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network 03/08/2017 - 12:00PM

Call for Film Proposals: The Next 150 - Documentary Futurism

UPDATE: Deadline extended for the Next 150 Proposals to September 30th, 2017

The Next 150 is a Cinema Politica project that envisions the creation of a new film genre called documentary futurism. Cinema Politica seeks to commission 15 short films that will imagine the beginnings of this new genre through innovation and experimentation, and will lay the foundation for future work. Inspired by Afro-futurism, Indigenous futurism, speculative fiction and non-fiction, works created under the rubric of documentary futurism will deploy filmmaking approaches and contexts associated with documentary in order to imagine, speculate and represent a “Canada” of the future. Cinema Politica will launch the completed films through a series of special events across the country and will subsequently circulate them throughout the CP Network.

Cinema Politica is currently calling for film proposals for short films and videos of 5-15 minutes that together will give shape to this genre. The filmmakers will have until September 2018 to complete the films. A specially convened jury of artists working in associated creative fields will review submitted work. The commission allotment for each film will be $7000 and directors will also receive an artist stipend. Artists are encouraged to innovate and break with codes and conventions, mash and remix representational modes of actuality and imagination in order to create their own interpretation of documentary futurism.

This unique project is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts' New Chapter initiative.


The Next 150 is meant to engage five core groups of artists: (i) Indigenous; (ii) Black and Racialized; (iii) Women and Queer Identifying; (iv) Disabled, and (v) Newly Arrived (Migrants and Refugees). Cinema Politica believes that, by prioritizing artists from these communities, the project will champion and help facilitate self-representation as a means to self-determination. In a climate of prolific social issue documentary production, the majority of filmmakers who are celebrated herald from the most privileged social groups, and are often recognized for their works documenting those from the margins. We hope The Next 150 will contribute to a correction of this trend. With this in mind, we invite applicants to include any relevant narrative and biographic information that might help the jury in reaching these equity objectives.


Deadline for Proposal Submissions: September 20, 2017
Jury decision: November 20, 2017
Announcement of successful projects: November 27, 2017
Submission of finished projects to CP: September 2018
Presentation of projects in CP Network: Fall 2018 – Summer 2019


Interested applicants should complete an online submission form, which includes a short synopsis, a director’s statement and treatment, a proposed budget and the principle artist’s CV. Each proposal will, in its own distinct way, articulate the artist’s vision for producing a work that could be described as “documentary futurism.”

To read more about the project, visit Any questions or concerns should be sent to thenext150 AT cinemapolitica DOT org.