Rave: enRoute Film Festival

TIFF may be over (for now), but that doesn’t mean that the film
festivals have stopped. 

Tonight, FREE public screenings of the top six Air Canada enRoute FilmFestival films will be happening across Canada. You can catch them tonight at 7 p.m. (EST and PST) in Toronto at the Varsity Theatre (55 Bloor St.
W.), in Vancouver at the Scotiabank Theatre (900 Burrard St.) and in Montreal
at the Quartier Latin (350 rue Emery).

For the past six years, Air Canada has been taking emerging Canadian filmmakers to new heights, literally, by showing their
short films on both domestic and international flights. 

The winner will be chosen by a jury of industry
experts, including Jay Baruchel,
actor (How to Train Your Dragon), Niv Fichman, producer (Passchendaele), Mary Harron, director (American
), Alison Pill, actor (The Newsroom), Gordon Pinsent, actor (Away
From Her
), Callum Keith Rennie,
actor (The Killing), Saul Rubinek, actor (Barney’s Version), Jacob Tierney, director (The
), and Karine Vanasse, actor (Polytechnique).

After hundreds of entries, they’re down to the final four competing for the top prize. The 2012 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival finalists are:

Alexander Carson for We
Refuse to Be Cold
Fernand-Philippe Morin-Vargas for Noeud
Danielle Sahota and Davina Rimmer for We
Blinded the Sun
Justin Friesen for Let’s
Make Lemonade
The winner of the Best Short Film Award will receive a cash
prize of $5,000, courtesy of Cineplex Entertainment. Other awards include Achievement
in Documentary, Achievement in Direction and Achievement in 
Cinematography. All award winners will also receive an all-inclusive Air
Canada trip for two to the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France. 

This year, viewers will vote for their favourite film to
determine the winner of the inaugural People’s Choice Award. Voting ends Wednesday, November 7 at enRoutefilm.com. The winner will be
announced live at the awards celebration in Toronto on November 7 and will receive an Air Canada flight for two to a North American destination of
their choice.

Rave: enRoute Film Festival

Join us tomorrow night for the 5th anniversary of Air Canada’s enRoute Film Festival FREE screening at the Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond St. W.). 7 to 8 p.m.

Hundreds of Canadian filmmakers entered the enRoute Film Festival and now we’re down to  three finalists, who will compete against each other for the grand prize. The big winner will be chosen by an A-list jury panel, including Emmanuelle Chriqui,  Molly Parker, Atom Egoyan, Jean-Marc Vallée, and producer Don Carmody

The 2011 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival finalists are:

  • Miles Jay and Orlee-Rose Strauss for Blink
  • Timothy Chan for A Starry Night
  • Ashley McKenzie and Nelson MacDonald for Rhonda’s Party
The competing films have been playing on your Air Canada touch screen entertainment system this past summer, but if you haven’t seen them yet, grab some popcorn and enjoy a bunch of the short films alongside the filmmakers themselves. 

The winner of Best Short Film will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Other awards include Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, and Achievement in Animation. All award winners will receive a trip to Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France. 

Last year’s screening was ‘sold out’ (it’s free, in case you didn’t catch that), so come early and enjoy a fun night of film. #awesome

Rave: enRoute Film Festival

If you’ve got your eye on an Oscar, then we’ve got the competition for you.

Calling all Canadian emerging filmmakers, the fifth annual Air Canada’s enRoute Film Festival is here.

Chosen by a juried panel, the best short films will be broadcast to a large international audience on Air Canada’s inflight personal seatback entertainment system. The winner of Best Short Film will receive a $5,000-cash prize courtesy of presenting sponsor Cineplex Entertainment. Other awards include Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, and Achievement in Animation. All award winners will receive an exciting (new this year!) destination prize to Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France.

Jury members for 2011 will be announced later this summer. Past members have included Jason Priestly, Denis Villeneuve, Donald Sutherland, Alan Cumming, Dan Aykroyd and Rémy Girard. Once winners have been selected, a free public screening and awards celebration will be held in Toronto in October.

So get your cameras ready and start filming because the submission deadline is Tuesday, May, 31.   

To learn more, visit Facebook or follow on Twitter. And spread the word!

For complete contest details, check out the Enroute website: www.enroutefilm.com.

Rave: enRoute Film Festival FREE Screening Tomorrow!

It’s no secret that we love film festivals, so we are thrilled about the enRoute Film Festival’s free public screening happening tomorrow at Scotiabank Theatre at 7 p.m. 
For the past four years, Air Canada has showcased emerging Canadian short filmmakers by screening their films on flights. Exposing our homegrown talent to millions of passengers on the in-flight entertainment system is brilliant, and gives people the option to see something other than the latest Hollywood blockbuster (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
This year, there’s an exciting lineup of both jury members and filmmakers who’ve been nominated for the prize ($5,000 from Cineplex Entertainment and a trip to the Whistler Film Festival). The jury is packed, with Alan Cumming, Carlo Rota, Denis Villeneuve, Jason Priestly, Jeremy Podeswa, Kari Skogland and Sheila McCarthy all lending their very noteworthy opinions about the films. Several of the jury members are attending the Awards Gala later on that evening at The Drake Hotel (by invitation only).

The exciting new filmmakers who’ve made the nominee list are: 

Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers Un Trou dans la Memoire
Rob Coxford, Josh Vamos and Marlaina D’Angelo Push Past: Rob Dyer’s Skate across Canada
Shervin Kermani and Aita Jason Sofia
King Mugabi Red Snow
Allessandro Piedmonte A Cut Above
Adam Shamash La Khaima: The Tent of Mile End
You can catch these films during the FREE public screening tomorrow night at Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond St. West). Or, if you’re flying Air Canada, check them out on your personal screen!