Cineworks presents: “Back Down the Highway” – Our first ever short film contest!

December 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of Bruce McDonald’s “Highway 61”, Cineworks is excited to announce our new programming initiative “Back Down the Highway”.   Using this seminal Canadian film as an inspiration and jumping off point for the creation of new work, filmmakers will be challenged to realize an entirely original short film from a section of dialogue excerpted from this indie classic.   Judges will be looking for originality and distance from the source material, and the top five submissions will be selected for production.  Cineworks will supply each team with a week’s rental on the same package of production equipment as well as a week’s time in one of our edit suites to complete their projects.  In May 2012, the compilation of films will receive a theatrical presentation which will see each short shown back-to-back, followed by the original scene from “Highway 61” so that audiences can see from where we drew our inspiration.


1: I brought you some coffee if you’d like some coffee.  What do you think you’re doing?
2: I know what I’m doing!
1: Naturally you’re a little upset about this, Maybe you should just relax for a little bit, until you’re a little less bereaved.
2: I thought you had to go to work.
1: I do.  Why don’t you stay here today and I’ll drive you home tonight, there’s no hurry.  I met a friend of Jeffrey’s last night
2: A friend?
1: Yeah, kind of a weird guy, he’s going to come by this morning
2: There is a hurry, I’m going now

Download the complete rules and regulations here.


Cineworks and Raindance Canada invite you to “Booze and Schmooze”

December 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet your fellow filmmakers in the city over a frosty bevergage in the inviting confines of The Railway Club.  Co-hosting with our friends at Raindance Canada,this first-Monday-of-the-month get-together is quickly becoming  a networking hub and a great place to debate the intricacies of film theory or find a some talented folks to collaborate with on your next production.  We usually met at around 7pm in the back room, and all B&Sers enjoy 10% off food and drink.   Next meeting is January 2nd, followed by February 6th, March 5th and April 2nd.  Look forward to seeing  you out there!

Cineworks presents: The 2012 Production Fund

December 15, 2011 § Leave a comment


Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 5:00pm


The Cineworks Production Fund was established in 1998 to encourage excellence and innovation in
filmmaking. It is made possible with the generous support of the National Film Board of Canada and
Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society. Over 50 films have received support from the Fund over the

Cineworks is looking for applicants who can demonstrate that the Fund will make a SIGNIFICANT
contribution to the realization of their project. Eg. One week in the Avid suite for a feature length film
will probably do little towards moving the project forward; however, four weeks may allow someone to
achieve a rough cut, which would be a significant contribution.

Applicants should only apply for expenses that fit into one of the following categories:

Rental of Cineworks Production Equipment (use Production member rates)
Rental of Cineworks facilities, including Studio (use Production member rates)
S8 – HD Transfers
Use of Cineworks Annex equipment and facilities
Use of Cineworks projection equipment

Download a PDF of the application here.


December 14, 2011 § Leave a comment


Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society invites you to a Holiday Screening Party!  Come out and enjoy a beverage, watch films made by our members, and meet some of Vancouver’s amazing film community! Everyone is welcome to this FREE event.

The Cineworks Holiday Screening will include recent films by Daniel Code, Brian Lye, Jason Karman, Rheanna Toy, Lola Whyte, and Bear Witness.

Cineworks Holiday Screening Party

Thursday December 15th, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Cineworks Annex, 235 Alexander St., Ironworks Building (Side Entrance at Left)

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