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It’s exciting.

Eying the monitor on the set of A River in the Woods with director Christian Sparkes.

Hallo there, world! Well, six months have passed since I was fortunate enough to win this fabulous award. After a very busy year in production – producing another short film and working full time in television – I’ve finally launched myself full speed ahead into pre-production for Decoloured.

It’s exciting. To say the least. It’ll be my first time directing a film solo, and I’ve had this story in my head for a couple of years now, so I’m eager to get rolling.

Right now I’m in the process of hiring cast & crew, rewriting the script, and raising the last of the funds. I’m hoping to blog most of this process – to share it with filmmakers and friends alike, and to document the experience.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to chat with Melissa Silva of Lifestyle Magazine who featured an article on the St. John’s Women’s Film Festival. Check it out here: http://www.lifestylemagazine.ca/her_camera

Stay tuned for more updates very soon.

Ciao.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

St. John’s, NL—The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is pleased to announce the winner of the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award is Allison White.  The RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award is a film prize established in memory of St. John’s filmmaker Michelle Jackson, who passed away quite suddenly in 2008. Through the efforts of Michelle’s friends, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival has brought together many industry players to make this Award significant and sufficient to create a six-minute film.

Allison White is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Film Production program. Since graduating, she has been working her way up the film ladder in the industry, including entry level positions on Republic of Doyle, Sherry White’s feature Crackie, as well as programs for Best Boy Productions, the CBC and the NFB. Her proposed short film “decoloured” is about Albert, a colour-blind man who can see colour only when he is in the presence of his new friend Amber.  The film will be shot over the summer and presented at this year’s St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

The Award amounts to $13,500 in cash and about $27,500 in services.  Industry partners that made this award possible are: RBC Foundation, CBC-St. John’s, PS Atlantic, Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Association, the law firm Stewart McKelvey, NIFCO, KODAK Canada Inc., Deluxe Toronto, script services-Gail Collins, Powerpost, and the Atlantic Film Festival. The Festival would also like to acknowledge the many people who contributed to the Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Fund, a foundation established as a means for individuals and companies to donate to the emerging filmmaker cause.

“Canadian filmmakers have proven themselves to be among the world’s most successful and imaginative,” says Nan MacDonald,  Account Manager with RBC Commercial Financial Services who specializes in media and entertainment. “This competition is designed to provide up and coming Canadian filmmakers with the opportunity to showcase their work and talent to the film industry and the world. We’re extremely proud to be a partner in bringing this unique program to life!”

The Award consists of:

  • $5,000 cash award courtesy of RBC Foundation
  • $ 4000 cash award from CBC St. John’s
  • $10,000 in-kind equipment from PS Atlantic
  • $ 5,000 in-kind post production services from the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative.
  • $ Buy 1 get 2 free, either 16mm or 35mm film stock from Kodak Canada Inc.
    (total max of 2,400 ft of S16mm or 6’000 ft of 35mm)
  • Production and Post services for a 6-minute film from Deluxe Toronto (no limit)
    (Please note: Deluxe cannot process 16mm film)
  • Short Shoot Insurance coverage from Fraser & Hoyt Insurance
  • Script consultation with Gail Collins.
  • $ 1250 cash, $500 legal services and congratulatory luncheon courtesy of Stewart McKelvey
  • $ 1500 cash from Newfoundland Labrador Film Development Corporation
  • $ 1000 cash from Power Post Limited
  • $ 500 cash from the Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmakers’ Fund
  • $ 500 cash from the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
  • 2 Festival passes from the Atlantic Film Festival