CSIF Mentorship

Applications Open



Calling all Treaty 7 Indigenous filmmakers with a nearly complete short!

Application Deadline: Monday, April 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET

This mentorship has been re-imagined this year to accommodate the uncertainties of production during COVID. This is an opportunity for a filmmaker with an already-shot short film to complete it in post and have it premiere at the 22nd annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (October 2021).

Open to all genres. Length 5 to 15 minutes.

  • The selected recipient will be provided with:
    • A one-year CSIF Membership
    • Eligibility to enrol in any training workshops offered during CSIF’s Winter and Summer 2021 Calendar
    • Mentorship from an Indigenous mentor, pending their availability
    • Support, mentorship, and the use of equipment (production and editing) from CSIF
    • $12,000 CAD towards post-production services to complete a short to premiere at the 2021 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Please note: Projects must be realistic in scope within the services provided by the residency and must be completed and be delivered as a digital file to imagineNATIVE by September 9, 2021.

The 2021 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival may be a hybrid or may be entirely online, depending on the global health situation. If it is a hybrid Festival, it is up to the discretion of the Programming Committee whether the short will premiere online or in person.

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • This call is open to Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, Inuit) candidates residing in Treaty 7 region and Mohkinstis/Calgary
    • Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend CSIF training workshops (schedule to be determined upon selection); we strongly encourage applicants who are independent, deadline driven and self-starters
    • Applicants must live in Treaty 7 region and Mohkinstis/Calgary within commuting distance from the city in order to access CSIF workshops and equipment; travel subsidy and cost of living are NOT covered by this mentorship
  • Application Requirements:
    • Clear explanation of project, what stage it is in, what post-production needs it has, and a timeline for completing the project prior to October 2021
    • Trailer or stills from the project
    • Budget breakdown of how the $12,000 CAD will be distributed to post-production services
    • Candidate’s bio (no CVs or resumes, please); please be sure to indicate past experience with film and other artistic mediums, if any, and your Indigenous affiliation
    • Contact information including name, address, email address, and phone number

Please send the application and all required materials in one email to submit@imagineNATIVE.org by Monday, April 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET.

If you have additional questions, please contact Jamie-Lee Reardon at jreardon@imagineNATIVE.org.

Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF):

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. 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 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.

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. The imagineNATIVE Institute, a department within the organization, also runs year-round professional development opportunities for Indigenous screen creatives, and hosts a series of industry relevant talks each spring. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

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