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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

Journée nationale des Autochtones : Courts métrages & discussions /National Indigenous Day: Short Films and Q&A (Wapikoni mobile)

« Kwé, Kuei, Bonjour, Hello!

À l’occasion de la Journée nationale des Peuples autochtones, ce 21 juin, le Wapikoni mobile vous invite à une célébration EN DIRECT !

Venez découvrir une programmation spéciale des œuvres de notre collection, développée par Marie Kristine Petiquay (Atikamekw, Manawan), cinéaste et membre du collectif Wapikoni ! Des échanges et discussions sur la souveraineté narrative, la fierté et la beauté des cultures autochtones auront également lieu en compagnie de Maïlys Flamand, artiste et membre du collectif Wapikoni !

La culture a le pouvoir de rassembler les gens, et ce même à distance. Joignez-vous à nous !

QUAND : Dimanche 21 juin à 19h
OÙ : EN DIRECT sur notre page Facebook

*** Le visuel de cet événement est inspiré de la toile réalisée par l’artiste innu Ernest Dominique / Aness de Wapikoni Awashish, cette étincelle qui nous inspire et à qui nous rendons hommage ***

For National Indigenous Peoples Day, this June 21st, Wapikoni mobile is inviting you to an ONLINE celebration!

Discover a special screening of the works from our collection curated by Marie Kristine Petiquay, Atikamekw from Manawan, a filmmaker and member of the Wapikoni collective. A Q&A on narrative sovereignty, empowerment, the beauty and richness of Indigenous cultures will also take place with a special guest.

Culture has the power to bring us together, even while socially distancing. Join us for this joyful celebration!

WHEN: Sunday, June 21
WHERE: LIVE on our Facebook page

*** The visual for this event is inspired by the painting made by Ernest Dominique / Aness of Wapikoni Awashish, the spark that inspires us and to whom we pay tribute *** »

-source: Wapikoni mobile

Call for Applications: If You Ask Me (Workman Arts)

« If You Ask Me (IYAM) is a free program that supports emerging filmmakers with mental health and/or addiction experiences to develop a short film in the company of like-minded peers in a supportive environment. Over the summer, a small group of filmmakers will be selected to engage in workshops led by industry professionals and receive mentorship from IYAM alumni. Workshop topics include: developing a script, production, directing, cinematography, editing, and sound. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to screen their work at the 28th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival currently set to run October 15-25, 2020.

This year IYAM will run virtually! Under the current conditions of self-distancing, filmmakers will be asked to push their own creative constraints by adopting strategies for filmmaking from home. Filmmakers will negotiate what it means to explore stories of mental health at this time and how recent global changes will affect a generation of filmmakers. All genre of film are welcome, such as documentary, experimental, fiction, and animation; all devices for filmmaking are welcome, whether it is phone, tablet, or any variety of camera!

Each filmmaker will receive:

  • access to bi-weekly skill-building workshops
  • personalized mentorship
  • a screening opportunity at The Rendezvous with Madness Festival (RWM)
  • a festival pass to attend all RWM events
  • connections with film and festival networks and potential collaborators
  • future leadership opportunities with IYAM and Workman Arts

In order to be eligible for IYAM, you must be:

  • between the ages of 16-25.
  • be available from July to September to attend bi-weekly workshops and RWM.
  • have the ability to join online workshops.

The application form for IYAM 2020 can be found here.
The deadline for applications is June 8th, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.« 

For more information, please visit:

-from Workman Arts

I Am Prince George Online Filmmaking Program (Reel Youth)

« We may be in self-isolation, but we are in this together. The COVID-19 pandemic is distancing us, so Reel Youth and the Connaught Youth Centre are presenting a fun and creative way to connect with each other, and make films in response to this important time in history.

Community will not be cancelled!

THE I AM PRINCE GEORGE ONLINE FILM PROGRAM is a free online program enabling young people to connect with each other and create strong films. Reel Youth facilitators will lead guided creative writing and filmmaking activities that will capture personal stories and experiences while living through the Covid-19 pandemic. No previous experience is necessary! 

Participants aged 10-14 from Prince George area will be selected, to create their own short film. The strongest films will be distributed through Reel Youth & Connaught Youth Centre’s online media channels and Telus Video-on-Demand streaming service.


THE I AM PRINCE GEORGE ONLINE FILM PROGRAM includes six online sessions (90 mins each) for participants to gather with Reel Youth facilitators over ZOOM and create community through the media arts. You will be introduced to principles of filmmaking, and practice media production skills by shooting and editing an original short video from home. You will need access to a smartphone or a video camera, and a laptop or computer in order to participate. All participants will be provided with a licence for Adobe Rush for editing your film. »

For more information, please visit:

-from Reel Youth

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

HOME @ HOME 6-Week Media Creation Series (Hands on Media Education)

« Beginning Monday April 20th 9:00m EST

During this COVID-19 pandemic we need the critical thinking and digital citizenship skills to navigate and evaluate news sites, social media, our online presence, and even our online connections with others. 


You and your kids will be able to verify online information, identify commercial intentions in content, and create media content of your own in safe, responsible and powerful ways. 

  • Dates: Monday April 20th, 27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 2020
  • Age: Course is suitable for ages 9+
  • Format: Link to 15-20 minute video will be sent out by email @ 9am each morning of the course, making our education entirely flexible to your schedule. 
  • Cost: Pay What You Can, because we want everyone to have access to Media Education
  • Materials required: internet connection and smart phone, iPad or tablet
  • Registration :
  • Join the Facebook Group to connect with me and others taking the course! »

For more information, please visit:

-from Hands on Media Education

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

Spectrum Productions – 10th Anniversary Gala / 10e Gala Bénéfice (Montréal)

« Join us at this family-friendly Gala showcasing 12 short films made by 54 autistic creatives who attended Spectrum’s 2019 summer camps.

Walk the red carpet with our talented young filmmakers!

Mingle with the filmmakers, Spectrum staff and special guests while enjoying complimentary hors d’ouevres, popcorn and candy treats in preparation for the two-part screening (45 minutes each). During intermission, buy a couple of hot dogs from Sweets with Pete host Peter Papaioannou and bid on Silent Auction offerings which include: a $500 travel voucher from Via Rail; event tickets for les Grands Ballets, Montreal Impact and DanseDanse; gift certificates from Simons, Spa Scandinave, Naada Yoga and restaurants such as Sparrow, LOV and Lloydies.

Last year, over 550 guests helped us raise $45,000 with all proceeds going towards supporting Spectrum’s unique programming. With your help we can surpass that and set a new fundraising record!

You can find more information about Spectrum at »

« Venez célébrer avec nous dans le cadre de ce gala destiné à toute la famille! En projection : 12 courts-métrages réalisés par 54 jeunes autistes lors de leur participation aux camps d’été 2019 de Productions Spectrum.

Défilez sur le tapis rouge avec nos jeunes cinéastes de talent!

Venez rencontrer les cinéastes, le personnel de Productions Spectrum et des invités spéciaux, tout en dégustant des hors-d’œuvre, du maïs soufflé et des sucreries. La projection suivra, en deux parties de 45 minutes chacune. Pendant la pause, achetez vos hot dogs préparés par Peter Papaioannou, animateur de Sweets with Pete, et participez à notre encan silencieux qui comprendra cette année : un bon de transport VIA Rail Canada d’une valeur de 500 $; des billets pour les Grands Ballets, l’Impact de Montréal et Danse Danse; des cartes-cadeaux de Simons, Scandinave Spa, Naada Yoga et divers restaurants : Sparrow, LOV et le Keg!

L’an dernier, plus de 550 invités nous ont permis de recueillir 45 000 $, la totalité des profits servant à financer le programme d’activités uniques offertes par Productions Spectrum. Avec votre aide, nous espérons dépasser ce montant et établir un nouveau record pour notre collecte de fonds!

Pour plus de renseignements au sujet de Productions Spectrum, visitez notre site au 

-from Spectrum Productions
Read Spectrum Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 22-27)

« The 20th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce the full programming of works by Indigenous screen-content creators for the Festival, running October 22-27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario.

imagineNATIVE‘s previously announced opening night gala on Tuesday, October 22 will be One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk by Zacharias Kunuk at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. On Sunday, October 27, the closing night gala will be The Sun Above Me Never Sets by first time feature film director Lyubov Borisova at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. 

The 20th imagineNATIVE will screen a dynamic selection offeature films including The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn;Red Snow, an Indigenous military drama directed by Marie Clements;the world premiere of FUKRY, directed by Blackhorse Lowe; the Toronto premiere of Top End Wedding by Wayne Blair; The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, directed by Shelley Niro; the world premiere of Ruthless Souls directed by Madison Thomas; and the Toronto premiere of Rustic Oracle, by Sonia Boileau. »

The full schedule and tickets for the 20th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival are available here: »

-from ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival news release
Read imagineNATIVE’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Entries: 17th Annual Regent Park Film Festival’s Emerging Directors’ Spotlight and Pitch Competition

« The Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF) is inviting up-and-coming filmmakers to submit their short films and project proposals for our annual Opening Night tradition, the Emerging Directors Spotlight and Pitch Competition!

Part showcase and pitch event, this exciting platform highlights the best of Canada’s emerging talent, who then pitch their next project to a jury of industry experts in front of a live audience for the chance to win a development deal with the CBC* and a $1000 cash reward, courtesy of RBC.

The Emerging Directors’ Spotlight and Pitch Competition is free to enter, open to all ages and directors, producers and creators of all genres and styles.

We highly encourage submissions by filmmakers from marginalized communities (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour, Person with Disabilities, LGBTQSAA+, Women) and films that feature these communities. »

For full details, please visit Regent Park Film Festival’s website

-from Regent Park Film Festival