FOKUS FILM FESTIVAL

What is the Fokus Film Festival?

Fokus Film Festival is the only festival for student film at McGill University hosted annually by TVM. All McGill students are welcome to submit original short films for presentation and competition. Films are divided into 5 categories: fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, and 72-hour. Selected films will be screened in one evening at Cinema du Parc in front of a discerning audience, made up of McGill students, their supporters, and a panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded to the best of each category, the People’s Choice, and the Best of the Fest. Winners will be announced at the festival after party.

This Year’s Theme

The theme for this year’s festival, Silence Please, celebrates the introduction of sound film in Hollywood in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The arrival of sound film, or talkies, changed how movies were made, what they were, and how they were experienced. “Silence Please” makes reference to the specific impact that talkies had on audience behavior. Silent film had never truly been silent as screenings were accompanied by live music and talkative audiences. In contrast, sound film permanently changed audience attitudes towards talking for it interfered with listening to movie dialogue. As a result, silence, along with hushing, in movie theaters became standardized.

Schedule

Festival Screening
When: Friday, March 21st, 6-9PM
Where: Cinema du Parc (3575 Avenue du Parc)
Price: $6 in advance, $7 at the door (cash only)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/441979115932951/

Festival After-Party
When: Friday, March 21st, 9PM
Where: TRH Bar (3699 St Laurent)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1466758880206394

Tickets

Advance tickets will be available for $6 starting Wednesday, March 12th from:
TVM Office (room B-28 in the SSMU building basement – 3480 Rue McTavish)
- TVM Executives 
Remaining tickets will be available for $7 at the doors at Cinema du Parc.

Film Submissions

Film submission guidelines:
- ***FILM SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SUNDAY, MARCH 16TH***
- Four categories: fiction, documentary, experimental, animation
- Films must be under ten minutes; there is no minimum length
- Each film must have at least one McGill student on its crew
- Films are encouraged to not include copyrighted music
- Films do not have to include the festival theme
- Filmmakers may submit multiple films
- There is no fee to submit films
- You will be contacted by March 18th on whether or not your film has been selected

Submission form:
Fokus Film Festival Submission Form (Due March 16th)
1. Fill out the information requested in the submission form.
2. Read the agreements and submit the form.
3. Email your film to fokussubmissions@gmail.com via www.wetransfer.com.
- The file must be in either .mov (ideally) or .mp4 format.
- In the message, list your name, the title of your film, and the film category.
Note: Make sure you’re submitting the right version of your film!

TVM office hours:
- Room B-28 in the SSMU building basement – 3480 Rue McTavish

72-Hour Filmmaking Competition  

- 72-Hour Filmmaking Competition: March 14-17th
Students sign up to write, film, and edit an original short film in 72 hours or less. At noon on March 14th, we will announce a “secret element,” which must be incorporated into each film. By noon on March 17th, all registrants will turn in a completed film.

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Registration guidelines:
- Registration deadline: Monday, March 10th
- Films must be under ten minutes; there is no minimum length
- Each film must have at least one McGill student on its crew
- Films are encouraged to not include copyrighted music
- Films do not have to include the festival theme
- Filmmakers may submit multiple films
- There is no fee to submit films

Registration form:
72-Hour Filmmaking Competition Registration Form
1. Fill out the information requested in the submission form.
2. Read the agreements and submit the form.
3. A confirmation email will be sent to let you know that you’re signed up.
4. We will continue to contact you with updates about the competition.

Judges

Arthur Tarnowski
Arthur is a film and television editor based in Montreal. Some of his more recent film credits include Brick Mansions (2014), Deadfall (2012), and Good Neighbours (2011). In television his recent works appear in 19-2 (2014) and Being Human (2011-2012). He has been nominated for 2 Gemeaux awards, 3 Gemini awards and 2 Jutra awards. He is also known in his native province of Quebec as one of the top trailer creator/editor for feature films.

Jesse Hunter
Jesse is currently the chair of the Cinema, Video, and Communications program at Dawson College. He teaches students video editing and helps coordinate Media Night every semester. He is a McGill University alumnus where he completed his PhD in Communication Studies.

Mira Burt-Wintonick
Mira is a Montreal-based radio producer and filmmaker. For the past eight years, she’s been producing the award-winning radio program WireTap on CBC. In 2006, she won the Best New Artist Award at the Third Coast International Audio Festival for her audio documentary, Muriel’s Message. In 2009, she co-directed the feature documentary PilgrIMAGE with her dad, Peter Wintonick.

Richard Comeau
Richard is a Montreal-based film and television editor. He has been nominated for and won Best Editing at several awards, including the Canadian Screen Awards, the Genie Awards, the Gemeaux Awards, the Gemini Awards, and the Jutra Awards. Some of his more recent works include Gabrielle (2013), Rebelle (2012), Polytechnique (2009), Ce qu’il faut pour vivre (2008).

Festival Winners

Best of Fiction: Valentine’s Day (JG Debray)
Best of Experimental: Glitch Walk (Ray Arzaga)
- Honorable Mention: Far Too Awake (Luke Orlando, Cedric Yarish)
Best of Documentary: Artscape (Julia Edelman)
Best of 72-hour: Two Tall Blondes (Vanessa Combe, Haley Withers)
- Honorable Mention: Adorenarin (Belen Arenas) [for technical merit]
- Honorable Mention: Chuck (Alexander Cherney)
People’s Choice: Chuck (Alexander Cherney)
Best of the Fest: Glitch Walk (Ray Arzaga)

Prizes:
Best of each category:
- $50 to Future Shop + $25 to Second Cup
People’s Choice:
- $50 to Future Shop + $25 to Second Cup + $40 to Word Bookstore
Best of the Fest:
- Zoom H4n Sound Recorder (~$300)

 

For questions, contact Chantal Africa, the festival organizer, at vpexternal@tvmcgill.com