The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI), as I mentioned earlier today, is calling for submissions for their Online Short Film Festival, a showcase that runs year-round with new films added weekly. There’s $4000 in award money to be handed out via various categories, like the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award and the $1,000 Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award, also recently mentioned here. “Short” means 30 minutes or less; NSI says “in many cases, the shorter the better (really!).” Films must have a Canadian writer, director or producer, deadline is April 3, and there’s no submission fee — read more here.
NSI is also accepting applications till March 19th for New Voices, “a full-time, 14-week, culturally-sensitive course for Aboriginal adults aged 18-35 providing exposure to training and employment opportunities in the world of film and television.” This is hands-on training with students producing and screening three short films. Read about it here.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is also calling for submissions — “state-of-the-art, thoughtful, funny and provocative animated films” in a wide range of categories. If you’re already familiar with this festival, Artistic Director Chris Robinson says it’s a little different this year: “We eliminated the school showreel and high school categories”, among other changes. “We think this will strengthen an already strong competition selection.” Entry is free, deadline is May 15th (May 29th for DVDs and submission URLs) and screenings will take place in the Ottawa region from September 16th through 20th. This is competitive — OIAF gets over 2,000 entries a year from all over the world.