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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: 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

Unsung Voices 2022: Youth Video Production Workshop (Reel Asian)

“The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s UNSUNG VOICES Video Production Workshop will provide emerging Asian Canadian artists the chance to express themselves through film and media art, learn from professionals in the field, and to produce a distinctly Asian Canadian story for the screen.

A select group of emerging filmmakers will be provided an opportunity to produce and present their film (8 mins maximum), in any genre (eg. fiction, documentary, experimental, etc). The entire collection of films will receive a world premiere at the 26th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in November 2022.

2022 Program Description

  • This program is tuition free and there are no fees* required to apply
  • Participants must be between ages 18–29 and self-identify as Asian
  • Honourarium will be provided to participants
  • Workshops and learning sessions will be conducted online in the late spring/summer of 2022 (see timeline and more below)
  • Participants will learn and experiment with skills to complete a video production:
    • Creative (ideation, experimentation, and critical thinking skills about filmmaking & arts practice)
    • Technical (writing, visual storytelling, image creation, non-linear digital editing)
    • Project Management (planning for and executing production, collaboration)

* While there are no fees to apply and be part of the program, depending on the nature of your project you may have to contribute to costs associated with your production (ex. props, materials, talent, etc.)

For more information, please visit:

-from Reel Asian

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

STORIES OF NOW: Focus on Nature (Guelph, ON)

VignetteFocus on Nature (Guelph, ON)

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“Inspiring young people to explore and connect with nature through photography.”

“STORIES OF NOW” is part of a project ArtBridges is working on with Judith Marcuse Projects’ ASCN (Arts for Social Change Network) and ICASC. It is about gathering and sharing stories emanating from the field now and about what issues and areas of focus matter.

In conversation with: Simon Bell, Executive Director, Focus on Nature, November 29th, 2021

If you could tell a story about your community-engaged arts initiative now, this year, what would the story be about? What are the main themes?

SB:  Our story is one of adapting to the new reality of school lockdowns and pivoting to remote learning. Focus on Nature’s mission is to inspire young people to explore and connect with nature through photography. We do this primarily by offering full-day nature photography workshops in schools. This allows us to reach the broadest possible audience of children, regardless of their financial ability to participate.

Pre-pandemic, our program was expanding each year to include schools in Hamilton, Halton Region, Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington, where we started in 2010. By 2019 we were touching the lives of nearly 7,000 children each year in Ontario. In 2020, with the arrival of Covd-19 and schools locked down, our reach collapsed to just 90 children and we knew that we had to re-invent ourselves.

We began by creating short video modules based on the Elements of Design, photo composition and photo editing. This proved quite popular with teachers, so we expanded the Focus on Nature Online web portal to include more videos, check-in quizzes and photo challenges, all in both French and English. We added a Teacher’s Lounge with access to extension activities and resources that teachers could use while students were learning remotely. In 2021, we had 80 teachers and about 2,000 students signed up!

What are the main issues your community-engaged arts initiative faces? (e.g., social justice, environmental justice, pandemic-related, operational, financial, HR)

SB: The main issues have been the need for staff and volunteers to work remotely and of course there’s the financial impact the pandemic has had on the organization. We’ve had to restructure to a smaller staff and we’ve developed new skill-sets to work in the digital domain. Fortunately, we live in Canada where government support has been generous. We have benefited from wage subsidies and youth employment programs. The Ontario Trillium Foundation and the City of Guelph also provided community grants to help us continue developing our online platform and promoting it.

How has your initiative been addressing these main issues?

SB: Without our annual fundraising events, such as photo exhibits and garden parties, we were in a tight financial situation last spring. Our Board of Directors rallied to start a GoFundMe campaign and encouraged our supporters to donate more than they usually do.

The campaign was successful, allowing us to prepare summer camp programs for Oakville, Guelph and Waterloo, plus our first virtual summer camp. Camps were smaller and campers had to wear masks and stay 6 ft. apart when indoors. Still, everyone had a great time and created some wonderful photo-art. Some of the fun can be seen in our online summer camp photo gallery.

How has the community of participants that your initiative engages with evolved in the past year (if at all)?

SB: Everything we did with them until June was online. This was a drag as we couldn’t to interact in-person with the kids at all. It was hard for teachers as well. We loaned cameras and students could use their cell phones as well. One teacher said that three of their students had poor cellphones, so the teacher picked up our cameras and took them over to the students at home. As part of a project about human impact on the environment, they took pictures of litter, quarries, sunsets and butterflies. We then created a photo gallery of their best shots to share with the public. Covid restrictions have not allowed us to have our photo exhibits in galleries as we normally do. So newsletters and online exhibitions are the way we’re doing this now.

How is your organization engaging with your community right now? (Logistics, pandemic public health and safety guidelines & policies, changes in the way we gather)

SB: Now that schools are reopening to in-class learning again, we are dealing with Covid-19 health protocols that vary widely between school boards. Some schools do not allow any guest presenters, while others will allow us to meet students but only outdoors and online.

So we’ve redesigned our school workshops to a hybrid format, combining outdoor and virtual learning and it seems to be working. In October and November of 2021, we delivered 63 workshops, giving 1520 children an opportunity to explore nature as visual artists. We expect more schools will allow this hybrid format for their students in 2022 as the threat of Covid-19 recedes. The future is unpredictable but we’ll keep adapting to meet the needs of teachers and students for outdoor arts programming.

What are one or two new projects your initiative implemented this year?

SB: The Principles of Design online course for high school students is new, allowing us to expand our reach to teenagers. We were working with grades 3 to 6 originally but now, with so many kids suffering through the pandemic, we thought “why not grades 7,8, 9 and 10”? This is one adaption. We’re also developing a new module for Indigenous Studies, featuring the work of Indigenous photographers in Canada and in other countries as well.

What is your initiative doing new–digitally–compared to pre-pandemic?

SB: So much has changed because of the pandemic. Since our staff and volunteer board members are located in multiple locations, we didn’t see each other too often. Now we are actually collaborating together more than ever by adapting to new technologies such as Zoom, Canva and Slack.

There’s been a learning curve for sure but teachers and students have adapted to using Google Meets, Drive and Photos to engage with our workshop teams in the afternoon, after we’ve taken them on their photo walk with cameras in the morning. They all have Chromebooks in the classroom now and we’ve changed our program to engage with them remotely. Who knows…this might become the “new normal” going forward!

Is there a recent achievement, wonderful moment, or quote you’d like to share about your initiative or its impact?

SB: When the wage subsidies were announces in April 2020, I wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau to thank him. Next thing I know his office called to ask if he could mention Focus on Nature in his daily briefing! It was the first time our name ‘Focus on Nature’ was heard from coast to coast to coast! And then CBC News called and interviewed me live that evening, allowing me to tell our story more completely.

Recently, a parent recalled that her son said “it will be so boring – focus on nature…. but it was the best day of school I ever had!”, and that he’s now taking pictures of nature all the time. Check out some other comments by teachers and students on this webpage.

For some video content, check our YouTube Channel. There you’ll find my CBC News interview and a playlist of my Photo Safaris among other things. You can see some student photos on Flickr as well.

In conversation with Seanna Connell, ArtBridges

Asinabka Festival Presents Unikkaatuarniq – 6th Annual Snow Screen (Feb 4-6, online)

Films will be available online through the purchase of an All Access or Industry Pass. Musical performances and other programming will be live-streamed on the Festival’s social media and/or released on the Festival’s online platform.

The word Unikkaatuarniq is an Inuktitut word that means “Storytelling”. Storytelling is an ancient form of magic, with the power to connect the past with the present, teach lessons, impart values, heal, to explain the world and connect us to the universe through language and mythology. The stories, films, and music in this program, come from Indigenous peoples from the circumpolar north — such as the the Inuit of Canada and Greenland, the Sami of northern Scandinavia, and the Sakha of Russia — peoples that have thrived in the Arctic regions of the world for thousands of years, enduring the changing seasons of dark and light, of colonialism, and of climate change. Although these cultures live thousands of kilometres away from each other, they share a common history of resilience in their language, culture and magic through storytelling.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Asinabka Festival

AGELESS International Film Festival (Nov 18-21, online)

AGELESS celebrates the sweet, the bitter and the better aspects of living longer and living wiser.

Thursday, November 18th – Sunday, November 21st.

This festival shines a spotlight on older adults, both on screen and behind the camera.

AGELESS (formerly Silver Scenes) is an incorporated, not-for-profit International Film Festival creating awareness around aging and ageism.

Highlights of the inaugural festival (2020) included the online premiere of ‘The Cuban,” starring Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. and a Fireside Chat with Aboriginal Filmmaker and member of the Order of Canada, Alanis Obomsawin. The festival was honored with the Artbridges Recognition Award for Remarkable Innovation.

AGELESS 2021 will present films from Denmark, England, Argentina, Canada and the US around themes of Housing and the Power of Grandmothers.

The overall AGELESS audience is expected to reach 10,000 Canadians, from high school and university students to medical/mental health professionals and caregivers, to independent seniors, those in community centres and retirement homes across Canada. Admission is always Pay What You Can, eliminating any barrier to participation.”

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