Social justice films sought for festival

The Nanaimo Global Film Festival is putting out a call for submissions for their 2008 festival.

The Nanaimo Global Film Festival Group is a central Vancouver Island coalition of 10 peace and social justice groups interested in screening films about the world situation and the Canadian context.

Members of the group believe that ordinary people need better information about the world and its systems.

To be eligible, films and video art must be independently produced by either Canadian citizens, landed immigrants or Canadian independent production companies. Older releases may be accepted if they are pertinent to current affairs. 

The festival is accepting submissions under three categories:

The View From Here – documentary features and shorts related to issues of social justice and the environment at a global or local level, told from a Canadian perspective;

The Art of Change – single channel or installation media art related to issues of social justice and the environment. Programs of interest include short single channel videos, looped installation programming and mixed media installations.

Children and a Changing World – Canadian film and video programming for children that relates to global issues and how children can become active and make a difference.

There are no submission fees. Films will be juried by the programming committee.

Selected films will be paid screening fees for inclusion in the program. Filmmakers are asked to send a synopsis with a preview copy of the film by Nov. 1, 2007. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if filmmakers want the preview copy returned.

Send submissions to: Submissions - Nanaimo Global Film Festival, box 1093, Stn A, V9R 6E7.

In its fifth year, the Global Film Festival will run Feb. 22-24.

It features more than 40 social justice and environmental films from around the world. The festival runs in four theatres at Malaspina University-College in Nanaimo, attracting an audience of more than 600.

For more information, please call Paul Manly at 754-9254, or e-mail paulmanly@shaw.ca.

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