Shakti Film Festival

 

We have introduced various initiatives that help ‘awaken the power within’ and the Shakti Film Festival is our latest undertaking in our mission to increase and acknowledge women’s representation in film.

Through the Shakti Film Festival, we aim to promote women filmmakers, including directors, producers, writers, production crew and films that portray women as strong, empowered, and realistic characters. As a predominantly women driven non-profit, Shakti Society has addressed the influence of media and films on violence against women and we will be focussing and promoting films that showcase women in strong roles as well as filmmakers who are often marginalized due to various barriers, like race, colour, finances, language, disability, sexual orientation and various health issues including mental health.
 
Due to the current pandemic we will be hosting our inaugural film festival on a digital format where Canadian films will be screened over two days, October 10th and 11th, in honour of the International Day of the Girl Child. We will be inviting local film and media personalities as well as community leaders to engage in action oriented discussions about the role that media plays in shaping society and how we as consumers of media also play a big part in creating our culture.
 
This year’s program is set for October 10-11, 2020 and will consist of Canadian films that will include:
 
1 feature film- 60 mins or longer
1 documentary film - 45 min or longer
1 short film - up to 20 mins
1 student film - up to 8 mins
 
People of all genders are welcome to submit their films as long as a woman holds one of the following positions within the filmmaking team: Director, Writer, Cinematographer or Producer.
 
Films must fall within one of the following themes:
· Violence Against Women
· Political Participation of Women
· Women and Environmental Challenges
· Race, Gender, Identity
· Men and Boys as Allies
 
Submission deadline is September 26th, 2020.
 
Awards & Prizes
Best Film – $100
Best Student Film – $100
Best Documentary Film – $100
Best Short Film – $100
 
Rules & Terms

Agreeing to participate in the Shakti Film Festival means that you agree to the following mandatory conditions:
  • You agree to participate in the Shakti Film Festival
  • Your submission is a final cut and includes no advertisements.
  • The official language of the Festival is English. Non-English language films must have English subtitles.
  • Uploading a digital, high-resolution screening copy of your film to FilmFreeway. Your submission is INCOMPLETE unless your film is downloadable in high resolution in your FilmFreeway submission. Shakti Film Festival will not replicate, duplicate, sell, or make a profit off of your film.
  • Provide 3 high-quality film stills and a film poster with your FilmFreeway submission.
  • Provide a trailer if you have one.
  • If your film is selected, you agree to allow your film to be screened October 10 and 11.

People of all genders are welcome to submit their films as long as a woman holds one of the following positions within the filmmaking team: Director, Writer, Cinematographer or Producer.
 
ELIGIBILITY
 
Applicants must have full rights to the films submitted including all people, images, and music therein. By submitting to the Festival, the filmmaker confirms that (i) they have obtained authorization from persons appearing in the film or otherwise have the right to film them; (ii) all content is their own work, (iii) the filmmaker has the right to use all content.
 
There is no time limit by which the film must have been completed, but preference will be given to relevant and salient subject matter.
 
The official language of the Festival is English. Non-English language films must have English subtitles.
 
CATEGORIES
 
1 feature film- 60 mins or longer
1 documentary film - 45 min or longer
1 short film - up to 20 mins
1 student film - up to 8 mins
 
Films must fall within one of the following themes:
  • Violence Against Women
  • Political Participation of Women
  • Women and Environmental Challenges
  • Race, Gender, Identity
  • Men and Boys as Allies
 
JUDGING
 
Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: (i) relevance of subject matter; (ii) storytelling - use of structure and image to communicate a compelling story; (iii) technical aspects of filmmaking.
 
The winning films will be selected by a panel of expert judges involved in film, women’s rights, and/or issues relating to culture and women’s rights. Winning filmmakers will be announced online.