General Call for Submissions 2021

Image: Sill from RIVER SILENCE (dir. Rogério Soares) – 2020 CP Network acquisition.

Cinema Politica is seeking submissions of independent films that combine strong creative vision with political perspective. Given the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID pandemic through 2020-21, we are adapting our Network programming for the coming year to be inclusive of both live and digital community screenings.

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 20, 2021.

Please send online screener links to: programming (AT) cinemapolitica (DOT) org, with GENERAL 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 the films 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 programming (AT) cinemapolitica (DOT) org


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