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network 08/06/2016 - 08:00AM

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Seeking independent documentaries on themes of nations and migration

Image: Still from CONTINUOUS JOURNEY by Ali Kazimi.

8 June 2016: Cinema Politica is currently seeking submissions of independent documentaries for our new sidebar program: Nations & Migrations

About Nations & Migrations

Nations & Migrations (N&M) is a specially focused sidebar program that will showcase documentaries focused on themes of nationhood, immigration and belonging. Guided by the curatorial guideposts of origins, community and home, N&M will deepen and expand the current groundswell of cultural expression, community engagement and political discourse that articulates and fights for equality, inclusion and dignity for every individual living in Canada and other countries.

A Canadian Focus -- Whether it is #BlackLivesMatter, #IdleNoMore, #MigrantWorkersJustice or #NoOneIsIllegal, Canada's particular social movement fabric is rich, diverse and engaged. N&M will privilege cinematic voices from the peripheries of mainstream Canadian identity to tackle issues like Islamophobia, xenophobia, refugee resettlement, racism, chauvinist nationalism, and Indigenous sovereignty.

Submitting Work:

Cinema Politica is looking for short, medium, and feature-length documentary films that focus on notions of home, community, nationhood, and diaspora. 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 and abroad, Indigenous movements seeking self-determination, migrant justice collectives, and anti-racism organizations. Nations & Migrations is supported through a grant from The Inspirit Foundation.

While this program has a Canadian focus, this call for submissions is open to international producers and films tackling similar issues outside of Canada.

The deadline for submissions is 1 August 2016.

Please send online screener links to:, with 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 

About Cinema Politica

Cinema Politica is a Montreal-based media arts, non-profit network of community and campus locals that screen independent political film and video by Canadian and international artists throughout Canada and abroad. We believe in the power of art to not only entertain but to engage, inform, inspire, and provoke social change. Cinema Politica is the largest volunteer-run, community and campus-based documentary-screening network in the world. All screenings are by donation.

About The Inspirit Foundation

The Inspirit Foundation seeks to create a more inclusive and pluralist Canada where differences are valued and everyone has equal opportunity to thrive socially and economically. We believe in the transformative power of media and arts for change. Our primary areas of work include grants and opportunities for young change leaders, convening, cross-sector collaborations, impact investing and publications.


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