Film festival offers production help

Nanaimo Global Film Festival organizing group wants to encourage local filmmakers to tackle issues.

For aspiring filmmakers in the mid-Island region with some experience and access to equipment, a modest grant is available to help with a project.

In addition, there’s a scholarship for a week-long filmmaking program at a level appropriate to experience.

The Nanaimo Global Film Festival organizing group wants to encourage local filmmakers to tackle issues relating to economic alternatives, social justice and the environment.

To that end, the group is offering the community award package to help facilitate production of a five- to 10-minute film or video that will be screened at its 2013 festival.

Details on how to submit proposals can be found on the awards page of the festival website at  The deadline for submissions has been extended to Monday (Sept. 24).

The website also gives details on the local and international documentaries – more than 30 – that will be screened at this year’s festival Sept. 28-29 at Vancouver Island University.  Additional screenings will take place at the Painted Turtle’s Corner Lounge at lunch time on Sept. 28 and on Sept. 30.

The award winner will be announced during the festival and will have approximately a year to complete the film.

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