CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: BEING BLACK IN CANADA

The Program will support 35 new young, promising Black filmmakers in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Vancouver, and Ottawa.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Fabienne Colas Foundation’s
BEING BLACK IN CANADA

Presented by Netflix 
in collaboration with the National Bank

Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa

The Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Being Black in Canada program – Canada’s largest incubator dedicated to Black Filmmakers – is thrilled to be back with a call for applications for its 2021 edition. Thanks to the support of Netflix, the National Bank, Telefilm Canada, and Canada Media Fund, and our local partnersthe Program will support 35 new young, promising Black filmmakers in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Vancouver, and Ottawa.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Being Black in Canada Program offers professional mentorship in the audiovisual production of a short film with the theme of “Being Black in Canada.” 35 new young, promising Black filmmakers in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa : 5 per city, and 10 in Montreal (5 francophones and 5 anglophones) will be guided through the many steps in audiovisual production (screenwriting, directing, editing, post-production, etc.), and will create a documentary short (from 8 to 10 minutes). This process will be carried out under the professional tutelage of industry professionals with professional equipment.

Their final work will be screened as:

  • World Premiere at the Montreal International Black Film Festival – September / October 2021
  • Ontario Premiere at the Toronto Black Film Festival – February 2022.
  • Atlantic Premiere at the Halifax Black Film Festival – February 2022.
  • Premieres at the Calgary, Vancouver Ottawa Black Film Festivals in 2022
  • Potential screenings to other festivals / events after June 2022 (tbd).

Filmmakers will address the issue of social integration of people from Black communities in their city through film. The program is for emerging Black creators between 18 and 30, who 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.

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

Films can be created in English or French. HOWEVER, each applicant must be fluent in English to fully benefit from the program and easily take part in training, mentorships and more (except for Francophone participants in Montreal who can attend French only class).

DEADLINE: MARCH 30, 2021

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