Play the Fool Digital Originals – Call for Proposals

Play the Fool Originals | Open Call for Proposals For 2 Minute Commissioned Clowning/Physical Comedy Films

Release Date: August 11, 2021

Deadline for submissions
September 15, 2021 by midnight MST to

We are pleased to announce an opportunity for creating three commissioned films from local Edmonton/ Amiskwaciwâskahikan artists.

Submit your proposals for the new Play the Fool Originals film program, selected by our panel of in-house team members. Filmmakers will be paid a guaranteed fee of $4000, plus other supports. Films premiere April 1st at the 2022 Play the Fool International Short Film Festival: proudly reputed as the shortest online clowning and physical comedy festival in the world.

We encourage applicants from both emerging filmmakers, who are clown/physical comedy artists, and filmmakers with little or no experience with the art of clowning and physical comedy. We aim to accelerate the work of local artists with the capacity to hire and consult with suitable professionals to manifest artistic visions. We encourage and facilitate diverse and inclusive collaboration between clown and physical comedy artists and filmmakers to shine internationally.

Inquiries and submissions can be emailed to attention Shreela Chakrabartty, Director of Film Programs.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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