Sound meets video in Reel to Reel contest

Musicians, filmmakers to be paired up for annual competition

CineVic executive director Bryan Skinner and community liaison Krista Loughton are gearing up for the sixth annual Reel to Reel contest.

CineVic executive director Bryan Skinner and community liaison Krista Loughton are gearing up for the sixth annual Reel to Reel contest.

For the sixth year, the CineVic Reel to Reel Music Video Challenge is asking local musicians to team up with independent film makers to produce short, dynamic clips.

The event is designed to promote a healthy, vibrant arts collaboration.

“We are creating an opportunity to expose filmmakers and artists to each other and their audiences,” said CineVic executive director Bryan Skinner.

It begins with local musicians submitting potential songs, from which 10 finalists are chosen. The genres are unlimited, and a range of diversity – solo artists are encouraged to apply – is welcomed.

Ten video teams or individual filmmakers are each assigned a song then are set free to unleash their creativity on their production.

The sky’s the limit, said Skinner, but the music videos must not be longer than five minutes.

Animation, experimental and traditional narration are several styles that have been used in previous years.

“We present the 10 complete works at Victoria Events Centre. It’s a fun, good-energy event,” Skinner said.

“We had 250 people at this event last year. People always want to see their work and their friends’ work, so it’s become a fun, community event. Most are created digitally through video or software or animation, but we do have a healthy amount of (traditional) 16 millimetre and Super 8 film submissions.”

Last year, photojournalist Arnold Lim won the favourite film as chosen by the audience (and a $200 prize), while Michael Farrell won the judges award ($300).

Registration for filmmakers is on a first-come, first-served basis and costs $50, which includes three tickets to the event. Musicians submit songs for free.

Deadline for submission of songs and registration for filmmakers is Aug. 9, with music selections announced on Aug. 16. Films must be completed by Sept. 23.

Visit www.cinevic.ca for registration forms and more information.

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