“Submissions for the 2023 Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival are now open!
We are looking for Narrative Features and Shorts, Documentary Features and Shorts, Episodic Series, and Experimental films.
Early Bird Deadline: December 2, 2022 Regular Deadline: January 6, 2023 Late Deadline: January 27, 2023
For more than three decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBTQ community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. Through our annual Festivals in Toronto and Ottawa, our filmmaker initiatives, our youth engagement and our year-round events and screenings, Inside Out is engaged every day in challenging attitudes and changing lives.”
“Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism is launching the second Black Arts Fellowship, an expansive interdisciplinary program for eight emerging and mid-career Black artists. This paid 12-month fellowship curates intensive residencies, workshops, mentorship, creation time, and presentation opportunities to offer fellows the space for deep, collaborative and playful exploration and creation in community. This fellowship emerges from the intersection of art and activism. Artists are invited to infuse their practices with knowledge of ancestral and contemporary Black struggles for liberation; to imagine their work within the projects of abolition and decolonization; to deepen their understanding of care and community commitments in the arts; and to experience the kind of joy that comes from moving with, for and fully alongside other Black kin.
Deadline: November 29th, 2022 at 11:59pm EST Submit application to: opportunities[at]wildseedcentre.com
Notification: Successful applicants will be notified via email at the beginning of February 2023.
Information Session: November 7th, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 pm EST If you missed our information session and would like to access the recording, please email opportunities[at]wildseedcentre.com.”
She was an important part of the LIFT community and she will be truly missed. She was extremely productive in the final five years of her life, returning to filmmaking after many years spent raising family and care-giving for relatives. Once she returned, she was at LIFT often, working on three films, “Light Study,” “No End” and “165708,” the last of which we supported through a production and post-production support grant.
To honour her spirit, and through the support of her family members, LIFT inaugurated the Josephine Massarella Artist Award in 2019. After a long pause due to the pandemic, we are happy to announce the second competition for this award in 2022.
The Josephine Massarella Artist Award will assist female-identifying artists 50 years and older to return to filmmaking after a long absence. Eligible applicants are female-identifying, moving-image artists living within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas, who have had to step away from artistic practice for at least five years and need support in the research and creation of a first new work on their return.
LIFT is an artist-run production and educational media arts organization dedicated to celebrating excellence in the moving image. We support a wide range of production formats, including Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, Super 16mm, 35mm and HD; our facilities include film and digital editing suites, optical printers, contact printers, animation stands, a darkroom, and more. Toronto also offers a range of lab facilities, a large pool of experienced technicians and talent, a vibrant film community and a dynamic arts environment.
This artist award focuses on the production of analogue film-based works, although strong digital applications will also be considered. Applicants may also propose elements of community collaboration through teaching workshops, artist talks and/or presentation activities—these engagements are a valuable part of each residency offered by LIFT.”
“Open call to submit film projects, up to 5 minutes in in length, of any genre, using mental health as the point of interest. Film topics may either be interpretive of mental health, or address it directly. Film competition is ongoing, with a new competition each month. Submitted films will be accepted and reviewed alongside other films submitted that month. Art With Impact views short film as an important art form and springboard for young talent. As such, we do not place any formal restrictions on submissions, and will consider all genres and types of short films, including submissions utilizing original footage, shared footage, photo stills, music, essays, screenplays, original art work and more. There is no fee for submissions.
Current contest deadline is 09/30/2022. The winner will be announced 11/01/2022. The competition runs monthly, and all winners receive $1,000 USD!”
“Diaspora Dialogues invites submissions from emerging writers who currently have a full or near-full draft of a manuscript. We accept novels, short story collections, creative non-fiction/memoir, works intended for young adults and poetry. Complete or near complete means that the writer has up to 85,000 words or 300 double-spaced pages of prose; or up to 25 poems (50 pages maximum). Submissions will consist only of excerpts from these works (see guidelines).
Diaspora Dialogues is committed to supporting a literature that is as diverse as Canada itself. Writers are encouraged to keep this mandate in mind, but addressing this theme directly is not essential in the submission.
Notifications will be made at the end of December. The mentorships will begin in January 2022 and run for six months. Assigned mentors are at the discretion of Diaspora Dialogues.
“The 22/23 Obsidian Playwrights Unit is a national intensive play development program that will support 2 to 3 Black playwrights through virtual group sessions and individual mentorship. Facilitated by actor and playwright, Lisa Codrington, the unit will discuss and develop their plays culminating in a performance where each playwright has the chance to workshop an excerpt of their piece with actors and a director, and hear it read aloud at Obsidian’s annual Playwrights Unit Showcase in Toronto, ON. This is a paid opportunity.
Obsidian Theatre is interested in showcasing the richness and complexity of Blackness in all of its intersections across the nation so that our art can truly reflect the communities we serve. What stories do you want to bring to the stage and why? What does your idea/play bring to a Canadian stage that has not been seen before? These are just some of the questions we are interested in discussing and exploring as we begin the journey of developing new work.
“The Ica Pas Artist Scholarship Award has been created by Barbara Pascaluta in partnership with Toronto Community Housing Revitalization Team and Workman Arts. The purpose of the scholarship is to celebrate artists who use art as a way to overcome challenges in their life. This scholarship provides artists facing systemic barriers with financial, training, and showcasing supports to further advance their artistic careers. This scholarship is inspired by the life and legacy of Ecaterina Pascaluta “Ica Pas” and prioritizes uplifting and honouring artists and the power of art to highlight and overcome injustice, challenges, and barriers.
Ecaterina Pascaluta “Ica Pas”, was born in Iași, a Moldovan region of Romania on January 28, 1931. As the 2nd youngest of 6 children, her family settled in the Romanian capital of Bucharest where she began her journey and exploration of art. Throughout her studies and practice at the Fine Arts Institute in Bucharest, Ica was inspired by many art forms, artists and cultures though her biggest inspiration was drawn from the Dada Art Movement. Ica Pas never stopped creating art in various forms until her final days at 250 Davenport. Ica was a true artist and would utilize all her available funds on art materials, books and trips to the museum. Ica immersed herself into her art to make sense of the world and overcome her internal and external struggles in the world. This award is dedicated to Ica Pas and all the other artists at 250 Davenport who fight silent battles in their overactive minds every day and use their art to overcome and make it through another day.
This scholarship award is dedicated to supporting Toronto Community Housing Tenant artists at 250 Davenport Road in further developing and advancing their artistic practices by providing the following supports:
$200 cash prize award.
Training Membership Position at Workman Arts.
Inclusion of one (1) artwork in the annual juried Workman Arts’ Being Scene exhibition.
To be eligible to apply applicants must:
Be a resident of 250 Davenport Road, Toronto Community Housing.
“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.“
“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.”