Metis Director Wins European Film Award

CanadExport features European Prize: Media Artist Wins Serbian Film Award, 2004.

Vol 21 No 21 Eng

International Trade Canada’s Journal CanadExport notes European Prize: Métis New Media Artist Wins Serbian Film Award, November 2004.

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Canadian Metis Director Wins European Film Award

MEFEST, the 12th International Festival of Touristic, Ecological and Sport Films held from September 23-26, 2004 in Zlatibor Serbia has awarded Graham Thompson “The Special Award of the Festival” for his ecological video “The First Sunrise.”

The video, inspired by the meaning of the east as taught by the Anishinaabe Peoples of North America, seeks to express the beauty, power and mystery of the east. As it is from the east that we witness the sunrise, the start of a new day and symbolically the birth of man and our universe.

The First Sunrise is apart of the “North-South-East-West” new media series. The series involves the use of Web sites, CD-ROMs, DVDs, digital video, streaming media and webcasts.

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Thompson’s work has been exhibited at the ED Video Media Arts Centre of Ontario, the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener| Area, the Toronto International Media Arts Biennial, the 2004 International Digital Art Awards touring exhibition of Melbourne Australia, the World Social Forum of Mumbai India, Canada’s Brampton Indie Arts Festival, SAW Video Media Arts Centre of Canada and Serbia’s international film and video festival MEFEST. Later in October his work will travel to Vancouver’s New Forms Festival, Toronto’s Trinity Square Video, Toronto’s ImagineNative Festival and Chicago’s experimental media festival Pilot TV.

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