Radcliffe Foundation founder Frank Giustra and the Vancouver International Film Festival urge filmmakers to participate. Jury members Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Sarah McLachlan, Louise Arbour, Craig Kielburger, Ivan Fecan, and Atom Egoyan are among those who lend their voices to the crisis.
The Radcliffe Foundation, in collaboration with the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), announced today a $20,000 prize for a short-form “call-to-action” film that inspires, engages, and empowers Canadians to take action on the global refugee crisis. Through a juried and public-facing competition, creators can submit a short film, up to 60 seconds in length, that focuses on tangible ways for Canadians to contribute to efforts responding to the ongoing crisis.
“The refugee crisis is the greatest humanitarian catastrophe of our generation, of extraordinary proportions. I believe that through education and communication, we as Canadians can bring together global citizens and humanitarian leaders to make a difference,” said Frank Giustra, founder and president of the Radcliffe Foundation, who will be providing the $20,000 prize. “Join me. We can make a difference together.”
The prize is open to all filmmakers across all genres and will build on Canadians’ reputation as global citizens. Finalists in the competition will be put to a public vote, where the larger community can engage online, share videos, and reach even more Canadians through the power of film.
“We know film has the ability to change hearts and minds, to educate and to inspire, which is why we believe this competition, in collaboration with the Radcliffe Foundation, has the potential to make a substantial impact on the refugee crisis,” said Jacqueline Dupuis, executive director of the Vancouver International Film Festival. “Canada is home to a community of creative and compassionate filmmakers and I have no doubt we will see very impactful work produced through this competition.”
The jury for the competition is composed of notable names in the philanthropic, entertainment, and media sectors including Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Sarah McLachlan, Louise Arbour, Craig Kielburger, Ivan Fecan, Atom Egoyan, Frank Giustra, Nicolas Moyer, and Ryan Holmes.
Film submissions are now open. Creators can submit their “call-to-action” film through refugeestories.viff.org via private YouTube or Vimeo links. Submissions will be shortlisted by VIFF programmers and a selection of up to 10 will be sent to the jury. The jury will select three finalists that will be put to online voting. The video with the most public votes will win the $20,000 prize, plus a screening during the Vancouver International Film Festival, which runs this fall from September 29 to October 14. Shaw TV will also support the competition through weekly PSA support encouraging submissions and will run the winning short film on air.
For more information including further contest details, submission criteria, and to stay connected for updates, please visit refugeestories.viff.org.
About the Jury
- Sophie Grégoire Trudeau — public speaker, advocate for women’s issues, and former television host
- Sarah McLachlan — award-winning artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist
- Hon. Louise Arbour CC, GOQ — former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
- Craig Kielburger — co-founder of Free the Children
- Ivan Fecan — chair of Thunderbird Films Inc. and former Canadian media executive
- Atom Egoyan —acclaimed Canadian director
- Frank Giustra — president of the Radcliffe Foundation and CEO of the Fiore Group of Companies
- Ryan Holmes — founder and CEO, Hootsuite Media Inc.
- Nicolas Moyer — executive director of the Humanitarian Coalition