Air Canada's enRoute Film Festival finalists to be announced at Vancouver screening event

2014 jury announced including Don McKellar, Guy Maddin, Michael Fukushima and more

MONTRÉAL, July 3, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada's enRoute Film Festival today announced it will showcase emerging Canadian short film talent on Air Canada flights around the world from August 1 to December 31, 2014. All 16 selected shorts will be announced at a free public screening and after-party at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. PT. The event will be hosted by ETALK anchor Tanya Kim.

Millions of Air Canada passengers will be able to view the selected short films on their personal seatback in-flight entertainment system and online at Passengers and movie lovers alike will have the chance to vote for their favourite film to win the People's Choice Award. Voting will start in August on

The films will compete to win prizes for Best Short Film, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Animation, and, new this year, Achievement in Documentary.

Free public screenings will be held in Montreal at Centre Phi (407 Rue Saint Pierre) on November 3, 2014 and Toronto on Wednesday, November 5 at the Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond Street W). Following the Toronto screening, prizes will be presented at an invitation-only awards celebration at 2nd Floor Events.

Once again this year, a star-studded jury will select the winners, who will each receive an all-inclusive trip for two to the Berlin International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, courtesy of Air Canada. The winner of Best Short Film will also receive $5,000 courtesy of presenting sponsor Cineplex. The jury will have a head juror for the first time, with director Don McKellar taking the role.

This year's jurors include (alphabetical order):

  • Louise Archambault (director)
  • Jennifer Baichwal (director)
  • Luc Déry (producer)
  • Michael Fukushima (executive producer and director, animation)
  • Guy Maddin (director)
  • Don McKeller (director and head juror)
  • Andrew Moir (director and winner of Best Short Film at the 2013 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival)
  • Gia Milani (director)
  • Jennifer Podemski (actor)
  • Laura Vandervoort (actor)

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About Air Canada's enRoute Magazine
Air Canada's enRoute magazine is seen by over one million readers each month.  The magazine - available exclusively on all Air Canada flights and in Maple Leaf Lounges worldwide as well as in select hotels and boutiques across North America - is an inspirational authority for the global traveler, known for its strong visual presence and innovative design.  Air Canada's enRoute is published by Spafax, one of the world's leading content marketing agencies.

About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 180 destinations on five continents.  Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2013 served more than 35 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 49 destinations in the United States and 73 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,269 airports in 193 countries.  Air Canada rewards its most loyal customers through its top tier recognition program, Altitude, that offers frequent flyers a range of priority travel services, lounge access and upgrades to Executive Class, complementing their membership in Aeroplan, Canada's premier loyalty program, which provides numerous ways to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles with over 150 travel and retail partners.

Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax.  In 2013, Air Canada was ranked for a fourth consecutive year "Best Airline in North America" in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers conducted by Skytrax.  According to the 2013 Canadian Business Travel Survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, Air Canada was the preferred airline for more than 80 percent of frequent business travellers in Canada.  In 2013, readers of Global Traveler magazine again voted Air Canada "Best Airline in North America," the readers of Business Traveler voted Air Canada "Best North American Airline for International Travel" and "Best North America Airline Inflight Experience," and the readers of Premier Traveler voted Air Canada "Best North American Airline for International Travel" and "Best Flight Attendants in North America."  For more information on Air Canada visit, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.


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