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August 4, 2022

Call for Submissions: Accessible Writers’ Lab

Hosted by Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNjcc)

The Canada Media Fund and Accessible Media Inc., in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto and the Miles Nadal JCC, are excited to launch the inaugural edition of the Accessible Writers’ Lab – a national program for writers with disabilities and established showrunners and senior writers to experiment with what an accessible TV writers room might look like.

The goal of this program is to discover ways to make a writers’ room more accessible to Disabled, d/Deaf, chronically ill, neurodiverse, Mad, sick and/or spoonie writers.

The Accessible Writers’ Lab is an experimental process for disabled creatives that will focus on collective accessibility, fostering relationships and knowledge sharing, with the intention of creating pathways for disabled creatives to thrive in the Canadian television industry. The schedule will be shaped, in part, by the needs and interest of the selected writers, and will culminate in a case study report to be distributed industry-wide.

This program is free of charge, and will pay each participant a $1350 honorarium. It will be held virtually over Zoom, with the possibility of hybrid meet-ups depending on interest, geography, and availability.

If you are a showrunner or senior writer interested in being part of this program, please reach out to accessiblewriterslab@gmail.com. We’d love to connect!

Deadline for submissions: August 4, 2022.

Accessibility

Please let us know what we can do to make this program accessible to you in your application (e.g. closed captioning, ASL interpretation, alt formats, reminder emails, note taking, project support, and more). 

We have different formats for applications, and you’re welcome to apply in whatever way works best for you. If you have questions about this project or require application support, we’re here to help! Please direct your questions to accessiblewriterslab@gmail.com.

Organizations

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)

1090 Don Mills Road, Suite 200, Toronto, ON, M3C 3R6, Canada

Phone number: 416-422-4222

Email: info@ami.ca

ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto

750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, M5S 2J2, Canada

Phone number: 416-924-6211

Email: lindal@mnjcc.org

In 2016, the American-born ReelAbilities Film festival crossed the border and launched in Toronto, Ontario, making this the first official international chapter of RAFF. Now in our fourth year, ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival is proud to showcase Canadian and International shorts, features, and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures and by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf. Over the past 4 years, ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto has launched programs alongside producing the festival in the spring of each year. Programs such as the ReelAccess/CinemAccessible Guide and the CBC-ReelAbilities Breaking Barriers Film Fund have helped build this Toronto festival into a mainstay of the city’s disability and cinematic fabric! Our ReelEducation program has brought films and lesson plans about equity and inclusion into 118 schools across the province, in 28 schoolboards.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNjcc)

750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, M5S 2J2, Canada

Phone number: 416.924.6211

Email: info@mnjcc.org

The MNjcc is home to a 3800+ member state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, the 285 seat Al Green Theatre, four schools, three choirs, a wide range of arts and cultural activities, Jewish Life programming, and a robust adult cultural program. It is a founding member of the Bloor Street Cultural Corridor, and the lead organizer of the annual Annex Family Festival.