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Canada’s Top Ten: Student Shorts

Sat, Feb 20 / 3 pm

Following the screening, join us for a panel discussion on making your first film, with local filmmakers. Moderator Sheryl Peters is the Co-Producer of one of Winnipeg’s newest documentary video companies, As It Happened Productions, focused on telling Winnipeg stories. In addition she has produced several dramatic and comedic short films. Her foray into documentary film is complimented by 13 years of  experience as a sociologist and community artist.

The panel will include filmmakers Suzanne Friesen, Amanda Kindzierski, Allegra Chiarella, Dylan Baillie and Nicola Baldwin.  

Suzanne Friesen is a Winnipeg-raised artist based in Vancouver, BC, and Winnipeg, MB. She developed an interest in film and photography while completing her B.Sc.
at the University of Manitoba, leading her to pursue education through the Winnipeg Film Group and PrairieView School of Photography. Suzanne is the Director of Photography and Co-Director of “Smoke”, one of this year’s TIFF Canada’s Top Ten Student Films, and is currently in her third year of the B.F.A Film Production Major program at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.

Amanda Kindzierski is a Polish, Ukrainian, Ojibwa, Cree multi-media artist born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba. She is a graduate of the Academy of Broadcasting and National Screen Institute’s New Voices Film Program. Amanda’s focus has been on producing, writing and directing scripted and documentary short films, including: The Path (2014), Religion is a Teacher (2015), Cuddle Me (2015), Break It And Heal (2015) Her films have screened at Gimli Film Festival, Winnipeg Film Group events, Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Winnipeg Pride Festival.

 Allegra Chiarella learned to survive the long winter months as a child by spending them watching VHS tapes, or fiddling around with a point-and-shoot and Windows Movie Maker for hours on end.  Over the past year, she has become involved in the local film community, volunteering on film sets and at events whenever possible. She is also one-half of aspiring film production duo Neon Moon, along with Britney Kornel. The pair is currently at work on a short horror film which will be screened in late March at a youth film festival, at Cinematheque.

Dylan Baillie has been interested in movies from a young age and got his first real taste of filmmaking at The Winnipeg Film Group during the 2009 Quantum program. Since then he has worked on music videos for various local artists and has been diligently filming the local music scene for the past six years. 

Nicola Baldwin is a multi-faceted artist, musician and filmmaker. She attended post secondary study for Music Performance at Brandon University and Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba before falling in love with filmmaking as her career path. She is the winner of the Sound Design Award for the 2015 Winnipeg Film Group’s 48 Hour Film Fest for her short film ‘What Happened After’. Her most recent independent film projects include the films: ‘The Door’, ‘The Lonely Line’ and ‘The Steven Hurst Documentary’. She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Filmmaking in June.

AliaDir. Raghed Charabaty, 2015, Canada, 5 min, Arabic w/English subtitles / A man recounts the last few moments before the death of his beloved, in this haunting and poetic glimpse into the flashpoint that started the Lebanese Civil War.

The Casebook of Nips & Porkington / Dir. Melody Wang, 2015, Canada, 3 min (Sheridan College)
In this delightfully imaginative animation, clues and characters literally jump off the page as two policemen investigate a mysterious crime.

Cupid / Dir. Maria De Sanctis, 2015, Canada, 14 min  (York University)
Love becomes all the more complicated when Cupid falls for one of his targets, in this endearing twist on classical mythology.

Dysmorphia / Dir. Kate Grubb, 2015, Canada, 4 min.
(Emily Carr University of Art + Design)
Director Kate Grubb uses both hand-drawn and 3D computer animation in her strikingly emotional exploration of the connections between body dysmorphic disorder, disordered eating, and scoliosis.

ed / Dir. Taha Neyestani, 2015, Canada, 4 min  (Sheridan College)
Ed is a quiet man who truly comes to life when he sets foot onstage as a nude figure drawing model, in this exuberant and beautifully rendered animation.

Menesetung / Dir. Kyle McDonnell, 2015, Canada, 9 min  (Ryerson University) Two siblings on a failed sheep farm in rural Ontario decide to escape their troubled home by
stealing their father’s truck, but are unprepared for the consequences ahead.
Notes and

Michi / Dir. Kaho Yoshida, 2015, Canada/Japan, 4 min
(Emily Carr University of Art + Design)
In this mixed-media animation, Michi journeys into a brightly coloured world filled with adventure and mysterious creatures — and leaves with a renewed self-awareness.

Mme Liliane / Ms. Liliane / Dir. Junna Chif, 2015, Canada, 11 min.  (Concordia University) (French w/ English subtitles)
Primary-school teacher Liliane is distracted from her overly disruptive class as she anxiously awaits a phone call, yet comfort ultimately comes from an unexpected source in this assured and sensitively directed work.

Pretty Dangerous / Dir. Dan Laera, 2015, Canada, 9 min ( Humber College)
This intimate portrait of Seleziya “Sparx” Esho finds the pro wrestler confronting a personal obsession and the strain it puts on both her body and her family.

Smoke/ Dirs. Kellen Jackson, Suzanne Friesen, Sasha Tomasky, 2015, Canada, 13 min. (Simon Fraser University)
Quin helps care for her ill mother and tends to the beehives on her family’s sprawling farmland, but, after an unwelcome discovery, must question her surreal and mysterious world.

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival is generously sponsored by IATSE 856 and Radio Canada Manitoba.

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Wed 21

Optical Printer One on One Workshop Sessions

Appointment Based One on One Session
Wed 21

Shoot Some 16mm Film

Camera Orientation Day: Sat. June 1, 2019 – 10 AM – 2 PM (WFG Black Lodge Studio)

Shooting Days: June 3 – July 13, 2019

Processing Day: Sat. July 13 & Sun. July 14 – 10 AM – 2 PM (WFG Media Lab and Platform Dark Room)

Optical Printer Class: Sat. July 20 | 10am - 2pm

Editing: July – August

Screening Date: TBD
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2019 WFG Summer Teen Filmmaking Camp

Session 2: Mon Aug 12 to Fri Aug 23 (10 AM to 3 PM) | WFG Media Lab & WFG Black Lodge
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