Storycraft: A 10-week Screenwriting and Script Development Workshop –– Call for Expressions of Interest
Storycraft: A 10-week Screenwriting and Script Development Workshop –– Call for Expressions of Interest

27 January 2017—7:00pm-10:00pm
Cineworks Studio, 1131 Howe Street (lane entrance)

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Deadline January 27, 6.00pm

Prospective participants: please send an expression of interest with a 7-page script sample to programs[at] by Fri Jan 27, email subject: STORYCRAFT.
Participant selections will be announced in early February.

Workshop Information

February – April , 2017
Thursdays, 7.00pm–10.00pm
Cineworks and Affiliate Partner Members: $350 + taxes
Non-members: $450 + taxes
Selection by Expressions of Interest

Do you have an idea for a film you’ve been nurturing but haven’t actually developed? Do you have a script that’s stuck or are you looking to take your work a step further? Do you simply want to get some experience with the essentials of storytelling on screen? If so, this workshop is for you.

Storycraft is a highly participatory workshop with a single goal – to help and encourage screenwriters to tell their story, to create and develop their screenplay, (short or long form).

Storycraft is driven by its participants. Projects will be chosen by the writers and submitted for workshop discussion on a regular basis. In addition to individual feedback, participants can expect to address questions of visual storytelling, story structure in film, character, dialogue, rhythm, tempo, script development and revision.

The Instructor

Martin Kinch is a writer, director and story editor. For over forty years he has focused on the creation and production of new Canadian work in film, on television on stage and on radio. As a playwright, he has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Chalmers Award. He has produced series and MoWs for CBC. He has written and story edited for a variety of TV series, among them Dead Man’s Gun, Jake and the Kid, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. He works as a script consultant with a number of independent filmmakers and teaches Screenwriting in the Creative Writing Program at UBC.

Storycraft Outline

Storycraft is a writer driven workshop focusing on the work of its participants. Writers will choose their own projects (short or long form film) and submit their developing work to the workshop for discussion on a regular basis. Each participant will create her own schedule and set her own goals.

Writers will be expected to work through the stages of script development from pitch/discussion, outline and first draft.

Many of the sessions will feature a discussion of the elements of screenwriting: visual storytelling, dramatic structure, character, dialogue, tempo and rhythm, development and revision.

Excerpts from films will be screened to illustrate questions as they arise.

In the last sessions, each of the writers will sit down one-on-one with the instructor to discuss their project and plan its further development.

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16mm Filmmaking: An In-Depth Project-Based Introduction
16mm Filmmaking: An In-Depth Project-Based Introduction

22 January 2017—11:30am-5:00pm
Cineworks Annex 235 Alexander Street Ironworks Building Basement (lane entrance)

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General Admission $650
Concession Admission $600
Cineworks Members $500


This course is an in-depth and intimate collection of 5 workshops, and 5 supervised analog studio /lab sessions with 700' Kodak Tri-X Reversal B&W 16mm film per participant and Film processing chemistry for all film provided. The course takes place over 5 sessions, on Sundays between 22 Jan and 26 Mar - with each session lasting 5 hours.

Participants will be trained in:

The basics of how to properly expose 16mm motion picture film with a Bolex camera in natural light using either a Sekonic or Luna light meter.

How to safely hand process b/w camera film using a LOMO developing tank.

How to use a Steenbeck for analog editing.

How to use a JK optical printer for blow-ups, reductions and motion effects in addition to basic shot editing.

How to digitally prepare a sound track and photograph a 16mm optical track using an Auricon camera.

How to use a Bell and Howell C-Printer to create a married print with picture and optical sound.

As all these processes are required to create a 16mm married film print, participants are expected to participate in all workshops and follow through with their own independent project (either on film or digitally) to be completed at the end of the workshop series.

Use of Cineworks facilities and equipment will be available to participants outside of workshop hours to allow them to practice learned skills and apply them to their project.
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Play It Forward: Campaign Video Contest For Non-Profits: Information Session / Meet & Greet
Play It Forward: Campaign Video Contest For Non-Profits: Information Session / Meet & Greet

10 December 2016—2:00pm-6:00pm
The Dance Studio, Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Davie & Pacific, Vancouver

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10 December; 2:00pm-4:00pm
The Dance Studio, Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre,
181 Roundhouse Mews, Davie & Pacific, Vancouver

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society is looking for 8 regional charities and non-profits and 8 filmmakers from the Metro Vancouver area, to pair up in a commission to create 8 great campaign videos. Now in its fourth year, the Play it Forward campaign video contest will take place between December 2016 and March 2017 and is designed to bring together our creative and non-profit communities to help make Metro Vancouver a better place to live. The program is supported directly by a Metro Vancouver Cultural Grant.

Organisations that are registered as non-profits or charities should contact with an expression of interest, no later than 6pm on Wednesday 7 December; emails should have PIF 2017 in the subject field.

Filmmakers can arrive without prior arrangement

Cineworks will commission 8 pairings of filmmakers and regional organizations to collaborate on producing a subsidized* campaign video of one to three minutes long, professionally and engagingly capturing the spirit of each organization involved. The finished videos will be screened at Pacific Cinematheque in a free public event in March 2017, after which the filmmakers and organizations will be able to use them as they wish.

8 chosen charities and non-profits will receive:
One subsidized, professionally produced campaign video / PSA / micro doc of one to three minutes in length*

8 chosen filmmakers will each receive:
1: One Year Production Membership with Cineworks ($120)
2: $700 production honorarium (cash)
3: $1000 equipment credit at Cineworks to be used for the video**
4: Theatrical screening of their video at Pacific Cinematheque, March 2017
5: Free EVO car share membership, plus 100 minutes free drive time
6: The chance to win the Audience Choice Award of:
● $1000 Equipment Credit at Cineworks**
● $250 Gearbase Camera Rentals gift voucher
● One year’s free access to DOC BC Workshops
● Three days’ free drive time with EVO car share
● iPad mini

Special thanks to Metro Vancouver Cultural Grants Program, The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, DOC BC, Gearbase Camera Rentals, EVO Car Share and The Cinematheque for their generous collaboration.

*Selected charities / non-profits will each be required to contribute a maximum of $500 towards artists’ fees and production expenses (tbc in December). Cineworks will contribute $2000 in-kind per video towards production costs, exhibition promotion and project management. Filmmakers will contribute $2000 in-kind in producing the videos for a modest honorarium and production expenses budget.

**Valued at commercial rental rates; includes $100 credit per production at Gearbase Camera Rentals

For more information contact Jem Noble, Director of Programs,


22 videos were made in previous Play It Forward initiatives. Screening links can be found here:



Gearbase Camera Rentals is an equipment facility serving independent filmmakers, film industry and corporate video productions with a comprehensive range of professional film gear. [](

EVO Car Share is evolution of car sharing built for British Columbians. Evo gives you the flexibility to pick up and drop off in different locations, getting you from here to there with room for your friends. Our fleet of Toyota Prius Hybrids provides affordable travel with a lighter environmental footprint and all the space you need to enjoy the best of BC." EVO is created by BCAA. [](

The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is the largest professional non-profit association of independent filmmakers in Canada, with more than 850 members across the country and over 200 members in the BC Chapter. [](

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Annual funding assistance is available to arts and culture organizations for regional projects through Metro Vancouver Cultural Grants awarded to a maximum of $10,000. [](

The Roundhouse is a centre for community cultural development and a community source for recreational activities for all ages, located at Davie and Pacific in Downtown Vancouver. [](

Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique was established as a film society four decades ago, and since that time has been one of the most active film organizations in North America, with more than 500 curated film exhibitions annually. [](

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society (est.1980) is an artist-run production and exhibition centre that supports independent filmmakers and media artists working in video and celluloid film media. Cineworks gratefully acknowledges and pays respect to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations on whose unceded traditional territories our organization and our work is based. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, The Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver in supporting our multi-year operations. [](

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Film & Media Showcase: Cineworks | WIFTV | DOC BC
Film & Media Showcase: Cineworks | WIFTV | DOC BC

30 November 2016—7:00pm-9:00pm
Cineworks Studio, 1131 Howe Street

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The Film and Media Showcase is a public forum for members of Cineworks, WIFTV and DOC BC. It provides filmmakers with an opportunity to share their work with other artists and the public, across genres and in a variety of lengths, in a space dedicated to discovery, discussion and inspiration. Each screening will be followed by a question and answer session with creators, with informal conversation and networking afterwards.

River of Silence * 92 min
Writer/Producer: Petie Chalifoux (WIFTV)
Director: Micheal Auger

(*Not the finished cut – the filmmakers would like to get anonymous feedback from the audience with paper surveys)

Set against the backdrop of the growing number of murdered and missing Indigenous women in Canada, River Of Silence tells the story of a successful Indigenous woman, Helen along with husband Nathan, living in present day Vancouver, who must navigate the horror of their daughter having gone missing and is found murdered.

River Of Silence is written by Petie Chalifoux, an up and coming Indigenous (Cree) female writer/producer, trained at Capilano University; Bachelors Degree in Motion Picture Arts, who brings her own experiences – as the granddaughter of a woman who went missing in the year 2000 and was later found dead under suspicious circumstances with no answers regarding her death to this day – to this story. The harsh reality of this epidemic that has been occurring for many decades is finally coming to the greater public. This is a call-to-action feature film that seeks to touch the hearts of many, open the eyes of all and ultimately help make this a safer world for all women.

Children of Takaya (2016)
Filmmaker: Katie Coolidge (Cineworks)

A special commission for F-O-R-M (Festival Of Recorded Movement) in partnership with Cineworks.

Dancers/Drummers: Leonard George, Gabriel George, Cyrus George, Dennis Thomas, Kalup George, Les George, William Thomas-George, Charlene George, Elsie Gus, Arianna Gus, Laura George. Filming by Nancy Bleck (Background nature shots) and Sebnem Ozpeta (Slahal Dance).

Katie Coolidge is a Tsleil-Waututh filmmaker and graduate of the Capilano University Film Program.
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By Night With Torch & Spear
By Night With Torch & Spear

25 November 2016—8:00pm-9:30pm
The Arts Factory, 281 Industrial Ave, Vancouver

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A Film Program Arranged by Geoffrey Farmer


Cineworks and Eastside Culture Crawl celebrate the Crawl's 20th anniversary with this special evening. Vancouver-based artist Geoffrey Farmer is to represent Canada at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017. This program of works originally created on film explores the capacity of cinema to challenge conventional assumptions of knowledge and memory as reflections of the world. Dramatizing and subverting ideas of authority and integrity attributed to documents and archives in earlier phases of modernity, these films support the view that such materials participate in the ongoing construction of history, memory and reality.

The program also extends an invitation to consider the forcefulness of objects, images and sounds as building blocks for history as a narrative phenomenon, distinct from 'the past'. As such it presents a backdrop against which to understand the forces marshalled in Geoffrey Farmer’s art practice to investigate the archive as an unstable and shifting constellation of transformative capacities, energies and impulses, most present to readers and viewers in material forms.

Joseph Cornell (US)
By Night with Torch and Spear, 1970
DVD from 16mm, colour, 8 mins.

Bruce Conner (US)
A Movie, 1958
16mm, black and white, 10 mins.

Alain Resnais (Fr)
Toute la mémoire du monde, 1956
DVD from 35mm, black and white, 21mins.

Arthur Lipsett (Ca)
Very Nice, Very Nice, 1961
HD video from 16mm transferred, black and white, 6 mins. 59 secs.

Chris Marker (Fr)
La Jetée,1962
DVD from 35mm, black and white, 28 mins.

The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual 4-day visual arts festival in November that involves artists on Vancouver's Eastside opening their studio to the public.
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