Promoting Canadian film talent sure can be fun! Bright and early, on Saturday, January 13th, the REEL CANADA crew met at the Yonge-Eglinton Cineplex and VIP in Toronto and began setting up for REEL CANADA’s 2018 Emerging Artists in Our Schools video shoot.
With only two hours until the first photoshoot and interview, the theatre was a flurry of activity, as our experienced and talented crew turned a VIP screening room into a TV studio.
One-on-one interviews with our Emerging Artists followed, and artists Irdens Exantus (My Internship in Canada), Roseanne Supernault (Maïna) and Julia Sarah Stone (Weirdos) proceeded to charm us all with their insightful and often humorous takes on their own work, their training, the Canadian film industry and remembering their own high school exploits.
REEL CANADA exists to promote Canadian film talent, and the RBC Emerging Artists Project generously provides funding to arts and cultural organisations to support emerging artists in dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts and literature. The purpose of the day was to shoot a short video profile for each of this year’s amazing Emerging Artists, which we will screen at our school film festivals. (Watch for these soon on our social media platforms!) The videos profiles of our last group of RBC Emerging Artists have already been seen by more than 37,000 students across the country!
After the interviews, we introduced the artists to three incredible film mentors: Colm Feore, Charles Officer and Jennifer Podemski! Providing mentorship opportunities from established film professionals is an important part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, and our artists connected strongly with them from the get-go. One-on-one discussions between the mentors and artists followed, providing opportunities for the artists to ask questions related to their own unique circumstances, and to forge personal connections with the mentors.
“It’s so cool that I was flown out here and got to talk to these professionals. I’m learning so much,” Irdens said excitedly.
A highly informative and entertaining roundtable ensued, hosted by our very own REEL CANADA staffer Anthony Swan (you might recognize him as last year’s RCtv host). The mentors touched on artists’ experience with theatre and the screen, and elaborated on the difference between the two, as well as on the importance of teambuilding and surrounding oneself with creative people. The artists expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to meet the mentors and ask them questions in an open and comfortable setting.
Thank you to RBC for once again providing the support needed to run another successful Emerging Artists Project, and thank you to Cineplex for letting us use their incredible facilities. Congratulations once again to the artists, we can’t wait to see where your careers lead you!