FILM SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
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.
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 2 minutes and less than 20 minutes in length
FEATURES AND SHORTS JUdges to be announced By March 1, 2019
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.
CRAIG THOMPSON - Bio to Follow
CHRISTIE GARLAND - Bio to Follow
KRIS PEARN - Bio to follow