On the Horizon
Hello members of ACTRA Montreal.
With a warm, welcoming summer right around the corner, we at ACTRA have quite a busy month ahead of us. It begins when our friends from National Council convene here in Montreal in May for the second of their two annual meetings. With discussions of the ongoing negotiation of our National Commercial Agreement on the agenda, it should be an animated reunion.
A number of Councillors – including National President Ferne Downey – will then stick around as Montreal plays host to a meeting of the Canadian Labour Congress the following week. As an umbrella organization for dozens of affiliated Canadian and international unions, the Canadian Labour Congress represents the interests of more than three million workers from all sectors.
On May 25th you are all invited to join us for the spring edition of the ACTRA Montreal Members’ Conference. We have a few fantastic workshops lined up that, as always, promise to be both informative and entertaining. So please come out!
Finally, to cap it all off, we will be holding FilmGen 2014 on May 31st. Organized by our Young Emerging Actors’ Assembly, the open audition session (formerly known as Casting-palooza) is a supportive opportunity for new apprentice members to showcase their talent for decision makers in the casting communities for film, television, commercials and videogames.
And speaking of videogames… I’d like to congratulate Simon Peacock, Carlo Mestroni, Mark Camacho and the Professional Development Committee for creating, quite possibly, our most successful workshop ever. The positive feedback from the 32 participants in this year’s Videogame Workshop has been tremendous, with praise for the course itself and our fantastic instructors, Mark, Carlo and Simon. Perhaps the strongest endorsement of its value is the fact that a quarter of the participants have already landed work in the burgeoning industry.
2014 is expected to be another strong year for videogame production in Montreal – though I can’t say much more without violating my non-disclosure agreement! And all signs point to it being a big year on the film and television front too.
It’s great to see series like Mohawk Girls, Helix and 19-2 renewed. Episodic TV in this city is rewarding for our industry on so many levels. Incendo has returned to form, CMJ is back and there are a couple of mini-series on the horizon as well: Ascension and The Lottery. And while we haven’t landed that X-Men sized blockbuster this year, a number of interesting on-location projects are set to go into production soon, including biopics The Walk, Stonewall and The Race.
Summer in Montreal is always a celebration of sights and sounds. It’s nice to know there will be some work sprinkled in there as well.
President, ACTRA Montreal