Wednesday, May 26, 2010

FREE YoungCuts Screening This Sunday

FREE YoungCuts Screening This Sunday

During the ARCYP (Association for Research in Culture of Young People) convention this week at Concordia University. YoungCuts will be presenting a FREE Screening of various films from the YoungCuts Film Festival.

Screening is Sunday, May 30th from 4PM to 5:30PM in the EV building (1515 Ste-Catherine Ouest) 3rd Floor Room 760. Did we mention that the screening is FREE!?!

In addition to the films announced on the poster, we will be presenting examples of the films that we produced as part of the Canada's Got Treasures project for the Virtual Museum of Canada.

Download the Poster!
Download the Press Release!


YoungCuts is MOVING (Our office)

Effective Monday, the YoungCuts office will be at 1155 University Avenue, Suite 1015, Montreal, Quebec, H3B 3A7.



The YoungCuts Film Festival absolute drop-dead deadline is June 15th!

The Canada's Got Treasures project presents new YoungCuts short films every week!

We have money (and exposure) for Short Comedy Shorts!


For information, questions or comments contact Michael Ryan 514.285.4591

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Paying Filmmaker Gigs From (Montreal, Toronto, New York)

We have the following paying gigs from

If you are interested in any of these projects:
To be considered for any project, please send a one-page pitch to Michael Ryan by Thursday, May 27th, 2010 ( 514.285.4591 - you should be registered on

Your one-page pitch should be a one-page pdf and should include the following:
Your name, your contact information, links to your portfolio and CV, a brief summary of your credentials, what equipment you would use, and your budget.

Note that for your budget, you should include all relevant costs including your pay as well as the fee (20% - minimum $100.00) For the budget just include the full amount. No breakdown is necessary unless the client specifically requests it.
These are the current projects:

Montreal or Remote 133  Music Video is for an Iranian musician living ¨in exile¨ in Montreal. Because of the political nature of the music and exile, the musician would prefer that the music video feature no one whose identity could be verified from watching the video.

The musician is looking for creative ways to add a visual narrative to his songs, beginning with this one. The song is from an an album about the "disenfranchised", that class or segment of society that has lost its' "voice", be it politically, economically or otherwise.  The song (in Farsi) and translated English lyrics will be available on request for filmmakers who would like to hear it before making a proposal from 514.285.4591

Montreal 142 Music video for the group 2 Kats Inna Hat. Video should incorporate the idea of hats perhaps a fashion video. Sample of song available on request from 514.285.4591

Montreal 138 Music video for a rock song by a Montreal Haitian musician. To be shot in Montreal in one day and one location in a loft or warehouse. Song is about the musician trying to escape from a spell cast on him. There may be follow-up videos with an expanded budget. Sample of song available on request from 514.285.4591

Montreal 139 Music documentary is intended to be a one-day in the life of a Haitian rock musician following him through all the varied and diverse parts of the Haitian community. This project would be shot around the same time as a music video (Project 138) and filmmakers can present a combined bid for the music video and the documentary. Sample tracks available on request from 514.285.4591

Toronto 140 Music video intended to be the first in a series of music videos for a Toronto musician about to be distributed internationally. Sample tracks available on request. E-Mail 514.285.4591

New York 141 Award-winning hip-hop group looking for a talented filmmaker to create their first music video. Looking for an urban hip-hop aesthetic. Sample tracks available on request. E-Mail 514.285.4591

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Last Chance to Submit for the 2010 YoungCuts Film Festival

Last Chance to Submit for the 2010 YoungCuts Film Festival

We just passed our late deadline of May 15th which means that we are now approaching the absolute, final, drop-dead deadline June 15th to submit your film for the 2010 YoungCuts Film Festival.

Keep in mind that the earlier that we receive your film, the better chance there is for your film to be chosen for the Festival.

Also, short shorts, films under 5 minutes are still only a $15 submission fee.

So, if you were thinking of entering your film in the 2010 YoungCuts Film Festival, you are on the clock!


Cash for Short Comedy Shorts!

To update on our contest for Short Comedy Shorts...

What our sponsor is looking for are:
-30 to 90 second funny videos
-Something funny or attention-grabbing in the first 10 seconds
-Aimed at Men 18-34
-Pretty girls are appreciated but not required
-Any music should be rights cleared
-No longer than 6 seconds of credits
-Footage can be old or new, our sponsors do need to be able to have web exclusivity on the film for 90 days.
-You can simply submit a film to the contest or in some cases we are simply giving filmmakers cash to go and shoot short comedy shorts.
-If the film is under 100 MB send to by

For questions, comments, inquiries
Contact Michael Ryan at 514.285.4591
Or by e-mail at


Canada's Got Treasures!
We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Virtual Museum of Canada's new project: Canada's Got Treasures!

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of International Museum Day (announcing the launch of Canada's Got Treasures!

We have been working on this project for a long time and are very excited to be able to announce its launch.

Our involvement was to produce 84 short films for less than the budget of 1 Heritage Minute film. The aix filmmakers that we worked with: A.J. Korkadakis, Adam Shamash, Ben Goloff, Francois Laurent, Josh Usheroff and Paul Aflalo all did an amazing, outstanding job under some severe pressures both creatively, time-wise and financially.

You can see our Synopsis Video for the entire project and our first 4 films (well, really 8: 4 in English and 4 in French) on the web-site above. Each video is about a National Treasure that can be found in one of Canada's National Museums or outdoors in the National Capital region. In addition to the videos, you will find texts about the objects written by Concordia University students of Loren Lerner's Art History class, photos of the object, quizzes about the object and sometimes an amazing piece of artwork or photograph by Concordia University students who were inspired by the work.

Each week, new National Treasures will be unveiled with videos produced by YoungCuts. (And a few with just photos.)

You can also contribute through Youtube and FlickR your own choice for National Treasure or a more Regional Treasure or something that is a more Personal Treasure. If your object is accepted it will be shared on the site with the world and included in the interactive map!

This was an incredible and exciting project for us to be involved in. It allowed us to fund five different filmmakers to create great films for a national audience. And a big thank you for everyone who made the project a success!