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Queer Emergencies 2

Call For Proposals

DEADLINE: November 30th, 11:59 P.M. EST

TQFF is organizing a special online screening for our upcoming festival: Queer Emergencies 2! Following on our successful exhibition in Spring 2020, we seek proposals for NEW WORKS to that address queer, trans, and 2 Spirit experiences and challenges in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This online exhibition will launch during our upcoming March 2021 festival with a live stream “opening.” After the live stream premiere, the films will be hosted for viewing for one month on the TQFF website. Participants will also have the option to have TQFF host their work for future distribution opportunities.

We seek proposals for new works – maximum 5-7 minutes in length – that can be achieved at home (physical distancing!) with any available equipment. We will accept proposals on any topic, but we especially encourage works that speak to the experience of navigating the current moment and that can be made with only a computer, internet connection, and equipment available at home such as cell phones. Projects should be small-scale and must be completed by January 20, 2021.

We are only looking for works that can be completed with social distancing safety measures in mind: for example, by using found footage, existing materials, resources, equipment or tools. We welcome a diversity of experiences, opinions, and outlooks.

Who Can Apply

The Queer Emergencies screening series call for proposals is open to all 2STLGBQ+ filmmakers and video artists who reside in Canada, regardless of immigation status. Applicants must have previously directed at least one short video or film to provide as a work sample.

Previous participants in TQFF’s Indigiqueer Filmmaking Intensive and other workshops are especially encouraged to apply.

Artist Compensation

All selected artists will be paid a screening fee of $600.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis beginning March 31. However, we encourage artists to submit as soon as possible as the continuation of this program will be contingent on our ability to raise additional funds.

Our programming committee will evaluate proposals based on a short synopsis of the proposed project as well as links to previously completed works. Selected artists will be contacted by TQFF to arrange further details. Priority will be given to BIPOC queer and trans filmmakers and filmmakers with disabilities. Project proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 

  • Feasibility: can the film/video be produced within the indicated time frame?
  • Artistic Merit: is the proposed film/video artistically innovative or risky?

Queer Emergencies celebrates the resilience and creativity of our community in its response to the intense pressures and transformations wrought by the global pandemic.

Notification and Timeline to Completion

The deadline to apply is November 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in early December.