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June 21, 2021

Call for Applications: If You Ask Me

Hosted by Workman Arts

If You Ask Me (IYAM) is a free program that supports emerging filmmakers with mental health and/or addiction experiences to develop a short film in the company of like-minded peers in a supportive environment. Over the summer, a small group of filmmakers will be selected to engage in workshops led by industry professionals and receive mentorship from IYAM alumni.

Workshop topics include: developing a script, production, directing, editing, sound, distribution, and film festivals. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to screen their work at the 29th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival currently set to run October 28- November 7, 2021.

Helena Morgane will facilitate this year’s program alongside mentors Malaika Athar, Hanna Donato, Samyuktha Movva, and Shubhi Sahni.

IYAM will run virtually for a second year! Filmmakers are expected to take a self-directed approach to creating their own films and will receive support and strategies throughout the program. All genre of film are welcome, such as documentary, experimental, fiction, and animation; all devices for filmmaking are welcome, whether it is phone, tablet, or any variety of camera!


Workman Arts invites submissions in the following formats:

  • Online
  • Paper sent by mail
  • Oral format*
  • ASL

*This includes: an interview by phone or video conferencing (Zoom, Skype, or Meet), a voice recording (MP3 or WAV), or a video recording (MP4, AVI, or MOV)

Please get in touch with Jessica, the education manager before June 11th to make accessibility arrangements. Proposals will not be judged based on the format of the submission.


Workman Arts

651 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON, M6K 2B2 , Canada

Workman Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization that promotes a greater understanding of mental health and addiction issues through creation and presentation. We support artists living with mental health and addiction issues through peer-to-peer arts education, public presentations and partnerships with the broader arts community.