(Via Newswire.ca) The ninth annual Air Canada enRoute Film Festival is accepting submissions as of today, going on till May 31st. The airline says “Emerging Canadian filmmakers are invited to showcase their artistic talent, out-of-the-box thinking and compelling vision.” (By “emerging”, they mean you were a film student as of September 2013 or later — see full details on eligibility here.)
There are several awards with prizes that offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The Best Short Film winner will get $5000 cash courtesy of Cineplex. Other awards include Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Animation, Achievement in Documentary and the People’s Choice Award. All Achievement winners will go on an all-inclusive trip to the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, and showcase their short films in Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent program, which will screen at the European Film Market.
And, of course, winning films will be broadcast on Air Canada’s enRoute In-Flight Entertainment system, viewed by millions. Events to honour participants will take place throughout the country, starting in Calgary in May.
Jury members will be announced in July. Past juries have consisted of highly prominent celebrities, producers and directors.
There’s no entry fee and you can enter even if you’re under age in your province — you just need a parent’s signature.
To get an idea of what the festival is looking for, you can watch some Q&A with last year’s filmmakers here. (You’ll be reading subtitles part of the time, but this is Canada, after all. Which is also why one of filmmaker Florence Pelletier’s challenges was the weather.)