Call for Submissions: CFC, NFB, AGH

The following have put out a call for submissions / project proposals:

CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival – deadline February 3, 2012
NFB Animation Hothouse 8 – deadline January 24, 2012
Art Gallery of Hamilton – deadline January 19, 2012

The Earlybird Deadline for the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival is January 13 and extended deadline is February 3, 2012. The festival is held every June in Toronto. More information can be found at

NFB Animation Hothouse 8 is Open for Submissions!

Deadline: 5pm Tuesday January 24, 2012
Program Dates: March 05 – May 25, 2012

The National Film Board of Canada seeks submissions from emerging (young and not-so-young) filmmakers, creative programmers and artists intrigued by animation art, for the 8th edition of Hothouse, a 12-week paid apprenticeship in full-on, all-inclusive, real-world animation filmmaking.

Edition 8 parameter: include

This year, Hothouse invites you to exploit emerging tools and technologies in your animation. In other words, take maximum advantage of new hardware, software or platforms to create your art. You might use a specific app for capture or animation. You might choose to tell a traditionally animated story on an interactive mobile OS (does the user influence the content?) You might integrate sensing devices for spatial tracking and gesture/facial/voice recognition (think GPS, Kinect, Wii, Siri etc.). Or develop a meaningful micro-narrative using existing engines and assets. To name but a few possibilities of hacking your animation!

Ultimately, the goal is to create a compelling 60-second experience driven by animation, moulded by technology.

Check out full submission details HERE

Call for Project Proposals: Interactive Digital Media Art Incubator

The Art Gallery of Hamilton invites artists to apply to create an interactive digital media work using new technologies, with the assistance of technical experts in the fields of software and video gaming. This project is made possible with the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s Museums and Technology Fund grant, and partners at McMaster University and Silicon Knights.

We are seeking proposals that articulate an idea for an interactive digital artwork. Proposals will be evaluated for artistic merit and technical feasibility according to the skills of our partners in software engineering and gaming. Three selected artists will work with these experts and the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Hamilton during the artwork creation stage.

The artwork creation will take place in Hamilton using available equipment (see below) over approximately three months in early 2012. The resulting artworks will be presented in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in winter 2013. Artists will be compensated with a project fee as well as exhibition fee in accordance with CARFAC recommendations. This opportunity is open to emerging, mid-career and senior artists who live in Ontario.

A key goal for this project is to provide technical skills training in these areas to artists who might normally hire a technician in order to realize a project. Artists with ideas, but not the technical skills or equipment to achieve them, are encouraged to apply.

Examples of artworks include, but are by no means limited to:

  • the creation of a navigable 3D digital world that allows a gallery visitor to move through a virtual space constructed by the artist;
  • a time-based artwork that uses multiple projectors to surround the viewer, and surround-sound technologies, to immerse a gallery visitor in an emotionally engaging story;
  • an artwork that incorporates video gaming strategies to engage viewers beyond exploration of 2D digital scenery;
  • an artwork whose main platform for dissemination and exhibition is an iPhone or other hand-held device;
  • an artwork that encourages multiple users to connect in an online environment.

For more details including proposal requirements and submission formats, click here.

Deadline for proposals: Thursday, January 19th, 2012.

Successful applicants will be notified by February 8th, 2012.

Send applications and any questions about proposals to:

Melissa Bennett
Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton

Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King Street West
Hamilton ON L8P 4S8
(905) 527-6610 x. 257