Finalists Announced for Knowledge Network B.C. History Shorts Competition | Knowledge.ca

British Columbia’s Knowledge Network announced today the finalists for the B.C. History Shorts Competition – Nelson Edition.  They are:

- Mike Bernard
- Miriam Needoba
- Amy Bohigian
- Marlin Olynyk
- Caroline Butler
- Jeff Lee Petry
- Kevin Hagell
- Phil Schmidt
- Shayne Kasai
- Peter Schramm
- Jason Mannings
- Kenneth Sherman
- Ken Matheson
- Nils Sorensen
- Aaron May

A commission of $30,000 to produce short documentaries will be awarded to a B.C. filmmaker who pitches the best stories about the history of Nelson and the Kootenays. The historical documentaries will be created from still photographs - archival, historical and even personal photos - centred around the Kootenays region. Twenty-seven B.C. filmmakers submitted concepts for the films, with fifteen short listed to participate in a workshop and pitching session in Nelson, B.C. 

“As British Columbia’s public broadcaster, it’s our mission to reflect the culture and history of the entire province. To that end Knowledge Network is committed to working with independent producers who live and work in different regions of B.C,” said Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge Network Corporation. “That’s why Nelson, with its vibrant arts community and storied past, is an ideal place to launch our Documentary Competition.”

The workshop and pitching event will take place June 1 and 2 at Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History. On June 2 one filmmaker will be awarded a commission of $30,000 or two filmmakers will be awarded commissions of $15,000 each to produce their projects for broadcast on Knowledge Network and on Knowledge's online services. 

“There are many historical stories distinct to our province that help connect us as a community,” said Murray Battle, Director of Independent Production and Presentation for Knowledge Network. “By partnering with the independent production community, we will develop these stories with talented B.C. filmmakers with a passion for storytelling.” 

British Columbia’s Knowledge Network is where stories live that speak to our time.  A viewer-supported public broadcaster, Knowledge Network offers commercial-free creative documentaries, arts and culture, drama and children’s programs from Canada and around the world.  Knowledge Network plays a vital role in supporting the independent production community in B.C. through the commissioning of broadcast and digital interactive content.  www.Knowledge.ca