McGill International Cellphilm Festival

Call for Cellphilms: 6th International Cellphilm Festival


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Making Community

Action, Activism, Advocacy, Art

How can mobile technology be part of social change? What can you do?  Make a cellphilm!

Grounded in participatory video and mobile media, cellphilm production allows groups to come together to highlight critical issues in their lives through the use of cellphones. This participatory, arts-based visual method is now recognized as an important contemporary tool for building and bridging communities.

The organizers of this year’s festival invite submissions that explore how you and your community (a small group of friends, members of a project or class, research colleagues, a global community, etc.) envision making community. You may choose to do this in view of a particular issue (climate change, violence, compassion) or, alternatively, to consider what ‘making community’ might mean in a context where people often struggle to find community.

Submissions should be no more than 90 seconds in length and should be uploaded to YouTube. Along with your YouTube link, we ask that you also submit a 200-300 word write-up that includes the following:

  • The title of your cellphilm and its country of origin
  • The names of all the cellphilm’s co-producers,
  • A short description of how your group went about creating the cellphilm and the film’s connection to this year’s theme.

All submissions should be sent to by Monday, October 22, 2018.

Sponsored by the Participatory Cultures Lab and the McGill Art Hive Initiative under the umbrella of the Institute for Human Development and Well-Being