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BAG looking for a few good nature films

The Brackendale Art Gallery is introducing a new film event this winter.

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Gallery owner Thor Froslev has issued the call for submissions of nature documentaries to screen during the weekend of Feb. 26-27.

The event is being billed as "films of the natural world," a nod to the ongoing "art of the natural world" exhibition of works by a variety of West Coast artists including renowned Canadian realist painter Robert Bateman.

Froslev is accepting documentary films of any nature-themed subject matter and is planning to screen them festival-style starting at 8 p.m. on both nights.

The film event follows on the heels of the 19 th annual Brackendale Winter Eagle Festival and count, taking place throughout January 2005.

The eclectic gallery/theatre is festival headquarters, hosting eagle walking tours, the annual Natural World Lecture Series and the wrap-up Wingding dinner and dance featuring the hearty music of Canadian folk legend Valdy.

The gallery is also hosting an eagle photography contest in conjunction with the festival. The contest is accepting 8x10 colour or black and white photos of eagles until Sunday, Jan. 30. Winners will be announced and prizes of gift certificates from local businesses awarded Sunday, Feb. 6 with entries displayed in the gallery until Feb. 20.

Those intending to enter the contest will have a special interest in the lecture series presentation and slide show by nature photographer Roy Hamaguchi on Jan. 8, entitled The Eagles of Brackendale and How to Photograph them.

For more information on the 19 th Annual Brackendale Winter Eagle Festival and other events at the Brackendale Art Gallery go to www.brackendaleartgallery.com.

National Exposure calling for amateur films

The National Screen Institute of Canada (NSI) in Winnipeg is calling on amateur filmmakers across the country for submissions of five minute films to the upcoming National Exposure Amateur Movie Contest.

The winning film will premiere during the NSI FilmExchange Canadian Film Festival on March 5, 2005.

Twelve finalists will be shortlisted by a panel of specialists from the television and film industry. Awards of $100 will be presented in seven categories: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Film Under 18, Best Film from Manitoba, Best Film from Western Canada and Best Film from Eastern Canada.

During the festival audience members will vote for the People’s Choice Award, which will include $1,000 to the most popular film and $500 to the runner up.

The closing date for entries is Jan. 14, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. Central Time.

For more information on how to enter visit www.nsi-canada.ca.

The NSI is a film and television training school operating with ongoing funding from Telefilm Canada through Canadian Heritage, and Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism.

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