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UNB community wins at Silver Wave Film Festival

Author: Communications

Posted on Nov 18, 2015

Category: UNB Fredericton

University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) students, alumni, faculty and staff were honoured for their cinematic talents at this year’s 15th Annual Silver Wave Awards Show.  

“a list” directed by UNB alumnus, Matt Rogers took home two awards including Excellence in Music Composition (Greg Profit, UNB alumnus) and Excellence in Picture Editing (Jon Dewar, UNB alumnus).

“Choke Hold” directed by UNB Prof. Robert Gray took home four awards including Excellence in Picture Editing (Jon Dewar, UNB alumnus), Excellence in Cinematography (Matt Rogers, UNB alumnus, and Lance Blakney, UNB alumnus and staff), Lex Gigeroff Excellence in Screenwriting in a NB Short Comedy or Drama (Dr. Gray) and Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Drama (Ian Goff).

“Co-Ed” by UNB alumna Britany Sparrow and current UNB student Gordon Mihan won Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Drama (Trish McNeill).

Amy Bourgaize, UNB alumna, won the CBC/New Brunswick Joy award valued at $18,500 in cash and resources.

The Silver Wave Film Festival Awards recognize both the excellence of festival participants and their contribution to the development of the film community and industry in New Brunswick.

“Co-Ed”, “Choke Hold” and “a list” were also included in the Top 10 Films of Silver Wave 2015, a list compiled by audience ballot.

UNB had a strong presence at the festival, with nearly half of the films featured at the New Brunswick Shorts Gala directed or produced by students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Members of the UNB community also took part in the festival’s Industry Series, including a panel entitled “Developing & Strengthening Our Film Communities Through Education”.

The panel, moderated by Dr. Gray, was designed to open a dialogue with New Brunswick educators and members of the province’s film community about how to develop and strengthen the film industry through education. Panel participants included UNB professor Sophie M. Lavoie and UNB alumni Amy Bourgaize, Chris Campbell and Matt Rogers.

The panellists discussed the importance of teaching students to think critically about film, providing them with the confidence to see themselves as filmmakers and storytellers and creating a culture in which local stories are seen, heard and valued.

UNB offers students from all faculties have the opportunity to obtain a minor in film studies, where they can study the theory and history of film as well as the craft itself through practical and creative courses.

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