CineFAM Canada

CineFAM Canada – presented with Trinity Square Video and Telefilm.

Description: “CineFAM”, which means “films by women” in Haitian-Creole, is CaribbeanTales’ global initiative to support bold new stories by women of colour worldwide.

The challenge is designed for Canadian women of colour creators through an open call for 5-minute screenplays.

Two teams will be chosen to receive production support and in-kind funding up to $1500 through Trinity Square Video and CaribbeanTales.

FAQs and Submission Requirements

FAQs and Submission Requirements

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival are seeking submissions from Canadian Women of Colour who are interested in making a short (max 5 minute) film.

What is the CineFAM Canada Short Film Challenge Challenge?

  • CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, Trinity Square Video Telefilm Canada and are partnering to support 2 filmmakers in the creation of 2 short films.
  • Each film must be no longer than 5 minutes in length (before credits).
  • Deadline for submissions is June 24th. Please see below for submission requirements and link to online application form.
  • All applicants must be Women of Colour residing in the GTA.
  • Applicants may be the producer, writer or director.
  • A sponsorship through Trinity Square Video will provide each filmmaker with a membership, allowing them access to some of the necessary equipment including lights and cameras at a reduced rate, as well as mentorship in post production.
  • Filmmakers will be required to supply a closed captioned version of the film.
  • Filmmakers will be responsible for all other costs necessary to complete the film.

About the Jury

  • A total of two projects will be selected by a jury; made up of representatives from CaribbeanTales International Film Festival and Trinity Square Video. The jury will be considering the following:
  1. Artistic Merit:
  • Is the artistic treatment strong, clear and artistically interesting?
  • Is the artistic treatment inclusive of cultural/physical diversity that speaks directly to/about the Caribbean and/or Black experience?
  1. Feasibility:
  • The jury will evaluate artistic objectives and process. Film submissions that are longer than 5 minutes will not be considered.
  • The jury will evaluate proposed timeline and administrative elements of the project. Ie: Can the project be completed within the proposed timeline?
  • The jury will evaluate the feasibility of the artistic vision. ie: Is it possible to shoot the script with the articulated vision. ie: are there too many locations, too large a cast, complicated stunts? We recommend keeping the script to 1-2 locations with a small cast size.
  • Does at least one of the creative team involved have some previous filmmaking experience?
  • Realistic budget in relationship to artistic vision. (see budget details below)

Submission requirements:

The Jury will be looking at the following documents.

  • Spec Script
  • Short Bio (500 words) of the Key Applicant named in the project. Please provide previous filmmaking experience if applicable.
  • Proposed Budget that includes the following:
  • Include all projected expenses, equipment rentals, fees, location costs etc.
  • Include all in-kind donations including equipment, and any projected in-kind services.
  • Include all projected and confirmed revenue sources.
  • Lists of creative and talent including
    • confirmed list of at least 2 of the following: Producer, writer, director.
    • A proposed list of key crew if possible.
    • A proposed list of cast members.
  • URL to Personal Website, IMDB page. (Any online resource that will help the jury get to know you and your work)
  • Artistic Vision
  • Click here to access the online application form.

Other important information:

  • Filmmakers will be notified by July 3rd. On July 6th CTFF will hold a Media Launch where the winners will be announced and will be required to attend.
  • Films must be completed by ____________________________
  • All films will be guaranteed a screening at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival 2017.
  • Representatives from CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, Trinity Square Video and Telefilm will be actively involved in the dramaturgical and production process.

If your film is selected:

  • You will be sent a check list of requirements that include but are not limited to:
  • Timelines for Offline and Online edits, Mixing and post production.
  • Credit guidelines
  • Logo requirements including placement and size
  • Closed captioning requirements (File format .scc or .mov)


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