Category Archives: 2011 Festival

Classical Music Shorts

Good music is such an important part of a good film, but when the music exists before the film is shot, does that make it a music video?  This was a distinction that one filmmaker made to me when I … Continue reading

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10 Tips For Submitting to Festivals

With our submission deadline of December 15 less than 2 weeks away, the number of short films I’ve looked at since our last fest has just passed the 500 mark and we’ve received over 100 submissions so far from 26 … Continue reading

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Student films worth watching

When the festival started the Youth Filmmaking Challenge workshops in 2009, we wondered where and how we’d show the student films created in each workshop.  The students brainstorm ideas and then pitch them to the workshop leaders – Scott Belyea, … Continue reading

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Winner of Audience Choice Award

CONGRATULATIONS to Jerome Sable, director of The Legend of Beaver Dam who won the 2011 Reel Shorts Film Festival Audience Choice Award. A record number of votes were cast (1,233) for the 56 eligible films and, for the first year … Continue reading

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Some 2011 festival pics

Well, we’re about half-way through the festival now, and there’s still time to see some awesome screenings. I got out today to both the Gruff & Stuff screening and to see some of the student filmmakers in action down at … Continue reading

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Fabulous new look!

Our souvenir program will go to the printers on Monday and it’s gorgeous!  Our new look is complete – new logo, new website, new design for the program.  It’s the completion of a lightning quick rebranding package put together for us … Continue reading

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61 great films

I’ve watched over 600 short films, travelled to two of the major shorts festivals in North America (CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto and the Palm Springs International ShortFest) and two of the major film festivals in Alberta (Edmonton … Continue reading

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Reel Shorts Turns Five!

It’s been five years since Terry Scerbak launched the Reel Shorts Film Festival, and it’s been a great ride. We’re really excited to be launching a new brand for the fest that matches the high-caliber of our annual film program.

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