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Reciprocal Relations: Call for Emerging Artists


The Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) seeks applications from self-identifying emerging artists, in any medium, to take part in a collaborative project drawing from or responding to CFMDC’s collection of moving image and film. Successful applicants will be paired with an established artist from CFMDC’s membership to collaborate in the creation and delivery of a public program. The collaboration can happen online or in person, depending on the location of the artists.

A public program can be:

- a screening (online, on site, off site)

- a mediated intervention

- a workshop

- an artist talk or panel

- a presentation

- any other format of in-person or online program open to the public

Anticipated timeline:

- September - December 2022: Artist collaboration and skill sharing

- January - March 2023: Developing a public program

- sometime between March - May 2023: Public program delivery


Emerging artists will collaborate with one of these CFMDC artists: TJ Cuthand, Nadine Valcin, Francisca Duran, Chris Chong Chan Fui and Sharlene Bamboat.


Artist pairs are expected to meet regularly between September 2022 and March 2023, and to attend check-in meetings with CFMDC to coordinate the creation and delivery of a public program.

This public program could be delivered at CFMDC in Toronto, at Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax, online, or elsewhere.

Each emerging artist will be paid $2000 for participating in the collaboration, program creation and delivery.

Program Partners:

- imagineNative Film and Video Festival

- Toronto Queer Film Festival

- Dames Making Games

- Eyelevel Gallery

Limitations of project: This is not a commissioning grant, but rather a presentation of previously finished works. Please note that this call is limited to emerging artists based in so-called Canada.

Applications are due no later than Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT.

Based on organizational capacity we will only be able to respond to those who are selected for the collaboration.

For more information or to apply, please visit this link.

For questions about the call for submissions or for any technical issues, please email

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