January 8, 2016: Capilano University film alumni receive festival honours

      NORTH VANCOUVER. B.C. – This winter, alumni of Capilano University’s Motion Picture Arts program are being featured at some of Canada’s top film festivals.

      Producers Diana Donaldson and Peter Harvey were two of 15 filmmakers featured at the 15th annual Whistler Film Festival last month. Short films produced by James Brown and Matt Drake are to be featured at the Toronto Film Festival’s Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival, with screenings across the country, including at Vancouver’s Cinematheque, January 8 to 17, 2016. Donaldson, Harvey, Brown and Drake are all graduates of Capilano University’s Motion Picture Arts program.

      “I’m not surprised that some of our grads have made it to the top echelons of Canadian cinema,” says Murray Stiller, Interim Director of the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation. “Our program grads are well-rounded filmmakers who are prepared to step into a high-pressure industry and perform first-rate work.”

      Brown, a two-time Leo Award winner for Best Dramatic Feature Film, produced Never Steady, Never Still, a short film written and directed by Kathleen Hepburn that will be screened alongside the other Top 10.

      Currently, Brown is producing a 20-episode animated series with DHX Media for YTV, developing new media projects and devoting time to the Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts Advisory Committee that is working to keep Capilano University’s Motion Picture Arts program as relevant to the film industry as possible.
      “I love maintaining my connection with Capilano University. They helped me out with a lot of film projects. It’s a way to give back,” says Brown. “It was really foundational to launch my career from there. Without Cap, I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today.”

      Never Steady, Never Still and Balmoral Hotel, produced by Matt Drake, will screen at The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St., on January 13 at 7 p.m.

      About Capilano University
      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with locations in Squamish and the Sunshine Coast. The University offers 12 bachelor degrees and 133 programs, in areas that include arts and science, business and management, creative and applied art and health and human services. Capilano University enrols approximately 7,900 students in credit programs each year with an additional 4,500 students enrolled in non-credit courses.

      About Capilano University’s School of Motion Picture Arts
      Capilano University’s School of Motion Picture Arts includes programs in animation, visual effects, motion picture arts, documentary and indigenous filmmaking, along with film crafts that include costuming and lighting. The School’s Motion Picture Arts program (MOPA) immerses students in hands-on learning, ranging from fashioning costumes to film production and animation, pitching a movie, secure financing and distribution. MOPA was established by industry veterans to ensure graduates are equipped with sought-after skills that make them job ready. The program operates from the state-of-the-art Bosa Centre for Film and Animation, which opened at Capilano University in 2012.

      About the Toronto International Film Festival and TIFF’s Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival
      The Toronto International Film Festival has become the launching pad for the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema, and is recognized as the most important film festival after Cannes. Canada's Top Ten Film Festival celebrates and promotes contemporary Canadian cinema by screening the best Canadian features and shorts of the year.

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      Cheryl Rossi
      Senior Communications Advisor, Capilano University
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