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OFFICIAL SELECTION:
Kansas City FilmFest

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All Things Beautiful, Toronto, Waterloo, Kitchener, Short Film, Micro-Budget, Ava Torres, Helmann Wilhelm, Magic Lantern RAW, ML RAW, Canon 5D Mark iii, DSLR, Indie filmmaking, Canadian, official selection, skeleton crew, natural light, available light, Waterloo Region, Region of Waterloo, Cambridge, Waterloo, Kitchener, local filmmaker

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.

Macabre Christmas Poster

Film Production Company, Ava Torres, Helmann Wilhelm, Canted Pictures, Toronto, Canadian Filmmaker, award winner, Waterloo Region, Cambridge, Waterloo, Kitchener, video services, official selection, macabre christmas, short film

The poster for Macabre Christmas 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.

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Synopsis:

Two siblings hold Santa at gunpoint in a desperate bid to reunite their divorced family and escape to the North Pole, leading to tragic revelations.

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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!

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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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Official Selection:
Orlando Film Festival

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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

Micro-Budget Filmmaking Workshop

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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.

 Topics Include:

  • 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!

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