(Vancouver, British Columbia--June 12, 2012) Local actor, writer and director Kyle Rideout is a finalist in the CBC Short Film Face Off Contest, which airs its fourth season this June. The Short Film Face Off is a critically acclaimed show and is Canada's only television magazine program which features short films from across the country. Kyle’s short film “Hop the Twig”, which he wrote, produced, directed, and acted in, will be featured on the show as a part of the intense competition to find the best short film in Canada. There are nine films involved in the contest, with Kyle’s entry airing on June 23rd, 2012.
The stellar cast of “Hop the Twig” includes Emily Kozak and Kelly Metzger, with a cameo from Kathryn Shaw. Kyle is the finalist who has been chosen to represent British Columbia. Voting for the winner of the Short Film Face Off begins on June 30th and is open for 24 hours. The show’s website contains all information on films involved, air times and how to vote: http://www.cbc.ca/shortfilmfaceoff/
“Hop the Twig” is Kyle’s first film (shot on a $1000 budget), and has played festivals worldwide, including Academy Award Qualifying festivals such as Canada’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, Cinequest, and Bristol’s Encounters Short Film Festival. The film was nominated for five Leo Awards and took home three for Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best VFX. The film also won ‘Best Dark and Comic Short’ at the Okanagan Film Festival, named ‘Film of the week’ by Exposure Films, and was nominated for ‘Best International Short’ at the Beloit International Film Festival.
Trained at Vancouver’s prestigious Studio 58, the Vancouver native quickly established himself as an actor, working alongside Canada’s top talent. With over 40 credits in theatre, film and voice-over work, Kyle works extensively across Canada with such companies as The Vancouver Playhouse, The Art’s Club, CBC Radio Canada, IPP, Pacific Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Project, Canadian Stage, Green Thumb, Ruby Slippers, Theatre Calgary, and Festival Trans Amerique-Montreal. He is the recipient of two Jessie Richardson Awards and the Sam Payne Award for Outstanding Performance. Kyle is also an actor in ‘Bard on the Beach’, Western Canada’s largest Shakespeare festival.
Along with Stratford Festival Actor Josh Epstein, Kyle is the recent creator of Motion 58 Entertainment, a production company which already has two features and a television series in development. Most recently, he directed a theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce, which became Pacific Theatre’s highest grossing, sold-out show this season.
Photo Credit: Emily Cooper