Call for Atlantic Handmade Films!

The Handmade Film Collective, in partnership with the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, invites you to submit your short film (15 minutes or less) for our second Handmade Film Screening!

This screening is a celebration of films created in the last three years with handmade, analogue filmmaking techniques. Handmade means that though the work may finish digitally, it must have originated on film and incorporate at least one handmade filmmaking technique such as – conventional hand or bucket-processing, eco-processing, emulsion making, scratching, animating, painting, bi-packing, tinting, toning, rayogramming, phytogramming, or incorporate film destruction techniques.

The screening will support Super 8mm, 16mm and 35mm clean originals and prints, as well as high resolution digital files. Please note we will gladly consider 35mm handmade films that are over three years old. Filmmakers whose work is selected will receive a screening fee based on the 2020 IMAA Fee Schedule and have the opportunity to participate in a Q & A after the screening. At this time, we cannot pay travel fees.

Submission Link for screening:


Call for Installations!


This year we will also be supporting a handmade film installation that will reside in the lobby of the Bus Stop Theatre. The lobby installation will be active as people enter the lobby, during intermission, and as people leave the screening. We encourage a variety of possibilities including looped projections, audience engagement, lighting/audio/electronic elements, performance, and sculpture. The only requirement is that the piece must include some aspect of handmade cinema. The successful applicant will receive $50 in project support, a $150 artist fee, and $300 worth of in-kind equipment (valued at commercial rates) from the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative. Please see floor plan for suggested locations. Applicants will be responsible for installing and dismantling their installation on the day of the screening.

Please e-mail a .pdf of your installation proposal to:

Your proposal for the installation should include the following:
– Name and CV
– Proposed title of project
– Project description
– Logistics plan (installation/materials/equipment needs, location plan)
– Sample of previous work (link to image folder or Vimeo)

Both calls are open to anyone who has created a handmade film in Atlantic Canada however priority will be given to artists currently residing in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.  You may submit to both calls. Films will be selected by a peer jury.


Good news film friends!  Due to the enthusiastic feedback (and the AFCOOP move) the deadline for submissions to the Handmade Film Screening has been extended until Wednesday, November 20th at 11:59pm!

Screening: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 at the Bus Stop Theatre, Halifax NS

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