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Queer Emergencies

Call For Proposals

NOTE: As of April 1st, our Call For Proposals deadline has been met and we will no longer be accepting applications. Our current goal is to fundraise enough for a second cycle. Please see the information below and keep an eye out for updates on future opportunities!

One of the consequences of COVID-19 has been the widespread loss of work and income for artists. Almost all screenings, festivals, events, and exhibitions have been cancelled on short notice, leaving artists without income. At TQFF, we want to do what we can to support our communities in these extraordinary times.

To this end, TQFF is organizing an online screening series to provide work and support for our artists. In proud partnership with Trinity Square Video, we seek proposals for NEW WORKS to stream as part of TQFF Queer Emergencies online screening series. This online series will launch April 30, 2020 with a live stream event of our first program of short films. After the live stream premiere, selected films will be hosted for viewing for one month on the TQFF website. 

We seek proposals for new works – maximum 5-7 minutes in length – that can be achieved at home (social distancing!) with any available equipment. (Please note that Adobe has made their entire Creative Cloud suite available at a discounted price). 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 and internet connection. Projects should be small-scale and must be completed within approximately two weeks.

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. If funding permits, we hope to open this program to international artists in the future.

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

International artists and artists with previously completed works that they wish to submit for consideration for any of our upcoming programming should apply through our regular call for entries, which is completely free and is now open on Film Freeway.

Artist Compensation

All selected artists will be paid at or above industry standard minimums for the exhibition of their work (at a minimum of $500).  

In addition, our partner Trinity Square Video is providing a one-year Production Membership to all selected artists, which includes access to software and other post-production support that can be delivered remotely.

Selected artists will receive artist fees payments in two instalments: 30% of the fees will be paid upon selection to the program, with the remainder released after completion and submission of the project to TQFF in April.

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

Selected artists will be notified of their acceptance on a rolling basis for as long as we have funding available. Films/videos must be completed within approximately two weeks. The programming committee will begin evaluating proposals on March 31, with the first round of selected applicants notified no later than April 6.Only selected applications will be contacted.Filmmakers selected in this first round will have until April 20 to complete their films. Information on subsequent rounds of adjudication and timelines to completion will be released at later dates as funding permits.