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Call for Submissions: If You Ask Me, Youth Filmmaking Program (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, editing, sound, distribution, and film festivals. This is a paid opportunity and Filmmakers will have an opportunity to screen their work at the 30th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival currently set to run October 27 – November 06, 2022.

IYAM will run virtually. Filmmakers are expected to take a self-directed approach to create their own films and will receive support and strategies throughout the program. All genres 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!

The due date for applications is July 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT.

For more information, please visit:

-from Workman Arts

Call For Submissions: Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

“Reel Asian hosts Canada’s largest pan-Asian film festival and showcases 50 to 80 films each year from Canada and around the world. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the 26th edition of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival this November.

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by Asian-identifying artists in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world. As Canada’s largest Asian film festival, Reel Asian provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada.

Founded in 1997 by producer Anita Lee and journalist Andrew Sun, this non-profit community-based festival has grown into an eagerly anticipated annual event that attracts thousands of attendees to multiple days of galas, screenings, forums, workshops and parties.”

For more information and submission guidelines, please visit:

-from Reel Asian International Film Festival

Call for Submissions : 2022 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

“We are proud to announce that our Call for Submissions for the 2022 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is now open!

Submissions will remain open until Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. We are accepting Film + Video, Digital + Interactive, and Audio works for our Festival, which will take place October 18-30, 2022. The 23rd annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will take place in-person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from October 18-23, 2022, and move to our online streaming and iNdigital Space platforms from October 24-30, 2022.

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous Festival of its kind. The Festival is imagineNATIVE’s primary event hosted annually every October in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At our Festival, we present Artistic and Industry programming showcasing Film + Video, Digital + Interactive, and Audio media work created by Indigenous artists (directors, producers, writers, designers) at all levels of experience. Since 2020, imagineNATIVE has further moved into digital and hybrid presentations of these works.

As an Indigenous-led and Indigenous artist-centred organization, we support the artistic visions and perspectives of Indigenous artists working in film and media arts in an inclusive and professional manner. As identified in our mission statement, we are committed to a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions. Works are therefore not required to have overt Indigenous content or themes, and can be productions made at all budget levels. We strive to represent a variety of ideas, themes, and genres, in addition to a diversity of Indigenous languages, nations, and cultures.

We are excited to announce that our Festival submissions will now take place using FilmFreeway! Submissions close Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. Please review our updated 2022 Festival Artistic Policy and our Year-Round Artistic Policy before submitting.”

For more information, please visit:

-from imagineNATIVE

Call for Submissions – FACES: Focused Artists Creating Emergent Spaces (Toronto)

FACES: Focused Artists Creating Emergent Spaces
Facilitator: Jamie Ly and Sarah Cullen
Program Dates: August 2 – 8, 2022
Submission Deadline: May 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Cost:  Funded residency.

FACES is offering a week-long residency inviting emerging BIPOC artists’ to participate in dialogue, artmaking, and inclusive community building revolving around lived experiences with the intention of further diversifying the arts community in Toronto.  This residency is a pilot project that is centred on widening participation in the arts sector.

We are looking for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) artists who did not pursue a career in the arts because of cultural, family, or financial pressures –  pressures, which for some, may be a direct result of systemic racism.

The FACES residency will be part working retreat and part research project. The residency will act as a first practical step to enable artists to participate in discussions while engaging with their art practice in a collective setting. Artists will be invited to share their experiences about the barriers they’ve faced when considering a career in the arts. Conversations will centre on discovering what supports are needed in order to encourage and support other potential BIPOC Artists.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Artscape Gibraltar Point

Call for Collaboration – Emergence Symposium: Art & Equity Leading Social Change

“Since its inception in 2011, Emergence has convened hundreds of artists and arts workers*, community leaders, and policy makers to exchange knowledge around the theme of Arts & Equity: Leading Social Change. This large-scale multi-day platform is built on issues that Neighbourhood Arts Network and our partners have explored through their work. Centred in all of this, is equity.

*Arts workers include arts administrators, arts educators, arts facilitators, art therapists, and other people using art to strengthen community health and relationships.


Neighbourhood Arts Network will commission individuals and organizations to present equity-based work at Emergence from April to May 2023*.

We welcome perspectives that are intersectional and encourage proposals from Deaf, Mad and Disabled communities, equity-deserving groups including 2SLGBQT+, Indigenous, Black and Persons of Colour, and artists with lived experiences.


  • Application Deadline: May 25, 2022 at 11:59PM 
  • Proposal Status Notification: July, 2022
  • Emergence dates: April to May 2023*

*Dates are to be confirmed. Hybrid, online and in-person event formats will be available as part of Emergence 2023. At all in-person Emergence events, COVID protocols will be implemented based on Ontario Public Health guidelines at the time of the event. 

Selected projects/collaborators will be compensated according to CARFAC’s fee schedule.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Open Call for Participatory Creative Music Projects

“The Canadian New Music Network is excited to call for Participatory Creative Music Projects to be hosted on the online Participatory Creative Music Hub. Successful applicants will be provided funding for documentation of an existing project.

Amount of grant: $800.00

Application deadline: February 20, 2022

Deadline for submission of documentation via online upload form for selected projects: April 23, 2022

What is Participatory Creative Music? 

At CNMN, Participatory Creative Music is a multitude of approaches to creating music in which everyone involved, regardless of their prior experience in making music, has active input in the creative process. Authorship and decision-making is shared to greater or lesser degrees, depending on context.

For more information and clarification, see Keyword Definitions.

What is the Participatory Creative Music Hub?

The Hub showcases people from all walks of life creating music together. Whatever you call it – participatory creative music, community music, jamming, co-composition, improvisation, music exploration, listening games or having fun with sound – The Hub celebrates music creativity for everyone. 

The main criteria for projects is that all participants have active input in the creative process, whether they are 4, 40 or 94 years of age, an experienced musician or making music for the first time. Projects must take COVID-19 measures into account. Projects in remote and isolated areas are very encouraged.

What is an eligible project?

An eligible project is a participatory creative music activity already occurring in the community, whether on-going or completed. Projects may take place in the fields of health care, education, social services, prisons and more. 

This year’s call will prioritize projects related to health.

See the Project page for examples of Hub projects. 

See Keyword Definitions for terminology.


The purpose of this grant is to support documentation of an existing PCM project to provide inspiration and tools for user groups of the Hub to make their own music. It is crucial that documentation is instructional in nature, rather than promotional. Links to biographical information via a CNMN member page and external links are possible on the project webpage.

Participatory music takes place in all kinds of settings with all kinds of people. Documentation can reflect this, and doesn’t have to be of studio-quality audio or video where that is not possible or appropriate. Sometimes a video capture from your cell phone or screen capture from zoom speaks volumes. Documentation should best reflect the nature of the project, communicate well on an on-line platform and assume varying levels of music training.”

For more information and submission details, please visit:

-from Canadian New Music Network

Call for Submissions: BCC Zine – An Annual Virtual Publication

“The BCC is currently accepting submissions for the BCC Zine. The BCC Zine is an annual virtual publication that highlights the artistic contributions of BIPOC/QTPOC youth between the ages of 15 and 29. It will consist of a variety of diverse art forms including, but not limited to, visual art (any medium), music (composition or a performance- if you will perform a piece, it must be written by a BIPOC individual), sculpture, photography, mini film series, or a written work (prose or poetry). Applications for this zine will be open until January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.

For more information regarding registration, timelines, and eligibility, please visit”

-from The Brown Citizen Circle

Call for Submissions: Mayworks Festival of Working People & the Arts 2022

“The MAYWORKS FESTIVAL OF WORKING PEOPLE & THE ARTS is a community-based multi-disciplinary festival which annually presents new works by a broad range of artists. We present bold and insightful responses to pressing issues at the intersection of art, social justice and labour.

We are currently seeking film submissions of any length and genre.

We encourage works rooted in the reality of working people’s lives that challenge the logics of capitalism and reimagine and inspire paths to economic and social justice.

Mayworks 2022 will exhibit work online and, as possible, live in public venues.

Mayworks organizes well-informed panel discussions, artist talks and a variety of networking events to support the presentation of original and contemporary art in a breadth of formats.

The festival pays all presenting artists an exhibition fee based on the CARFAC fee schedule.

Filmmakers who have recently screened at Mayworks include: Hiba Ali, Yasmine Mathurin, Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, Ken Loach, Roya DelSol, Perun Bonser, Michelle Latimer, Samay Arcentales, Asinnajaq

Mayworks prioritizes the representation and participation of artists from communities facing systemic discrimination.

Feel free to contact us at submissions[at]

Filmmakers requiring fee waivers are encouraged to reach out.

Artists working in a medium other than film, who wish to have their work presented at Mayworks, are welcome to send us a project description.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Mayworks

Call: 18th Annual Regent Park Film Festival’s Emerging Directors’ Spotlight and Pitch Competition

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Sunday October 18th, 11:59PM

The Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF) is inviting up-and-coming filmmakers to submit their short films and project proposals for our Closing Night event, 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. 

This year, there will be two categories, SCRIPTED and UNSCRIPTED. One winner in each category will receive a development deal from CBC* and $1000 from RBC. 

If you wish to be considered in both the SCRIPTED and the UNSCRIPTED categories, you must complete a separate application form and pitch for each. You will be a finalist in only one category.

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 more information, please visit:

-from the Regent Park Film Festival

Call for Scarborough Art Instructors: COMMUNITY+Connects: Online (Scarborough Arts & Workman Arts)

COMMUNITY+Connects with Workman Arts invites instructors to propose accessible and inclusive online or hybrid courses for our 2021/2022 workshops as a part of the Scarborough Arts “COMMUNITY+Connects: Online” annual programming.

We are looking for artists who live in Scarborough that have developed skills or technical experience in a range of disciplines that may include (but are not limited to): Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textile Art, Photography, Media Arts, Filmmaking, Podcasting, Animation, Performance, Theatre, Movement, Poetry, Prose, Playwriting, Songwriting and/or Music Composition.

We recognize all forms of knowledge acquisition and invite instructors from all backgrounds to apply; academic experience is not necessary. We prioritize hiring artists with lived experience of mental illness and/or addiction. 

Instructors will develop and teach workshops and classes for participants living in Scarborough. Each course will be provided with Workman Arts peer support, who will support participants with anything that may come up for them during the class. Peer support is not there to assist the instructor with instructing. 

Please keep in mind that programs are intended to provide participating artists with guidance and support in their own creative pursuits or the chance to contribute to a larger collaborative process (rather than be in service to an Instructor’s sole artistic vision or project). Also, please note that Workman Arts is a non-clinical arts organization and we will not prioritize applications that are situated explicitly within art therapy and/or clinically-based framework.”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from Scarborough Arts