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Festival of Human Rights x Arts 2022 (Dec 7-11, JAYU)

Join us for 5-days of Human Rights x Arts
Dec 7th – 11th

JAYU’s annual film festival is BACK with a brand new vibe! Our Human Rights Film Festival (HRFF+) is now the Festival of Human Rights x Arts, to better reflect our diverse events and programming. You’ll get to enjoy our annual poetry slam, cabaret, film screenings and more!

Festival of Human Rights x Arts 2022


We believe that our capacity to dream big is what unites the arts and human rights so seamlessly. Artists envision a world that is more engaged, empathetic and equitable. Sharing that truth and vision with your community means evolving from #DreamingIntoBeing.

This year’s curatorial theme is #DreamingIntoBeing. An invitation to see our world through a new lens and to create a reality where human rights are championed through the arts.

We share this vision for a brave new world, which is why we hope you can join us from December 7th-11th for JAYU’s Festival of Human Rights x Arts. This five-day long festival of human rights arts and events that celebrate the resiliency and dreams of artists and activists around the world.”

For more information and festival programming, please visit:

-from JAYU

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Nov 9-20)

“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.

Both in-person and online, experience a multitude of different features, shorts programmes and industry events including Reel Ideas, So You Think You Can Pitch, RA:X and more at the 26th edition Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Don’t miss out! Grab your ReelAsian26 tickets or passes now and join us Nov 9 – 20.
For more information, please visit:

-from Reel Asian

Call for Submissions: 5-Minute Films About Mental Health (Art With Impact)

“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!”

For more information, please visit:

-from Art With Impact

Call for Applications: Dawson Film Lab (Yukon)

“The Dawson Film Lab is an opportunity for artists to come to Dawson City, Yukon for a week-long residency to shoot and hand process Super8 or 16mm film.

SEPTEMBER 3-11, 2022

The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture is a vibrant artistic and cultural centre at the edge of the Arctic that cultivates creativity through film, music, visual, literary, and performing arts. We host a variety of festivals, events, exhibitions, and arts education programs in Dawson City, Yukon on Tr’ondek Hwech’in Traditional and Contemporary Territory.  


Participants will shoot Super 8 or 16mm negative film which they will hand-process in buckets using ecological materials such as wildflowers and local plants. They will also learn how to make phytograms and apply tint and tone to their films (with both conventional tints and toners, as well as with plants, spices and fruits). Conventional negative processing chemistry will also be available.”

For more information, please visit:

-From Klondike Institute of Art and Culture

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: aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival

“22nd aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival submissions are now OPEN. Submit your film by June 30th for a chance to have it screened at our 22nd annual festival!

The 22nd edition of the aluCine Latin Film+ Media Arts Festival will take place in FALL 2022 in the bustling city of Toronto.

aluCine 2021 aims to provide an exclusive showcase for Latin-American directors of independent cinema. Designed to promote Latin-American cinema & media art, the festival’s focus will consist of panel discussions, workshops, and artists talks. aluCine’s goals include empowering creators of all ages to see themselves in a broader context.”

For more information, please visit:

-from aluCine

Toronto Queer Film Festival 2022

“A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away… human beings from planet earth were looking to draw inspiration from us! They had visions of future times with flying cars and Robo dogs, but what do these visions have to offer them regarding human rights, gender, land back and the environment? This is what TQFF will explore!

Welcome to Toronto Queer Film Festival  2022 ~ Queer Futurisms.  TQFF 2022 will evolve around our milky way, presenting works that draw inspiration from or function within AfrofuturismIndigenous futurismtechnology, Sci-Fi, prophecies, projections and predictions. Tune into TQFF 2022! 

Festival March 31 – April 3, 2022 | Symposium April 22 – 24, 2022″

For more information, please visit:

-from Toronto Queer Film Festival

Toronto Black Film Festival (Feb 16-21, online)

“The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), presented by TD Bank Group (TD) in collaboration with Global News, is celebrating its 10th anniversary, February 16 â€“ 21, with a bigger and stronger ONLINE programming! Created by the Fabienne Colas FoundationTBFF commemorates this important milestone with a record number of 200 films from 30 countries.

Part of the TD 2022 Black History Month Series, the Festival will present 18 World premieres28 International premieres60 Canadian premieres18 Ontario premieres and 25 Toronto premieres. The TBFF All Access Passes and individual tickets are on sale now on the Festival’s website.

For the last decade, TBFF has become Canada’s largest celebration of Black History Month, attracting hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers, of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Year after year, through its bold and diverse programming, the Toronto Black Film Festival has been a necessary platform for Black artists who would otherwise remain invisible. Coming together at the Toronto Black Film Festival has allowed members of all cultural communities to better understand one another.

TBFF kicks off on February 16 at 7pm with Krystin Ver Linden’s Canadian premiere of ALICE; starring Emmy Award-winning actress, Keke Palmer and Grammy Award-winning rapper, Common. Inspired by the true events ALICE tells the story of a woman of servitude who narrowly escapes her oppressor, to discover the surprisingly mind-bending reality that exists beyond the tree line. Then, as of 9pm EST all the films will be accessible online. The Festival will close with Paul Tom’s documentary feature, ALONE, about unaccompanied minors who left their home country behind to start over in Canada in hopes to live a better life.

The TBFF Black Market (Presented by Canadian Heritage, Bell Fund, Telefilm Canada, and the Toronto Arts Council), returns with an exciting blend of cutting-edge thinking FREE panel discussions with renowned industry professionals who will share real-world experience on today’s most critical filmmaking and social issues. The TBFF Kids Festival is back this year with new and exciting activities for the whole family on Family Day (Feb. 21). 35 emerging Black filmmakers of Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Being Black in Canada program from Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver will present their short films thanks to the support of Netflix, National Bank, Telefilm Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Creates and various local partners. Finally, festivalgoers can cap off their day with the TBFF Live Performance Series â€“ on Facebook – showcasing different genres of music, representing the Afrocentric community. This virtual line-up includes Rudy Ray Collective, Donovan Locke, Warrior Love Band, Waleed Abdulahmid & Africa Kush Ensemble.

 This year’s line-up consists of remarkable films, highlighting important topics such as women’s issues, politicssocial injusticediscriminationmental health, arts, sports, accomplishment, among others. Some of #TBFF22’s must-see feature films are: Alice, Black Mail, Jim Button and the Wild 13, Queen of Glory, The White Line, Vuta N’Kuvute.  Furthermore, some of the thought-provoking documentaries – presented by Canada Media Fund – include Alone, Frank Bey: All my Dues are Paid, Gemmel & Tim, Murder in Paris, President, Zinder, The Ants and the Grasshoppers, Target: St. Louis Vol. 1, Feisty Fighter – The Marnesba Tackett Story, She Dreams at Sunrise, the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Being Black in Canada series and many more!

The Toronto Black Film Festival will pay tribute to the late Sidney Poitier by highlighting his contributions to the industry through a video compilation. Sidney Poitier paved the way for generations of Black actors in the 1950s and 1960s as a fine actor, and as an ambassador of America’s long-delayed civil rights movement. At the height of the civil rights movement in 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first Black man to win an Oscar for best actor – for “Lilies of the Field” (1963). Poitier received numerous honorary prizes, including a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute, the Cecil B. deMille Award at the Golden Globes; and a special Academy Award in 2002, on the same night that Black performers won best acting awards, Denzel Washington, and Halle Berry. Additionally, in 2009, President Barack Obama presented Poitier with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, praising him for the advancement of “the nation’s dialogue on race and respect.”

The #TBFF22 All Access Pass is available for only $99, giving access the festivals entire programming. Individual tickets to the opening film are available for $15, regular films for $9 and film series are available for $12.

The 10th annual Toronto Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Global News â€“ from February 16 to 21, 2022 â€“ ONLINE.

For more information, please visit:

-from Toronto Black Film Festival

Mon Corps et Moi-My Body and Me (Spectrum Productions, Montreal)

“Cet automne, nous organisons 8 ateliers gratuits de 3h qui explorent les thèmes de l’image de soi Ă  travers la mĂ©ditation et le yoga. En groupe de 2 ou 3, vous rĂ©aliserez des courts mĂ©trages sur votre exploration! Tous les courts mĂ©trages produits seront cĂ©lĂ©brĂ©s lors d’une projection en fĂ©vrier 2022!

Ce programme est ouvert aux filles, aux jeunes transgenres et non binaires, en particulier aux 13-18 ans. C’est pour ceux et celles qui ont des compĂ©tences en cinĂ©ma et qui aiment crĂ©er de l’art et l’art mĂ©diatique en gĂ©nĂ©ral!

Pour en savoir plus :

This fall we are running 8 free weekly workshops of 3h each that explore themes of self image through meditation and yoga. In groups of 2 or 3, you’ll create short films about your exploration!  All short films produced will be celebrated at a screening in February 2022! 

This program is open to girls, transgender and non-binary youth, specifically 13-18 years old. This is for those with some skill in filmmaking and who love creating art and media overall!”

For more information:

-from Productions Spectrum