Filmmaking opertunity

CineVic and the Inter-Cultural Association are looking for artists to participate in a new program called Voice It: Immigrant and Visible Minority Artists and Youth Using Film to Express their Anti-racism Experiences.

Victoria—Voice It is a joint project between CineVic: Society of Independent Filmmakers and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) designed to give Victoria’s immigrant and visible minority artists and youth a way to creatively express anti-racism ideas and experiences using film and media arts.

Alvaro Moreno, Multicultural Programmer of the ICA says, “We are very excited about this program, as giving immigrant artists, multicultural communities and youth a voice through filmmaking as an innovative tool will certainly have great long term benefits…”

Bryan Skinner, Executive Director of CineVic adds,”CineVic is pleased to be working with ICA on a project that creates opportunities for voices which often go unheard.”

Through Voice It, four projects will be commissioned and developed with the artists. The artists will receive a $2,000 honorarium for their production in addition to mentoring, workshops, training, and access to film-making equipment.

Beginning in February 2006, these films will be screened in conjunction with several community forums facilitated by the ICA with the goal of creating critical dialogue around anti-racism experiences in our communities. To further this effort, ICA will also be producing educational DVDs to distribute around schools in Canada.

Kemi Craig, the Community Liaison for CineVic notes, “It is thrilling to be a part of a project which will reach multi-cultural and multi-generational audiences with such important stories.”

How do you apply?

Artists must be self-identified visible minorities, immigrants, refugees, newcomers, or First Nations. Artists from disciplines other than film and video are also encouraged to apply.

Please submit:

  • a 2-4 page concept paper with a description of your subject matter, idea, or story.
  • a brief résumé of artistic experience.
  • There is no entry fee. Completed applications and supporting material must be received no later than Sept 14, 2005.

Selected artists will be invited to an interview to discuss the details of your idea before the final selection is made.

Additional Project Details

  • Proposals should be for a film/video project that is less than 20 minutes in total.
  • Production of videos will start in late October 2005 and must be finished by February 10, 2006.
  • Projects must integrate roles for youth (under 30) either on or off camera.
  • Starting in February of 2006, screenings and discussions of the three final projects will begin.
  • Each artist will receive $2,000 to cover all costs from initial research to the completed production. We will help selected artists create a budget.
  • Projects will be shown to audiences of all ages. Though you will retain copyright on created works, we do require that the produced work be licensed to allow the ICA to distribute 50 DVDs to Canadian classrooms.

Send proposals by electronic or air mail to:

CineVic/ICA

ATTN: VOICE IT!

2022 Douglas Street

Victoria, B.C.

V8T 4L1

office@cinevic.ca

Applications must be received by September 14, 2005.

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