Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Call for submissions: The REEL Challenge Contest


Toronto, October 16, 2012 - The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) proudly announces the fourth round of The REEL Challenge Contest: Celebrating the Movie and Television Industry at Work.

The REEL Challenge Contest is an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to speak out on the importance of promoting and protecting a vibrant production industry in Canada, and those who work within it. This year's contest, however, comes with a new twist. It offers participants the opportunity to showcase their work through comedic shorts or animation. The new categories will encourage filmmakers to be creative with their entries.

"Protecting our industry is how we ensure its longevity. There are countless people who work daily in the production industry in Canada and we want to acknowledge them," said Slawko Klymkiw, CFC's Chief Executive Officer. "Growth is perpetuated by hard-work and innovation. Ensuring the efforts of these Canadian workers are protected through copyright laws is what The REEL Challenge Contest promotes each year."

The contest runs October 16, 2012 - February 15, 2013. This year it gets even better – with a $7,500 prize for the best comedic short and a $7,500 prize for the best animated short.

This year’s contest allows filmmakers the chance to convey the theme in a more imaginative and humorous way, which will help to highlight the importance of the message. The submission, at a maximum 60 seconds in length, can be film-style or a PSA. It gives filmmakers a chance to celebrate those who collaborate behind the scenes and in related businesses which help make the magic happen.

Canada has a world-class motion picture and television industry and you’re closer to it than you think. Tens of thousands of small businesses all over the country are supported by movie and television production, from drycleaners to caterers, who count the production industry in Canada as one of their many clients. Last year alone, the total volume of film and television production in Canada was more than $5.5 billion and generated more than 128,000 full-time equivalent jobs (FTEs). When you support legitimate content you help a thriving movie and television industry, which means more jobs, a stronger economy, and a greater array of entertainment choices for everyone.

Filmed entertainment takes enormous amounts of time, investment, and effort to make – and in the age of the internet, no time at all to steal. The REEL Challenge is your opportunity to help tell the story of a dynamic production industry in Canada that supports the livelihoods of the thousands of artists, creators, and workers – in front of the camera and behind it – who shoot and put together entertainment that will make us cry, laugh, or even see our world differently.

Full contest details, guidelines and tips to help you make your film are available at www.thereelchallenge.ca.

Click here to watch last year’s winning entries.

The REEL Challenge Contest is an initiative of the Canadian Film Centre, supported by the Copyright Collective of Canada.

About CFC
CFC accelerates the careers of the brightest talent in film, television, screen acting, music and digital media. A charitable organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada's diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial, and distribution opportunities, industry collaborations and creative partnerships for top creative content leaders. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country's most creative ideas and voices to the world.

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