang problem in the only way they know how, at the end of a gun barrel, in this all-female re-imagining of the Gunfight at the OK Corral.

 

Daughter, Amazon Prime Video

In the aftermath of his daughter’s death, Jim is living a life of isolation and self-destruction until he can no longer hide and must face his tragic past.

 

Volition': Meet Adrian Glynn McMorran, Magda Apanowicz and rest of the cast of the supernatural thriller | MEAWW

Volition, Amazon Prime Video

A man afflicted with clairvoyance tries to change his fate when a series of events leads to a vision of his own imminent murder.

 

The Butterfly Affect, VIFF Connect, from December 18 until January 14

The Butterfly Affect follows a worm trying to make its way in a world built for butterflies.

 

B.C. Indigenous supernatural mystery Monkey Beach gets theatrical release in Vancouver | Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly

Monkey Beach, Releasing on Crave on Jan 6th

A young woman with supernatural abilities reflects on profound events in her life as she awaits news of her brother, who has gone missing at sea under questionable circumstances.

 


 

TV SERIES

Van Helsing, SYFY

 

Travellers, Netflix

 

Chesapeake Shores Siblings - Photos - 13 | Chesapeake Shores

Chesapeake Shores, Hallmark

 

DC Legends of Tomorrow, The CW

 

Supergirl, The CW

 

Riverdale season 5: Filming could start in August or September

Riverdale, The CW/Netflix

 

 

The new Twilight Zone is riddled with references and easter eggs to the original series

Twilight Zone, CBS

 

Supernatural, The CW/Netflix

 

Save the Planet Already! - The Green Channel

Save the Planet Already!, The Green Channel

#WatchBC: The Princess Switch: Switched Again

 

THE PRINCESS SWITCH: SWITCHED AGAIN follows, Duchess Margaret, played by Vanessa Hudgens, who unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with boyfriend Kevin, it’s up to her double, Princess Stacy, to get these star-crossed lovers back together.

The picture finishing of the holiday sequel was achieved by Technicolor Vancouver. Senior Colourist Anne Boyle worked closely with Director Mike Rohl and Cinematographer Fernando Argüelles to deliver the warm atmosphere. The end-result is a soft and romantic look, beautifully lit and true to the design of the images, which include distinctive Scottish landscapes and beautiful period costume detailing.

“Working with Anne was a pleasure,” said Rohl. “I was impressed by her professional approach, her obvious technical expertise, but more importantly her keen artistic eye.” The film was completed during the COVID-19 and Technicolor quickly adapted, putting measures in place to provide a safe environment for both clients and their team.

THE PRINCESS SWITCH: SWITCHED AGAIN is now streaming on Netflix.

Eight B.C. feature films to watch at Whistler Film Festival 2020

Whistler Film Festival 2020 will be presented as an online experience from December 1-20, 2020, featuring film premieres, filmmaker and talent talks, and industry initiatives all scheduled for streaming convenience. The lineup will include up to 30 new feature films and five short film programs. Available across Canada for the first time, here are eight #WatchBC titles you can stream from the comfort of your home this December.

SUGAR DADDY (Dir. Wendy Morgan)


SUGAR DADDY follows the story of Darren – a wickedly talented and unconventional young musician who dreams of making music like nobody has ever heard before. But she’s broke, juggling multiple part-time jobs, and has no time to create. Desperate for cash, she signs up to a sugar daddy paid-dating website and throws herself down a dark rabbit hole that forces her to grow up fast, shaping her music, and how she sees the world.

 


ALL IN MADONNA (Dir. Arnold Lim)

Maddie is a seventeen year-old teenager who has been homeschooled since childhood. Maddie has been raised with her younger sister by a rather hard-edged father Paul in a remote rural area in a rainforest. When she insists that the time has come to attend public school and make friends, she finds that her father’s warnings that it will not be so easy start to make sense. The community seems to have a rather negative view of Maddie’s family, and seems to believe that Paul has been involved in a murder. Maddie is forced to look at her father in a whole new way, and must reconcile the man she thought she knew with the man that he might well be.

 



AN INTROVERTS GUIDE TO HIGHSCHOOL
(Dir. Sophie Harvey)


A very funny fast-paced first feature from Sophie Harvey, WFF almuna producer Rachel Talalay’s daughter. The film takes a very funny look at a six week course offered in American high schools to help students prepare for their SAT tests.

 



THE DECLINE (Dir. Kayvon Saremi & Sean Patrick Shaul)


An insider’s guide to life in the streets of drug-ravaged East Vancouver, THE DECLINE actually points to something that is surprising for people who don’t live in Vancouver but have visited or heard of the opioid crisis ravaging the city. The fact is that there are activists and residents who are actively working to get the government to pay better attention to the area’s problems. Users are interviewed, some of them quite lucid when it comes to the possible outcomes of the choices they are making. As the film points out, surprisingly, there is a sense of community in the neighbourhood.

 


IN HER CITY (Dir. Carl Bessai)

Regular WFF contributor BC filmmaker Carl Bessai has been experimenting with storytelling form and structure ever since his first film JOHNNY (1999), about squeegee kids in Toronto. In film after film like MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS, FATHERS & SONS, and SISTERS & BROTHERS, Bessai has been approaching a short story perspective where improvisation and pointed character unveiling have made working on his films an actor’s dream. But here,­ he has outdone himself.

 


INDIAN ROAD TRIP (Dir. A.W. Hopkins)


This is a comic tall-tale about two Indigenous con artists, forced to drive a cranky elder across the reserve so she can make peace with her dying sister. Along the way, they encounter what might be supernatural forces and a stash of stolen loot in a car seat from a wreck they come across.

 


MERCY (Dir. Sam Flamont)

Shot in Regina, and financed by the Telefilm Talent Fund, this is an astute first feature from Sam Flamont about a young man named Finn who is sent to a medium-security prison for six months for killing a wounded deer. Finn is a quiet boy who likes to keep to himself, but there are some very scary fellows in the prison., including big hairy men who threaten the lives and the sexuality of their fellow inmates.

 



THE WHISPER OF SILENCE  
(Dir. Alfonso Quijada)


Josefina Moreno has been working in the coffee fields of Central America since the age of ten. Over the years, she has developed an old factory expertise that allows her to evaluate and appreciate coffee beans with precision. This has come in handy as she has grown up within the industry. Now that she is 18, she is coveted, acting as a coffee taster in coffee bean competitions and sought out by coffee companies to work on their behalf identifying the best beans for cultivation and export.

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