Celebrate the Square: Call for Short Films

The City of Mississauga invites submissions for short silent films. The submission deadline is May 2, 2011, and there is no fee to enter. Up to $2,000 in prizes are available to be won. Selected films will be shown on the two 16′ x 28′ LED screens in Mississauga Celebration Square.

Mississauga Celebration Square, the city’s downtown public square located adjacent to City Hall, is currently undergoing a $40-million renovation that includes two permanent large-format urban screens. The square attracts over 300,000 people annually, a figure that is expected to increase after the renovation.

This is an international open call for silent film, video and animation in all genres that is from one to three minutes in length. Work will be accepted from both professional filmmakers and emerging talent. Films must be new or never publicly screened in the Greater Toronto Area. Submissions should be made under one of the themes below. Maximum of one entry per theme:

Celebration: Squares, Smiles and Saris
Public Space: Moments, Meetings and Monuments
Wild Card: Show Us What You’ve Got

The jury will select a winner for each of the three themes, as well as up to 10 honourable mentions per theme, based on artistic and technical merit, originality and relevance to the themes and venue. From the three first-place winners, one grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded as well as two $500 first-place awards. The honourable mentions will each receive $100 and public screening of their work. If there is no submission of sufficient quality in a category, the jury has the sole discretion not to award a prize. All winners and honourable mentions will be required to enter into a License Agreement with the City of Mississauga.

Films deemed not appropriate for screening in the public square will not be eligible to win a prize.

The jury is comprised of: Sharon Switzer, Media Artist and Curator, Art for Commuters, on the Onestop TTC subway screens; Christof Migone, Curator, The Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga; Carmen Ford, Filming Liaison, Film and TV Office, Culture Division, City of Mississauga; Paola Poletto, Arts and Culture Supervisor, Culture Division, City of Mississauga; Finola Pearson, Manager, Celebration Square Events, City of Mississauga.

2011 is the inaugural year for the Celebration Square urban screens; Mississauga expects to host an open call for short films annually. The 2011 International Indian Film Academy Awards – the Oscars of Bollywood – will be held in Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton from June 16-19, 2011.
Winners will be announced in May/June 2011, followed by a premier screening in Summer 2011.

Only movie files on CD or Data DVD will be accepted; they must be sent to the address below. Please do not send “playable” DVDs. You must include your completed and signed submission form as a hard copy and as an MS Word file on disk.

Attn: Helena Grdadolnik
Celebrate the Square, Call for Short Films
Culture Division
4th Floor, Central Library
301 Burnhamthorpe Road West
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada L5B 3Y3

For more information, please visit www.mississauga.ca/file/COM/call_for_short_films.pdf, and for a copy of the submission form, please visit www.mississauga.ca/file/COM/submission_form.pdf. Contact Helena Grdadolnik with your questions at helena.grdadolnik@mississauga.ca.