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Call for Submissions: Reelworld Film Festival. 2020 selections will reflect the strong and authentic voice of BIPOC Canadians

“Reelworld Film Festival – 20th year and going strong!

The Reelworld Film Festival showcases a wide variety of genres in narrative and documentary features, narrative and documentary shorts, music videos, animation, episodic content for web and television, and VR/360 works. From dramatic storytelling, to hard-hitting documentaries, to witty comedies, to thoughtful abstractions, Reelworld 2020 selections will reflect the strong and authentic voice of BIPOC Canadians.

Our focus is on Canadian BIPOC talent – not just BIPOC content. We showcase and support Canadian BIPOC producers, directors, screenwriters, actors and all on and off screen talent. We connect with agents, casting directors, broadcasters and distributors, invite them to the festival, and help them find new BIPOC talent. The Reelworld Film Festival features 100% BIPOC talent from Canada, and has become the country’s largest socially impactful film festival, reaching a diverse audience of over 350,000 engaged individuals to-date.”

For more information and submission guidelines, please visit:

-from Reelworld Film Festival

Voices With Impact 2020: An Online Festival for Films and Ideas Around Underrepresented Topics Related to Mental Health (June 22-26)

Voices With Impact is a year-long project that celebrates mental health stories told by filmmakers with unique perspectives and lived experience.

Filmmakers across the world submitted proposals to tell unique stories about underrepresented narratives related to mental health, and our distinguished jury members selected the strongest ideas from the group. Ultimately, ten teams were awarded $5,000 each to support the creation of their short films.

The topics for this year’s five-minute short films are:

  • Mental health issues specific to LGBTQIA+ people.
  • Mental health issues related to the culture of masculinity.

The world premiere of these films will take place on June 22, and will be followed by a week-long festival of dialogue and discussion in which our esteemed storytellers will lead interactive, enlightening sessions on topics ranging from colonialism and LGBTQIA+ mental health to representations of men of color in the media.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Limited seats are available, so please register early—we want to see you there!”

For more information and to join the festival, please visit:

-from Art With Impact

Livestreaming May I Take Your Arm? performance

Yellow and white text on a photograph of a handcrafted small world that features a paper person using a white cane.

May I Take Your Arm? livestream
Friday June 12 2020 | 7:30 p.m. EST, CANADA
FOLDA – Festival of Live Digital Art

May I Take Your Arm? (MITYA) – created by Alex Bulmer, Anna Camilleri, Tristan Whiston, and Katie Yealland, with creative access support from Becky Gold – emerged from audio-recorded walks between blind performer Bulmer and strangers who provided sighted guide in a downtown neighbourhood in Toronto. It evolved into a theatre piece that integrates live performance, immersive audio, live video animation, tactile installation, and interaction. Reimagined as a livestream performance, May I Take Your Arm’s exploration of interdependence and how we turn space into place into home is more poignant than ever.

MITYA is a Red Dress Productions project. 

FOLDA Access Statement

The Festival of Live Digital Art is committed to improving accessible opportunities for all people to participate in a variety of events and performances at the festival. Access support is available by request through the workshop registration. Should you have any questions please contact the festival team at producer[at]”

-from Red Dress Productions

ReelAbilities Film Festival (May 20-24, online)

“The 5th Annual Toronto ReelAbilities Film Festival Goes Online!
Seven Feature Films, Eight Shorts and more!

ReelAbilities Film Festival returns for its 5th Anniversary with a twist – now it’s all online! From May 20 – 24, 2020 ReelAbilities Film Festival will showcase Canadian and International shorts, features, and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures and by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf.

ReelAbilities Film Festival traditionally offers film screenings, artist Q&As, workshops, and events in various venues across Toronto, but in 2020 ReelAbilities will present over 15 film screenings, panels, workshops and events via interactive online presentations.

We are thrilled to bring ReelAbilities online – where we can reach even more people. We’re excited to showcase amazing films and the creativity of disability and Deaf cultures. We’re pleased that we can continue to host important conversations, highlight and convene fantastic filmmakers, directors, actors and writers, and provide a platform for learning about accessible media,” said Liviya Mendelsohn, Artistic Director of ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto.

Highlights from the 5th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival include the following films: Code of the Freaks, a blistering critique of Hollywood representations of disabled characters; Kupenda, where three determined teenagers set out to challenge their community’s long-held stigma against disability and climb Mount Kilimanjaro; Sock Guys, a peek inside a business owned and operated by a young man with Down Syndrome and his father, where people with intellectual disabilities work alongside their neurotypical colleagues; and From My Side of the Spectrum, the winner of the first ever Sandra Carpenter ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival Student Film Award by 16 year old student filmmaker Aiden Lee. 

We are delighted to celebrate the fifth year anniversary of the ReelAbilities Film Festival virtually. This year’s fantastic selection of films spans globally and brings forth stories from Deaf and disability communities that offer thought-provoking cultural critiques, feature the outstanding achievements of our communities, and revel in our vibrant lives. Now more than ever, in this trying and isolating time, it is vital to have welcoming forums like ReelAbilities that make space for us to come together, partake in enriching discussions and collectively enjoy the remarkable artistic contributions of these filmmakers,” said Linda Luarasi, ReelAbilities juror.

Full programming for ReelAbilities Film Festival will be announced shortly. Additional events including the ReelAbilities Comedy Night, ReelDance, and ReelEducation matinees have been postponed until late 2020.

For more information, please visit:

-from ReelAbilities Film Festival

The Social Distancing Festival

We hope this has strengthened your sense of community. You are not alone! Creators unite!

The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

I have three main goals with this project:

  1. It helps to get some of the great work that you’ve done out to the world, and projects that were cancelled get the word of mouth that they missed out on;
  2. We are able to keep feeling a sense of artistic community, even from our living rooms, and;
  3. Artists are able to continue to engage with their projects by making videos, sharing work, and celebrating the work of others.”

-from The Social Distancing Festival

Call for Submissions: Rendezvous with Madness Festival 2020

The Rendezvous with Madness Festival (RWM) is the first and largest art and mental health festival in the world, hosted each year by Workman Arts in Toronto, Canada. The festival presents local, national and international work exploring themes of mental health and/or addiction issues.

In summer 2020, Workman Arts will move from 651 Dufferin Street (our home for the past 10 years) to the brand new McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This world-class facility will feature a 300-seat auditorium that will be the new home for the Rendezvous with Madness Festival.

Installation and Performance at 651 Dufferin (Dufferin/Dundas)

The 2020 Rendezvous with Madness Festival will be our last at 651 Dufferin St. It has been the home of Rendezvous with Madness for the past 10 years and we will say our ‘goodbye’ by transforming the entire building into an art activation space that will last throughout the 11-day festival. The activation includes theatre, art, performance, dance, multi-media installation, films, media art, workshops, lectures, community conversations and everything in between.

Artists are asked to propose projects which creatively and effectively transform the space and allow audiences to engage with each other and the site. The work should address relevant mental health and/or addiction topics which centre people with lived experiences at their core.

Live performance at CAMH (1001 Queen St West)

The 2020 Rendezvous with Madness Festival will also be our first in the new 300 seat theatre at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (1001 Queen Street West). This site will feature our film series as well as our mainstage performance series.

Artists are asked to propose projects that have a running time of 60-90 minutes. Productions should include artists with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues.

For more information, please visit:

-from Workman Arts

Call for Artists: SPRINGBOARD World music – 14th edition of Les Sylis d’Or de la musique du Monde

“Submissions for the 14th edition of Les Sylis d’Or de la musique du monde presented by Les Productions Nuits d’Afrique are open until the 1st December.

Live the experience with 35 others artists, be revealed to public, media and musical industry and take a chance to win many prices for a total value of 50 000$.>  Career development assistance, booking, tours, studio hours, photo shoot, live recording, instruments and more. 
Open to any canadian artist related to world music.

More information –

Submission – Français – English

Listen to 2019 Winners  –  Compilation Live 

For assistance, please contact Emilie de La Fléchère – programmation & coordination Balattou-Syli d’Or-Festival Nuits d’Afrique – e.delaflechere[at]”

-from Les Productions Nuits d’Afrique
Read Festival International Nuits d’Afrique’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

17th Annual Regent Park Film Festival (Nov 20-23)

“The 17th Annual Regent Park Film Festival runs November 20 – 23, 2019. The Regent Park Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to people from all walks of life, with a focus on inviting those of us from low income and public housing communities. The films we present break stereotypes and show that no one place or person has just one story. In addition to our annual Festival, now in its 17th year, we offer year-round programming at no cost.”

For more information, please visit Regent Park Film Festival’s website

-from Regent Park Film Festival

Appel aux artistes : TREMPLIN Musique du monde 14e édition des Syli d’Or

“Les inscriptions pour la 14e édition des Syli d’Or de la musique du monde présentées par les Productions Nuits d’Afrique sont ouvertes jusqu’au 1er Décembre prochain.

Vivez l’expérience et courez la chance de gagner de nombreux prix d’une valeur totale de 50 000$ :Soutien au développement professionnel, heures de studio, participation à des festivals au Québec, séance photo professionnelle, enregistrement live, instruments et autres prix.Ouvert à tous les artistes et groupes résidant au Canada et ayant un lien avec les musiques du monde. 36 groupes sélectionnés pour la première étape ! 

Plus d’information –

Formulaire d’inscription – français – anglais

Écouter les lauréats 2019  –  Compilation Live 

Pour assistance contactez Emilie de La Fléchère – programmation & coordination Balattou-Syli d’Or-Festival Nuits d’Afrique – e.delaflechere[@]”

-source : Les Productions Nuits d’Afrique
Lire le profil du Festival International Nuits d’Afrique dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada

16th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival (Oct 30-Nov 10, Vancouver)

“ANNOUNCING the 16thannual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival and twelve days of music, stories, theatre, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, dance, readings, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks. This year’s theme Holding the Light has emerged from the compelling need of DTES-involved artists and residents to illuminate the vitality and relevance of the Downtown Eastside community and its diverse and rich traditions, knowledge systems, ancestral languages, cultural roots and stories.

The mandate of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festivalis to promote, present and facilitate the development of artists, art forms, cultural traditions, history, activism, people and great stories about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The festival involves a wide range of professional, community, emerging and student artists and lovers of the arts. Over 1,000 local artists and Downtown Eastside residents participated in last year’s Festival.

Many events are free or by suggested donation.”

For more information, please visit:

-photo by David Cooper
-from Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival