Thursday, January 29, 2015

Call for submissions: Lindalee Tracey Award

The submissions are now open for the next Lindalee Tracey Award. The Lindalee Tracey Award honours an emerging Canadian filmmaker with a passionate point of view, a strong sense of social justice, and joie de vivre.

Lindalee Tracey was an award-winning filmmaker, author, and entertainer, as well as a beloved wife and mother. Through her extensive body of work and indefatigable personality, Lindalee brought great joy to the world. She was passionate about bringing issues of social justice into her work, and championed people who are often ignored, underestimated or forgotten. Equally, she celebrated those who rise above disadvantage.

Lindalee passed away on October 19, 2006, at age 49, after a five-year battle with breast cancer. At the time of her passing, Lindalee’s family, friends and admirers created this award in her honour.

The Lindalee Tracey Award is given annually at the Hot Docs Awards Presentation. Past winners included Rodrigo Barriuso and Antoine Bourges (2013), Jasmine Oore (2012), Alexandre Hamel (2011), Philip Lyall and Nimisha Mukerji (2010), Laura Bari and Will Inrig (2009), Elizabeth Lazebnick (2008), and Trevor Anderson (2007).

The winner will receive $5000 in cash from the Lindalee Tracey Fund, $5000 in post-production services from Technicolor and a beautiful hand-blown glass sculpture by Andrew Kuntz, specially commissioned to honour Lindalee.

The deadline to submit entries is March 6th, 2015.

The Lindalee Tracey Award is presented annually at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, held in Toronto each spring. In 2007, the first Lindalee Tracey Award was presented to Trevor Anderson for his film Rock Pockets. After receiving the award, Trevor has gone on to make eight more short films. His short; The High Level Bridge was selected to screen at the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and over 40 other festivals worldwide, proving the impact the endowment can make.

Says Anderson, “The Lindalee Tracey award has helped me to take myself seriously as a professional filmmaker. I had been slogging away on my own in the Prairies and I now feel like I have a community and support within the industry.”

Other winners include the short drama Forgotten, by Ayanie Mohamed, which received kudos from fellow Somali-Canadian K’Naan who sent his congratulations from across the globe via email. In 2013, the winners were Rodrigo Barriuso with For Dorian, which went on to participate in over 25 festivals in over 15 countries and received 6 national and international awards, and Antoine Bourges with East Hastings Pharmacy, which debuted at Cinema du Reel Festival in Paris and has screened widely at festivals including the Viennale, the Images Festival, RIDM, and the Kasseler Dokgest.

Last year’s winners were Madeleine Grant with The Backward Class, which went on to win the World Documentary Award at the Whistler Film Festival and the Best Female Directed Film Award at the Alliance for Women Film Journalists, and Matt Johnson with The Dirties, which premiered at Slamdance Film Festival. Johnson’s new film, Operation Avalanche, will be premiering in 2015.

The 2015 award winner will be announced at the Hot Docs awards night on Friday, May 1st, 2015. The winner will be awarded $5,000 in cash from the Lindalee Tracey Fund, $5,000 in post-production services from Technicolor and a beautiful hand-blown glass sculpture by Andrew Kuntz, specially commissioned to honour Lindalee.

To be eligible for the Lindalee Tracey Award, you must be an emerging artist. We define emerging artist as an individual who has less than five years of training or experience in media arts, which can be formal (university or college studies) or informal (production courses, workshops, hands-on experience in production, etc.). The emerging artist must also have completed at least one independent film or video.

School projects will be accepted, as long as the person submitting the film has had full creative control throughout the process.

Submission Process:
Your digital submissions for the award should include ALL of the items mentioned below…
- A write-up of your relevant background as a filmmaker
- A copy of your CV, which should include a history of your filmmaking and/or film production experience and education
- A brief explanation of why you made the film(s)
- A Vimeo or YouTube link and a password, if necessary, for up to two films or TV productions, any length, any genre, completed or as a work-in-progress, which may or may not have been publicly screened or broadcast. The filmmaker must have had final creative control.

We are now only accepting digital submissions, which should be forwarded to

We look forward to receiving your submissions. A jury of experienced filmmakers and writers who worked with Lindalee, including last year’s recipient of the Lindalee Tracey Award, will select this year’s winner.

Contact Information

phone: 416-703-5580 x229


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