McGill International Cellphilm Festival

4th International Cellphilm Festival

4th International Cellphilm Festival_ Consent

We invite submission of cellphilms (videos made with a cellphone) to our International Cellphilm Festival. These cellphilms should be 60-90 seconds in length on the theme: “Exploring Consent: Bodies, Lands & Media.” Students, faculty, and community organizations are welcome to submit entries.

By November 2nd, 2016, participants should:

  1. Upload your 1-2 minute cellphilms onto or
  2. Email the link to with the following information:
    • submission title
    • a 100-200-word description of the cellphilm (English, French, or Spanish)
    • country of origin
    • all names of the producers of the cellphilm.

Linking notions of consent, bodies, and lands is inspired by critical Indigenous activist works, particularly from the 2016 partnership between Women’s Earth Alliance and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN), who argue, “for Indigenous communities in North America, the links between land and body create a powerful intersection–one that, when overlooked or discounted, can threaten their very existence” (2016, p. 2). We encourage submissions that take up the question, how might violence on the land be linked to violence on the body (NYSHN, 2016)? We also encourage submissions that explore the festival theme broadly. For example, cellphilms might explore topics such as: what consent means to you; ideas about how consent is negotiated; interrogating settler colonialism and consent on the land and body; consent in relation to all kinds of media (DIY, social media, news media, etc.); consent in relation to bodies, consent in relation to the land and environment; critical interpretations of how individuals or communities negotiate consent and issues of self-determination within a wider society; or how cellphones, themselves, may or may not contribute to the way we understand consent, across local or global spaces. We hope that submissions will creatively interpret the theme in a way that is meaningful for you and can be shared with a global audience through the on-line festival format.

The International Cellphilm Festival sponsored by the Institute of Human Development and Well-being and the Participatory Cultures Lab will feature a public screening and discussion event at McGill University, Montreal, Canada on December 2nd, 2016. The event will celebrate the contributions and insights of students, community activists, and research participants using this mobile medium in hopes of further developing this method and their creativity.