Call for Applications: Being Black in Toronto

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Fabienne Colas Foundation:

Youth and Diversity Program’s Being Black in Canada

(Being Black in Toronto)

The Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Youth and Diversity Program is proud to be back with a call for applications for its 2020 Being Black in Canada program (Being Black in Toronto), in collaboration with the Toronto Black Film Festival.

This program offers professional mentorship in the audiovisual production of a short film with the theme of “Being Black in Toronto.” 5 to 10 young, promising filmmakers will be guided through the many steps in audiovisual production (screenwriting, directing, editing, post-production, etc.), and will create a documentary short (maximum 10 minutes). This process will be carried out under the professional tutelage of an industry professional with professional equipment.

Their final work will be screened as:

  • World Premiere at the Montreal International Black Film Festival – September 30 to October 4, 2020.
  • Ontario Premiere at the Toronto Black Film Festival – February 10 to 15, 2021.
  • Atlantic Premiere at the Halifax Black Film Festival – February 26 to 28, 2021.
  • Potential screenings to other festivals after March 2021 (tbd).

Filmmakers will address the issue of social integration of people from black communities in Toronto through film. The program addresses emerging creators between 18 and 30, who are from black communities and have a passion for cinema. Potential candidates have a dream to work in the audiovisual field but have not yet had the opportunity, due to social, economic and/or cultural reasons.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Be between 18 and 30 (included) on the date of application.
  • Be from a black community.
  • Have demonstrated an interest in the audiovisual field and documentary filmmaking.
  • Have concrete career-oriented plans in the audiovisual field.
  • Demonstrate motivation for the program.
  • Be available for activities related to the program, particularly from April & August 2020 for all training, creation, editing, follow-up, discussions etc; and between September 2020 & March 2021 for screenings, festivals, distribution, promotion etc.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Live in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Submit a video or film you made in a non-professional setting (short film, clip, video, etc.).
  • Submit a concrete documentary project that fits the program theme (250 words).

People who have already created, completed or directed professional videos or films are NOT eligible.

Hurry and send in your application before May 15, 2020, by filling out the form below, to have the chance to participate in this program. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

Rules and Conditions 2020

2020 RULES & CONDITIONS

Fabienne Colas Foundation:

Youth and Diversity Program’s Being Black in Canada

(Being Black in Toronto)

 

Article 1 – The Organization

The mission of the Fabienne Colas Foundation (FCF), a professional, artistic, not-for profit organization, is to promote and distribute art, culture and cinema both nationally and internationally. The FCF focuses on black culture (in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, New York City, Salvador – Bahia, Brazil) and Québécois culture (in Port-au-Prince). It wants to continue creating a space for discussion and debate about important current cultural, social and socio-economic issues through film talks, panel discussions, conferences, and other events. In addition to showcasing and giving a voice to artists who otherwise wouldn’t be seen or heard, the FCF participates in the development of different artistic disciplines through education by offering training and professional development workshops, as well as artist awards and grants. www.fondationfabiennecolas.org

Article 2 – About the “Youth and Diversity” program

The Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Youth and Diversity Program offers training, professional mentors and a visibility platform in the audiovisual field to 5 to 10 young, promising filmmakers from black communities. The FCF’s Youth and Diversity Program is proud to be back with another edition of Being Black in Canada (Being Black in Toronto). Its goal is to cultivate future audiovisual talent in black communities, to those who haven’t had the chance to receive in-depth professional training in the field.

Article 3 – Eligibility

  • Be between 18 and 30 (included) on the date of application.
  • Be from a black community.
  • Have demonstrated an interest in the audiovisual field and documentary filmmaking.
  • Have concrete career-oriented plans in the audiovisual field.
  • Demonstrate motivation for the program.
  • Be available for activities related to the program, particularly from April & August 2020 for all training, creation, editing, follow-up, discussions etc; and between September 2020 & March 2021 for screenings, festivals, distribution, promotion etc.
  • Be available to attend the Black Film Festivals Tour in Montreal, Toronto and Halifax as requested.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Live in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Submit a video or film you made in a non-professional setting (short film, clip, video, etc.).
  • Submit a concrete documentary project that fits the program theme (100 words).

People who have already created, completed or directed professional videos or films are NOT eligible.

Article 4 – Application

  1. Deadline: May 15, 2020
  2. Fill out the online application form:

Article 5 – Selection 

The organization will make a pre-selection of all completed applications received according to the previously outlined criteria.

Pre-selected applications will be submitted to a selection committee who will choose the program participants.

The choice of the organization and the selection committee will be made at their discretion. They will not have to provide justification or motivation, and cannot under any circumstance be the subject of a complaint.

The Organization reserves the right to select fewer participants than expected.

Article 6 – Schedule and conditions

  1. Overall schedule of the 2020 edition of the FFC’s Youth and Diversity Program: Being Black in Canada (Being Black in Toronto).

NB: a detailed schedule will be given to selected participants. Filmmakers participating in the program are required to participate in scheduled events.

  1. Young filmmakers agree to follow technical guidelines (length, format, etc.) and the program’s “Being Black in Toronto” theme.
  2. Young filmmakers have full creative and editorial licence over their film and will be the writer and director. However, he or she agrees to fully assign the national and international rights for an unlimited time to the organization (and its designated partners), who could, in whole or in part, distribute the film through any existing medium (VOD, TV licencing and/or other), submit it to different festivals, make it available for free and/or sell it through broadcasting platforms, if applicable.
  3. The filmmaker is responsible for transportation fees and meals throughout the program.

Article 7 – Participation agreement

All selected competitors must sign a participation agreement stipulating an authorization to distribute, transfer rights and that their image may be used by sponsors, financial partners, the organizer and the show’s broadcasters, compliance with program rules, and that all work is unpaid. Any competitor who refuses to sign the documents before the prescribed deadline will be disqualified or ineligible to participate.

Article 8 – Benefits and award

  1. Individual guidance, in the form of a mentorship, is offered throughout the creation of the films.
  2. Professional equipment is made available for film production.
  3. The participants’ final work will be screened as: World Premiere at the Montreal International Black Film Festival – September 30 to October 4, 2020. Ontario Premiere at the Toronto Black Film Festival – February 10 to 15, 2021. Atlantic Premiere at the Halifax Black Film Festival – February 26 to 28, 2021.
  4. Young filmmakers will share their experience with the public.
  5. All films may later be broadcast on VOD, TV or/and other at the discretion of the organization.
  6. Screening fees will be paid to the participants when films are screened at the 3 Black Film Festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax.
  7. Awards may be allocated at the end of the program.

Article 9 – Acceptance

By applying for the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Youth and Diversity program: Being Black in Canada (Being Black in Toronto), the candidate and his or her eligible beneficiaries tacitly accept the present set of Rules & Conditions without reservation.

Any candidates who violates of one or more of the conditions for selection stipulated in the present document will be denied the opportunity to continue participating in the selection.