Steven Stiller walked away with the top prize of "Best in Show" at Portland's Wizard World Comicon. The Hole, a short film about a Canadian soldier in WWII initially screened at fifteen locations across the United States including Chicago and New Orleans.
Visual effects and motion graphic artist, Luis Almazan has worked on Point Break and Deadpool. He was a Compositor on the feature film, Chappie (starring Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver). Luis worked as Senior Compositor at Gradient Effects on the feature film, Identity Thief. He was also Lead Compositor at Rainmaker on Escape from Planet Earth and completed compositing work on Percy Jackson 2 and the Sea of Monsters.
Writer/Director, Eric Duvochel and Director of Photography, Elmir Valley launched their 10-episode web series, How To Make a Movie.
Since returning to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sebastian J. Petion has assisted the production of a CBS news story about the cholera epidemic, and helped produce a CBS interview with Haitian Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe. Recipient of the inaugural Journeys to the Edge Emerging Journalist Scholarship; Sebastian J. Petion also works as a 'fixer'; assisting journalists finding accomodation, food, vehicles and connecting them with the people they need to create their stories.
Sarah Lipi worked as one of the Directors of Photography on the web series, The Last Fall of Ashes; Best Series Award Winner at the LA Web Series Festival. The series was also part of the selection at the Vancouver WebFest. Sarah was nominated for two awards at the Madrid International Film Festival for her film The Passage: Best Foreign Language Short, and Best Director of a Foreign Film. Her film previously screened at the Spokane Film Festival.
Congratulations to director Jordan Barnes-Crouse and writer/producer Dylan Thompson for their short drama Dancing in Ashes, which received a Royal Reel Award by the Canada International Film Festival. Their film was also one of the four winning films in the inaugural Cineworks short film contest.
Michael Yee directed a documentary short, Buskers on Busking. The film screened at the Roberts Creek Festival.
After completing her studies, Jemia Fong began working as a script supervisor on a variety of short films and an independent feature.
Amanda Marie Lovell worked on a photography project that aims to increase awareness, protection, and appreciation for the diversity of Canada's underwater ecosystems. For further details visit her website.
Tracey Draper began working in post production with Real World Media.
Director/cinematographer, Zsofin Sheehy, completed the short portrait Greg Dawson, featuring original music by Iceberg Ferg; Quake of the Cans 3, documenting graffitti art; and Masoud Zadeh, a documentary profile of the Persian Canadian clay sculptor.
Cliff Markham completed filming and editing episodes of the Shaw TV series Make It Happen.
Aaron Cumming worked as an editor on the W Network series Love It or List It Vancouver for Big Coat Productions.
Cameron Gardner signed on as Lead Film Site Supervisor/OnSite Liaison for film activity in the District of North Vancouver. Prior to that he worked in the locations department on the film Addicted and the TV series Battlestar Galactica.
Stephen Coderre and his production team were selected as one of thirteen semi-finalists in Vancouver's Crazy 8's filmmaking competition.
Ira Cooper completed a short zombie drama and launched a web based travel series and blog.
Greg Masuda traveled to Uganda to crew on a film for Paperny Films. Greg received a Filmmaker Assistance Program (FAP) Grant for his student film Surviving in the Cracks. He also participated in the NFB Cookin Creative Emerging Filmmaker’s Program. He completed a project for the Kidsafe Project Society and taught digital storytelling to the Assembly of First Nation Youth Council in Ottawa.
Trorry Wong worked with with SIM Vancouver and won first place in the Matrix Video Competition with his piece Hey Jude Baby Spoof. The grand prize was $3,000 cash and $1,0000 in rental credit.
Nilufer Rahman's short drama Foreign Film was selected to screen at The Bay Street Film Festival (Thunder Bay) and at STIFF Short Toronto Indie Film Festival.
Saira and Nilufer Rahman filmed in Inuvik, Northwest Territories for the documentary film Arctic Mosque. The film broadcast on CBCTV and APTN. Arctic Mosque is about a little mosque that overcomes great odds during its 4000 km journey by road and water from Winnipeg to a small arctic town where a community eagerly awaits it. The mosque represents a new phase for Inuvik Muslims. It symbolizes settlement, a sense of permanence, and a carving out of identity. Arctic Mosque will premiered initially on CBC Manitoba.
Saira's short drama Grad Day was selected for the National Screen Institute Online Film Festival.
Laura Robertson set up Vancouver's first DSLR Film Festival with sponsorship from Langara's Digital Film Production Program. Laura has worked as a cameraperson and editor on programs for Shaw-TV including The Express.
Kelvin Eisses documented his journey across North and South America. Screen episodes of the ten part adventure series here.
Chris Bevacqua, Andres Salas and Greg Masuda, were recipients of the Hot Docs Astral Media Emerging Documentary Filmmaker's Scholarship Program.
Sonal Bakshi, Laurie Kindiak, Greg Musada, Toshomi Ono, and Saira Rahman's films were all chosen for inclusion in the Women in Film Short Film Festival:
Sonal Bakshi: Those Ten Minutes (short drama)
Laurie Kindiak: Pigeon Park Savings (short documentary)
Greg Musada: Surviving in the Cracks (short documentary)
Toshomi Ono: When I Grow Up (short documentary)
Saira Rahman: Grad Day (short drama)
Robert Fullerton won the prestigious Praxis Screenwriting Feature Film competition for, The Boy with One Ear.
Julie Tanas worked as a Lamp Operator on films including DGC Kickstart short: L'Oiseau Mort, ACFC Feature: Butterfly on a Wheel and the independent feature film, Stranger Game.
Richard Olak is the winner of numerous Canada wide awards for his student film, It Haunts Me.
Scott Estes worked as an Editor and occasional Camera Operator on VIVA for Channel M; as an Assistant Editor on America: The Insular Empire. Horse Opera Productions; and Assistant Editor for another documentary for Rave Films.
Brandon Brockman worked providing Camera and Editing services for Bumps and Stumps Production Company.
Guy Judge received a Crazy 8 award for his dramatic short All In which broadcast on City TV.
Anna Russell's Inside the Tango Documentary Film screened at Cinetango International Film Festival. She also completed a documentary film for the BC Labour Movement.
Bob Rogers worked on X-men 3 and Fantastic Four as a PA. He is completing the DGC Permitee Program.
Rhys Lloyd began working for Brightlight Pictures in the Post Production Department and as a Post Production PA Editor on Bloodrayne 2.
Bongani Ngugama received an internship with The National Film Board of Canada and began running her own editing company.
Natalie Indra worked as an Editor at Masterworks.
Scott Eastlick wrote A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride teleplay.
Clayton Goodfellow completed Secret Suppers Vancouver for the CBC TV Absolutely Vancouver series. He was Production Manager for the Blink Media AppTV series broadcast on CHEK TV before launching the Vancouver-based company, Georgia Street Media.
Suresh Patel's High Ball film screened at the 2nd Annual Filmmaker's Showcase in Vancouver.
Walter Ricarte's A Table for One film also screened at the 2nd Annual Filmmaker's Showcase in Vancouver.