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imaginenative/csif Mentorship Program  
Call for Applicants

Deadline: December 15, 2017


Are you an emerging Indigenous media artist living in Alberta? Do you have a great idea for a 5-minute short film that would benefit from professional and creative mentorship? CSIF and imagineNATIVE are proud to present their 5th annual Mentorship Program. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to explore filmmaking and shoot, edit and produce your short film through the use of the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers’ workshops, equipment and facilities. 

Your film will have its world premiere on the big screen at the 19th annual imagineNATIVE film + media arts festival from October 17–21, 2018 in Toronto!

The successful applicant will be provided with a full CSIF Membership and be eligible to enroll in any training workshop offered during their Winter and Spring 2017 calendar of workshops. You will be paired with CSIF’s knowledgeable staff to help you through the various stages of development, production and post-production of your project.

The successful applicant will receive the opportunity to use the CSIF’s extensive equipment and facilities for their film. As every film is unique, equipment and facilities access will be established in the development phase at the CSIF’s discretion. A CSIF member will mentor the successful applicant with advice and creative support for the duration of the project.

The successful applicant will receive a $1,000 CAD bursary as a commission fee and to put towards production costs. All other additional equipment, facilities, and production costs will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.

The artist will be provided with an Artist Delegate Pass to attend all of the 19th annual imagineNATIVE film +media arts festival programming and social and professional development activities, should they be able to attend the festival. Travel and accommodation will not be provided.

Please note: Projects must be realistic in scope and subject matter for the resources provided, as they must be completed and delivered as a digital file by September 9, 2018. Film information and stills for publications will be required by the end of July 2018. The successful applicant will sign an agreement contract for the duration of their participation in the mentorship.

 Eligibility Criteria:

  • This call is open to emerging candidates of Indigenous (status and non- status   First Nations, Métis, or Inuit or any international Indigenous Nation) heritage living in Alberta
  • This call is open to emerging artists of any age with an interest in filmmaking and/or relevant experience
  • Candidates must commit to attending some CSIF training workshops from January–August 2018
  • We strongly encourage applicants who are deadline-driven self-starters with a basic understanding of or experience in filmmaking
  • Individuals who will be working on existing commissions received by or through imagineNATIVE for the 2018 festival are not eligible to apply for this project
  • You must live within commuting distance of Calgary in order to access CSIF workshops and equipment. Travel subsidy and cost of living are NOT covered by this mentorship

Your Application Must Include:

  • · One-page written short film idea (5 min in length) detailing the story you wish to tell and how you wish to tell it on film (visual style). Your short film can fall under any genre: drama, documentary, experimental, music video, animation. Please include in your one-page detail a schedule of how you plan to complete the project by the required delivery date
  • A half to one-page statement on why you would like to participate and how you would benefit from this mentorship program

 *Please Note: with the spirit of Indigenous oral storytelling in mind, the first two (2) components of the application can alternatively be submitted in the form of a 5 min. (maximum) video via private YouTube or Vimeo link*

  • Your bio (no resumes or CVs please). Please be certain to indicate your past experience with film, video and other artistic mediums, if any, as well as your Indigenous heritage
  • Contact info including e-mail, mailing address and phone number
  • E-mail all application materials to csif@imaginenative.org

Should you have additional questions, please contact Daniel Northway-Frank at imagineNATIVE (416) 585-2333, dnf@imaginenative.org or Nick Haywood at CSIF production@csif.org.

The deadline for submissions is Friday December 15th, 2017 by 5:00PM.

About the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers

The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers is an inclusive, non-profit, arts-based society that exists to encourage film making as art, reflecting and challenging our changing cultural landscape through production and exhibition of the Filmmaker.

We encourage all levels of membership by providing resources and workshops to increase member skills and achieve personal arts-based expression in a non-exploitive film productions. We encourage our members to volunteer in the activities of the CSIF. Through exhibitions and community outreach we will strive to increase the public awareness of the CSIF, its Producing Members and their work.

The Mission of the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) is to encourage, support and endorse the production and exhibition of film in an artistic, social and cultural context. The CSIF is structured in such a way as to enable filmmakers to learn, develop and practice film making in an environment free from box office pressure, securing integrity of product and allowing for the development of an indigenous film language.




About the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, is the largest international festival of its kind that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media. Each fall, the festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The festival's screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. This year’s festival runs Oct. 17-21, 2018. Connect with us: www.imagineNATIVE.org | facebook.com/imagineNATIVE  | @imagineNATIVE