Press Release 16/4/07

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 16, 2007

Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival Announces 2007 Jury

Yorkton, SK- The Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival is pleased to announce the nine members of the 2007 Golden Sheaf Awards Jury.

The nine jurors travel to Yorkton, Saskatchewan to preside over the awards selection for films and videos in official competition, deciding the winners in 19 genre categories and 16 craft categories. Nominations will be announced on April 16, 2007 and award winners will be announced at the Golden Sheaf Awards Presentation, on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at the Gallagher Centre.

“We are extremely excited to have such a diverse group of talented filmmakers from British Columbia to Nova Scotia adjudicating on this our Festival’s 60th Anniversary”, said Executive Director Fay Kowal.

The 2007 Golden Sheaf Award Jury members are:

  • Nova Alberts, Producer, Saskatchewan
  • Paul Armstrong, Producer, British Columbia
  • Paola D’Agnolo, Producer, Quebec
  • William Belcourt, Producer, Alberta
  • Jim Compton, Producer, Manitoba
  • Carole Larsen, Editor, Ontario
  • Marie Natanson, Producer, Ontario
  • Pamela Pinch, Writer, Nova Scotia
  • Jayden Soroka, Filmmaker, Saskatchewan

Juror Biographies:

Nova Alberts, Saskatchewan
Nova Alberts has produced award winning features like “Midnight Massacre: The Donnelly Murders” for History Television and “Escape From Iran; The Hollywood Option” for History Television and PBS. More recently she produced “Circus of God” and “Size TV” at Partners in Motion. She is currently working as a CBC Producer in Regina.

Paul Armstrong, British Columbia
Paul Armstrong is a Vancouver based producer for films, television programs, music videos, and theatre. He co-produced “Ill-Fated” and executive produced the Genie Award nominated “See Grace Fly”.

William Belcourt, Alberta
William Belcourt is an Associate Producer for the NFB and has worked on documentary films and teaching film workshops in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Currently he is Associate Producing the groundbreaking “First Stories” program series for four emerging Aboriginal filmmakers who will have the chance to direct a five-minute short that will be broadcast on CBC and APTN at the North West Centre in Edmonton.

Jim Compton, Manitoba
Jim Compton has worked in the television industry for 20 years with clients like the CBC, CHUM, and Craig Broadcasting. Some of his productions include the drama series “13 Stories About Love” and “Wassa Inabidaa- We Look In All Directions” which garnered 5 Emmy Awards in the U.S. He is one of the founders of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network where he is an advisory member and a Producer.

Paola D’Agnolo, Quebec
Paola has worked in production, development and distribution at Pixcom Productions. She has worked on documentary series for the international market and international TV co productions. She currently works at Galafilm developing and coordinating future productions.

Carole Larsen, Ontario
Carole Larsen is a Toronto-based Editor who studied film at Ryerson and was an Editor Resident at the Canadian Film Centre. For the past seventeen years she has been editing documentaries (Things That Move, Meet the Sumdees) and fiction films (Outlaws of Missouri, Fairytales and Pornography).

Marie Natanson, Ontario
Marie Natanson Has directed, edited and produced Documentaries – She was the Executive Producer for “Witness” (which won numerous Canadian, and international awards including four Geminis for Best Documentary series, four Emmys and a Peabody) and co-produced “Why We Fight” and “Sex Slaves”. She is now an independent producer.

Pamela Pinch, Nova Scotia
Pamela Pinch is a Halifax based writer and producer who is know for her work in television, documentary and short film. She is currently the Director of Development at Creative Atlantic Communications and had been critically involved in “Robson Arms”, and “The 902″ for CTV, “The Mighty Jungle”, for CBC and the documentary “Ted Nolan: Behind The Bench” for APTN.

Jayden Soroka, Saskatchewan
Jayden Soroka is a previous Golden Sheaf Award winner for “Under the Skin, Drugs, Dreams and Demons” which he wrote, directed and edited. His initial credits were as a trainee assistant director on the TV drama series “Renegade Press” and the blockbuster “Just Friends”. Currently Jayden is the co-owner of his own Productions Company, 306 Productions.

About the Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival
The Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival is the longest running film festival in North America. In the 60 years of its existence the festival has developed a tradition of recognizing excellent films and providing great professional development and learning opportunities. The Festival recognizes outstanding Canadian short films and rewards the very best with the annual Golden Sheaf Awards. Visit www.yorktonshortfilm.org for more information.

For more information please contact:
Fay Kowal
Executive Director
Email: director@yorktonshortfilm.org
Telephone: (306) 782-7077

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