Call for Submissions: Various

SHORT FILM GRANTS FOR WOMEN FILMMAKERS
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: EVERYDAY HEROES FILM FESTIVAL
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: PLEASURE DOME
EARLY CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: HOT DOCS
IMAGINENATIVE AND NFB SEEKS PROPOSALS
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: ASTRAL’S HAROLD GREENBERG FUND SHORT FILM PROGRAM
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: CFC’s Cineplex Entertainment Film Program
NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2012 LINE-UP: THE CANADIAN FILM FEST
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: FILM INDEPENDENT: DOCUMENTARY LAB
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: WGC’s Screenwriters Program – Deadline Next Week!

The Short Film Grants Program awards grants to directors and writer/directors to help with production expenses for short films. Grants are awarded at 3 levels: $500, $1000 and $2000. Selection is made based on the overall quality of the proposal and Octavia Films will never exclude a film from consideration based solely on genre or content, with the exception that the films cannot be documentaries.

These grants are intended for emerging filmmakers, with a limited track record, who can demonstrate a sound knowledge of the craft and show strong potential for future artistic achievement. The grant can be used for any stage of the filmmaking process. For this program, a short film is defined as a film of less than 10 minutes with a budget of no more than $5000.

Eligibility for the Short Film Grants Program is subject to the following rules:

Applicants must be women between the ages of 18-30
Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants residing in Ontario
Students currently enrolled are eligible, but funds cannot be used for school-related projects
The film must have a budget of no more than $5,000 and a maximum length of 10 minutes
The applicant must have a completed script for the film
The applicant must be the director of the film

The initial grants application process runs from December 1, 2011 to February 1, 2012. Winners will be notified and funds awarded by March 9, 2012.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION AT http://www.octaviafilms.com/programs/

Submissions are now being accepted for the 3rd Annual Everyday Heroes Film Festival, showcasing great film, video and animation with an environmental focus by Canadian youth aged 13 – 24. Deadline: March 1, 2012. Go to http://www.everydayheroesfestival.com/ for more info.

Pleasure Dome’s Call for Submissions: New Toronto Works

Calling all brave and imaginative film, video, performance, and media artists in the city: Toronto film and video collective Pleasure Dome sends out an annual invite for submissions to their New Toronto Works show. This year’s marks the nineteenth instalment of the showcase, which always features some of the most interesting and thought-provoking work in avant-garde and experimental film and video. The show is curated byartists Sharlene Bamboat, Zoë Heyn-Jones and Alexis Mitchell.

The call for submissions is accepting work that has been produced since January 2010, and the deadline to submit your stuff is December 16.

Pleasure Dome is an integral part of this city’s film and video art scenes, so if you’ve got something to contribute, now’s the time! Check out co-founder Mike Hoolboom‘s comments on the collective’s inception here.

Click here to get all the specific instructions (how to submit, what formats are acceptable, etc.) While you’re at it, browse around Pleasure Dome’s 2011 season; the last event of the autumn takes place this coming Saturday, November 26. The program is called “Three Fragmented Actions of Silence” and features the work of contemporary Indian video and performance artist Surekha.

Submissions to Hot Docs 2012 are now being accepted, with the early deadline of December 2! Complete guidelines, FAQs and entry form are available online at www.hotdocs.ca. The final submission deadline is January 13, 2012.

Talk about an excellent joint venture. For a second year, the folks at ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival and the National Film Board of Canada have banded together to invite proposals from Canadian Aboriginal artists “innovative interactive digital media projects.”

The theme of the work is wide open, and proposals can be for any interactive digital medium. They’re looking for “audacious, innovative, socially relevant” work that can be completed within a $30,000 to $50,000 budget. The winning project is slated to be presented at next year’s 2013 ImagineNATIVE festival.

Your deadline for submission is January 9, 2012, which will be here before you know it! For digital projects guidelines, please see the NFB website.

The Writers Guild of Canada Presents
The Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program
Eastern Canada Session Call for Applications Now OPEN!!!

Applications for the Eastern Canada (east of Manitoba) session of the Bell
Media Diverse Screenwriters Program are now being accepted.

The Deadline for eastern Canada applications is December 2, 2011.

The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) and Bell Media today launched the eastern
Canada session of their program to bring more diverse writers into the
talent pool of Canadian screenwriting. The Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters
Program (formerly known as The CTV Diverse Screenwriters Program) reaches
out to offer emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds the
chance to hone the skills they need to become successful professional
screenwriters. The program is offered free-of-charge to selected writers
and, if travel to Toronto is necessary, selected writers will receive travel
support. And one writer will come out of the program with a paid internship
on a Bell Media TV series.

Each session of the program will offer up to eight writers a one-week
intensive workshop, featuring lectures, guest speakers, screenings and more.
For eastern Canada, this will take place in Spring 2012 in Toronto. This
immersion phase will launch the writers’ development of their original
script. After the workshop, each writer will partner with an experienced
screenwriter mentor to hone their script and pitch, finishing the program
with a polished calling card to the industry.

The Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program presented by the WGC is made
possible through the CTV-CHUM tangible benefits.

Find the application package here:

http://www.wgc.ca/action/bellmediadiverse.html

Questions? Please email diversity@wgc.ca

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY:
ASTRAL’S HAROLD GREENBERG FUND
SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund and The Movie Network Introduce a New Short
Film Program. Two teams of emerging filmmakers will receive $20,000 towards
the production of a short film.

Full press release:

http://www.astral.com/en/press-room/news/2011/astrals-harold-greenberg-fund-

and-the-movie-network-introduce-a-new-short-film-program

Toronto, November 22, 2011- Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund’s (Fund)
English-Language Program and The Movie Network are proud to introduce the
new Short Film Program. This initiative is designed to greenlight the
production of short films from emerging Canadian filmmakers, to be used as a
calling card for their first feature film.

Two prizes of $20,000 are available, consisting of a non-recoupable grant
from Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund and a Pay-TV broadcast license fee from
The Movie Network.

Eligible projects need not be based directly on a feature film idea, but
applicants must be able to clearly explain how the proposed short film
specifically relates to their first planned feature film.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to partner with some of the
country’s brightest emerging talent,” says the Fund’s English-Language
Program President, John Galway. “We hope that the short films produced will
be instrumental in preparing these filmmakers for their first feature- and
in establishing them as the industry leaders of tomorrow.”

Full guidelines are now available on the Fund’s website at

http://www.astral.com/hgf

Applications are due by FEBRUARY 28, 2012.

Through the Industry Initiatives Program, the Fund invests $200,000 each
year in project development and promotional initiatives across the country.
Funded by The Movie Network and Viewer’s Choice, this program is reviewed
annually by the English-Language Committee, including Suzette Couture, Damon
D’Oliveira, Melanie Friesen, John Galway, Bryn Matthews, Jane Tattersall and
Kevin Wright.

Call for Applications:
CFC’s Cineplex Entertainment Film Program

The Cineplex Entertainment Film Program is a five-and-a-half month complete
immersion in the art and business of dramatic filmmaking for directors,
producers, writers and editors. The labs empower filmmakers to deliver
strong dramatic stories and successfully survive in the film and television
marketplace.

Each year, internationally recognized storytellers and industry
professionals join us to inspire our filmmakers and lead hands-on workshops.
In 2010, over 250 guests joined us in the five and a half months, including
Edward Norton, William Goldman, Christine Vachon, Phillip Seymour Hoffman,
Donald Petrie, Paul Haggis, Rodney Charters, John Hamburg, Eugene Levy, Joe
Medjuk, Charles Wessler, Francois Girard and many, many more.

Applications now available. DEADLINE is January 23, 2012.

For more details:

http://www.cfccreates.com/what_we_do/cfc_film/film_resident_program/index.php

THE CANADIAN FILM FEST
NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2012 LINE-UP

The Canadian Film Fest (CFF), a forum dedicated solely to the advancement of
Canadian film, today announced the sixth festival will be held in Toronto
from March 27 to 31, 2012.

Filmmakers from across the country are invited to submit their short and
feature length films for consideration by the Festival jury. Submission
forms and rules are available on the CFF web site: http://www.canfilmfest.ca

Deadline for submissions is January 13, 2012.

The CFF was created to provide a forum for Canadian filmmakers to showcase
their films and meet to exchange ideas and discuss their work. “After a
necessary hiatus we’re back. We were determined to come back because the
Canadian Film Fest fills a distinct need in the exhibition of top-quality
Canadian films and emerging, exciting new filmmakers to a strong, growing
number of interested and engaged audience members,” said Bern Euler, Founder
and Festival Director of the Canadian Film Fest. “And the 2012 event is
going to be the biggest yet.”

About The Canadian Film Fest:
Now in its sixth year, the Canadian Film Fest continues to push its mandate
- create the buzz needed to elevate the status of Canadian film and
filmmaking talent. We not only provide showcasing and networking
opportunities for filmmakers, we educate the public about the Canadian film
industry. We promote. We celebrate. We educate. To advance the industry as a
whole. Held annually at various Cineplex Entertainment theatre locations in
downtown Toronto, the Festival showcases short and feature films from a
variety of genres. Also featured are opening and closing galas, parties,
panel discussions, workshops and other networking opportunities. The
Festival is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the generous
donations of its corporate sponsors.

For more information please visit the Canadian Film Fest web site at:

http://www.canfilmfest.ca

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
FILM INDEPENDENT: DOCUMENTARY LAB

WHAT IS THE DOCUMENTARY LAB?

Designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their
feature-length documentary films, the Documentary Lab is an intensive
seven-week program running in Los Angeles in March and April. The Lab’s
focus is twofold: (1) provide creative feedback and story notes to the
selected filmmakers; and (2) help filmmakers strategize the completion,
distribution, and marketing of their film.

Additionally the program serves to advance the careers of the Lab Fellows by
introducing them to film professionals who can advise them on both the craft
and business of documentary filmmaking. Lab Fellows have several
guest-speaker sessions with established documentary filmmakers – directors,
producers, and editors – and other industry professionals.

DOCUMENTARY LAB FELLOWS RECEIVE:
- A one-year membership with Film Independent
- A pass to the Los Angeles Film Festival (City Pass)
- Inclusion in the FIND Talent Guide
- Year-round support from Film Independent

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 5, 2011

HOW TO APPLY:
To be eligible, you must be the director of a feature-length or hour-long
documentary film in post-production. Directing and producing teams are
welcome to apply together. Our preference is for projects in the rough-cut
stage but we may consider exceptional projects earlier in the
post-production process. Projects that have not completed the majority of
principal photography and do not have any footage assembled are not eligible
to apply.

More details:

http://www.filmindependent.org/labs-and-programs/documentary-lab

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