A Primer to Film Production Insurance

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Note: The content of this article is not intended to be legal advice. Please confirm coverage with your insurance provider before your production. Special thanks to Front Row Insurance (Vancouver Office) for providing input during the writing of this article.

Insurance may be the last thing on your mind when you are thinking about your next film project but when it comes time to shoot, you will not get very far without it once your production requirements advance beyond the very basic. Below is a primer on film production insurance drawn from our company’s own experience filming in British Columbia.

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Newbie Guide to TIFF Industry

Navigating the Charted Waters of the World’s Second Largest Film Festival


Written by Robin Chan, Edited by David Cameron

The Toronto International Film Festival has long been regarded as one of the top film festivals in North America and perhaps even one of the most important film festivals in the world. Many regard it as the second most important film festival, next to the Cannes Film Festival, for industry members. In 2013, TIFF screened 288 feature films and 78 short films across 28 screens. In addition, there is also the industry conference and the parties. The festival, without a doubt, can be overwhelming for first time attendees, like myself, and hard to navigate so here are a few tips.

Sometimes you have no choice but to wait in line

Lines. Sometimes you have no choice.

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The Impressively Hidden World of the MIPCOM Market

An Optimization Guide for the Emerging Content-Creator.

If you’ve never heard of MIPCOM or its younger sibling event, MIPJr., it’s not the end of the world, you’re probably just not working in Film/TV/Media as a content-creator , filmmaker, broadcaster, or distributor.  If that pretty much describes you, this probably isn’t the article for you. You’ll find something much more interesting here. For the remaining readers, if you’ve been attending MIPCOM and MIPJr. regularly, I have no new information for you. Congrats on a staying at the forefront of your profession. You’ll find something much more interesting here. For the remaining few, who aspire to create and connect with content for the next generation, who know neither MIPCOM nor MIPJr.– nor the difference between them– this post is for you. This is the end of the world as you know it.

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Recap of Vancouver’s 24 Hour Film Race

Can you write, shoot and edit a film in 24 hours?

On June 28, the RIO Theater hosted a screening of the Vancouver entries of the 24 Hour Film Race produced locally by Paul Armstrong of The Celluloid Social Club. From May 18 to 19, over 750 teams from around the world were challenged to write, shoot and edit short films, up to 4 minutes long, in just 24 hours. 27 teams from Vancouver met the challenge, 1 was late in finishing (therefore disqualified from competition) and 3 teams did not finish at all. Each team received the same theme (“one”), prop (the number one), and action (listening to music) to base their film on.

Top films and craft awardees were chosen by a panel of judges which included Mickey Dolenz, an original member of The Monkees. The top two films were “Half and Half” directed by Charles Schrodt and “One Stop Shop” by Coleman Davie. These films will go on to compete in the finals in New York. Other notable awardees were “Drifting Through Silence” by Chris Ray, “The Loneliest Number” by Michael Gyori, and “Victor_82” by Ian McBain.

Sponsors include HTC, promoting their video enabled “One” cellphone which was used to shoot one of the films, and William F. Whites who donated a $2500 gift certificate for equipment rentals. Also awarded was the new Shot Lister ipad/iphone app created by Zack Lipovsky (“On the Lot”) who was in attendance.

Watch films from previous years and get the latest information at: http://www.filmracing.com/cities/vancouver.htm


The 5th Annual Hot Shot Shorts Contest

at the RIO Theatre, 1660 East Broadway

The Celluloid Social Club and William F. White International Inc. are proud to announce the launch of the 5th Annual Hot Shot Shorts Contest.

The purpose of the Contest is to provide sponsorship and monetary support to an exceptional local short film script that might not otherwise have the opportunity to be made into a film. The Contest was founded by Ed Brando (William F. White International Inc.), Paul Armstrong (Celluloid Social Club), Aaron Houston (‘Sunflower Hour’) & Scott Campbell.

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