Great news! Helmann’s pilot, THE DISAPPEARED ONES, is a quarter-finalist at the Atlanta Film Festival (2020). The script was chosen out of 1300 submissions for the feature, pilot, and short categories. Now in its 44th year, the Atlanta Film Festival is an Academy Award qualifying festival that will take place April 30 to May 10, 2020.
The official trailer is here! We’re still putting the finishing touches on the film, but we’ll be posting updates throughout the year.
The Things that Shape Us is a short narrative about Romina, a 16-year-old tomboy, is paid to clean the house for Mrs. Lewis, a strange and recluse woman with a troubled past. After the work is done, Mrs. Lewis offers Romina even more money for an unusual request.
Exciting news! Helmann’s spec script for Better Call Saul (“Misfire”) was chosen as a Second Rounder out of 12,000 entries for the 2019 Austin Film Festival (AFF). An Academy Award qualifying festival, the AFF has been around for 26 years, establishing itself as career launchpad for emerging writers and filmmakers alike.
Congratulations to all the other finalists! A full list of the scripts can be found here.
Thrilled to announce that ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL is an official selection at the Soo Film Festival in Saulte Ste Marie, Michigan! For those in the area – and anyone coming to join us – the film will be screening on Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 6PM. To learn more about the Soo Film Festival, and to see the full lineup of films, check out their website here.
Can’t make it, but still want to see the film? Grab a digital download at our shop:Watch the Film
We’re excited to announce that ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL is an official selection at The Bloody Mary Film Festival in Toronto. The film will be playing at the Imagine Carlton Cinema on Thursday, November 8th at 9PM. Tickets can be purchased here.
See you there 🙂
That was fast! ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL is an official selection at the 51st annual WorldFest Houston Film Festival and the winner of a Remi Award out of 4,500+ submissions. With a rich history, WorldFest Houston has the proud distinction of being the first to recognize Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, and Oliver Stone, among others.
Ava and I wanted to share with you some photos from the 22nd annual Kansas City Film Fest. It’s always been a dream of ours to share any film that we’ve made in front of a live audience and to interact with the community, so it was a wonderful experience from beginning to end.
A HUGE thank you to Kansas City and all the volunteers who helped make the festival a sweet and unforgettable event. Check out some images from the festival below and stay tuned for more updates!
We’re thrilled to announce that our short film, ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL, is an official selection at the 22nd annual Kansas City Film Festival! Our film is screening Saturday, April 14th at 10:05pm as part of the “Romantic Blues” shorts block, but a detailed schedule can be found here. The event itself will showcase over 100 films with seminars, panels, after-parties, and a VIP Filmmaker Lounge from April 11-15th at the Cinemark Palace downtown. Individual tickets can be purchased at the box office while VIP passes for entry into all events start at $80. For details, check out the Kansas City Film Fest website at https://www.kcfilmfest.org!
Special thanks to our Kickstarter backers for making this a possibility, and if you haven’t had a chance, check out the trailer below.
The Infant Days poster is here! The short film is currently in-development, but we wanted to give everyone a preview of things to come. A big shout-out to Ashley Floréal for making this happen <3 if you’re in need of any illustrated work, please have a look at her portfolio here.
The initiative and proactiveness she has demonstrated in her career so far is very impressive to us. She is eager to learn more about the role of an agency as it relates to her producing career. We are excited to welcome her to our office in the fall.Kerry BallLiterary Agent and Head of Department, Meridian Artists
TORONTO, July 5, 2017—Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Ava Torres as the recipient of the 2017 WIFT-T Meridian Artists Agency Mentorship. Launched this year, the Meridian Artists Agency Mentorship is a unique experience for a female emerging professional working in the Canadian screen-media industry that offers a three-week experience in the day-to-day operations of a talent agency.
“We’re thrilled to have Meridian Artists join our roster of mentorship opportunities for emerging talent,” says Heather Webb, Executive Director, WIFT-T. “This partnership represents WIFT-T’s commitment to providing emerging professionals with career development opportunities that highlight the numerous entry points and roles in the industry. At WIFT-T, our goal is to highlight the diverse possibilities existing in the industry and provide the tools needed for women to emerge and thrive as vocal, innovative, and visionary leaders in Canadian media.”
At Meridian Artists, Ava will learn, through job-shadowing, how a select roster of the most talented writers, directors, actors and authors are represented and managed.
“We are very pleased to have Ava as our inaugural mentee,” says Kerry Ball, Literary Agent and Head of Department, Meridian Artists. “The initiative and proactiveness she has demonstrated in her career so far is very impressive to us. She is eager to learn more about the role of an agency as it relates to her producing career. We are excited to welcome her to our office in the fall.”
Making a film is not just about your vision, but all the hard work your team puts towards making it a reality. One of the reasons why this is a bit surreal for us is that the screenplay for All Things Beautiful was written back in 2008, and although we were very keen on filming, we needed the team and resources to fully flesh out the idea.
That said, we’re very happy to see that our supporters continue to grow and we couldn’t have done this without you.
We’re excited to announce that Through Rose-Colored Glasses won Best Short Film at the 10th annual Grand River Film Festival. This was especially meaningful to us, not only because of the hard work that everyone put into the film, but also due to the fact that Helmann had previously worked as a volunteer years back. With a lovely introduction by Philippa Gates, Professor and Film Adviser at the Wilfred Laurier University, we were able to watch the film at the newly built Apollo Cinema, all of which made for an unforgettable experience.
We’re so happy to have worked with such a wonderful team and very grateful for the continued support from everyone.
We had a blast teaching the workshop at the Kitchener Public Library, and were incredibly honoured that the event was featured in The Record, The Kitchener Post, Make it Kitchener, and SPOKE magazine. Our goal has always been to encourage emerging filmmakers to work within their means – especially with a micro-budget – but we place an equal amount of importance on community engage, and so we couldn’t be more excited at the attendance and level of interest for more films in the region.
Thank you to everyone who came out, and thanks again to all the writers for taking the time to cover the event. Please check out the links below for more details 🙂
We’re thrilled to announce that Through Rose-Colored Glasses is an official selection for the 10th annual Grand River Film Festival, which is sponsored by Scotiabank. Not only do we have the honor of screening before one of their selected features, but the short film is also in the running for Best Canadian Short Film at the newly built Apollo Cinema in Kitchener. For those interested in attending the awards presentation, tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
After the awards are handed out, audience members can catch a screening of The Tiger Hunter (Lena Khan 2016), and if you’re so inclined, a post-screening reception at the Grand Trunk Saloon where the director will be a guest speaker.
Hope to see you there! 🙂
Thanks to the very talented Ashley Floréal, we now have the poster for our upcoming short, All Things Beautiful (2017), which is still in pre-production. Although our Kickstarter campaign is a few months away, the illustration will be one of many perks to contributors and will be limited in availability.
Click on the image below for a better look!
Sam, an aspiring scriptwriter, tries to win the affection of a talented actress named Claire despite a crippling speech disorder. When his best friend shows interest in the same woman, Sam becomes dangerously obsessed, breaking into her apartment to learn everything there is to know about his one true love.Learn More
We’re delighted to announce that our short film, Through Rose-Colored Glasses (2016) is an official selection for the Orlando Film Festival. Now in its 11th year, the festival will take place on October 19-23rd at the prestigious Cobb Plaza Cinema Café in Florida, a 57,000-square-foot complex with 12 movies screens, 1,100 seats, as well as a wine bar and two art galleries.
Stay tuned to learn more about when the short will be screened!
Cobb Plaza Cinema Café
We are very excited to announce that with the support of the city of Kitchener and the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, we will be teaching a workshop on micro-budget filmmaking on Thursday, September 22nd from 4-7PM (EDT). The event will be held in the newly renovated Theatre Room at the Kitchener Public Library.
About the Workshop:
Whether you are a recent film graduate or an established filmmaker, one of the biggest obstacles in making a film is acquiring the finance to make it. A micro-budget short film, for example, can cost up to $20,000. With that in mind, film can easily be one of the most expensive mediums in the arts, and with the economical state that we are currently in, it is all the more important to be resourceful. Nevertheless, there are other ways to overcome such an obstacle while not compromising the quality of your film. Topics that we will cover in this workshop include: the importance research, hiring crew members and casting actors, working within your means and with your environment, crowd funding, social media, pre-production and post-production.
- Substance Over Style
- Camera Tips (HD vs. 4K)
- Employing a Skeleton Crew
- Working with Natural/Available Light
- Film Festival Secrets
Refreshments and treats will be provided 🙂 For those interested in attending the event, please use the link below to sign-up!ATTEND EVENT
Happy to announce that Through Rose-Colored Glasses is an official selection at the National Screen Institute of Canada, a Canadian Screen Award qualifier. If you haven’t already, check out the trailer below and keep an eye out for more festival announcements!