PEI's Media News Hub

What a year!

Well it's certainly been a year that's for sure ... haha! There have been a few set backs with provincial funding cuts to programming BUT we pulled together as a group and I think made amazing strides toward building the film and television industry here on PEI. We've also seen the blossoming of many of our members as creative makers and IMAC is proud to have been a part of this evolution through our various programs and support systems.

This was the first year IMAC sponsored experimental media at Art In the Open. 

We also worked with a local artist,
Judith Scherer to put on an incredible
ental media/dance piece.

We partnered with UPEI on a program that taught media to Aboriginal youth. And with the help of National Canadian Film Day we were able to screen the documentary "Trick or Treaty?" on Lennox Island.

We helped with the production of the first PEI Telefilm Micro-Budget Production Program feature "Kooperman" by Jason Rogerson and Harmony Wagner. 

And IMAC was a big supporter of the Charlottetown Film Festival which was extremely successful this year and showcased many of our talented filmmakers.

To top it off our signature program, PEI Screenwriters' Bootcamp entered its ninth year with 30 participants getting one on one mentoring with some of the industry's top talent.

The coming year will see workshops and more specialty programming and screenings, as well as partnerships with a variety of organizations. We are excited to see what unfolds for us in 2016!! 

Have a wonderful holiday! 

Renee Laprise, Executive Director IMAC

(Just a side note that IMAC is closed for the holiday. See you Jan 4th!)
Adam Perry and Jason Arsenault's film "A Small Fortune" has been selected for the NSI Features First Program. 

Adam and Jason and will be heading to Toronto in late January to begin the week-long "workshop", the first stage of the 10 month program. They will also attend producer and screenwriting conferences and training workshops, work with industry partners and executive producers, and then finally begin pitching around fall of 2016.

A Small Fortune - Producer: Jason Arsenault/ Writer: Adam Perry
An out-of-work fisherman tries to provide for his pregnant girlfriend in a quaint fishing village along the coastline of Prince Edward Island. Their hard luck changes when they discover $25,000 cash in a bag on the beach. The think the money is a blessing before the bloated body of a stranger washes up shortly thereafter, ruining their plans. 
Jenna MacMillan has been selected for the "Directed by Women" program, which is a joint effort of AFCOOP and WIFT-AT

“Directed by Women” is a professional development program for emerging female directors. It includes training and mentorship on the topics of screenwriting, directing, working with key crew, pitching and marketing, and will focus on the challenges inherent in transitioning from shorts to features. The final component of the program will include organized networking opportunities at the Women Making Waves conference in March 2016.

Jenna is the co-owner of
Tiny Town Media. 
December 20th - "The Shortest Day" a screening of Canadian shorts

The Charlottetown Film Society in collaboration with Telefilm Canada and the Island Media Arts Cooperative brings you a series of eight of the best recent Canadian short films. Running time: 94 min. 17+
Place: City Cinema
Date: Sunday Dec 20th
Time: 2pm
Entrance is FREE.  

Films include:

Bacon & God’s Wrath-- A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life’s experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.

Bus Story-- When a woman signs up to drive a school bus, she dreams of cruising down quiet country lanes and connecting with young students and their parents.

Call it Blue-- Obliging to a simple request of hitching a ride, Benito quickly discovers that Ana lacks a destination.

No Fish Where to Go-- Created using watercolour animation, this timeless tale of war and intolerance unfolds through the bewildered eyes of a young girl.

Overpass-- One night, Mathieu, 17, goes under an overpass to paint graffiti (French with English sub-titles).

The Little Deputy--Trevor tries to have a photo taken with his father. 

The Pepperette-- When two wannabe thieves try to act like bad boys by playing in the big leagues... nothing good happens! (French with English sub-titles)

The Wolf Who Came to Dinner-- Bea Barkley is an eight-year-old horror fanatic with a serious problem.

For more info on the films click here. 
Telefilm's Micro-budget Production Program is happening this year. Make sure you get your applications ready early. That means an outline, trailer and marketing plan. It's best if you have at least a first draft of your script ready to submit as will.  Our past micro-budget winners Harmony Wagner and Jason Rogerson discussed their experiences and offered tips on the application process. See that video here.  IMAC's internal deadline for this will be late February but will depend on Telefilm's deadline that will probably happen in early March. Stay tuned for more deets. 
Independent Production Fund has a March 1, 2016 deadline for the first stage of their web drama series program. It's good to peruse their guidelines to ensure that you have your application up to snuff. There's tough competition for this program BUT we've had 2 IMAC members win this prize. Check out Periscope Pictures' Bunny Bop and Jeremy Larter's Just Passing Through.
Genre Concept Competition for Women Screenwriters -  @womeninfilm (WIFTV) extends the deadline for the #FromOurDarkSide Genre Concept Competition to January 4th, 2016! @FromOurDarkSide is a national English-language contest seeking the best in Canadian women-driven Genre film ideas. Women writers from coast to coast can submit a max. 5-page genre film concept – be it thriller, horror, fantasy, sci-fi or a combination thereof. 

Shooting with no lights? Check this out!  ‘Revenant’ Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki Used Only Natural Light.


Did you know that film is making a resurgence and that Kodak is expecting to post a profit in 2016? Looks like Hollywood is rallying behind film. Even the latest Star Wars was shot on film. Check out this article. 

IMAC has a great selection of film equipment including a Super 16 Aaton camera. All of the film equipment is free for rental and we can find out the best places for purchasing film and developing/transferring. 

NOTE:  IMAC has a fridge full of film ends. If you are looking to experiment feel free to come by and pick some up! 

Millefiore Clarkes: "December in Toronto", 2011 
"Minutes before boarding the plane to Toronto my boyfriend handed me the challenge of documenting my six-day journey. This is the result."

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IMAC's deets:
MAILING ADDRESS:  IMAC, PO Box 2726, Charlottetown, PE C1A 8C3
STREET ADDRESS:  115 Richmond Street, 3rd floor of The Guild, Charlottetown
HOURS: Mon,Tues,Thurs, Fri 10am to 4pm . Closed Wednesdays.

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