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network 06/06/2017 - 05:00PM

Call for submissions

Image credit: Emily Gan

General CFS

Cinema Politica is seeking submissions of politically engaged independent films of any length. We are interested in works that explore stories of socio-political significance from individuals and communities around the world, to social movements and progressive activism such as (but not limited to) explorations of political and cultural identity and the various ways in which justice is interpreted (environmental, migrant, gender, class, etc). Cinema Politica is interested in advancing progressive political agendas through film, supporting independent filmmakers interested in showcasing under-represented and peripheral stories and perspectives, as well as collaborating on movement-building with on-the-ground groups and organizations. We are committed to diverse representation both on screen and behind the lens, and as such we strongly encourage filmmakers of colour, indigenous, black, queer and trans makers, and folks from any under-represented and marginalized groups to submit their work.

Nations & Migrations: Canada

Last year Cinema Politica launched Nations & Migrations (N&M), a specially focused sidebar program that showcases documentaries focused on themes of nationhood, immigration and belonging. While we received an overwhelming international response to our initial CFS for this program, we are now seeking works exploring these issues specifically in the Canadian context.

N&M privileges cinematic voices from the peripheries of mainstream identity to tackle issues like Islamophobia, xenophobia, refugee resettlement, racism, chauvinist nationalism, and Indigenous sovereignty. We are particularly—but not exclusively—interested in films about civil society groups and campaigns seeking status for all, refugee advocates seeking to aid resettled communities within Canada, Indigenous movements seeking self-determination, migrant justice collectives, and anti-racism organizations.

Submitting Work

The deadline for submissions to both above calls is July 15, 2017.

Please send online screener links to:, with GENERAL SUBMISSION or NATIONS & MIGRATIONS SUBMISSION written in the subject field. Please include contact information for rights holders in your submission email. You may also submit your film by way of our online form at

Cinema Politica pays public performance screening fees for each independent film we program, and fees vary according to length and screening details. There is no cost to submit your work to Cinema Politica. Our submission guidelines can be found at

If you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at 


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