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SUBMISSIONS for 2019 NOW OPEN!

SUBMISSIONS FOR 2019 ARE NOW OPEN! 

 

 

NorthwestFest accepts entries EXCLUSIVELY via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more. Click below to submit with FilmFreeway.

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NORTHWESTFEST 2019 will take place from MAY 2-12, 2019

SUBMISSIONS for NWF2019 ARE NOW OPEN.

We’re GROWING!

Position:

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NorthwestFest International Documentary Festival & Rainbow Visions Film Festival (Edmonton)
Term: Permanent Part-Time Contract (20-25 hours per week; year-round)

 

About NorthwestFest:
NorthwestFest International Documentary Festival 
(previously known as Global Visions Film Festival) has entertained and educated Edmonton audiences for over 35 years. In the midst of a major growth phase, the organization is now seeking to realize its goal of becoming Western Canada’s premier non-fiction film festival. With this end in mind, NorthwestFest has worked diligently to develop great partnerships with numerous cultural organizations and community groups. While consistently bringing a diverse group of Edmontonians the best in non-fiction, music, and documentary programming, the organization has sought out innovative ways to elevate the audience experience. The Festival always aims to be less exclusive, and more inclusive.

In keeping with this mandate, we also founded Rainbow Visions Film Festival, Edmonton’s 4-day LGBTQ Film Festival. Held each November, Rainbow Visions is about to hold its 4th edition, this November 1st – 4th. The successful candidate will also be expected to oversee the day to day business of Rainbow Visions.

 

The Ideal Candidate:
NorthwestFest
is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic and collaborative leader, to serve alongside our Artistic Director, to help build organizational strategy and operational capacity.

This individual should have superior administrative, operational, research, project management, events planning, marketing and hosting skills; will play a key role in expanding funding and community outreach; and will be instrumental in planning and carrying out initiatives, seeking to identify and engage key external stakeholders.

The ideal candidate will be a motivated and adaptable self-starter, helping NorthwestFest with a focus on strategy, collaboration, and execution.

 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

 Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a strategic plan to guide the organization

 Foster effective teamwork between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff

 Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, Board, and Funders

 Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization

 Work in close collaboration with the Artistic Director, who is responsible for the development and execution of creative programming content

 Provide project management leadership in the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s festivals and off-festival programs

 Work with staff and the Board (Treasurer/Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget

 Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization

 Research funding sources, oversee the development of fundraising plans and write funding proposals and grants submissions

 Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization (working with board Treasurer)

 Represent the organization professionally at community and industry events

 Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided

 

Required Skills and Qualifications: 

 5+ years of experience in organizational planning, design, and process, communications and strategy execution

 Strong collaboration skills, and the ability to build relationships with Board, staff and stakeholders

 Proven ability to lead multiple concurrent projects, forge partnerships, and deliver results

 Experience writing and submitting Grants

 Experience with basic bookkeeping and accounting principals

 Excellent written and verbal communication skills

 Familiarity with organizational design and team building

 Entrepreneurial spirit, and efficiency with limited resources

 Passion for film and non-fiction storytelling

 Proud supporter of or advocate for the LGBTQ community

 Strong knowledge of the non-profit field and market, preference for arts and culture experience

 Familiarity with media and marketing not required, but strongly preferred

Please note: at NorthwestFest, we are committed to a respectful work environment and a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities and people with disabilities.

 

Hours
Although much of the work is seasonal (based on Festivals and Grants), the position will require a commitment of 20-25 hours per week, throughout the entire course of the initial one-year probationary contract (this includes the *off-season*)

Compensation
$25,000 – $30,000 based on qualifications and experience

Start Date Immediately

 

Deadline to submit: October 8th, 2018. Please send your cover letter, resume or CV to:
Guy Lavallee at info@northwestfest.ca. 

References will be requested should you be selected for an interview.

Thank you for your application, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
No phone calls please. 

For more information about NorthwestFest and Rainbow Visions, please visit our websites, http://northwestfest.ca/ and http://rainbowvisions.ca/

2018 AWARD WINNERS

AFTER THOUSANDS OF AUDIENCE BALLOTS CAST, WE HAVE A WINNER!
THIS YEAR’S AUDIENCE AWARD RACE WAS THE CLOSEST WE’VE EVER HAD, BUT RBG EMERGED VICTORIOUS, AS THIS CROWD-PLEASER LEFT OUR MOTHER’S DAY AUDIENCE BUZZING! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THIS YEAR’S WINNERS, AND ALL OF THE FILMS THAT SCREENED AT NWF2018!

 

2018 CTV AUDIENCE AWARD 

  1. RBG – 2018 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER
  2. LOVE, GILDA – 2018 AUDIENCE AWARD RUNNER-UP
  3. FREAKS AND GEEKS: THE DOCUMENTARY
  4. THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
  5. WHEN THEY AWAKE
  6. FLIN FLON: A HOCKEY TOWN
  7. IN THE NAME OF YOUR DAUGHTER
  8. INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT: THE STORY OF WAX TRAX RECORDS
  9. KUSAMA: INFINITY
  10. BAD REPUTATION

2018 films IN COMPETITION  (WInners in BOLD)

 

BEST CANADIAN FEATURE 

ANOTE’S ARK 

FLIN FLON: A HOCKEY TOWN 

IN THE NAME OF YOUR DAUGHTER 

SICKBOY 

THE INVISIBLE HEART 

 

BEST CANADIAN SHORT 

END OF THE ICE AGE 

PICTURE THIS 

RIDE FOR PROMISE 

THROUGH MY EYES: HANI’S JOURNEY 

UNDERCOVER JIHADI 

 

BEST ALBERTA DOC 

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE

FORESTS, FINS, & FOOTPRINTS  

GRAVITAS 

JELENA 

PROCESS 

 

BEST MUSIC DOC

BAD REPUTATION 

ITZHAK 

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT – The Story of Wax Trax Records

THE KING 

WHEN THEY AWAKE 

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

FREAKS AND GEEKS: THE DOCUMENTARY 

LOVE, GILDA 

ON HER SHOULDERS 

THE DEVIL WE KNOW  

WAKING THE SLEEPING GIANT 

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT 

#FAFATL

KILLING HOPE 

NEGATIVE SPACE

SUPER 8 DAZE 

THE LIKES AND DISLIKES OF MARJ BAGLEY 

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Thank you to our 2018 Film Jurors:

Brad Ambury
Shannon Burns
Dustin Cohen
Clare Gibson
Elizabeth Hay
Steven Hope
Jonn Kmech
Samantha Lacey-Avon
Brenda Lieberman
Tammy Magnusson
Kevin Martin
Scott McDonald
Lacey Paige
Jill Shillabeer  
Brennan Tilley
Luc Tremblay
Christian Zyp

2018 ROSIE AWARD WINNERS Screen Tonight!

2018 ROSIE Winners – Documentary:

Best DOC OVER 30LIVING PROOF &

BEST DOC UNDER 30: STATE OF (THE) ART

 

SPECIAL EVENT! ALL TICKETS ARE $10 IN ADVANCE or AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

On May 12th, the 2018 ROSIE Awards were handed out in Calgary.

Join us on the evening of Sunday, May 13th, right here in Edmonton, as we screen the 2018 WINNERS in the categories of:

Best Documentary Under 30 Minutes
STATE OF (THE) ART
Olaf Blomerus, Producer
BLMRS

Best Documentary Over 30 Minutes
LIVING PROOF
Matt Embry, Tyler McLeod & Ravinder Minhas, Producers
Spotlight Productions

Light refreshments will also be available, as we celebrate some of the best Alberta Made films of the year!

6:00pm: Pre-show reception in the Metro Cinema lobby
6:30pm: Best Doc UNDER 30 Minutes – STATE OF (THE) ART
7:00pm: Refreshments & Mingle
7:30pm: Best Doc OVER 30 Minutes – LIVING PROOF

See the FULL LIST of Winners: https://ampia.org/2018-rosie-winners/

FULL 2018 SCHEDULE IS NOW ONLINE!

 

DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE

2018 Program Guide

 

DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE

2018 Schedule Grid

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL 2018 SCHEDULE

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PASSES

BUY AN ALL-ACCESS PASS TO THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

CLICK HERE to purchase a PASS

If you’ve already purchased an ALL-ACCESS PASS:
– You don’t need to do anything! We have automatically RESERVED a ticket for you for EVERY FILM screening at NWF2018. That means no matter which film you want to see, you already have a ticket – you just need to show up!

– If you’d like to pick up your ‘hard copy’ pass IN ADVANCE of the festival, please feel free to swing by the office on April 29 (details at the bottom of this page), and we’ll have your pass ready to go. OR, as in past years, you can still pick it up at Metro Cinema whenever you arrive for your first festival screening. REMEMBER TO BRING A COPY OF YOUR ORDER CONFIRMATION EMAIL – either printed, or on your phone.

4-PACKS

BUY A 4-TICKET PACK TO THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

CLICK HERE to purchase a 4-Pack

If you’ve already purchased a 4-PACK:
You can now REDEEM your online 4-pack for tickets to ANY FILM YOU WANT TO SEE! That’s right – PRE-SELECT the films you want to see, giving you peace of mind that no matter what, you’re getting in! It’s a pretty easy process to redeem your 4-Pack for individual films, but here’s a brief tutorial:

If you’ve already purchased a 4-PACK / REDEEMING YOUR 4-PACK

  1. BROWSE THE FULL LINEUP OF FILMS 
  2. Login to your account (top right of page)
  3. Click the ‘Fulfill Package’ button
  4. The full list of available films should pop up on your screen. Select the film you want and click on Get Tickets
  5. Select up to 4 Tickets (depending on how many you have left to redeem / or how many tickets you’d like for that one film) – the price should be showing as ‘Free’, as long as you still have tickets to redeem.  
  6. ‘Add to Cart’
  7. Go to ‘Checkout’
  8. Your ticket(s) should be showing up in your Shopping Cart, with $0.00 owing.
  9. Click the ‘Complete Fulfillment Purchase’ button.
  10. And you’re done! Your tickets will be emailed to you, PLUS they will be available for download from your ‘Purchase History’ in your account!

PURCHASE A TICKET TO AN INDIVIDUAL FILM

or…

1. Go to the ONLINE SCHEDULE
2. Click on the film title you’re interested in
3. Look for the ‘Buy Ticket’ shopping cart icon!

 

opening night and 4-pack tickets are also available for          purchase at tix on the square!

INDIVIDUAL tickets FOR EACH FILM AT METRO CINEMA ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR, ONE HOUR BEFORE SHOWTIME.

WRISTBANDS FOR THE AGA screenings ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ON THE DAY OF THE SHOW (May 5 and may 12). 

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STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

CONTACT US!

2018 OPENING NIGHT FILM ANNOUNCED!

 

NorthwestFest is THRILLED to announce our 2018 Opening Night Film, WHEN THEY AWAKE

Thursday, May 3rd at Metro Cinema

 

 

FILMMAKERS P.J. MARCELLINO & HERMON FARAHI WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE.

GREAT LINEUP OF MUSICAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN LATE MARCH!

 

In a year packed with films on Indigenous subjects, WHEN THEY AWAKE starts off where the award-winning documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) ends, chronicling the rising voices of musicians’ whose multifaceted roles in the music scene, in community outreach, and political engagement form a new type of activism today.  Bursting through the seams with the unapologetic optimism and poetic vision of a new generation of musicians, who are reflective of the social issues feeding this burgeoning scene, WHEN THEY AWAKE is an inspiring, uplifting kaleidoscope of powerful Indigenous voices from across the country.

 

NWF OPENING NIGHT – MAY 3, 2018

DOORS: 6PM

OPENING REMARKS: 7PM

FILM: 7:30PM

RECEPTION & LIVE MUSIC: 9PM

SAVE THE DATE! NWF2018 is MAY 3 – 13!

 

#NWF2018 starts MAY 3rd, and we’re busy prepping a great festival for you guys.

 

KEY DATES:

JANUARY 31: Regular Submission Deadline

FEBRUARY 28: Late / Extended / FINAL Submission Deadline

 

MARCH 12th: TICKET PACKAGES & PASSES ON SALE NOW: 

One-day FLASH SALE MARCH 12th!

 

APRIL 2nd: ALL Accepted Films notified

MAY 3rd: OPENING NIGHT GALA

MAY 12th: CLOSING NIGHT FILM

MAY 13th: MOTHER'S DAY Brunch & Screening Event

 

Be sure to SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER to be the FIRST to find out more!

2017 AWARDS

NWF 2017 AUDIENCE AWARD ANNOUNCED!

After tallying thousands of votes, we’re thrilled to announced the WINNER of this year’s audience award is:

letting go of adele

Filmmaker MELISSA DOWLER and the film’s subjects, MARTY HARRIS and HECTOR, were in attendance for the Mother’s Day screening. Connecting deeply with NWF audiences, the film received the first (and only) standing ovation of this year’s festival!

CONGRATULATIONS to Melissa and Marty and the entire team!

THE TOP 10 AUDIENCE FAVOURITES FOR 2017:

  1. LETTING GO OF ADELE
  2. MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS
  3. HIRED GUN
  4. THE LAST ANIMALS
  5. BEE NATION
  6. UNREST
  7. BENDING THE ARC
  8. THE APOLOGY
  9. NO ROADS IN
  10. CHASING EVEL: THE ROBBIE KNIEVEL STORY

Audience ratings were at an all-time high this year, and we’re blown away by how much each and every film this year resonated with our audiences. Thank you, the audience, for showing such warm appreciation for all of the filmmakers whose films we showcased at this year’s festival. They appreciate it, we appreciate it, and we’re already looking for the next wave of films to bring to you NEXT YEAR!

 

CONGRATS to our 2017 JURY Award Winners, as well.

*Winning films are ITALICIZED

BEST CANADIAN FEATURE

THE APOLOGY

BEE NATION
CHASING EVEL: THE ROBBIE KNIEVEL STORY
LET THERE BE LIGHT
VICTOR WALK

BEST CANADIAN SHORT

THE BARBER OF AUGUSTA
CHASING THE LION

FIX AND RELEASE

GABEY & MIKE: A JEWISH SUMMER CAMP LOVE STORY
MELTING STARS

BEST ALBERTA DOC

CREE CODE TALKER

GRANDMA LEARNS TO DRIVE
HANDMADE FILM
LIMIT IS THE SKY
NO ROADS IN

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

DISTURBING THE PEACE
LETTING GO OF ADELE

THE LAST ANIMALS

OUT OF THIN AIR
UNREST

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT

GARDENERS OF THE FOREST

GEORDIE JAZZ MAN

GREEN & YELLOW
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

BEST MUSIC DOC

AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DJ AM
HIRED GUN

MAY IT LAST: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
TOKYO IDOLS 

 

Happy Summer, everyone!

From the NWF Team

2017 JURY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

After much deliberation, we are THRILLED to announce the 2017 JURY Award Winners.

Winning films are ITALICIZED

 

BEST CANADIAN FEATURE

THE APOLOGY

BEE NATION
CHASING EVEL: THE ROBBIE KNIEVEL STORY
LET THERE BE LIGHT
VICTOR WALK

 

BEST CANADIAN SHORT

THE BARBER OF AUGUSTA
CHASING THE LION

FIX AND RELEASE

GABEY & MIKE: A JEWISH SUMMER CAMP LOVE STORY
MELTING STARS

 

BEST ALBERTA DOC

CREE CODE TALKER

GRANDMA LEARNS TO DRIVE
HANDMADE FILM
LIMIT IS THE SKY
NO ROADS IN

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

DISTURBING THE PEACE
LETTING GO OF ADELE

THE LAST ANIMALS

OUT OF THIN AIR
UNREST

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT

GARDENERS OF THE FOREST

GEORDIE JAZZ MAN

GREEN & YELLOW
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

 

BEST MUSIC DOC

AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DJ AM
HIRED GUN

MAY IT LAST: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
TOKYO IDOLS 

 

Thank you to our 2017 Film Jurors:

Paul Blinov

Megan Dart

Tendisai Cromwell

John Dunham

Clare Gibson

Jonn Kmech

Brenda Lieberman

Tammy Magnusson

Paul Matwychuk

Scott McDonald

Alex Rogalski

Jill Shillabeer  

Brennan Tilley

Luc Tremblay

Christian Zyp

 

ALL FEATURE FILMS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE

AUDIENCE AWARD

CTV AUDIENCE Award will be announced MAY 15th.

Closing Night Film!

JOIN US FOR THE NWF 2017 CLOSING NIGHT FILM.

LEGENDARY DRUMMER KENNY ARONOFF IN ATTENDANCE!

This raucous and wildly entertaining rock doc introduces the prolific musicians who are virtually unknown to the public. Billy Joel, Ozzy Osbourne, P!NK and Metallica are synonymous with their own artistry and success, but who is responsible for their instrumental solos? Who tours with them live? It is the consummate side players who kill it show after show, often playing circles around the actual band members.

In HIRED GUN, hear the firsthand stories from individuals who have mastered their craft and performed on the world’s biggest stages. This film details the highs and lows of touring life, the demands of hectic session schedules, and the dedication required to make dreams a reality.

Screening presented in partnership with  and 

Q&A AND RECEPTION TO FOLLOW THE SCREENING. CASH BAR.

PLUS…

JOIN KENNY ARONOFF FOR A VERY SPECIAL “In Conversation With…” and Book Signing Session, SATURDAY MAY 13th at 3:00pm at The Needle. ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Special Thanks to our friends at    and   

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