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Official Selection: Nashville Film Festival

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THE DISAPPEARED ONES

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CREEMORE VILLAGE

Festival season is around the corner and we’re delighted to announce that Helmann’s 1-hour pilot, THE DISAPPEARED ONES, is a semi-finalist while his feature script, CREEMORE VILLAGE, has placed as a quarter-finalist at the 52nd annual Nashville Film Festival. Founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival will be held this year on September 30th – October 6th. For a complete list of all the quarter-finalists, please visit: https://nashvillefilmfestival.org/.

Helmann selected for Netflix-Banff Fellowship

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Some very exciting news as Helmann is 1 of 25 pitch program participants selected for the 2021 Netflix-Banff Diversity of Voices fellowship. As part of the program, Helmann will receive a full access pass to the Banff World Media Film Festival and exclusive project development with senior media industry executives for his feature film, CREEMORE VILLAGE. The festival, which is partnered with the Black Screen Office, the Canada Media Fund, the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), and la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles, will take place virtually this year from June 14 – July 16th. To learn more about Banff World Media Festival, visit https://banffmediafestival.playbackonline.ca/2021/

“This is an important collaboration and step towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive cultural community. Congratulations to this year’s participants, your voice is vital in continuing to build and elevate a vibrant industry and ensuring that all Canadians feel represented, in front of and behind the camera."

Chris ReginaDirector, Original Series at Netflix

Official Selection: Austin Film Festival

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SUCCESSION: "HUMAN PIÑATA"

We’ve just received word that two of Helmann’s scripts have placed at the 27th annual Austin Film Festival. His original 1-hour dramatic pilot, THE DISAPPEARED ONES, was selected as a Second Rounder while his spec for SUCCESSION (“Human Piñata”) placed as a semi-finalist, making it the top 2% out of 13,000 submissions. This is the second year one of Helmann’s scripts have placed at the Oscar-qualifying festival, which is going virtual this year. For more information on speakers and badges, have a look here: https://austinfilmfestival.com/

Reelworld Emerging 20 Filmmakers Announced

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We’re thrilled to announce that our writer/director, Helmann Wilhelm, will be part of the Reelworld E20 Emerging Program for his feature film, Creemore Village! Every year Reelworld selects 20 diverse emerging filmmakers from across the country.

About the Program

The E20 Program is Reelworld’s initiative to connect some of Canada’s most talented emerging BIPOC talent with industry executives and professionals within the Canadian entertainment industry. E20s are given the opportunity to network, learn, and pitch their projects to industry decision makers.

After the program has concluded, E20 participants are eligible to apply for up to $150,000 from Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program to make their first feature film.

For more info about Reelworld’s Emerging 20, check out their website here.

“We had over 250 submissions this year and it was with great difficulty that our jury had to whittle that down to only 20 projects. Each year the competition gets more fierce. Congratulations to all our E20’s. I look forward to seeing their projects bloom and find rightful homes on our screens.”

Tonya WilliamsFounder, Reelworld Film Festival & Screen Institute

FIRST LOOK: The Things that Shape Us

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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.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Austin Film Festival

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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.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: SOO FILM FESTIVAL

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:

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Kansas City FilmFest Photos

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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!

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
Kansas City FilmFest

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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.

Ava Wins WIFT & Meridan Artists Mentorship

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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.”

That’s a Wrap!

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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. 

Winner:
Best Short Film at GRFF

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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.  

Canted Pictures Featured in Kitchener The Record

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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 🙂

Kitchener Post:
http://www.kitchenerpost.ca/news-story/6883142-it-s-in-the-can/

The Record: 
http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6883142-it-s-in-the-can/

Make it Kitchener:
http://www.makeitkitchener.ca/makers/details/~25-Filmmakers-produce-with-pennies

Spoke Magazine:
http://spokeonline.com/2016/10/the-art-of-micro-budget-filmmaking/

Official Selection:
Grand River Film Festival

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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! 🙂

First Look:
All Things Beautiful Poster

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!

Synopsis:

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.

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