Video Contest to Support BC Charities and Nonprofits

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society is looking for eight regional charities or non­profits and eight filmmakers from the Metro Vancouver area to pair up in a commission to create 8 great campaign videos.

Now in its third year, the Play it Forward campaign video contest will take place between December 2015 and March 2016, and is designed to bring together creative and non­profit communities to help make Metro Vancouver a better place to live.

Filmmakers and organizations are invited to a meet­ and ­greet event on Sunday, December 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver. Proposals for production pairings will be due by the end of the following week. 

Cineworks will commission eight pairings of filmmakers and regional organizations to collaborate on producing a subsidized* campaign video of one to three minutes long, professionally and engagingly capturing the spirit of each organization involved. The finished videos will be screened at Pacific Cinematheque in a free public event on March 19, after which the filmmakers and organizations will be able to use them as they wish.

Organizations that are registered as non­profits or charities should contact with an expression of interest; filmmakers are welcome to come on the day without prior arrangement.

The eight chosen charities and non­profits will receive one subsidized, professionally produced campaign video of one to three minutes in length.

The eight chosen filmmakers will receive:
1. One Year Production Membership with Cineworks ($120)
2. $350 artist’s honorarium (cash)
3. $150 production expenses (cash)
4. $1000 equipment credit at Cineworks to be used for the video**
5. Theatrical screening of their video at Pacific Cinematheque, March 2016
6. The chance to win the Audience Choice Award of:

● $1500 Equipment Credit at Cineworks**
● Passes to DOXA 2016
● $250 DOC BC Membership (1 year)
● Pen & Touch Graphics Tablet

Cineworks thanks the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, DOC BC and DOXA Film Festival for their generous collaboration.

*Selected charities / non­profits will each be required to contribute a maximum of $500 towards artists’ fees and production expenses (TBC in December). Cineworks will contribute $2000 in-­kind per video towards production costs, exhibition promotion and project management.
**Valued at commercial rental rates

More Information

For more information, contact Jem Noble, Programs Manager at Cineworks, at or visit

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