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June 8

If You Ask Me: 2020 Call for Submissions

Hosted by Workman Arts

Deadline: Monday, June 8th

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, cinematography, editing, and sound. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to screen their work at the 28th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival currently set to run October 15-25, 2020.

Gillian Muller will facilitate this year’s program alongside mentors Saba Akhtar, Erum Khan, and James Knott.

This year IYAM will run virtually! Under the current conditions of self-distancing, filmmakers will be asked to push their own creative constraints by adopting strategies for filmmaking from home. Filmmakers will negotiate what it means to explore stories of mental health at this time and how recent global changes will affect a generation of filmmakers. 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!

More information and how to apply