(Via MarketWired) The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film has posted its 2016 call for entries. According to a media release, “photographers and filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to submit documentary work covering disenfranchised communities, war, famine, poverty, religious persecution, political oppression, forced migration, and social issues or injustices impacting populations around the world.” One filmmaker and one photographer will win U.S. $5000 in funding. This year’s Documentary Short Film prize went to Laurence Bonvin’s Sounds of Blikkiesdorp. Details on entering here.
Women writers from all over Canada are invited to submit a genre film concept up to five pages long to the #FromOurDarkSide National Genre Concept Competition. MFM reports that the deadline for entries has been extended to January 4, 2016. You don’t have to stick strictly to one genre (though you do have to stick to English) — the concept can be “thriller, horror, fantasy, sci-fi or a combination thereof.” Read more here.
The South Western International Film Festival (SWIFF) begins Thursday night with Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest, plus Q&A with the director. This Sarnia-Lambton event has a lot lined up — you can read about it here.