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Take a few minutes to explore and learn about what Kickstart’s up to. Check out our Wide Angle Media (WAM) Festival – BC’s first disability film festival, scheduled for March 22-25, 2012! See our official call to filmmakers with a disability, including details about our competition to win one of five commissions for a short film! If you’re such a filmmaker, this is a great opportunity!

For all the rest of you, we hope to see you at the screenings next March!

Meanwhile, we hope you’ll get involved; leave a comment, become a member or volunteer, make a donation, whatever – it’s an exciting time for disability arts in Canada!

Call to Filmmakers for BC’s First Disability Media Festival

Wide Angle Media

Kickstart is excited to announce the Wide Angle Media (WAM) Festival, the inaugural disability media festival featuring commissioned shorts, feature length films and workshops. Mark your calendar for March 22-25 2012, and check out the WAM page for more information!

We are presently putting a call out to all Canadian and international filmmakers with a disability to submit their films of any length, genre or topic.

Kickstart’s WAM Festival is excited to commission 5 short films made by filmmakers with a disability. Each filmmaker must provide a package with the film’s synopsis, draft of the script, director’s vision, production team and their bios, preliminary budget and action plan. Five selected filmmakers will receive $1,500 cash prize, plus a production package from William F. White International, to make their film. The commissioned films will be screened at the WAM Festival in Vancouver, March 2012.

Please see WAM page for submission deadlines between September 11 and October 7, 2011. Result notification date will be November 1, 2011.

PLEASE NOTE: All submissions for the Festival and for the Commission will only be accepted through Withoutabox.com. Acceptable formats are Microsoft Word, text files or PDFs. Nominal submission fees will apply.

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For more information or to be a part of the Festival as a featured filmmaker, volunteer or audience member, please contact:

S. Siobhan McCarthy, Festival Producer
Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture
Phone: (604) 681 5788
Email: programs@kickstart-arts.ca

WAM Festival and Commissioning Project are proudly supported by:
The British Columbia Arts Council, Buggy Bag Mobility Accessories, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, the Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver, National Film Board of Canada, PosAbilities, the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, and William F. White International Inc.

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