*If an entrant wishes to include their name/identity within the content of their film, they must use a pseudonym for the adjudication process and can re-insert their name if their work is chosen for dissemination. Credits can also be added to the film after adjudication has occurred.
**A bursary option is noted on the submission form and available for those facing financial barriers to the applicant fee.
***For copyright guidelines, see below, under: “What free resources can be used for my film?”
We will accept applications from any individual between 18 – 118 years of age, with a current Cineworks membership. We strongly encourage applications from People of Colour, Indigenous or First Nations individuals, LGBTQ2S, persons with disabilities, and landed immigrants. Applicants do not have to be a current Canadian Citizen, but do have to reside within the province of British Columbia.
Submitted films should be driven by the central purpose to say more with less.
We are looking for films that show a creative approach to recycling or repurposing materials; be it sound, text, footage, animation, or ready-made objects.
We encourage narrative films as well as experimental abstract works. We are particularly interested in visual essay films; which we define as films that are intended to better understand a subject, to celebrate a subject, to convince others around the significance of a subject, or to play with the visual complexities of a subject.
Some examples of visual essay films are:
‘Cheeto Monster’ Directed by Cassandra Surina and David Ehrenreich
Arthur Lispett’s ‘Very Nice, Very Nice’ (1961) CW: some graphic imagery
Peggy Ahwest’s ‘Beirut Outtakes’ (2007)
John Hupfield’s ‘Clear Cut’ (2008)
We invite all entrants to consider captioning their work for accessibility. All shortlisted films will require captions prior to public streaming, and Cineworks can offer support in implementing this process prior to the dissemination phase.
Am I paying a submission fee or a membership fee?
Your submission fee IS your membership fee. By paying the $25 submission fee you become a Cineworks member. More information on what your new General Membership entails can be found here.
My Cineworks Production membership expired. How do I renew my Production membership when I submit?
Submit to Project-C by paying the $25 fee and we will use it as a credit towards renewing your Production membership. Make a note on your submission form about this, and our Facilities & Equipment manager will follow up with you to renew.
Can I submit work that I have already created? Are there date restrictions?
You can submit any work no matter when you created it, but please check to make sure that it meets the conditions of our call. Our judges will prioritize works that recycle, re-use, or re-purpose materials.
I don’t have a Vimeo account, are there other ways to submit?
We can assist you if you encounter barriers to setting up or managing a Vimeo account. Reach out via the project-c email (email@example.com)
Can I submit work that I made collaboratively with others?
Yeah! We accept works created by artist collectives. If your work is chosen for the shortlist we will reach out to you to discuss the allocation of the artist fee.
Does my film need to be exactly five minutes long?
Submitted works can be up to five minutes long including credits. Works shorter than 5 minutes are eligible.
Can I submit a Digital film?
Yeah! We accept both analogue and digital films and any hybrid forms too!
Avid & Adobe offer free software for students:
Amara is a free tool for captions and subtitles:
Through Vancouver Public Library you can access Pratt Library:
Pratt Library Locations
Library of Congress Sound Archive available through Citizen DJ initiative
UBC Copyright Educational Resources:
CARFAC Guide on Appropriation re: Indigenous Cultural Materials:
Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre