FWC GIVEAWAY: Tickets To Crazy8s Gala and Afterparty Feb 28th in Vancouver

"Crazy8s is truly the single best way in BC to launch your career."
-Zach Lipovsky, Crazy8s alumni, whose film “Crazy Late” helped him secure a spot on the
Steven Spielberg show "On The Lot", where he placed in the top 5.

        First Weekend Club Wants to Send You & Guest
to Crazy 8s Film Gala and After Party in Vancouver Feb 28th!


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Crazy 8s 2015 Gala and After Party Details

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time: 7:00pm (Doors at 6:00pm)
Location: THE CENTRE, 777 Homer St, Vancouver, BC

Dress to impress and come witness the premiere of the six 2015 Crazy8s short films -- made in just eight days from Feb 13 to 20. Preceding the premiere screenings of our films, we will show our latest Behind-the-scenes film, sure to become a legend in its own right.

This year's Gala is hosted by Diana Bang (from The Interview and Assaulted Fish comedy troupe) and Nelson Wong (from American Mary and Assaulted Fish comedy troupe).

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This year's Crazy8s Afterparty will be at SCIENCE WORLD.

Time: 9:00pm - 2:00am
Location: 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC 


This year, our legendary Afterparty returns once again to the spacious environs of Science World, with more than enough room to accommodate our growing number of attendees.

After entering on a red carpet photo wall, guests will dance to DJ Static of WEFUNK Radio, rock out to Colleen Rennison and the band No Sinner and party down to DJ Emilita.

There's also plenty of chill-out space to socialize with both local film industry veterans and up-and-comers.

As a bonus for being at Science World, party-goers will have full access to the fascinating and fun interactive displays.

There will also be multiple cash bars with a wide selection of drinks, as well as food catered by Sugar Mountain Catering.

An evening not to be missed!

About Crazy8s

Crazy8s is an 8 day film-making challenge that provides funding and support to emerging filmmakers to help them produce a short film. 

Crazy8s is run by the Crazy8s Film Society, a not-for-profit society.  It was created to foster support for emerging filmmakers who have little or no access to funding for short films. 


Aspiring filmmakers are invited to present their short film idea in a 5-minute video. Every year over one hundred teams apply.

40 semi-finalists are chosen to pitch in person to a jury of industry professionals.

12 finalists workshop their script with a professional story editor.

6 winners receive $1,000 and a production package provided by sponsors in the local production community with everything they need to make their short film in just 8 days.

Finished films are screened at a gala event to the who's who of the Vancouver film industry.

It's fast! It's fun! It's Crazy!

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Canadian Screen Week Ticket Giveaway

Are you ready to celebrate Canadian film, television and digital media? It's time to get excited for Canadian Screen Week taking place February 23 to March 1 in Toronto. There will be panels, free screenings, opportunities to meet stars, and much more!

Guess what? We want you to be part of it! You could win a pair of tickets to an exclusive 'Invite Only' event during Canadian Screen Week!

On Friday February 27th, join acclaimed director, host Patricia Rozema and director Barry Avrich who will introduce the World Premiere screening of the documentary, WOMEN WHO ACT at 7 pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.  

In the film, Rozema sits down for intimate interviews with iconic Canadian actors Andrea Martin, Tatiana Maslany, Sandra Oh, and Ellen Page.

Plus, you'll be invited to the post-screening reception where you can mingle with Rozema and other Canadian talent and film lovers.

To enter, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Canadian Screen Awards" in the subject line and tell us who your favourite nominee is for this year's Awards. The full list of nominees is available here.

Good luck!

Don't miss the 2-hour live Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala on CBC on Sunday, March 1 - hosted by Andrea Martin.

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Richie Mehta on 'Siddharth'

It was a chance meeting that set off Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta on a journey to make Siddharth, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this month. 

While visiting New Delhi, Mehta encountered a rickshaw driver who was searching for his lost son. The driver was illiterate, couldn't take time off from work because he needed to support the rest of his family, and didn't even have a photograph of his own child. All he could do was drive the rickshaw and ask other people for help. His one clue was that many missing children end up in a place called Dongri. Where that happens to be, however, remained a mystery for the man.

Not having a cell phone of his own, the rickshaw driver provided Mehta with a number for his neighbour, should he have any information. It took Mehta all of five seconds to find the location via a Google search on his iPhone, but when he tried calling, the number was disconnected.

"It was just so messed up that I don't even know how to wrap my head around it," recalls Mehta. "That has haunted me for a long time, for many different reasons."

Film became Mehta's canvas for the story he wanted to tell. Siddharth follows Mahendra (Rajesh Tailang), a chain-wallah who fixes zippers on the streets of New Delhi. He sends his son to work in a trolley factory in another province to help support their family, but when he fails to return home, the distraught father begins to search for him, scolded by police and warned that a kidnapped child becomes virtually untraceable after two days.

Mehta was determined not to make a melodramatic story about child trafficking. This was to be a story about a man who is living in a radically different world with very limited access to information, and about how powerless he is within that world.  

As technology grows exponentially, it has created a deep divide between the wealthy and the people living below poverty line, argues Mehta. "I think that gulf is much bigger because of access to certain things."

What fascinated Mehta was the idea that those of us living in an industrialized country are like gods, in a sense, given our easy access to information.

"What really bothered me about this whole situation was exactly that access to information and understanding of the world [that we have], and the fact that [the father] didn't even know the right questions to ask people. That's what I wanted to do a story about. Somebody who has limitations that do not apply to you and me, and yet he has to come up with some sort of coping mechanism to deal with it. Which means that he may be more resilient than you and I. Because he has no other choice. Because he starts to recognize that whatever force took his kid, it is a world that he doesn't understand."

Mehta began to sketch out how this father would even begin to find his son in such a world, detail by detail.

At first, reluctant to admit that anything is wrong, the truth eventually dawns on him. Unsure of what to do next, his wife urges him to file a police report. But there’s little the police can do without even so much as a photo of the boy. So he takes matters into his own hands, borrowing money from his friends and traveling to the factory where his son was last they spoke. He questions the owner – who claims that the boy just ran away.

He clings to the only clue he has – that his son might be in Dongri. But he has so much working against him. He is running out of time and money. He can’t afford to take time off work because he needs to support his family. Perhaps more importantly, he lacks the technology to connect him to the information he needs such as where Dongri might be and organizations that help find missing children – information that’s at our fingertips. So he seeks that information within his community, but they are an unreliable resource as they are just as disconnected as he is.

"It is a very different world, with a different etiquette," explains Mehta.

He had tried to capture those differences by paying attention to little details. For example, in those communities, even those who own a cell phone, aren’t constantly plugged in. They top-up the minutes prior to making each call, which makes them inaccessible the rest of the time.

It’s as if they exist in their village only, cut off from the rest of the world – and even the rest of India. 

Mehta wanted to really capture the types of personalities that surround Mahendra, often casting actors who were themselves intimately familiar with that community. 

Tailang even learned how to fix zippers, spending a few days working alongside local chain-wallahs.

"The idea was that if someone is playing a cop or a fruit stand owner, they know those types people so well that they wouldn't need any research, they know the attitude so well already," explains Mehta, "I didn't have to write it, I knew that they would bring it." 

Mehta, who was born in Canada, first visited India as a teenager. "I had such an issue coming to terms with the fact that we were the elites of the world and not knowing that beforehand," he recalls, "Thinking that middle class upbringing is a normal thing and then realizing it's not -- it's not normal at all."

But Mehta insists that it’s not just a matter of putting money into social and civic services, it's actually a way of looking at the world that's very different: "It's a fundamental education, from day one, that changes your outlook on [the world]."

Beyond his connection to the culture and language, what draws Mehta to telling stories about India is that "it feels like it's a different planet from over here."

For him, it is all about fostering a stronger sense of community around the world. "I have access to a culture that which is so far away from here," he admits. Mehta believes that by finding parallels between two very different places like India and Canada, on a basic level, it can foster an understanding about people in general as well as that sense of universal unity.

"[E]ven though at the beginning of the film you start out thinking that you're different, we still arrive at a similar place," a place where we are better able to understand the world that the characters live in and their way of thinking, argues Mehta. "We're on the same wavelength now. To me that's very important."

So far, Mehta says that the response to the film has been around the content, rather than the style of filmmaking: "Which is really great because that is exactly why we made it. I didn't do it to show off, I did it to get something across and pose some ideas and challenge some notions and it seems to be completely landing that way."


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FWC Celebrates Canadian Cinema at Palm Springs PSIFF15!

See the Photo Gallery from PSIFF15 HERE! was excited to attend the annual celebration of Canadian Cinema at Palm Springs International Film Festival, #PSIFF15!
Our FWC host/ producer, Alexandra Staseson attended the festival, along with Telefilm Canada and great Canadian filmmakers representing NINE Canadian Films which were honoured at the esteemed festival this year! Several Canadian talents were honoured at the Festival, including directors Xavier Dolan (Mommy), Sturla Gunnarsson (Monsoon) and Maxime Giroux (Félix et Meira). MOMMY actress, ANNE DORVAL received the FIPRESCI AWARD for BEST ACTRESS OF THE YEAR in a Foreign Language Film! The U.S. feature film BOYCHOIR, by Canadian director François Girard, was the closing night film at the Festival this year!

The NINE Canadian Films honoured at the festival, and screening to SOLD-OUT film-loving audiences, were

BACKCOUNTRY by Adam MacDonald,
FELIX et MEIRA by Maxime Giroux,
HENRI HENRI by Martin Talbot
IN HER PLACE by Albert Shin,
MOMMY by Xavier Dolan,
MONSOON by Sturla Gunnarsson,
LE REGNE DE LA BEAUTE (An Eye for Beauty) by Denys Arcand,
SOME KIND OF LOVE by Thomas Burstyn 
TU DORS NICOLE by Stéphane Lafleur.

Telefilm Canada celebrates tbe activity at PSIFF, as Palm Springs is one of the marquee events of the film-festival season and generates significant buzz owing to the fact that its line-up includes several contenders for the Golden Globes and Oscars, two events that take place not long after the Palm Springs Festival. The Festival is very well attended, welcoming more than 135,000 festival-goers every year.

“With Canadian films enjoying a high profile at the Palm Springs International Film Festival so early in the new year, 2015 certainly bodes well for Canadian cinema,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “We are proud to support Canadian talent at the Festival, an event recognized for producing major promotional spinoffs in the United States.”
Added Helen du Toit, PSIFF Artistic Director: “Canadians constitute 0.5% of the world's population, but at the Palm Springs International Film Festival they make up 7 to 10% of our audience! So it is only fitting that we show a disproportionately high number of Canadian films. And with Canada's international wunderkind leading the charge to awards season, this is gearing up to be a very exciting year.”

There are close ties between Canada and the Palm Springs International Film Festival 
It’s worth noting that, in addition to the strong Canadian contingent at the Palm Springs International Film Festival each year, PSIFF Director Darryl Macdonald and Artistic Director Helen du Toit are both Canadian.

January 4th was an exciting day of specials events for Canada including, “Canada, A World of Talent,”  
Canadian cinema was particularly in the spotlight on January 4, as the day’s screenings of Canadian films included a special showing of Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Canada’s selection for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar; and in support of the Talent Fund, a private donation fund set up by Telefilm in order to stimulate investment in the production and promotion of Canadian films. Canadian philanthropists Carol and Paul Hill hosted the event, which brought together business persons and Canadian and international creative talents. Carol Hill is a member of the Talent Fund’s Advisory Committee.

About Telefilm Canada 
Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world. Telefilm also administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Visit and follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook at

FWC Congratulates all filmmakers and Canadian Film Talent at PSIFF this year!
Follow FWC on twitter @1stWeekendClub for continuous news and coverage of Canadian Film and on

~Alexandra Staseson (@MoveThrough)
Host/ Producer/ Social Media Manager

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Whistler Film Festival Spotlights Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch

Being an actor turned writer can have its privileges, as Chris Sparling, one of Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch can attest to.  "I knew at the very least which lines I'd hate to say," said Sparling, speaking with Variety VP & Exec Editor Steven Gaydos at the Whistler Film Festival presentation on Dec 6. 

Audiences got to glean insight about the art, craft, and business of screenwriting from the six writers in attendance - whose highly-anticipated projects have attracted some of the top A-listers around.

This year's Screenwriters to Watch included Ben Schwartz (Major!), writing duo Chris Bowman & Hubbel Palmer (Loomis Fargo), Chris Sparling (The Sea of Trees), Graham Moore (The Imitation Game), Matt Charman (co-writer of Suite Francaise), Melissa Stack (The Other Woman), Michael Starrbury (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete), Phyllis Nagy (Carol), and Suha Arraf (Villa Touma).

Bowman and Palmer have a special advantage when it comes to avoiding writerly procrastination, they keep each other accountable -- and competitive. However, they caution, pick your collaborators carefully.  "Every note [Chris] gave me didn't feel like a compromise," says Palmer.

Melissa Stack also recalled the collaborative nature working on 'The Other Woman,' where she spent most days on set. "They had amazing chemistry and were very generous and kind to each other," she said, "The more they played together the better it got." Stack also revealed the true 'troublemaker' on set, "Leslie [Mann] stirred the pot."

Phyllis Nagy, a long time playwright, had resisted jumping into the screenwriting fray for a long time, turning down projects, insisting on also directing. That tactic seemed to have paid off. Her first pic, 'Mrs. Harris' earned her two Emmy nominations.

Sparling doesn't see writing and directing as mutually exclusive either. "You see the movie in your head," he insists, so you're already directing it in a sense.

Meanwhile Nagy's next project is a screen adaption of her late friend Patricia Highsmith's "Carol," out in 2015. She says that while working on this film she had become more aware of a shifting trend with financing becoming more global than before. 

Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch are presented for the third year at the Whistler Film Festival.

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Spotlight on: The Whistler Film Festival

When it rains, it snows – at least in Whistler. This year, the Whistler Film Festival will showcase 41 features.

Canadian selections include TIFF favorites including winner for Best Canadian Feature Film, Felix and Meira, and stylish sci-fi musical Bang Bang Baby, which took the Best Canadian First Feature Award. There’s also Sean Garrity’s After the Ball, a fairy tale retelling of the Cinderella story set in the world of fashion design, Cameron Labine’s comedic/dramatic tale of survival in the harsh Rocky Mountain winter, Mountain Men, Deanne Foley’s Relative Happiness about an overweight but feisty bed and breakfast operator in Nova Scotia, and Sophie Deraspe’s Wolves. All of the films will compete in the Borsos Awards.

Amongst this year’s lineup are also several potential Oscar contenders such as The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game. The festival will also host the Canadian premiere for J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, as well as the Western Canada premieres for Still Alice starring Julianne Moore about a woman dealing with an early onset of Alzheimer’s.

Documentaries include award-winners such as The Backward Class (audience award winner at Hot Docs), Point and Shoot (best documentary at Tribeca), and ’71 (9 British Independent Film Awards nominations).  

Paul Gratton, WFF’s artistic director, attributes the festival’s ability to secure films to good relationships with distributors. “Managing the relationships with the main distributors in Canada is the key to having a good festival, without them it’s impossible, you really need their support,” he says.  

According to Gratton, aside from good word-of-mouth and filmmaker loyalty, the festival also benefits from its timing and an existing vacuum for a real market for Canadian films to be showcased and scouted by distributors.  

One film that’s hoping to draw some attention is The Cocksure Lads Movie (one of the pitches vying for investors on “Dragon’s Den”), about a UK band that breaks up ten minutes into their North American tour. The pic is written and directed by musician Murray Foster (Moxy Früvous) who says that beyond taking advantage of the “hot-tubbing” and networking opportunities, he chose the festival because “they’ve got a great indie vibe and are also very supportive of Canadian films, it just seemed to make sense.”

The Industry Summit is also a big draw. Here the focus isn’t so much on the creative process but rather the nuts and bolts of film financing, distribution, and alternative platforms – all necessities for success.

The China Canada Gateway for Film® Script Competition, which returns for its third year, has also been a big draw, says Gratton, and he hopes to also generate some excitement with the newly launched India-Canada Film Forum, given Canada’s co-production treaty coming into effect.

Each year WFF also turns the spotlight on talent, with honorees to include Kim Cattrall, Dean DeBlois and Don Carmody, and Sarah Gadon, in addition to Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch.

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Whistler Film Festival to Showcase Its Rising Stars

The Whistler Film Festival has unveiled its new Rising Stars program (sponsored by UBCP and ACTRA). Four Western Canadian actors were chosen - all of whom also appear in films premiering at the fest.  The new initiative is not only part of WFF’s strategy to spotlight emerging homegrown talent, but to also nurture their careers through an immersive professional development program that includes industry meetings/networking opportunities, public events, and more.

Rising Stars Camille Sullivan and Niall Matter both co-star in WFF’s Ally Was Screaming. If you’re flipping channels, you’re likely to spot Sullivan playing detectives on shows like “Rookie Blue” and “Shattered.” Most recently Sillivan has landed a supporting role in Sturla Gunnarsson’s Ice Soldiers, starring Dominic Purcell and the lead in indie drama The Birdwatcher.

Matter, a series regular on “Remedy,” has previously portrayed the Mothman in Watchmen and is best known for his roles on “Eureka” and “Primeval: New World.” His other credits include “Rizzoli and Isles,” “Motive,” “Melrose Place,” and “90210.”

No Clue, Gunless, Repeaters, and Sisters & Brothers are just a few of Dustin Milligan Canadian film credits, but he’s a familiar face in the U.S. too thanks to roles on “90210” and In the Land of Women. He will soon be seen opposite Maria Bello in Demonic and in Max Landis’ Me Him Her. Milligan just wrapped a Budapest shoot on the first season of CBC’s “Schitt’s Creek,” co-starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. He co-wrote, co-produced and stars in his own feature film Bad City, debuting at WFF.

Best known for her work on popular shows like “The Vampire Diaries” and “Primeval: New World,” Sara Canning has had a busy career working in both film and television. Most recently, she starred in Jeremiah Chechik The Right Kind of Wrong, and her latest film, I Put a Hit on You, a dark comedic thriller co-starring Aaron Ashmore, will be receiving its Western Canadian Premiere at WFF.

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Select up to 25 Canadian Film Hits for your personal film library!

Thanks to our friends at eOne entertainment, we can offer auction bidders 20 films from the following list of Canadian hits. Most of these films can be found in the FWC database where you can find synopsis and trailers to help make your selections and build your home entertainment library.

3 Days In Havana
388 Arletta Avenue
A Dangerous Method
Amal (2007)
Barney's Version
Being Julia
Casino Jack
Daydream Nation
Double Happiness
Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson
Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster
Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action
Fugitive Pieces
Gabrielle (English Subtitles)
Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed
Ginger Snaps III: The Beginning
Global Metal
Highlander III: The Sorcerer
Home Again
Inch'Allah (English Subtitles)
Leslie, My Name Is Evil
Lost and Delirious
Louis Cyr: The Strongest Man in the World (English Subtitles)
Love, Sex & Eating the Bones
Maps to the Stars
Margaret's Museum
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
Molly Maxwell
Monsieur Lazhar (English Subtitles)
Necessities of Life
Partition (2007)
Poor Boy's Game
Rhymes for Young Ghouls
Shake Hands With the Devil
Starbuck (English Subtitles)
Super Duper Alice Cooper
The Bang Bang Club
The Burial Society
The Cry of the Owl (2009)
The Custody (English Subtitles)
The Entitled
The F Word
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Lesser Blessed
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
The Right Kind of Wrong
The Samaritan
The Statement (2003)
The Whistleblower
Toronto Stories
Victoria Day
Walking the Dead
When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story
When We Were Boys (English Subtitles)
Where the Truth Lies
Year of the Carnivore
C'est pas moi, je le jure!
J'ai tué ma mère
Afghan Luke
Angel and the Badman
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Black Robe
Blindness (2008)
Cafe de flore (English Subtitles)
Cell 213
Eastern Promises
Facing Ali
Felicia's Journey
Fubar (2002)
Fubar 2
Good Neighbours
Hard Core Logo 2
Hobo With a Shotgun
I Am Bruce Lee
It's All Gone Pete Tong
Last Night
Mommy (English Subtitles)
Moving Day
Naked Lunch
No Clue
Our Man In Tehran
Rare Birds
Resident Evil: Retribution
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
Silent Hill
Silent Hill: Revelation
Small Town Murder Songs
Snow Cake
Stone of Destiny
Suck (2009)
Surviving Progress
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
The Barbarian Invasions
The Colony
The Grand Seduction
The Moth Diaries
The Red Violin
The Snow Walker
The Stone Angel
The Trotsky
The Whale
Trailer Park Boys 3: Don't Legalize It
Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
Whale Music
Young People F***ing

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First Weekend Club is celebrating BIG news! And our news comes with a FUN CONTEST! wants to send you and a guest to see Whistler Film Festival, and stay at Whistler's Hotbed Boutique Hotel, The Summit Lodge! See all the great Canadian Films with your festival passes, meet and mingle with celebrities, and enjoy the comfort of a boutique Whistler resort hotel! Details below!


A true, Canadian film "first", on December 5th, 2014 at the Whistler Film Festival, proudly presents our newest initiative,  
"Canada Screens" & #FWClive. It's the first Video On Demand (VOD) service to launch a new film immediately following a Canadian World Premiere!
Whistler Film Festival will host the World Premiere of AFTER FILM SCHOOL on
December 5 at 7:00pm PST at Millennium Place.
THEN Immediately following, at 8:30pm PST, the film will be made available on VOD for $9.95 for a limited time at, with additional content and exclusives from the festival by FWC, bringing the festival experience to YOU online!


FOLLOW the filmmakers, the festival and FWC live, online and at  @1stWeekendClub for coverage from the events using hashtag, #FWClive. will be on the ground covering Whistler Film Festival, bringing exclusive content from Whistler to our Canadian Film-loving audiences across the country!

“Canada Screens is unlike any other VOD service. Our goal is to provide content, as well as connect filmmakers and talent with online audiences through moderated Q&As, panel discussions, exclusive behind the scenes footage and interviews,” says First Weekend Club’s
Executive Director Anita Adams. “Canada Screens engages viewers in a way that will keep them coming back for Candian Content."


AFTER FILM SCHOOL, a hilarious mockumentary directed by Joel Ashton McCarthy, is about the travails facing film school graduates as they try to find money to mount their first features. A rather talentless, would-be hack substitutes his own script for the work of a deceased roommate
who actually has some financing in place, and the result is a hilariously
tasteless film within a film, High School Murders-The Musical.


Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel is Whistler's Hotbed For Creative Explorers!
With an eye for all “the little things”, Summit is perfectly tailored to the traveller who finds joy in life's everyday moments.  Summit makes it  easier for their guests to enjoy all the adventures Whistler has to offer by providing complimentary perks like wi-fi, shuttle service, pet stays, equipment storage and bike rentals.

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DEC3 - DEC 7, 2014, Whistler BC.
Celebrating its 14th edition in 2014, the Whistler Film Festival is an international film competition that places Canadian films at the heart of the event. To recognize the vitality of this art form, the 2014 Festival will feature six juried competitive sections and eight awards over $31,500, plus one audience award selected from up to 1,000 submissions.
For complete festival information, schedules, industry features, news highlights and more, visit

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Show your support for Canadian Film!
JOIN * for free and ENTER TO WIN a Canadian Film Getaway in Whistler, BC. (open to new and existing members)


-Two Industry Passes
(value: $300/each) to the Whistler Film Festival (Dec 3-7)
With the pass you can see all the films you want at the P&I and public screenings, attend special events, as well as the Industry Summit.

Industry Passes include access to the following:

    Festival Screenings
    Press & Industry Screenings
    Industry Summit Programs
    Networking Receptions
    Opening Gala
    Access to Industry Centre, Delegate Lounge & Online Industry Community
    Festival Program, Industry Schedule & Delegate Bag
    Pre-registration for 1+1 Meetings
    Access to WFF Music Café

-2-night stay at The Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel,
Friday December 5th and Saturday December 6th, 2014.


1) Become a member of First Weekend Club for free, when you sign up here

2) When you receive your welcome email, simply fwd it to us, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and state your full name, email address and a telephone number you can be reached at. Let us know which film(s) you hope to see at WFF and for bonus points, tell us the name of the film we are launching our Canada Screens initiative with!

*If you are an existing member of, simply 'reply' to the email you have received about the contest. Let us know which
Canadian Film(s) you hope to see at WFF and for bonus points, tell us the name of the film we are launching our Canada Screens initiative with! Maker sure to include your full name, email address and a telephone number you can be reached at.


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Make sure to tag/ mention us in it! And comment on which films you want to see at the festival!

The contest is open to Canadian residents only.
The prizes listed above are non-transferable, exchangeable or refundable for any dollar amount. Prizes do not include transportation to and from Whistler, BC, around Whistler, BC, meals, or any other expenses associated with the getaway outside of the prizes listed above. Prize winner will be contacted and announced on or before November 27th.

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Nov 13-14: Content Means Business at Merging Media 5 Vancouver

Nov13-14 Content Means Business at Merging Media 5 in Vancouver!

November 13-14, 2014
Vancity Theatre, Vancouver International Film Center
If you've not experienced the world of Merging Media, this week in Vancouver is your chance to expand your horizons! Now in its 5th year, Merging Media 5 is Canada’s only conference and marketplace dedicated exclusively to online digital content.

For five years, the Merging Media conference has been gaining a growing reputation as a leading Canadian networking event for cross-media digital content. We focus on promoting Canadian content, and providing the information, tools and strategies you need to develop, package, pitch digital content and to take your career to the next level.

The innovative conference is a must-attend event for experienced TV producers, digital content creators, and business development executives. With two days of power-packed professional development and networking sessions, expert speakers series, and high-level discussions providing insight into the ever-expanding multiverse, inspiring creativity and business.
MM5 serves as a busy market for digital online programming.  

Why attend?
MM5 is based in Vancouver, so it’s a cost effective way to get one-on-one access to buyers, distributors and funders.  It’s a fabulous opportunity to network with top industry executives who are keen to connect and make deals.

2014 LineUp

-B2B Market, provides you with direct access to top buyers from across North America – top commissioners, distributors, aggregators and acquisition executives.

-Intimate networking sessions, with commissioners and distributors to gain insights into what they are buying.

-Expert Roundtable sessions that address today’s most pressing digital online issues.
 -Presentation Parlour sessions with key media executives, buyers and distributors.
 -Keynote Talks by renowned creative strategists and industry experts.
-A comprehensive series of TED-style talks, with business insights and industry intelligence to take your project to the next level.
-The Digital Extensions Story Lab – Mentorship by SundanceTV and storycentralLABS executives, to compete and develop a cross-platform experience for a live commercial property!

November 13-14, 2014
Vancity Theatre, Vancouver International Film Center

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The FWC Vancouver team is looking forward to seeing you at MM5 in Vancouver!
Be sure to come say hi to myself Alexandra, @MoveThrough or Anita Adams @AnitaFWC!

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Alexandra Staseson
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