|With summer almost over, its time to get back to business as far as the film industry is concerned. This means, generally, fewer workshops and more events. That said, there are still several things for you to get involved with before heading back to school in September.
This Friday marks the grand opening of the Drive-In. Thats right, Calgary has a new drive-in theatre at Race City Speedway (11550 68 Street S.E.). The featured films will be Ice Age 2: The Meltdown at 9:45 p.m. and Grease at 11:45 p.m. It looks as though the screenings will continue each week until November (weather permitting), and for all the deets, you can visit www.movieinthepark.ca.
Departure Films is holding a casting call for an independent short film to be shot in Calgary from September 1 to 4. Director Michael Dymock will be holding auditions on August 18 and 19 from noon until 5 p.m. If you are interested, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS) has announced the 14th Annual NFB QAS Production Scholarship Competition designed to assist individuals in making their first animated movie. The scholarship includes a course, workshops, a producing membership and equipment access. Deadline for applications is Friday, August 25 at 5 p.m. and applications are available at QAS (#201, 351 11th Avenue S.W.).
As a part of the fundraiser and awareness event "Mothering Matters: Nurturing Our Future Together," Pink Gazelle productions presents a screening of their documentary Whatever Floats Your Boat... Perspectives on Motherhood. Edited at the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, this film won audience favourite at the Bare Bones Film Festival in Drumheller. The event takes place on Sunday, August 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Calgary Zoo. Tickets are $20. Visit www.pinkgazelle.com for more information.
herland Film and Video Festival is accepting submissions for its 2007 festival, to take place from May 1 to 6. The deadline is quickly approaching Friday, September 1. All submission requirements and forms are available at www.herlandfestival.com.
New University Television (NUTV) celebrates the launch of its 15th anniversary with an open house on Friday, September 15 from noon until 7 p.m. The NUTV office is located in MacEwan Hall at the University of Calgary. Visit www.nutv.ca for more details on this event as well as volunteer opportunities.
The Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) presents a screening of the documentary NEXT: A Primer on Urban Painting, on Saturday, September 16 at the Hifi Club (219 10th Avenue S.W.). This fundraiser will also feature two members of the Heavyweight Collective, featured in the film, who will be creating a live graffiti installation. The director will also be in attendance. Visit www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org for more details.
The 10th anniversary session of the "Women In the Directors Chair" workshop is a chance to develop your storytelling style, leadership skills and take creative risks in a safe learning environment. Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Lea Pool (The Blue Butterfly, Emporte-moi) will lead the session. Applications are available online at www.creativewomenworkshops.com.