New Voices Production & Mentorship Program

One Eight/One Day Challenge, 2018 (Photo by Bruce Williams Photography)

New Voices is a production and mentorship program from CSIF that aims to provide local youth with the opportunity to learn and create works of art on Super 8 film on a full scholarship, thanks to a grant from Calgary Foundation! 

Led by established filmmakers and industry mentors, students will work collaboratively as they learn the basics of filmmaking and how to shoot on Super 8 film cameras. Topics that will be explored include (but are not limited to) screenwriting, sound recording, blocking, operating film equipment, the chemical process behind developing film, and splicing/editing Super 8 film. With the help of their fellow participants, each student will get to create their very own short film. The films will then be screened for the public at the 27th Artifact Small Format Film Festival in March of 2019. 

The goals of the New Voices program are simple: to diversify the voices in celluloid and filmmaking in general, as well as to give youth the confidence, skills, and support to express themselves creatively in a unique and timeless art-form.

What is Super 8 Film?

Long story short, Super 8 film is a motion picture film format released in the late 60s by the Eastman Kodak company. It was designed to be incredibly user-friendly, with the film itself coming in a cartridge that is slipped into the camera for filming. If you want to see what a Super 8 film looks like once it’s made, check out this rad film made by local filmmaker Simon Chan for the 2017 Artifact Film Fest:

Deicha & the VuDudes - Stoned Heart from CSIF/Artifact Film Festival on Vimeo

Why do I want to learn Super 8 instead of digital?

It’s an amazingly beautiful format that is easy to use and a great tool for any filmmaker. But don’t just take our word for it!

“For me, 8mm was the beginning of everything. When I think of 8mm, I think of the movies.” – Steven Spielberg

“I’ve always believed in the magic of movies and to me the magic is connected to film.” – Quentin Tarantino

“There are plenty of looks, feelings and qualities that only film can do, and you simply cannot capture digitally.” – Patty Jenkins


New Voices is a fully subsidized program for 6 - 8 participants, thanks to a grant from the Calgary Foundation. 

All expenses including equipment and food will be covered.                                               

Transportation subsidy options are available as well.

General Timeline:

May 4, 2018: Call for Applicants Goes Out

May 31, 2018: Deadline for Applications

June – August 2018 (4 weekends): Workshops/ Pre-Production

September – November 2018 (4 weekends): Production

January – February 2019 (4 weekends): Editing

March 7 – 9, 2019: 27th Artifact Small Format Film Festival (Public Screening of the New Voices films) 


-  Applicants must be between ages 14 – 18

-  Preference will be given to participants who are of Indigenous background (First Nations, status/non-status, Métis, Inuit)

- Participants must reside in and around the Calgary area

-  Participants are required to attend all the workshops

To apply:

You must submit:

-  A completed version of the application form: PDF Link

-  A one-page letter AND/OR a 2 - 3 minute video pitch (shot on your digital camera, smartphone, etc.) that tells us more about yourself and why you would like to be part of the New Voices program!

Please email your submission by 5:00PM on May 31st 2018 to with the subject line “New Voices”.