FaceBook Friend of the Week – The Swingin’ Miss Drea Burke

by Shannonn Kelly
06:23AM, EST, February 19, 2012

I’m so happy to blog about this week’s ‘FaceBook Friend of the Week’ – Miss Drea Burke

Drea Burck, Attorney, Actress, Dancer and Cat Lover
FaceBook Friend of The Week – Drea Burck, Attorney, Actress, Dancer and Cat Lover…

I’ve already got a smile on my face because I absolutely love this gal.

In 2007, ReelHeART International Film Festival introduced a Feature Screenplay Competition and in 2008 I met Drea, a stage actress who wowed me with her audition.

She was cast in the German situated, political screenplay “The Other Side Of The Wall”, by Mary Townsend as well as the sci-fi contagion screenplay “Scavengers” by Diana Kemp Jones.

Drea is a multi-faceted person having studied at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in Lyon, France and then Law and French and English Literature at the University of Toronto. Continue reading “FaceBook Friend of the Week – The Swingin’ Miss Drea Burke”

FaceBook Friend of The Week – Actor Brian Mifsud

by Shannonn Kelly
06:11PM, EST, January 01, 2013

I hope everyone had a great entry into 2013.

Just a caution: This blog, is a little more personal than I usually write. Except of course for “My 9/11 Story” blog, which you all enjoyed. (Thank you by the way…)

As the managing director of ReelHeART International Film Festival part of my job is to develop and introduce new components for the festival. As a screenwriter myself, I decided in 2007 to introduce the ReelHeART Screenplay Competition.

Facebook Friend of the Week - Actor Brian Mifsud
Facebook Friend of the Week – Actor Brian Mifsud

It was a success right off the bat. After a few months of ‘reading rounds’ and scoring screenplays from around the world, we short listed about 8 scripts and sent them to our agent of record who chose the Top 3 scripts. Two of the top three scripts our agent chose were by the same writer! Mr. Joe Acton from Washington State.

As part of their prize, each of the Top 3 Feature Screenplay Winners receives a rehearsed cast-to-type Live Read in front of a festival audience. We were the only festival to do this at the time.

We started auditions in April and that year we saw close to 200 actors. Some are still alumni to this day and act every season for us.

But one actor came to the audition that was really different. He was quirky, tall and slim with these super expressive eyes and an unusual voice. He spoke with high and low tones in the same sentence. – Really fun on the ears.

His name was Brian Mifsud

I had just finished writing the outline for a feature script that takes place in the south and when I looked up I thought, “OMG, my protagonist just walked in the door!” Continue reading “FaceBook Friend of The Week – Actor Brian Mifsud”

$1000 Feature Film Challenge – Toronto Top 5 Finalists Premiere At The Royal Cinema

by Shannonn Kelly
10:03PM, EST, October 10, 2012

On May 14th of this year I read something interesting on Toronto’s ‘Mistress of Indie‘ filmmaker Ingrid Veninger’s Facebook Page. It said (in part):

” alright, so i am thinking something and i wonder if it will catch fire. you know about THE ROYAL release of ‘i am a good person/i am a bad person’ STARTING JUNE 14th with special screenings of ONLY and MODRA. well, i was thinking that i would put all revenue towards a $1000 FEATURE FILMMAKING CHALLENGE. ** ALL HYPOTHETICAL ** JUST getting feelers. WOULD THERE BE INTEREST IN THIS? The key: No film could cost more than $1,000.”

On May 22, the idea took flight with Ingrid Veninger (pUNK Films Inc.) and Stacey Donen (The Royal/Theatre D) gathering interest via word-of-mouth and social media to see if the idea had legs. It spread like wild-fire. Continue reading “$1000 Feature Film Challenge – Toronto Top 5 Finalists Premiere At The Royal Cinema”

TIFF 2011 – Day 1 – Dreadlocks, Drug Dealers and Parties

by Shannonn Kelly
06:10AM, EST, September 08, 2011

Last night, Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier was the special guest at a charity event for War Child at The Bowery billed as a pre-TIFF event.

I had tickets to see Stone Temple Pilots tonight, but I couldn’t get back in time for the “official” Day 1 of the 36th Annual Toronto International Film Festival and the last time for the next 10 days I’ll have any real sleep and keep any prior commitments. Parties, people, films and blogging is what I’ll be doing during TIFF.

Iko Uwais fights Dreadlocks and Drug Dealers in Gareth Evans film "The Raid"

My first film of the 10 days will be the Midnight Madness opener from Indonesia, The Raid, directed by Welsh born director, Gareth Huw Evans. The Raid is a martial-arts action flick about a SWAT team’s attempted raid to take down drug king-pin Tama in a sketchy apartment block inhabited by dreadlocked criminals and crazy-ass drug dealers.

That film should be a Woot-Party with the Midnight Madness audience. I’ll supply my review sometime in the wee hours of the morning. Continue reading “TIFF 2011 – Day 1 – Dreadlocks, Drug Dealers and Parties”

ReelHeART International Film Festival – Fun Facts


by Shannonn Kelly
05:54AM, EST, June 02, 2011

Since our inception in 2004, ReelHeART has worked proudly and in a proactive manner to be the web-savvy film festival people love that connects and collaborates with the worldwide Independent film community.

ReelHeART International Film Festival was the first and still the only film festival to introduce our “Virtual Award Ceremony” in 2005.

We wanted  everyone around the world to tune-in online at the same time to see who won. Here’s a sample from 2009. Continue reading “ReelHeART International Film Festival – Fun Facts”

ReelHeART ‘Waves In’ A New Filmmaking Hero

by Shannonn Kelly
3:53PM, EST December 16, 2009

Normally I don’t talk about Entrants submitting their films or screenplays to ReelHeART, but today I will. RHBannerSeats

We’ve had amazing entries all season long and especially over the last 10 days because we’re coming close to our final deadline. Famous A-listers through to D-listers and beyond. As well, we welcome back a few Alumni. Continue reading “ReelHeART ‘Waves In’ A New Filmmaking Hero”

ReelHeART Treasure Hunt – WIN 2 Tickets to Stone Temple Pilots

ReelHeART Treasure Hunt

  • WIN 2 STP Tickets Copps Coliseum, Wednesday November 18th, 7PM
  • Name a UK Music film from our 2009 Program
  • Include your Answer, Facebook Name and/or Twitter handle and put your correct details here
  • Only one entry per email address please
  • Winner will be chosen from a random Draw.
  • Tickets will be delivered to your home or office

Good Luck!

(please note by entering this contest you are agreeing to be put on our ReelHeART Event List)

Big on Bloor!

ReelHeART is at Big on Bloor!

Saturday June 20th 2009. Advance tickets sales (cash only) one day only. We will be located at Hit & Misses, 860 Bloor Street West from 1 PM to 8 PM. Giveaways every Hour, meet Filmmakers, win Tickets, T-Shirts & More…

See you There!