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Richard to host Calgary International Film Festival BravoFACT Pitch Contest

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 2.17.01 PMRichard to host the Calgary International Film Festival BravoFACT Pitch Contest!

Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) and The Calgary International Film Festival announced today they have partnered for the inaugural Calgary International Film Festival BravoFACT Pitch Contest.

Taking place Saturday, Oct. 1 during the closing weekend of CIFF 2016 (September 21 to October 2), five filmmaking teams from Alberta will be given the opportunity to pitch their short film in front of a live audience and a jury of industry experts. The winner will be awarded with a $50,000 prize, provided by BravoFACT, to fund their winning project, two festival passes for CIFF 2017, and the chance to screen their short film at the 2017 festival. The winning team will be announced at the CIFF Awards Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 2.

“BravoFACT strives to support a strong and diverse Canadian film industry, and our partnership with CIFF allows us to continue to expand our reach,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “We look forward to working with CIFF and shining a spotlight on Calgary’s young filmmaking talent.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with BravoFact on the 2016 Pitch Contest,” said Calgary International Film Festival Executive Director, Steve Schroeder. “A huge part of CIFF’s mission is to engage and showcase Alberta filmmakers and this is the perfect fit.”

Beginning today, eligible applicants are encouraged to visit to apply. Applicants to the CIFF BravoFACT pitch contest are also welcome to submit their applications to BravoFACT for their December 2 winter deadline, but the pitch contest winner is not eligible for double funding. The five teams selected to pitch their short at the Calgary International Film Festival BravoFACT Pitch Contest will be notified by Friday, Sept. 18. The deadline to submit is Friday, Aug.26.

For more information about program requirements and application guidelines visit!

Richard and BRAVOFACT AT at the Women Making Waves conference in Halifax

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 9.24.09 AMOn February 28, 2015 Richard presided over a bravoFACT pitch competition and jury in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Five pitchers presented (Read more HERE!) with Leah Johnson taking home the $35,000 award to make her film “Ingrid and the Black Hole.”

Celebrate The Shortest Day Short Film Celebration! December 19, 2013!

Screen Shot 2013-12-19 at 2.13.40 PMHelp celebrate the The Shortest Day Short Film Celebration on the shortest day of the year with some very cool bravoFACT short films! the cinematic celebration was created by the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image in France and now has more than 20 other countries participating. Top get in the mood enjoy these bravoFACT shorts curated by Richard!

Manifold: While a small-town sheriff investigates a mysterious multiple murder scene, a brilliant young software engineer is bizarrely linked to the crime–and to a much bigger conspiracy.

Director/Writer: Anthony Scott Burns
Composer: Makeup and Vanity Set
Actors: Stephen McHattie, Greg Calderone, Riel Paley, Owen Roth, Rafael Kalamat, Jesse Kavander
Producers: Johnny Hockin, Juniper Island Productions
Funder: bravoFACT

Issues: An aspiring young female photojournalist faces a crisis when she must choose between journalistic integrity or celebrity entertainment.

Director: Kent Nolan
Created By: Katherine Barrell, Kent Nolan
Writers: Kent Nolan, Clarke Logan
Composer: Colleen Dauncy
DOP: Mike McLaughlin
Editor: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux
Actors: Katherine Barrell, Kristopher Turner, Ben Lewis, Leah Doz, Rick Roberts, Patrick McKenna, Shannon Kook
Producers: Tommy Lioutas, Katherine Barrell, Insomniac Productions
Funder: bravoFACT

Requiem for Romance: A young couple’s secret love affair comes to a bittersweet end during an evening phone call as cell phone static creates distance between them.

Writer/Director/Animator: Jonathan Ng
Composer: Vid Cousins, Kid Koala
Voice Actors: Meilie Ng, Shannon Kook-Chun
Musicians: Shen Qi, Madeleine Messier, Tim Halliday, David Payant
Producers: Jonathan Ng, Andrew Przybytkowski, Kungfu Romance Productions Inc.
Funders: bravoFACT, NFB, SODEC, Canada Council, Charles Street Video

I put a hit on you: A brokenhearted woman teams up with her ex-boyfriend to stop the hitman she hired to kill him.

Writers/Directors: Dane Clark, Linsey Stewart
Composer: Austra
DOP: James Klopko
Editor: Jonathan Eagan
Actors: Sara Canning, Aaron Ashmore
Producers: Jordan Gross, Mike MacMillan, Lithium Studios Production, Dark Hope Entertainment
Funder: bravoFACT

Slow Win: A commuter races to enter the closing doors of a departing subway train.

Writer/Director: William Allinson
DOP: James Klopko
Editor: Michael Pierro
Actors: Gabriel Dumas, Richard Hassan
Producer: James Vandewater, Castlewood Productions, Made By Other People
Funder: bravoFACT




BZOFQXECMAAV_NB.jpg-largeFrom the Canadian International Television Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Nov. 16, 2013. CITF celebrates short form films with a screening of 10 best bravoFACT-funded shorts including Winter Garden, an official selection at this year’s TIFF ‘Stage to Screen’ series, starring Enrico Colantoni.