Herland Video Production Workshop: Call for Participants


DEADLINE: November 4, 2016. 5pm

Presented by TELUS Optik Local, CSIF, and Spring Street Films, the Herland Video Production Workshop gives seven emerging women-identifying filmmakers the opportunity to pursue their creative vision and tell a personal story with a short film. Over several months, participants will develop their skills and expertise by immersing themselves into every aspect of the filmmaking process. Established industry mentors will guide participants through story development, screenwriting, camera operation, lighting, directing, editing and proposal writing, in order to complete a 3-5 minute film, which will be screened to a public audience in April 2017.


  • Applicants must have little to no filmmaking experience.
  •  Applications are open to all women-identified over the age of 19.
  • Preference will be given to filmmakers of diversity (LGBTTQ, First Nations, new immigrants, (dis)ability)
  •  Participants are required to attend all the workshops, which will be held at The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. Participants are required to attend all the workshops.
  • Participants must live in Calgary or the surrounding area.

Applications must include:

  • A one-page concept for a 3-5 minute video that is based on a personal story.
  • A letter of intent describing your personal and professional interest in the program      what you hope to gain, and what you hope to achieve in your filmmaking career
  • A CV or resume.

Email your submission by 5:00pm on November 4 via email to Sandi Somers: HerlandWorkshop@shaw.ca 

Workshop Timeline:

Dec. 3rd, 2016         10-5pm          Screenwriting  

Jan. 13th, 2017        6-9pm           Production Logistics 

Jan. 14th, 2017        10-5pm          Directing Workshop 

Jan. 15th, 2017        10-6pm          Technical Workshop 

TBD, 2017                 11-2pm          Post Audio Workshop 

Feb. 11, March 4      10-5pm          Editing Workshops  

Feb. 25th, 2017                                 Shooting complete

April 20th, 2017                                 Editing complete


Applications can also be dropped off or mailed to CSIF. The applications must arrive at the CSIF office by 4pm on November 4th, 2016.  Please call 403-205-4747 for mail and drop-off inquiries. 

The Herland Video Production Workshop is made possible with a grant from TELUS Optik Local, Spring Street Films, and CSIF.