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CSIF and imagineNATIVE 3rd Annual Mentorship Program: Call For Applicants in Alberta Make a short film for imagineNATIVE 2016!

by ahnationtalk on January 22, 2016557 Views

Application Deadline: Friday, February 19 by 5:00pm

Are you an emerging Indigenous media artist living in Alberta? Do you have a great idea for a 5- minute short film? Explore filmmaking through the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers’ workshops, equipment and facilities. Shoot and edit your ideas to film, and see them on screen and in-person at the 17th Anniversary imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto from October 18–23, 2016.

You will be provided with a full CSIF Membership, and be eligible to enroll in any training workshop offered during their Winter and Summer 2016 calendar of workshops. You will be paired with CSIF’S knowledgeable staff to help you through your various development, production and post-production stages.

The participant will receive the opportunity to use the CSIF’s extensive equipment and facilities for their film. As every film is unique, equipment and facilities access will be established in the development phase at the CSIF’s discretion.

Pending funding June 2016, the successful applicant will receive a $1,000 CAD bursary for a commission fee and towards production costs. All other additional equipment, facilities, and production costs will be the responsibility of the participant.

Upon the completion of the project, and pending funding availability (confirmed June 2016), the mentorship recipient will be invited and provided FREE travel and accommodation to attend their imagineNATIVE screening in Toronto! During the Festival the artist will participate in their film screening Q&A and be provided an Artist Delegate Pass to attend all the Festival’s programming, social and professional development activities.

Please note: Projects must be realistic in scope and subject matter for the resources provided, as they must be completed and on tape by September 9, 2016. Film information and stills for publications will be required by the end of July 2016. Artist will sign an agreement contract for the participation in the mentorship.

Eligibility Criteria:

• This call is open to emerging candidates of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, or Inuit) heritage living in Alberta;

• This call is open to emerging artists of any age with interest and/or relevant experience; • Candidates must commit to attending the CSIF training workshops from March – August 2016;

• We strongly encourage applicants who are deadline driven, self-starters with basic education or experience in filmmaking;

• Individuals who will be working on existing commissions received by or through imagineNATIVE for the 2016 festival are not eligible to apply for this project;

• You must live in within commuting distance of Calgary in order to access CSIF workshops and equipment. Travel subsidy and cost of living are NOT covered by this mentorship.

Your Application Must Include:

• One-page written short film idea (5 min) detailing the story you wish to tell and your treatment (how stylistically you want to present the story); This can be dramatic, documentary, experimental, music video, or animation. Please include a schedule of how you plan to complete the project by the required delivery date;

• A half to one-page statement on why you would like to participate and how you would benefit from this mentorship;

• Your bio (no resumes or CVs please). Please be certain to indicate your past experience with film, video and other artistic mediums, if any, and your Indigenous affiliation;

• Contact info, including email, mailing address and phone number;

• Email your submission package to

Should you have additional questions, please contact Daniel Northway-Frank at imagineNATIVE (416) 585-2333, or Nicola Waugh at CSIF

The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 19, 2016 by 5:00PM

About the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers

The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers is an inclusive, non-profit, arts-based society that exists to encourage film making as art, reflecting and challenging our changing cultural landscape through production and exhibition of the Filmmaker. We encourage all levels of membership by providing resources and workshops to increase member skills and achieve personal arts-based expression in a non-exploitive film productions. We encourage our members to volunteer in the activities of the CSIF. Through exhibitions and community outreach we will strive to increase the public awareness of the CSIF, its Producing Members and their work.

The Mission of the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) is to encourage, support and endorse the production and exhibition of film in an artistic, social and cultural context. The CSIF is structured in such a way as to enable filmmakers to learn, develop and practice film making in an environment free from box office pressure, securing integrity of product and allowing for the development of an indigenous film language.

About the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, is the largest international festival of its kind that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media. Each fall, the festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The festival’s screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. This year’s festival runs Oct. 18 – 23, 2016. Connect with us: | | @imagineNATIVE


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