Film and TV calls for submissions: contests, awards, programs, and more

Greetings aspiring or current filmmakers,

If you're looking for places to submit your films to, I've been collecting quite a number of calls for submissions over the past few weeks. So in one fell swoop, here they all are.

Canadian Film Centre

Two deadlines are coming up at the end of January for Canadian Film Centre programs.

Filmmakers can apply for the five-and-a-half month Cineplex Entertainment Film Program, in which participants are immersed in specific filmmaking development labs designed for directors, writers, editors, and producers.

For more information, visit the CFC Film Program page. The deadline is January 25, 2010.

If you're a filmmaker working on a low-budget feature, you might be interested in applying to the CFC Features program, which is designed to assist promising writers, directors, and producers develop their project. Visit the CFC  Features Web page  for details.


PitchMarket 2010, a television/film industry pitch event, will be held March 6 and 7 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, but the deadline for application is January 15, 2010.

The weekend will include workshops, master series, networking opportunities, and, of course, pitch sessions. See the Web site for information and ticket prices.

Leo Awards

The annual awards for B.C.'s television and film industries, the Leo Awards, announced their call for submissions today. Submissions must be received by January 29, 2010, and they are reminding senders to provide enough delivery time to accommodate for potential road closures in downtown Vancouver related to the 2010 Winter Olympics. Visit their Web site for rules and submission forms.

Nominees will be announced in April 2010. The awards will take place June 4 and 5, 2010.


Radio Canada International is seeking entries (entrants must be 18 years or older) for its short film and multimedia production competition called Roots (ou Racines en franí§ais). They're looking for 3- to 8-minute works about your heritage or culture. Eight winners will be selected, and rewarded with prizes, including computers and iPhones.

The deadline is March 7, 2010, and full details can be found at the RCI Web site. (Viewers can vote for their favourites at the Web site as well.)


More culturally specific is the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada's 25@25: Canada's Future With Asia video contest. Canadians aged 18 to 35 years old can submit videos which address what they think are essential issues in the relationship between Canada and Asia.

The juried grand prize is $5,000, and the most popular video will receive $500. The deadline has been extended to January 15, 2010 and full details can be found at the 25 at 25 site, where entries can also be voted upon.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Submissions are being accepted for the 2010 Vancouver Queer Film Festival (August 12 to 22, 2010). They're looking for innovative works, particularly those that challenge stereotypes and boundaries.

Submissions are due by March 1, and guidelines are available at the VQFF Web site.

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