Saturday, January 28, 2012

Call for Submissions / Polar Film Festival

Call for Submissions / Canadian Film Institute & International Polar Year Federal Program Office / Polar Film Festival / Ottawa, ON / Deadline Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Canadian Film Institute and International Polar Year Seek Films that Focus on Arctic and Antarctic Regions

The Canadian Film Institute (CFI), in partnership with the International Polar Year (IPY) Federal Program Office, is officially seeking entries for the Polar Film Festival. The two-day moving image event is a featured presentation of the IPY 2012 Conference: From Knowledge to Action, held April 22-27, 2012, in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

The Polar Film Festival will celebrate the rich diversity of the Polar Regions, as well as examine the many challenges and world-wide implications they face in the 21st Century and onward. As a follow-up to the IPY Film Festival presented by the CFI in 2009, this event highlights the efforts of filmmakers from around the world who approach the Polar Regions from many different industries, research interests, artistic sensibilities, and political perspectives.

The CFI welcomes all films that explore issues and activities of particular relevance to the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Any genres of film and video practice - documentary, research, industrial, fiction, activist - from all Polar Regions are encouraged for submission.

Video submissions can be mailed directly to the CFI as a playable DVD or Blu-Ray disc. Digital entries may be submitted via direct download link, or any common digital media format such USB drive or DVD-ROM. Entrants are asked to include production credits, digital stills, director bios and filmography, contact information, and other relevant materials with their submissions.

The submission deadline is January 31, 2012. Please send all submissions to:

2 Daly Avenue, Suite 120
Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2

Tel: 613-232-6727
Fax: 613-232-6315

The public is encouraged to forward this Call for Entries to relevant producers, filmmakers, researchers, and other parties who may be interested. Please contact CFI Programmer Jerrett Zaroski at for any questions and further information.

About the IPY 2012 Conference
Occurring at a pivotal time for the environment of our planet, the International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference draws international attention to the Polar Regions, global change, and related environmental, social and economic issues. From Knowledge to Action will bring together over 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, non- government, education and circumpolar communities including indigenous peoples. The IPY 2012 Conference will contribute to the translation of new polar scientific findings into an evidence-based agenda for action that will influence global decisions, policies and outcomes over the coming years. More information on the conference can be found online at

About the CFI
The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) was incorporated in 1935 as a federally-chartered, non-governmental, non-profit cultural organization. It is the oldest film institution in Canada and the second oldest film institute in the world. More information can be found online at

Friday, January 20, 2012

#YZF #NWT Northwestel Cable 20 needs a videographer in Yellowknife

Northwestel Cable 20 needs a videographer

Scope: Gather footage of the Team NWT Arctic Winter Games Snowboarding and Wrestling Trials Jan 28/29 (exact times/locations TBD). Conduct interviews with participants at each location (Cable 20 will help arrange interviews and notes on questions). For each event record highlights of the competition, two talking-heads interviews (if possible), ample b-roll.

Footage will be edited by Community TV for 3-minute story in an Arctic Winter Games magazine-style news show. The footage will be used to create stories similar to the Dene Games Trials story in this episode:

Time required: 1-2 hr max at each location. Raw HD footage file delivery required between 9am and 12 noon Monday Jan 30 to Mark Gill at Northwestel Retail Store location, Yellowknife.

Shooting 1920x1080 @30p. Shooting preferably on pro-sumer video camera such as Sony EX-1 or Panasonic HVX-200. Please let me know what type of camera will be used in advance of shooting.

Fee: Cable 20 will pay $60/hr for shooting time, including camera and audio gear. $30/hr for other time required for file transfer /delivery.

Contact: Chris McNutt, Manager Community Media, Northwestel 867-393-7669 / if interested.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge - I support #wikipediablackout! Show your support here

I support #wikipediablackout! Show your support here

Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge

For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia. Learn more.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Make a short film with LIFT for imagineNATIVE 2012 - Submit Now!

Make a short film with LIFT for imagineNATIVE 2012 - Submit Now!

LIFT and imagineNATIVE
Make a short film for imagineNATIVE 2012

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by 5:00pm

Do you have a great idea for a 5 minute short film? Explore 16mm filmmaking through LIFT's workshops, equipment and facilities (other mediums may be employed). Shoot and edit your ideas to film, and see them on screen at the 13th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, which will take place in Toronto from October 17–21, 2012!

You will be provided with a LIFT Membership, and be eligible to enroll in any training workshop offered during their Winter and Summer 2012 calendar. You will be paired with LIFT's knowledgeable staff and a specially selected mentor to help you through your various development, production and post-production stages. imagineNATIVE will subsidize some additional costs related to your project, and facilitate aspects of your post-production stages.

Please note: Projects must be realistic in scope and subject matter as they must be completed and transferred to tape by September 25, 2012.

The participant will receive the opportunity to use LIFT's extensive 16mm production equipment and facilities for their film. As every film is unique, equipment and facilities access will be established in the development phase (past equipment and facilities budgets have ranged from $500–$5,000). Any additional equipment, facilities, and production costs will be the responsibility of the participant.

imagineNATIVE will provide a $500 bursary towards production costs and 1,200 feet of film stock will be provided by Kodak. Assistance with transferring and processing will also be provided (approximately a $750 value). All other associated costs are to be covered by the participant.

Eligibility Criteria:

    This call is open to Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, Inuit, other international Indigenous) candidates living in or near the GTA only
    Preference will be given to artists who have not had the opportunity to work in film (Note: you do not have to be a youth, but youth may also apply)
    Candidates must commit to attending the LIFT training workshops from March–August 2012. We strongly encourage applicants who are deadline driven and self-starters.
    You must live in Toronto or within commuting distance from the city in order to access LIFT workshops and equipment. Travel subsidy and cost of living are NOT covered by this mentorship.

Your Application Must Include:

    One-page short film idea
    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 to or Fax to 416.585.2313

Should you have additional questions, please call Daniel Northway-Frank at 416.585.2333 or

The deadline for submissions is WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 by 5:00PM

More at

Monday, January 09, 2012

Aboriginal Storytellers: Remember To Apply By Jan 16 for Banff's "Hi-Rez Storytelling"

Aboriginal Storytellers: Remember To Apply By January 16

The Banff Centre: Indigenous Storytellers Invited to Apply
Program dates: February 27 – March 10, 2012
Application deadline: January 16, 2012

Scholarship and financial aid covering 100 per cent of the program fee is available.

Hi-Rez Storytelling is a program designed to support emerging to mid-career Aboriginal filmmakers and new media screen-based writers and producers. During the course of this unique two-week residency at The Banff Centre, participants will develop a project they bring with them to the program, write for multi-platform environments, and learn digital strategies that provide a continuum for contemporary storytelling forms.

Hi-Rez Storytelling will provide one-on-one mentorship and guidance with outstanding faculty and guest speakers. At the end of residency, participants will leave with a developed story, plans for production, and fundraising and/or pitching plans. Participants may be storytellers of any genre who want to explore how to tell and visualize their story, and who wish to explore an Indigenous esthetic in storytelling and interactivity.

For more information about Hi-Rez Storytelling and Aboriginal Arts Self-Directed Residencies, please contact:
Kathy Morrison, Program Manager
Aboriginal Arts
The Banff Centre
Box 1020, Station 21
Banff, AB T1L 1H5
Tel: 403.763.6710

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Call for submissions: Northern, Art/Experimental video program

Call for submissions: Northern, Art/Experimental video program

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Western Arctic Moving Pictures <>
Date: 3 January 2012 18:27
Subject: Call for submissions: ART/EXPERIMENTAL VIDEO

WAMP is working with SAW video from Ottawa and Yukon Film Society to put
together a Northern, Art/Experimental video program to be showcased at the
National Arts Centre in 2013.

Please contact us with any northern videos/ works in progress you may have
that you think will fit the genre.

The link below is for the prairies scene... 2013 would be for northern scene

The Venue:

Our Collaborators:


Yukon Film Society