We’re closing out the summer with FAVA’s 8th Annual FAVA FEST, running August 22-24. Join us as we showcase our members’ work in Best of the Fest screenings curated by our festival jury. We’re also thrilled to feature films by our Outstanding Achievement Award recipients Alex Viszmeg and Joe Viszmeg on both screening nights. Our closing night party is FAVA GALA, where we honour independent film, video, and media art in style with our Awards of Excellence and Production Awards. It’s also a great chance to check out FAVA’s new headquarters. We’ll showcase our new facilities at GALA with various activities including: screening the results of our Super 8 Challenge; a media art installation from Scott Portingale; an Arri Alexa demo, and more! Help us shine a spotlight on the great work that is being made in Edmonton & Alberta.
BEST OF THE FEST: PROGRAM 1 THURSDAY | AUG 22 | 7PM ORANGE HUB (10045 156 ST NW) SEATING IS LIMITED – GET YOUR TICKET HERE
Still from “T – Minus”, Adrian G. De la Pena
Our jury has selected a series of films from our FAVA FEST submissions to be screened as the best of the festival. Tonight’s program will have a short Q & A after the screening. Program 1 features:
Sunday Morning, Coming Down
Christina Beamish | 10 min 26 sec | 2018 “Page” – nêhiyawak Conor McNally | 4 min 20 sec | 2018 Wisdom/Warrior
Adam Bentley | 1 min | 2018 From A Light Within Beth Wishart MacKenzie | 10 min | 2018 The Zero Percent John Osborne | 4 min | 2018 The Brink Sylvia Douglas | 15 min | 2018 Eight Bridget Studies Jen Mesch | 8 min 38 sec | 2018 The Girl Who Talks to the Moon Neil Grahn | 5 min 17 sec | 2018 Don Blades Don Zimmermon | 2 min 25 sec | 2018 T – Minus
Adrian G. de la Pena | 4 min 23 sec | 2018
BEST OF THE FEST: PROGRAM 2 THURSDAY | AUG 22 | 8:45PM ORANGE HUB (10045 156 ST NW) SEATING IS LIMITED – GET YOUR TICKET HERE
Still from “Just a Ploughboy”, Gina Payzant
Our jury has selected a series of films from our FAVA FEST submissions to be screened as the best of the festival. Tonight’s program will have a short Q & A after the screening. Program 2 features:
Just a Ploughboy Gina Payzant | 23 min | 2018 “The Hand That Picks The Stones” – David Sereda Gina Payzant and Jared Paull | 2 min 44 sec | 2018 Expecting Sunshine Alexis Marie Chute | 48 min | 2018
BEST OF THE FEST: PROGRAM 3 FRIDAY | AUG 23 | 7PM ORANGE HUB (10045 156 ST NW) SEATING IS LIMITED – GET YOUR TICKET HERE
Still from “Vampires of Industry”,
Our jury has selected a series of films from our FAVA FEST submissions to be screened as the best of the festival. Tonight’s program will have a short Q & A after the screening. Program 3 features:
The Romaniac Brothers Joseph Viszmeg | 8 min | 1987 Family Farm Alex Viszmeg | 6 min | 1988 The Suburbannight Eva Colmers | 11 min 07 sec | 2018 Aftermath Evan Owen Dennis | 4 min 02 sec | 2018 Sleepless Adam Bentley | 11 min 28 sec | 2018 Stay Sylvia Douglas, Greg deJong, Corinne Simpson | 1 min | 2018 “Vampires of Industry” – Shooting Guns Parker Thiessen | 6 min 30 sec | 2018 Hydro Carlo Ghioni | 6 min | 2018 Downward Spiral John Osborne | 3 min 25 sec | 2018 The Calling Demmi Dupri | 4 min | 2017 How to Learn Anything | Can I Train a Cat to Launch a Rocket? Lindsay Robinson | 15 min 03 sec | 2018
BEST OF THE FEST: PROGRAM 4 FRIDAY | AUG 23 | 9PM ORANGE HUB (10045 156 ST NW) SEATING IS LIMITED – GET YOUR TICKET HERE
Still from “Docking”, Trevor Anderson
Our jury has selected a series of films from our FAVA FEST submissions to be screened as the best of the festival. Tonight’s program will have a short Q & A after the screening. Program 4 features:
** Mature and or graphic content of a sexual or violent nature**
Docking Trevor Anderson | 4 min | 2019 Drips Jamie McRae | 3 min 10 sec | 2018 Five Course Meal James Cadden | 7 min 22 sec | 2018
FAVA GALA SATURDAY | AUG 24 COCKTAIL RECEPTION | 6PM AWARDS | 7PM
HOUSE PARTY | 9PM ORANGE HUB (10045 156 ST NW)
SEATING IS LIMITED FOR THE AWARDS SHOW. THERE WILL BE A A GREAT OVERFLOW SPACE WHERE YOU CAN WATCH THE AWARDS ON SCREENS. IF YOU WANT TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT, PLEAES GET YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE.
FAVA FEST culminates with FAVA GALA – and this year it’s one big house party! Join us at the Orange Hub to mix and mingle with Northern Alberta’s filmmakers, take a gamble on our silent auction, and discover all of the new facilities FAVA has to offer. We’ll celebrate the best of the festival with cash awards and honour film, video and media art in style.
Stick around after the awards for a closer look at FAVA headquarters. We’ll be revealing the results of our Super8 Challenge – one roll of film, in-camera editing only, and everyone sees it for the first time together! We also have a new work from FAVA member Scott Portingale “Across the land” – an experimental “one shot” time-lapse film that transports the viewer form one side of Canada (Alaska border) to the other (Cape Spear, Newfoundland).
Have you heard about FAVA’s newest addition to the tool crib? We’ll have a demo of our ARRI Alexa XT Plus so we can all dream big media arts dreams!
Join us as we shine a spotlight on the excellent work being made right here in Edmonton and Alberta.
Outstanding Achievements Award Recipients
I was incarnated into this life near a town called Burford. It was a tobacco farming area in Ontario. If there was a movie made of the members of my family it would have been titled “Me, starring Me”. Me being the individual selves. Such is life in modern times and it would be a quagmire without some sense of compassion and absurdity. I managed to maneuver through the world looking for a way to express myself artistically and I discovered film. Went to a film school ‘ Ryerson’, at the same time as my brother Joe in 1974 -78. There was a feeling of comradery and purpose at Ryerson and I was able to find a space to contemplate the deeper meanings behind circumstance; or at least I tried. Worked on a few low budget features in Toronto but heard that things were happening in Edmonton. Came out in the fall of 79 and got a job as a school portrait photographer, then a Church congregation photographer, then a sound recordist, then a cinematographer. In time, I found myself working on films being made by members of FAVA. In the midst of this I was producing some works of my own with themes of peoples ambiguous connection with nature, society and themselves. Like being in a poorly crafted reality show, I became confused by ambiguity. These days the cinematic curve of my life has become the making of ambient sound tracks on the computer and thinking of putting it to a video about society in motion. Trains come to mind as it was by train that most people came out west in the earlier days. Change and impermanence are a certainty that can’t be denied.
Joseph Viszmeg graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Toronto, 1979 with a Bachelor Degree in Film. He directed films and videos in all genres and was an accomplished editor as well. Joe taught at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and had a diverse background that included: social work with people who are cognitively disabled, teaching at-risk youth, writing, and film co-operative administration.
He was a multiple Gemini award-winning director for his films In My Own Time (1995) and My Healing Journey (1999), which were co-produced by the National Film Board. In My Own Time also received an award at the Hot Docs festival (1996) in the biography/history category. Both films are autobiographical accounts of living with a terminal cancer diagnosis.
Viszmeg also worked with Karvonen Films. Ltd. on a number of documentaries including: Great Northern Forest, Prairie Grasslands, and In Wildness series. He received an AMPIA award for Best Editor, non-dramatic for both Great Northern Forest and Prairie Grasslands, along with Best director nominations.
In the narrative genre, Joseph directed City of Champions in 1990. The film follows twenty four hours in the lives of three “beautiful losers”. Viszmeg worked as co-producer, director and writer. It was one of only sixty English language films to represent the past eighty years of Canadian cinema at Telefilm’s Canadian Film Retrospective at the George Pompideau Centre in Paris, 1993.
FAVA GALA – Artist Info
an experimental film festival in a window
Oracle by Devon Beggs Eyes in passing by Ian Rowley
Untitled by conor mcnally
The Orb by the Olm
Lustrous Encounter by brandi strauss
Sloping Suburbia by Jenna Anne Turner
Touch by Jenna Anne Turner
Extra high grade by Jamie McRae WrestlemaniainameltserW By Parker Thiessen Editor by parker thiessen
Edmonton from the clouds by Lukas zapata
L’habitant by Caitlin Sian Richards
Photosynthesis by Scott Portingale
Sun on water by chelsea boida
Across The Land Scott Portingale
Across the Land is a media arts installation that is centred around an experimental one shot film Across Canada – from Alaska to Newfoundland.
Scott Portingale is a director and animator living in Edmonton, Canada. Scott’s multimedia approach to making films blends in-camera techniques such as time-lapse and stop-motion animation into films with themes rooted in the natural world, the scientific pursuit, and the human experience. His short films have been programmed across multiple platforms including international film festivals, art galleries, and installations, and have won a handful of awards along the way. One of Scott’s more recent films, Infinitude, was curated as part of Vimeo’s “Staff Pic” collection and featured by arts and cultural blogs such as Wired, Gizmodo, Petapixel, and Fstoppers. Scott’s commissions and collaborator list include CUSO International, Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, Geffen Media, CKUA, Samsung, and the Alberta Treasury Branch.
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