Workshop for documentary filmmakers coming up

Established and aspiring filmmakers can participate in a two-day workshop in Kamloops. Deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 4:30 pm.

Established and aspiring filmmakers with a story to tell can participate in a two-day workshop with Knowledge Network in Kamloops.

Knowledge Network’s Storyville Pitching Workshop will take place on Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 11, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Location will be the Kamloops Art Gallery, 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops.

On day one, Murray Battle (director of independent production and presentation at Knowledge Network) will lead a workshop to help you, as a filmmaker, identify good ideas and learn how to present them successfully.

On day two, participants will have the chance to pitch their documentary ideas to Battle, Melanie Wood of Stranger Productions (strangerproductions.ca – Liberia 77) and Robert Wong, vice president, tax credits and development, British Columbia Film + Media www.bcfm.ca.

Applicants are to send their two strongest ideas for a documentary film (one paragraph each) plus their resume/bio. Ten persons will be selected by Knowledge Network to participate in the two-day workshop and all participants will be notified if accepted by Friday, March 2, 4:30 pm.

Send ideas, bio/resume and a registration fee of $25 per participant payable by cheque or money order to the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Film Commission, or pay by cash at the TNRD office, fourth floor, 465 Victoria St, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2A9. The fees will be awarded to the best pitch on Sunday, March 11. Deadline for applicants and fee is Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 4:30 pm.

Accommodations will be provided for successful candidates from outside Kamloops.

Big or small, bring one good idea (and a backup!) for your documentary and come prepared to talk about it!

Knowledge Network’s Storyville Pitching Workshop will help you identify good ideas and learn how to present them successfully. You’ll get a chance to practice and refine your documentary story and pitch it to the industry professionals, who will hear your documentary pitches on day two of the workshop.

For more information, call Victoria Weller, Thompson-Nicola Film Commission at 250-377-8673 (toll free 1-877-377-8673) or email vweller@tnrd.ca.