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January 2018

This past year, Reel Girls Founder Ava Karvonen was appointed to the board of directors for both the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Women in Film and TV Alberta. She was also a part of the working group that helped establish the new Edmonton Screen Industries Office.

Ava’s film about her father (Albert Karvonen: Philosophies on Life, Nature and Wildlife Filmmaking) was screened at the Bay Street Film Festival, where it received the People’s Choice Award.

Dear Diary: Coming Out, the pilot for our latest webseries directed by Megan Strachan, was screened at the Edmonton International Film Festival and the Edmonton Short Film Festival where it picked up an award for Best Web Series.

We are working on a new project with the Edmonton Finnish Society that tells the story of Finnish migration to Edmonton. This project has support from the Edmonton Heritage Council. It will launch later this year.