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Monday, June 17, 2024

Halifax-produced Short Film Face Off is seeking submissions for its 16th season

The long-running series is seeking submissions from filmmakers across Canada with national exposure and a $30,000 prize up for grabs.

The long-running Halifax-produced series, Short Film Face Off, is seeking submissions from filmmakers, with national exposure and a $30,000 prize up for grabs.

Our aim is to promote the careers of emerging Canadian filmmakers. This program is one of the highest profile showcases in the country for short films. – Bill Niven

“Our aim is to promote the careers of emerging Canadian filmmakers,” says series producer Bill Niven. “This program is one of the highest profile showcases in the country for short films.”

Open to Canadian citizens 19+, the films must have been completed in the past three years and be 12 minutes long or less. Live-action and animated dramas or comedies are eligible, while music videos and documentaries are excluded from entering. Submissions are free, and CBC will pay a licence fee to each filmmaker.

The chosen short films will be broadcast nationally on CBC and CBC Gem in September. Writer and broadcaster Amanda Parris host again, with returning panellists, cultural commentator Eli Glasner, content curator Mohit Rajhans, and film industry specialist Magali Simard.

As voted on by home audiences, the top filmmaker will receive a $30,000 cash award from Telefilm Canada.

Halifax filmmakers Induk Lee (Baduk) and Taylor Olson (Second Wedding) were among the films chosen for last year’s competition. The prize that year went to Matt Prazak of Calgary for his film Landline, the story of a mother and daughter who embark on a road trip to locate a prized family possession with sentimental value. The films can be viewed on-demand on CBC Gem.

The deadline for entries this year is March 17. Visit cbc.ca for the complete submission guidelines and to apply.

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