(September 28, 2014 – Vancouver BC) Vancouver-based Agentic Digital Media, a web development agency, along with Story Money Impact, sponsors of the inaugural VIFF Impact Award, have announced the titles of the first films to compete for this new award. The award will be presented to a Canadian documentary focusing on social issues. This prestigious award consists of a $5,000 cash prize from Agentic, and $5,000 in marketing and strategic in-kind services supplied by Agentic and Story Money Impact.
The six nominated films are The Boy From Geita, Everything Will Be, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (pictured above) Monsoon, The Price We Pay and The Pristine Coast. These films are screening at VIFF between September 25 and October 4, 2014, and the winner will be announced at the BC Spotlight Gala on Saturday, October 4 at 6:30pm at the Vancouver Playhouse.
A distinguished jury consisting of Hot Docs programmer and filmmaker Lynne Fernie, documentarian Julia Ivanova (Family Portrait in Black and White) and television news producer David Rummel, will award the prize to the documentary that has the highest potential to stimulate positive social change. A website for the award features exclusive interviews with filmmakers and information about the nominees.
Agentic recognizes the power of storytelling as a tool to generate positive change in the community. “Together,” said Phillip Djwa, president of Agentic, “we are helping the next wave of filmmakers change the world.” Through the sponsorship of the VIFF Impact Award, Agentic aims to support and promote Canadian ‘impact production’: documentary storytelling that is connected to a positive outcome.
“There is otherwise so little support in Canada for this stage of a documentary`s life. Outreach, marketing and audience development are crucial,” said Tracey Friesen, founder of Story Money Impact and initiator of the award. Agentic and Story Money Impact are delighted to have partnered with VIFF, “an organization which believes strongly that cinema has the ability to create conversation and encourage change,” according to Canadian Images Programmer, Terry McEvoy.
Click here for a link to the VIFF website and to other festivals in September 2014.