Monday, February 6, 2012

Call for submissions: CBC Short Film Face Off

The CBC has put out a call for submission for this year's edition of the Short Film Face Off.

Filmmakers may submit a short film of up to 12 minutes running time of drama, comedy or animation (but not music video or documentary). Through a competitive process, a winning film will be selected to receive a prize package worth $50,000.

The contest is open to all Canadians. The submission address provided below is for Quebec films. Filmmakers from other regions should contact their local CBC office for their mailing address.

The deadline for submissions is March 30, 2012.


Dear Filmmaker,

CBC Television is pleased to announce another season of Short Film Face Off. The program is Canada’s only television magazine program which features short films from across the country. The critically acclaimed show has already enjoyed four successful seasons and has brought a new mainstream audience for short films and increased profile for filmmakers. The CBC is looking for the best short films from every region to take part in this program.

In Short Film Faceoff films are screened and a panel of industry professionals will provide commentary as well as discuss the creative and technical aspects of the films with the filmmakers.

The series has a competitive component. The studio audience will vote to choose three finalists and the viewing audience will ultimately vote for the top film. The CBC and sponsors will be offering a cash prize and production services to be used by the winning filmmaker towards his or her next film.

Films must be under 12 minutes in length, must have been completed in the past two years, and must not have been broadcast on network television. We are looking for comedies and dramas. Music videos and documentaries are not suitable for this program, but animated films are. Directors must be available for tapings at CBC Halifax from May 15 to 18. The program producers will pay all travel and accommodation costs.

If you are interested in entering your film in Short Film Faceoff please send a DVD copy of your film to:
Carrie Haber
1400 Boulevard Rene-Levesque
Montreal (Quebec)
A 48-1
H2L 2M2

Participants must own or control all the rights to the content in the film and be able to waive those rights for broadcast. The deadline for entries is March 30


Join Steve Patterson as he discovers some great Canadian short films and meets the directors who created them. Short Film Face Off is a showcase of some of Canada’s finest short films and in the coming weeks we’ll see stories of love and death, friendship and even revenge.

The producers have scoured the country to find the best films and nine will be screened over three weeks. When we are down to the finalists viewers at home will have the opportunity to vote for this year’s Short Film Face Off winner.

Steve Patterson will introduce us to the directors and guide the panel of judges to critique the films. And as he says “when it comes to films, size doesn't matter”.

The winning director of Short Film Face Off will receive a production deal worth $50,000 towards their next film.

In the interest of supporting emerging talent Telefilm Canada has created the Telefilm Canada Fan Face Off Award. It is a cash award of $40,000. Together CBC and Telefilm are dedicated to developing Canadian talent and promoting Canadian screen content.

In addition we also have from PS Production Services, a proud sponsor of the film and television community, a $10,000 film equipment rental package for the winner.

That's a grand prize of $50,000 toward the winning director's next film.

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