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Reel Youth Film Festival (Oct 1 & 9, Vancouver)

“The Reel Youth Film Festival is a diverse collection of short films made by emerging filmmakers around the world. Chosen by an international youth jury from 1300+ submissions and 100 countries. Whether it is a writer fishing for her next idea, a Māori boy grieving his father’s absence, or a hilarious young Black man expressing frustration with pandemic lockdown, the Reel Youth Film Festival will show you the world through the eyes of its talented youth.”

For more information and the short films programme, please visit:

-from Reel Youth

Empathy Squad Virtual Volunteer Opportunity (Future Leaders Age 18-30)

Virtual Volunteer Opportunity (Future Leaders Age 18-30)
Gather Oral Histories To Foster Empathy And Build Your Podcasting Skills.

Volunteer for the Empathy Squad to make a difference in your community through the power of storytelling. In the midst of global upheaval, and the search for social, class, and racial justice, we are looking for volunteers to generate empathy-building dialogue through the collection of stories and interviews.

Oral storytelling forges connections between people and ideas, makes information more accessible, and helps us understand the ties that bind us. Oral history nuances the stories of the past and present, helps us understand how communities experience history, and allows us to learn together on the path towards a shared future. 

Amplify voices, centre overlooked stories, and celebrate the unsung heroes in your community. You’ll have the chance to collect stories, learn podcasting skills, meet new people from different walks of life, and collaborate with future leaders across the country. Come spark change, one story at a time.

Participants Will:

  • Discover artful ways to volunteer in their community
  • Learn interview and recording techniques, narrative shaping and audio editing skills
  • Gain skills in community engagement through oral-history collection
  • Enhance readiness for leadership roles and community participation
  • Grow empathy from coast-to-coast through community-building dialogue”

For more information, please visit:

-from FiXT POiNT

iAM Collaging Program (Summer 2022/Virtual)

“Welcome to the registration page for the iAM Collaging Program, providing arts & social justice mentorship program to various youth ages 12-26 across the GTA, and now extending online across Ontario. To learn more about the iAM Program, visit

The iAM Program returns this summer with a 5 session virtual program. This is the perfect opportunity to grow your collaging skills while being mentored by some of our city’s top artists. Entry to the program is free and is limited to the first 15 participants who sign up. You must be between the ages of 12-26 and a resident of Ontario. 

NOTE: The iAM program prioritizes registration for equity-deserving artists/communities. Equity-deserving is inclusive of Black and racialized people, People with disabilities, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Trans, and Queer (2SLGBTQ+).

For more information, please visit:

-from JAYU

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

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

iAM Program Registration Now Open (JAYU)


“Each iAM Program provides youth-led arts & social justice mentorship to anyone ages 12-26, across Ontario, Canada.

Are you interested in making art? Growing your storytelling skills? Incorporating social justice into your creative process?

Sign up to participate in our FREE iAM Program. We will provide you with the creative toolkit you need to develop social justice-focused artwork. 


iAM Programs are open to anyone who is interested. However, priority will be given to equity-deserving youth.

Equity-deserving youth identify as having barriers to equal access, opportunities and resources due to disadvantages and discrimination. This includes: 

  • Black and racialized people
  • People with disabilities
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Trans, Queer and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+)”

Fore more information, please visit:

-from JAYU

iNdigital Youth Collective (imagineNATIVE)

“Formed through collaboration between imagineNATIVE and ENAGB Indigenous Youth Agency, the iNdigital Youth Collective is a new group of emerging digital and interactive artists aged 12-24 and based in Ontario. 

This collective operates with a collaborative spirit to engage Indigenous youth in a community-focused approach, fostering creativity, technical skill, and confidence. The iNdigital Youth Collective’s mission is to empower Indigenous youth, growing the next generation of Indigenous voices in digital media.


For 2022, the iYC Cohort will be learning Game Design skills through a series of workshops alongside Indigenous Mentors and Artists. The games and experiences you create will be featured as part of an online exhibition as well as a special showcase at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in October! 

The iYC meets weekly on Thursdays for approximately 3 hours using Discord. All iYC members will receive a cash honorarium for their participation in the cohort. Join us from April 28th to June 3rd, 2022!”

For more information, please visit:

-from ImagineNATIVE
photo by imagineNATIVE

Outside Looking In Presents Canada’s Largest Indigenous Youth Performance (May 12)

Celebrating 15 years of empowering Indigenous Youth

Each spring, our Annual Showcase is held at Meridian Hall in downtown Toronto, the largest soft-seat theatre in Canada. Our showcase is the largest Indigenous youth performance in Canada and features youth from our current participating communities and highlights the successes of our program participants throughout the year. Audiences are invited to learn about the youth participating in the show as well as join in the celebration of their accomplishments.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Outside Looking In

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

Yukon Music Video Program (Reel Youth)

“Sign up for the Yukon Music Video Program! In this partnership with Western Arctic Youth Collective, youth (aged 13-29) in the Yukon Territory will work with Reel Youth facilitators virtually to plan, shoot, edit, and distribute an original music video. Guaranteed fun and no film making experience is necessary!

      In this FREE program, you will:      

          • Learn how to plan, shoot, and edit a short film
          • Receive a $150 honourarium
          • Work creatively with a small group of peers
          • Have fun while staying safe!

Dates: Jan 18, 20, 25, 27 7 and Feb 1 & 3
            from 4-6pm Yukon Time each day

You will need access to a computer, laptop, or tablet. It must be able to run Zoom (details) and Adobe Creative Cloud Express (system requirements: here).

Reel Youth filmmaker-facilitators will help build community and technical filmmaking skills to create videos that will be featured in an online film festival and distributed through Reel Youth’s website and social media channels.”

-from Reel Youth