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Nov 17

Soundseries 2 – Experimental Sound Jam

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IMAC is proud to support this amazing project. It’s all ages so get yer butts out to it! You don’t have to play, you can just be a spectator to the awesome. The last time this happened it was PACKED!

Friday, Nov 17 at 8 PM – 12 AM
56 St Peters Rd, Charlottetown, PE C1A 5N5, Canada

From the Facebook Event:

“Searching out and bringing together a community of experimental music, sound art, and electro-acoustic noisemaking.

Performances and conversation followed by an open jam. Bring your ideas, your gear, and your friends.

Admission is by donation, proceeds will go towards rental of the space for this and future events. All ages are welcome.

A PA system will be available to plug in to if you are coming to jam. If you are interested in performing a set piece and/or talking about your experience, process, or sound please join this group and post a message to see if time is available:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/291662604684629/


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Nov 17

TELEFILM Micro-budget Production Program

Want to make a feature or webseries with Telefilm? Here’s how to qualify for their Micro-Budget Production Program (up to $127,500 from Telefilm).

The process is two-tiered. As a partner in this program IMAC is asked to recommend 1 feature film and 1 webseries project in English language and 1 feature film and 1 webseries project in French language. In order to do this fairly all submissions are reviewed by an IMAC jury. The filmmakers selected are then given notes to improve their application and that application along with a recommendation letter from IMAC are sent to the Telefilm jury where the final decision is made. Winners are typically notified by mid April.

The deadline for the IMAC jury is Jan 22, 2018. Please fill out the intake form and include with submission to director@imac.coop. NOTE: AN UPDATED INTAKE FORM WILL BE UP SHORTLY. 

Please contact IMAC if you have any questions.902- 892-3131 or director@imac.coop.

For more about the program go to the Telefilm Website

IMAC has had 3 of its applications to the program accepted over the last 5 years. The feature film ” Kooperman” Jason Rogerson/Harmony Wagner, the webseries “Lovely Witches Club” Renee Laprise/Patti Larsen and the webseries “Wharf Rats” Jason Arsenault/Jenna MacMillan. 

 


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Nov 17

Bluefin Documentary on the World Stage


Bluefin Documentary Trailer Director’s Cut from BLUEFIN A Film by John Hopkins on Vimeo.

 

Bluefin, the NFB feature documentary directed by PEI’s own John Hopkins, is screening at the Friday Harbour Film Festival, San Juan Island Washington State Nov. 3-5th, the Guelph Film Festival Nov. 11th and has been selected by Hot Docs to screen as part of its Film Changing the World series Dec. 19th at the Hot Docs Rogers Cinema, Toronto.

 

From Director John Hopkins on his journey and inspiration in getting Bluefin “out there” around the world over 2017:

 

I really feel driven by the experience of making this film and what I witnessed. It affected me strongly and feel it is my calling to reach out that vast oceans and its wildlife are in serious trouble. Bluefin is about what we have become as species and the urgent need to understand what we need to do to truly become part of the cycle of life, and not a top predator with no regard for that precious balance. In the end, short term greed will see us starving like the whales, tuna and sea birds are suffering off PEI right now. The festival circuit is a way to get a wider conversation going.

 

The global digital release of Bluefin this January to 100 digital platforms with a reach over 1 billion people is just fantastic news for relentlessly hunted bluefin and ocean wildlife. Only through greater understanding can we work together to preserve these creatures, truly provide sustainability and do something to counter sheer human greed and reckless ignorance.

 

Bluefin just goes to show you that you can make films on PEI exploring Island stories here, right under our noses, which can have profound international meaning and impact, not only for our own Island communities but for the world. PEI is rich in filmmaking talent and we can turn our cameras on our own society and explore it with the documentary medium, without feeling the real story is elsewhere.

UPDATE:

Know anyone in the Guelph area? BF plays there next Sat!

http://www.guelphfilmfestival.ca/testsite2014/?page_id=2521

Just finished screening at the Friday Harbour Film Festival, San Juan Island, Washington State. SOLD OUT! At the awards, the President of the NYC Explorer’s Club announced BF will presented upcoming as a Special Event in NYC.

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Sep 17

Lovely Witches Club is heading to Nfld

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lwc splash pageLovely Witches Club has been selected to participate in The [Interactive] Incubator Project (IIP) and initiative of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival this coming October. “This is an exciting development for our project! We are very honoured and very excited to have been chosen,” Renee Laprise, Producer of the Lovely Witches Club web series, winner of the Telefilm/TalentFund Micro-budget Production Program.

The [Interactive] Incubator Project (IIP) was designed to help women kickstart their interactive, web-based or multi-platform projects. Launched in 2014, the IIP focuses on storytelling and connects creators with the expertise to help develop, focus and network their projects, ranging from webdocs, interactive documentaries to video games. The IIP is open to women creators from Atlantic Canada and Quebec.

This year’s winning participants will receive training, support and in-kind services, including:

• Accommodation and travel assistance to join us in St. John’s, NL from October 17-23.

• Festival Pass to the 28th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

• Full access to attend all [Interactive] Film Industry Forum workshops, panels and industry training sessions.

• Exclusive invites to all VIP galas, networking events and parties.

• Private project consultations and guidance from leading industry experts to further strengthen your project concept and direction.

• 1-year subscription to Celtx Studio’s Full Production Plan.

• A secured spot in our Face 2 Face Pitch Session.

 


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Sep 17

Adam Perry’s ‘Blessing from the Sea’ has its world premiere at FIN

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Photo courtesy of FIN

Congratulations to Adam Perry, Jenna MacMillan and Jason Arsenault on the premiere of their short film “A Blessing from the Sea” which premiere Sept 17th at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival. You are makin’ us proud!

 


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Sep 17

Charlottetown Film Festival promises an incredible line up

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IMAC is proud to support the Charlottetown Film Festival with a sponsorship of their ‘Acting for Camera’ workshop.

Charlottetown Film Festival will showcase and celebrate screen works by filmmakers from Prince Edward Island and all of Atlantic Canada.

At the helm as Executive Director is industry veteran Cheryl Wagner. Screenings combined with lively receptions promise to deliver a memorable weekend for film fans and filmmakers at City Cinema.

SAVING YOU A SEAT… Sept 29, 30, Oct 1

www.charlottetownfilmfest.com


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Sep 17

‘FLOTILLA’ coming to Charlottetown

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IMAC is excited to support Flotilla, the upcoming weeklong artist/arts organization gathering in Charlottetown Sept 21 to 24. We will be providing equipment throughout the event and have provide passes for FIVE artists to attend .

Flotilla offers many amazing opportunities to experience work that we don’t often get to experience in PEI. Attending this multi-faceted event will open your mind to new ideas, perhaps help you see a little differently, which can work to inform and shape whatever kind of work you are creating.

For more information on Flotilla go to www.flotillaatlantic.com.

 

FLOTILLA/FLOTTILLE is the first transnational gathering focusing on nomadic and temporary elements of contemporary artist-run culture in Atlantic Canada. From September 21st to 24th 2017, participants from around the world will work alongside regional artists and practitioners to re-imagine artist-run culture in a series of public exhibitions, events and discussions in and around Charlottetown, PE. Taking inspiration from a nautical metaphor of boats banded together in open water, FLOTILLA/FLOTTILLE speaks to the shifting tides within cultural practice: ideas of nomadism, isolation, transition, exchange, and innovation.

FLOTILLA/FLOTTILLE’s program considers the flexible, responsive and provisional forms of organization that are increasingly necessary for the sustained evolution of contemporary artist-run culture. Innovative platforms for artistic collaboration will be a key focus. FLOTILLA/FLOTTILLE’s discourse will happen outside traditional spaces of power, on beaches, over the lunch table, at night, and in the public square, focusing on artistic production through current social and political themes.

FLOTILLA/FLOTTILLE aims to strengthen artist-run networks, exploring the emancipatory idea that artist-run space-making encourages owning the means of production; through cultural negotiations and conversations around food, collaboration, floating architecture, and the travelling archive as platforms to reach new audiences. We will explore pertinent ideas including: cultural negotiation, documentation, imaginary futures, identify and challenge past and current colonial gestures, and emphasizing how our relationship with available creative “spaces” affects artistic productivity.

 


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Sep 17

IMAC seeking visionaries for their Board of Directors


PEI Film is blossoming and IMAC is seeking visionaries to join our Board of Directors. In particular we are looking for a President with knowledge of organizational bylaws and policy development, as well as board governance. We also welcome any new voices who want to be active members of the board to contribute to the development of the organization and the film and media arts on PEI. Please contact Renee at director@IMAC.coop if you are interested or would like more information.


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Jul 17

PEIFest is here!

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IMAC is a proud sponsor of the PEI Film, Food and Ideas Festival. We have sponsored a young filmmaker to participate in the social entrepreneurship conference. We also have loaned the marketing team a camera so they can chat with people to get their ideas percolating and share them with the community at large.

IMAC’s ED, Renee Laprise and PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp coordinator Louise Lalonde will be attending the film festival, panels and the Saturday dinner.

IMAC encourages everyone to take in at least one of the films this weekend especially our local films including:

Bluefin – John Hopkins

Singing to Myself – Harmony Wagner and Jason Rogerson

Little Bay Islands – Jason Arsenault and Mille Clarkes

Mothers and Methadone – Jenna MacMillan

There will be a panel Sunday at 1:00pm on the Future of Film on PEI which will include Adam Perry, Mille Clarkes, John Hopkins, Harmony Wagner and Mark Sandiford.

www.peifest.com


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Jun 17

Lovely Witches Club present at Banff World Media Festival

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June 20th, 2017

The Lovely Witches Club at Banff World Media Festival 2017

Article By Patti Larsen (with Renee Laprise)

It’s been a fantastic eighteen months designing the relaunch of the Lovely Witches Club, as a full brand consisting of a real life community, books, merchandise and, of course, our Telefilm micro-budget funded webseries.

Founded in 2009, Renee and I have been nurturing the idea and the network of creativity and reclaiming the word “witch” to reference the personal power of all who use it. When Renee approached me in the fall of 2015 after our latest Witches Ball with the plan to pitch for the micro-budget program, I jumped at the chance.

With the brand already established, it was relatively straight forward for us to come up with a marketing strategy, based not only on the LWC itself, but tying in my own personal brand as a full-time award-winning author. The combination must have piqued Telefilm’s interest, because we moved forward in their process and received funding to make the webseries a reality.

Production for the twelve minute/seven episode series happened in 2016, with the bulk of filming happening in August. In November, we were fortunate enough to be included in Telefilm’s Digital Opportunity Bootcamp, hosted during the 2016 Playback Marketing Summit in Toronto, ON. This gave us the chance to learn from experts in marketing, including meeting face-to-face with our digital marketing specialist, Annelise Larson, as well as the other micro-budget participants. We were also given access to the full summit and heard panels from experts representing huge brands and their strategies for success.

Armed with even more amazing knowledge, we made a plan for 2017. The first novella based on episode one launched in January, with the rest publishing when the web episodes aired, beginning in May of 2017.

Our goal to release one episode a week until June 12th was bumped ahead when we were contacted by Telefilm and asked to attend and speak on a panel at the Banff World Media Festival. With many thanks to Francesca Accinelli, director of national promotions and communications at Telefilm, we had the opportunity to be part of this amazing event and participated in a wonderful panel focusing on new voices with Francesca as the host, sharing the stage with Aaron Levitz, head of Wattpad Studios and J. Joly, executive producer from The Coup. Our hour-long panel explored many topics, including finding an audience, growing brand across multiple formats and developing partnerships for greater reach.

Not only did we get to speak about our project, the chance to mingle and communicate with so many talented and motivated producers, buyers and broadcasters gave us the kind of reach we’d never expected at this juncture. Neither Renee or myself intended to pitch the Lovely Witches Club at this event—we had barely two weeks to prepare and wanted instead to absorb as much information as possible before deciding which route we wanted to take. But out of that desire came many opportunities to talk about our brand, including handing out pins (the Head Witch buttons ran out almost immediately, an excellent marketing test!) to a multitude of people, as well as the first novella in print format. Through our offerings, we feel we made real connections with those we talked to. We saw women (and men) including funders and content producers, buyers and marketers identifying personally with the heart of the brand. It was truly thrilling.

We came away from the experience with not only new goals in mind and directions we now know we want to follow, but with connections to several people who were, in the end, asking how they could help us. Now with solid leads to pursue with the potential to develop into dynamic partnerships, we were and continue to be grateful for this entire process, for the support and enthusiasm of everyone we’ve worked with and who have offered assistance and guidance along the way.

We’re excited to know our magical journey has only just begun.


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