Barry Dodd, The New VI’s Director of Programming and Independent Production, today announced this year’s screen initiative – part of the station’s ongoing $12 million / 7 year commitment to BC’s independent production community. The Reel Edge Project invites applications from BC producers capable of making made-for-TV movies within a $1 million budget.
“With our 1st major undertaking (the Drama Initiative) well underway, we’re ready to jump into another innovative project,” says Dodd. “Specifically, we’re now offering our support to producers who can build creative, Island-based, movie-making teams. Through this, we’re continuing our mission to develop talent and build a solid infrastructure for the production of feature films on Vancouver Island.”
To apply to take part in The Reel Edge Project, each producer must submit a package including a draft script of feature-length fiction. All details and application forms are available on-line at www.thenewvi.com and at The New VI (1420 Broad Street in Victoria and 82 Commercial Street in Nanaimo). Deadline for applications is Friday, April 11.
The Reel Edge Project follows The New VI’s highly-successful Drama Initiative, which teamed Vancouver Island-based writers with local producers to create finance-able, marketable feature films and made-for-television movies. The most significant broadcaster-based initiative of its sort ever undertaken in Canada, the Drama Initiative attracted a landslide 785 submissions, 4 of which are currently in development.
The Reel Edge Project is undertaken in consultation with the Victoria Film Producers Association, the Greater Victoria Film Commission, and Film Nanaimo.