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This festival was created by the Robert Thirsk High School Film Club students. It grew out of our passion to make fun and interesting films and videos. It is designed to be an annual event. We welcome your feedback

If you have a questions you can send your email to


You can begin entering your videos beginning November 1st, 2017


Videos have to have been created in 2017 or 2018 to qualify.




Terry has been involved in the TV business since the 1970's . Some of his achievements are Vice-President, Broadcasting and President of Sega Channel. President & Chief Operating Officer of The Vista Broadcast Group

Terry served the industry on the boards of the CAB ( Vice-Chairman of the television board), the WAB (one year as President), the MAB, TvB, The Alberta Motion Picture Development Corporation, and The Banff Television Festival (Founding Director). He also was a member of the Program Committee of the CTV Televsion Network Ltd. and later a member of the Executive Group of AltaWest Television Limited, a division of CanWest Global.

Terry Coles was inducted into the CAB Hall of Fame in 2009.


Kevin Scullion co-produced and starred in a national television show for children on YTV, wrote and starred in 14 episodes of “Screen Cuisine”, a segment on the show “Inside Entertainment”, hosted “Inside Movies”, a movie magazine show produced by Corus Entertainment, as well as appeared in several commercials. He was a producer on the feature Films “Downtown Dawgs” & “Gobshite/Hooligans” which was distributed in eight countries including the USA on Warmer Bros.  Kevin is Currently producing the paranormal Chiller "Dream Portal"



Chris has had a life long love of movies. They have been a passport to the world. In his teens he joined forces with two friends that enjoyed a Sunday Movie Night ritual for many, many years. He later became involved in the local theatre scene and fell in love with Irish plays. He feels very fortunate to have found a supportive and enthusiastic community that stocked his passion for acting. This passion has led Chris on many adventures, including appearing in a variety of movies including a reoccurring role on CBS's "Heartland"as a professional actor. He feels very honoured to be invited to be a part of this film festival and looks forward to experiencing the visions of the next wave of auters. Break a leg!


In 2009 Robert Thirsk became the first Canadian astronaut to fly a long duration expedition aboard the ISS.

                         Special Honours:

NASA Space Flight Medal, 1996 and 2009. Honorary Member, College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, 1997. Gold Medal, Professional Engineers of Ontario, 1997. Neil J. Armstrong Award, Aero Space Museum of Calgary, 2001. Alouette Award – The Tomatosphere Team, Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, 2007. Honorary Doctorates from the University of Calgary, 2009; the University of New Brunswick, 2010; Simon Fraser University, 2011; Ryerson University, 2012; and Vancouver Island University, 2014. International Cooperation in Cosmonautics Medal, Russian Federal Space Agency, 2009. Yuri Gagarin Medal, Federation of Cosmonautics of Russia, 2009. NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, 2009. Paul Harris Fellow, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 2010. Outer Space Exploration Medal of Merit, President of the Russian Federation, 2011. Sandford Fleming Medal, Council of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science, 2012. Order of British Columbia, 2012. In honour: Robert Thirsk High School, Calgary, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013. Officer of the Order of Canada, 2013.


Brian Vos's  credits as television producer include sports, music/variety, drama, public affairs, children’s and comedy.  One of the highlights of Brian’s career was the Calgary Olympic Winter Games as world producer for the nightly medals ceremonies, seen by over a billion people worldwide. Brian’s work has included commercial projects for Alabama Power, Western Canada Lotteries Corporation, Subway Sandwiches,Calgary Flames and Horse Racing Alberta; network identity packages for Star Choice, Family Channel, Teletoon and Movie Central; and broadcast design packages for ESPN/ABC America’s Cup, WNBA, Super Bowl at XL, College Bowl Week, Stanley Cup Playoffs, X Games and MLB Divisional Series Playoffs.


Lewin Webb has produced and directed numerous independent films and tv movies over his twenty year career.  His latest film, I Declare War, premiered to critical and audience acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival.  His Producer credits also include Winged Creatures (Forest Whitaker, Dakota Fanning, Kate Beckinsale), Chapter 27 (Jared Leto, Lindsay Lohan), Delirious (Steve Buscemi) and The Deal (William H Macy, Meg Ryan, LL Cool J).  He also produced the first film production for ESPN, Season on the Brink, and was the producer of the first original film for MTV, Jailbait.  Webb Executive Producer credits include Casino Jack (Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston) and his credits as Director include The Good Sheppard (Christian Slater, Molly Parker) and The Limit (Lauren Bacall, Pete Postlethwaite).


Jonathan is a broadcaster and associate producer for The Calgary Eyeopener and The Homestretch on CBC Calgary.  In addition to his voiceover/production business ToonVox (, he voices and produces videos, commercials and cartoons. On screen, he has acted in on many productions including Brokeback Mountain, Open Range, Touch the Top of the World and Hell on Wheels. He is also a founding member of Calgary’s comic a cappella group, the Heebee-jeebees.


Andy Curtis is a longtime member of Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit Theatre ensemble, which creates original works in the Big Secret Theatre.


The work that continues to be created by some of Canada's most senior creation artists endeavours to foster a more civil, interesting, and stimulating society that nourishes its people, values the local and authentic, and is thoughtful, life-loving, and fun. The company also produces the annual High Performance Rodeo.   Andy has performed in lots of shows with OYR, including The Land The Animals, Dreams Of A Drunken Quaker, Dream Machine, Doing Leonard Cohen, Gilgamesh La-Z-Boy, SmashCutFreeze, Kawasaki Exit, Munich Now, What The Thunder Said, and most recently Calgary I Love You But You’re Killing Me at the 2016 High Performance Rodeo.



If you’ve watched any of the main Canadian or US networks, chances are you’ve already caught a glimpse of some of Jeff’s work.  As director, editor and designer, he hits the television industry “trifecta”. His one-of-a-kind skill set is in high demand throughout North America, and for good reason.  Jeff possesses a rare blend of creative excellence and astute technical ability, with 20 years’ experience to back it up.

Jeff has completed projects for major Canadian and US television networks;  ESPN, Fox, CBS, ABC, CBC, CTV, NBC and HBO, as well as a host of high-end advertising agencies across North America.  His work has earned him three Emmy® Awards, two gold and two silver Broadcast Design Awards, and 15 regional AMPIA Awards in the categories of “Best Director”, “Best Editor” and “Best Designer”.


Michael Frislev and his partner Chad Oakes founded Nomadic Pictures in 1995. To date Mike has produced  over $500 million in movies-of-the-week, miniseries, TV series and feature films in Canada, U.S. and Europe.   Currently Mike is producer on "Hell on Wheels' & the television series FARGO. . Throughout his 20 years in the business Mike has worked with actors such as Sean Penn, James Caan, Jack Palance, Colm Meaney, Robert Downey Jr., Billy Bob Thorton, Gena Rowlands, Malcom Mc Dowell, Patrick Dempsey, and Jason Priestley to name a few.  Mike is a graduate of Ryerson University in the Motion Picture program, a multiple Emmy award winner and is on the board of directors of AMPIA.




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Rising Star Student Film Festival

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Robert Thirsk High School

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The technology available for film-making now is incredible,

but I am a big believer that it's all in the story.

Robert Redford