Project Description

NISA’s Best of Hot Docs – Sudbury Video Contest!

Are you a filmmaker? Do you have a story to tell about the experience of living with mental illness?

In conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 5th – 11th, 2014) NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action launches a documentary short film contest for local filmmakers, interested in illuminating the lived experience of mental illness. Winning films will be awarded with a cash prize and will be shown in the upcoming Best of Hot Docs-­‐ Sudbury Showcase , November 6-­‐9th, 2014.

Filmmakers are invited to create and submit a short documentary film which illuminates the realities of living with a mental illness and/or challenge the perceptions of mental health/illness in some way. Films must be 10 minutes or less and filmmakers must be current Northeastern Ontario residents; students, amateurs, professionals.

The finalists‘ shorts will play ahead of the Northern Ontario premiere of John Kastner’s Out of Mind Out of Sight, as part of Best of Hot Docs-­‐ Sudbury 2014 Showcase. Awards with cash prizes will be presented at the screening, Thursday Nov. 6th at 7pm, held at Sudbury Secondary-­‐ Sheridan Auditorium.

Categories include:

Open Category-­‐ Best Local Short presented by NISA-­‐ Cash prize $1000
Best Consumer Film —  Cash Prize-­‐ $750
Best Young Filmmaker Short-­‐ (up to age 30) Cash Prize $500

The selection jury will be made up of local mental health consumers and/or film industry professionals.

To participate, drop off your completed film on DVD or Blu-­ray by Fri. October 31st 4pm to NISA, 36 Elgin St., 2nd floor Sudbury, ON P3C 5B4.

Please download submission guidelines and submission form here.

For more information, please contact Krista Hembruff at 705-­‐222-­‐6472 ext. 308 or by email at

* BEST of Hot Docs – Sudbury 2014 is presented by Sudbury Downtown Indie Cinema Co-op in association with BAM North Productions.