Call for Proposals: Indigenous Artist for Artwork Commission

Artspace and ReFrame are partnering in preparation for exciting collaborations in January 2024. More calls for proposals coming soon!

ReFrame Film Festival is seeking proposals from Indigenous artists for the artwork that will comprise the central 2024 ReFrame promotional poster. The Festival solicits a new artist each year for this purpose. This art will be the creative foundation for ReFrame’s 2024 season and 20th anniversary publicity campaign. Elements of the design will be used for further branding purposes including merchandise, online and print ads. To continue our pursuit and mission for social justice action, ReFrame believes it is vital to highlight the contemporary work of Indigenous artists.

Final images will be required in layered digital project files for design purposes.

Please note, all proposals are required to be made using the online submission form. A link to the online form is below. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Call Opens: Friday September 29th, 2023

Deadline Extended: Monday October 16th, 2023
Commission Fee: $1500

This commission fee includes limited rights on the part of ReFrame to utilize the agreed upon artwork for 2 years for festival marketing and communications purposes, outlined under contractual agreement.

ReFrame is a community celebration of documentary film centred on social and environmental justice. We work to achieve this mission by building socially active, engaged community audiences through the curated presentation of media arts. We have a steadfast commitment to our core values: supporting and showcasing the work of documentary filmmakers and artists; providing an accessible festival experience by removing physical, social, and economic barriers to participation; fostering dialogue around issues of social justice, human rights, and environmental responsibility; decision-making processes that are inclusive and guided by principles of anti-oppression; valuing and empowering employees and volunteers; and nurturing collaborative community partnerships.

ReFrame’s central programming is our main midwinter documentary film festival, with its in-person component based in downtown Nogojiwanong, and its online component available nationally. The festival is a widely celebrated event in the local arts and culture community, now entering its 20th anniversary season.

We respectfully acknowledge that ReFrame is located on Treaty 20, the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Hiawatha, Curve Lake, Scugog Island, Alderville, Rama, Beausoleil and Georgina Island. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

We also acknowledge that the above statement is only the first step towards what needs to be a much larger dialogue. We understand that while such statements are important, our ongoing actions are vital. We are therefore committed to continuously unlearning our colonial history, to work and live in solidarity with, to support, to listen, and to learn from, the rich histories and contemporary voices of Indigenous peoples. We are open to feedback and suggestions, and encourage you to share them with us.

Proposals from emerging, mid-career, and senior artists are welcome. In keeping with ReFrame’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we encourage and prioritize proposals from artists that have been historically underrepresented such as BIPOC, migrant, 2SLGBTQIA+, disabled and/or low income artists.

Please include the following:
Artwork Title(s)
Artist Statement (500 words max)
Artist Bio (250 words max)
Current CV (3 pages max)

Visual Support Material (Accepted file types: gif, jpg, png, mp3, pdf) Please label support material images numerically with the artist’s name (01_name.jpg, 02_name.jpg, etc.). Video documentation needs to be uploaded to a site such as Youtube or Vimeo, and linked in the application. Specify the desired clip for viewing (up to 5 minutes in length) by indicating the desired start time in your support material list. Similarly, limit audio clips to 5 minutes maximum.

Documentation List (5 images max) For each item in your documentation list, please include the title, year created, medium, and dimensions.
*Completed artwork is not required for submission. Support materials including sketches of the concept and examples of previous work are welcome.

Proposals are evaluated according to the following criteria:
Artistic merit
Clarity of ideas
Demonstrated ability to work in a layered digital medium (eg. Photoshop) for design translatability
Translatability to various platforms (eg. screen, print, merch)
Alignment with ReFrame’s mission and branding



If you have any questions regarding the proposal submission process, please contact:
Eryn Lidster
Creative Director, ReFrame Film Festival


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