Back in February, EDAC hosted the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation’s 48-hour Anti-Racism film challenge. Participants had 48 hours to create a short film on the theme of ending racism and were given either a quote or a prop that they had to incorporate into their film. All the teams worked tirelessly over the weekend to complete their films. 11 of the 26 teams successfully submitted their films on time. Follow this link to watch all the films.
The screening and judging of all the films took place at Edmonton’s historic Princess Theatre on Tuesday, March 21, which was also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Team W.E.A.K. EDAC took home the grand prize for their film The Divide. (W.E.A.K. is an acronym of the team members’ first names, William, Erica, Alana and Kaitlin)
Our dapper host, Quais Amer, opened the evening’s festivities by welcoming Reuben Quinn, Program coordinator for the Nehiyaw language program at the Centre for Race and Culture, who began by acknowledging we were gathering on Treaty 6 territory and offered a prayer for understanding and healing. Throughout the evening we were also treated to performances by Albert Favel, local spoken-word poet and MC, and the dynamite drumming group, Chubby Cree. Special guests included Christina Gray, MLA for Edmonton-Millwoods and Irfan Sabir, MLA for Calgary-McCall.
The film competition was open to anyone who was interested and felt they had something to say regardless of whether or not they had experience in filmmaking. Participants could use anything from professional cameras to their smartphone. EDAC provided access to our brand new Werkstatt digital media production studio and equipment for studio filming or green screen, as well as computers and software for post-production (editing, special effects, and audio).
The age and expertise of the filmmakers varied widely. Two student teams from EDAC participated and the youngest team in the competition, Unravel, comprised two 13-year-old young women who produced the intriguing film, The Voice.
The judging panel was Sanjay Shahani, Executive Director of the Edmonton Arts Council; Sarah Farooq, Board Chair of Centre for Race and Culture; Jesse Lipscombe, local filmmaker and founder of the Make it Awkward campaign; Scott McKeen, City Councillor for Ward 6; and finally, our own executive director, Owen Brierley.
The winning video