Paws and Claws Film Festival looking for entries

North Island wildlife film and videographers are invited to submit their work to The Paws and Claws Film Festival, a new film festival showcasing local wildlife-inspired short films and documentaries.

North Island wildlife film and videographers are invited to submit their work to The Paws and Claws Film Festival, a new film festival showcasing local wildlife-inspired short films and documentaries.

“We are really excited about the launch of this first ever annual film festival,” said Gina Bugslag, BC SPCA events coordinator for Vancouver Island.

“The purpose of the festival is to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature, through excellence in film, television, and other media,” she said.

“We’re inviting all Western Canadian filmmakers — first timers, amateurs or pros — of any age to submit their take on the diversity of wildlife in this part of the world and the challenges they face.”

Film categories are: Youth Wildlife Education; Urban Wildlife; Wild Settings.

Entry fee is $10; films made in any style or genre after 2009 are eligible. Deadline is Oct. 15.

Nominated films will be screened during the Oct. 31 to Nov. 5 Victoria festival, with a screening Nov. 3 when the public will be able to vote for their favourites.

Online viewing and voting will run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5.

Viewing and voting is by donation (suggested donation $10).

Prizes will be awarded for the top three films and winning films will be featured in BC SPCA promotional materials.

Films can portray Western Canadian wildlife at play, engaging in interesting behaviour, at home in their natural habitat or adapting to life in an urban environment.

“Wildlife” encompasses free-living birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and insects.

For detailed information on how to submit material as well as other pertinent details please visit www.spca.bc.ca/filmfestival, or email gbugslag@spca.bc.ca for more information.