Call for Submissions 2023

Film still: BLACK ICE by Hubert Davis

Have you recently completed a politically engaged film? If so, and you want it seen far and wide, well then, submit your work to Cinema Politica today! There are no submission fees and our films reach audiences in Canada and around the world who believe in film’s capacity to activate. We value well made films as much as we value the compelling presentation of progressive politics – so sparkly is fine, but prickly is even better!

We are interested in works of any length that contribute to justice and equality movements, activism, knowledge and discourse. We are particularly interested in films that offer structural critiques of oppressive ideological and material systems, and those that explore stories not usually featured in mainstream media or at commercial film festivals.

Cinema Politica is interested in advancing progressive political agendas through film, supporting independent filmmakers who privilege under-represented and peripheral stories and perspectives, and we are committed to collaborating with movement-building groups and organizations. We are dedicated to ensuring 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 artists from any under-represented and under-served groups to submit their work. Lastly, we strongly encourage filmmakers to include a note about their relationship to the community and/or subject(s) represented in their work, as CP strongly supports long-term relationship-building, community-artist collaboration, and committed reciprocity in filmmaking practices.

How to Submit

The deadline for submissions is August 25, 2023.

You may submit your film and read more about our submission guidelines on the submission webpage

Cinema Politica pays public performance screening fees for the films we program, and fees vary according to length and screening details. There is no cost to submit your work to Cinema Politica.

If you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at programming(AT)cinemapolitica(DOT)org.