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Early Bird Deadline is May 15, Regular Deadline is June 15, Final Deadline is July 15.

Filmmakers will be notified by August 1

Films will be announced September 12, 2019.

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Films Connected to Southwestern Ontario

We are looking for films that have at least one member of the key artistic team that has spent a significant time in the area, or films that were filmed in or are about the region. The key artistic team includes director, writer, producer, DOP, sound design and actors. Subject matter or setting of the film is not restricted to the region.


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SHORT FILM   Less than 40 minutes in length
FEATURE FILM   Less than 120 minutes in length 
SHORT DOCUMENTARY   Less than 40 minutes in length
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM   Between 40 to 120 minutes in length
SHORT ANIMATION   More than 1 minute and less than 15 minutes in length


Narrative Judges

SUSAN CURRAN - A71 and V71

Over the last two decades, Susan has worked as a marketing executive for BMG, Sony Wonder, Tower Records, Universal Music and Anchor Bay. During her 12-year run as Executive Director of Marketing/Acquisitions for Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, notable accomplishments include the release of over 1000 titles into the Canadian retail marketplace, over 100 of which were Canadian acquisitions.  Susan was responsible for the Canadian marketing and retail sales strategy for various TV series, including notable hits like The Walking Dead, Three’s Company and Sesame Street. Film successes include the festival favourite Spring, the cult hit Battle Royale, Tales of Halloween, the 40th Anniversary Edition of Black Christmas and the Halloween Complete Box Set. Her innovative marketing and advertising strategies built Anchor Bay’s company profile, and consistently delivered results that exceeded expectations. 

In her latest position of VP of Marketing and Acquisitions at A71 and V71 Susan continues to be a champion of new talent, enjoying the energy and ingenuity of the creative people she meets in the independent film community while successfully bringing their projects to the marketplace.

SHELLY QUADE - National Screen Institute

As manager of programs and development, Shelly runs the NSI Features First course. She takes great pride in her role as facilitator, guide and friend to her teams. Her interest in script reading and proofing has brought even more enjoyment to her job.

Shelly came to NSI from Frantic Films where she used her research skills to delve into all areas of unscripted development. Considered a people person, it was a useful skill to have when casting developing show ideas. She prides herself on organization and creative thought and particularly enjoys hearing other people’s stories.

Based on the east coast, Shelly represents NSI from her office in Halifax, always looking for the next story to be told.

COURTNEY McCALLISTER - Head of Development + Co-productions at Vortex Pictures

Courtney is a passionate and dedicated writer/producer. Most recently, Courtney wrote an elevated horror script (Don’t Click) that is going into production in April, 2019. 

Over the past two years, she has helped both emerging and established filmmakers develop and package their scripts. Of the 100+ scripts she’s read and provided notes for, she has proudly seen seven greenlit projects go to camera— selling well internationally afterwards. And though her background is in writing, this past spring/summer, Courtney produced the critically acclaimed documentary series Street Spirits for Bell Canada. Moreover, Courtney managed the production on Night Owl, a web-series that premiered at SXSW Film Festival in March, 2018.


Documentary Judges


CRAIG THOMPSON - Bio to Follow


ALEX ROGALSKI - Alex has been a professional film programmer for more than a decade focusing on documentary and Canadian cinema for festivals across the country including TIFF, Hot Docs, Calgary International Film Festival, Victoria Film Festival, Gimme Some Truth, and others. He is the founder of the One Take Super 8 Event. This event started in Regina in 2000 and has spread across North America, helping to create more than 1000 independent films.

In addition to his film curation, Alex is currently a program consultant with the Saskatchewan Arts Board and was previously the Executive Director of PAVED Arts in Saskatoon. He holds a Masters in Communication and Culture from York and Ryerson Universities and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from the University of Regina and has written for publications including POV magazine.





KRIS PEARN - Bio to follow





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