The Eddies Are Growing

(Via CNW) For 22 years, Big Rock Brewery has hosted the Eddies, but up till now the awards have focused on commercials and other ads. This year, for the first time, the Eddies will be handed out to short films.

Why the change of format? Big Rock event organizer Mike Garth says, “We’ve been long supporters of arts and culture in Canada. This year we wanted to put on a show about film, for filmmakers, while still living up the Eddies reputation of hosting one heck of a party.”

That party takes place on June 6th at 7:00 PM, at Calgary’s Theatre Grand Junction, when cash prizes will be handed out to three Canadian producers. Winning shorts will also be screened at Calgary Underground Film Festival and Calgary International Film Festival. Any money raised will go back to CUFF and CIFF to support the film community.

The theme of this year’s short film submissions, according to the Big Rock site, was “Tradition.”

The panel of judges includes Emmy Award winning producer of Fargo and Calgarian Chad Oakes, star of Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Brenda Lieberman from Calgary Underground Film Festival, Steve Schrader from Calgary International Film Festival, David Gray of CBC Eyeopener, and Big Rock Brewmaster Paul Gautreau.

The “heart of the Eddies,”  Big Rock Brewery founder Ed McNally, died last fall and will be honoured in a special tribute at this year’s awards. A tribute will also be paid to Michael Green, key creative behind numerous Eddies.

Tickets are available here.

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