If You Ask Me, Youth Filmmaking Program

2022 Call for Submissions

Due: July 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT

IYAM 2021

If You Ask Me 2021 participants from top left to right: Alissa Dawn, Angela Feng, Chelsy Althea, Maneesa Veerave, Kasia Beloussov, Maud Mostly, Muchen Zhou Vyom Malhotra, Béatrice Langlois-Bettez

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, editing, sound, distribution, and film festivals. This is a paid opportunity and Filmmakers will have an opportunity to screen their work at the 30th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival currently set to run October 27 – November 06, 2022.

IYAM will run virtually. Filmmakers are expected to take a self-directed approach to create their own films and will receive support and strategies throughout the program. All genres 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!

The due date for applications is July 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Questions? Accessibility support?Contact:
Cynella Cyril
Interim Education Manager
416 583 4339 ext. 3
If You Ask Me is generously supported by the Aubrey and Marla Dan Foundation:
Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation

– an honorarium
– a screening opportunity at The Rendezvous with Madness Festival (RWM)
– a screening fee
– a festival pass to attend all RWM events
– access to bi-weekly skill-building workshops with industry professionals
– personalized mentorship
– connections with film and festival networks and potential collaborators
– future leadership opportunities with IYAM and Workman Arts

Filmmakers who:
– are between the ages of 16-25
– are available from late-July to late-October to attend workshops every other week
– have the ability to join online workshops
– have access to the gear needed to create their film
– have some basic filmmaking experience
– are keen on furthering their professional experience in filmmaking
– currently live in the GTA area

Click here to apply online.

Workman Arts also invites submissions in the following format:

  • Paper sent by mail
  • Oral format*
  • ASL

*This includes: an interview by phone or video conferencing (Zoom, Skype, or Meet), a voice recording (MP3 or WAV), or a video recording (MP4, AVI, or MOV)

Please get in touch with Cynella, the education manager before June 15th to make accessibility arrangements. Proposals will not be judged based on the format of the submission.

Roberto SantaguidaSince completing his studies in film production at Concordia University, Roberto Santaguida’s films and videos have been shown at more than 400 international festivals.  He has also taken part in artist residencies in numerous countries, including Iran, Romania, Germany, Norway, and Australia.  Roberto is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award, the Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany.

Vyom Malhotra is an engineer, writer, and filmmaker. A graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Computer Engineering program with dreams to combine everything he’s learnt from his engineering career into his passion for filmmaking. He is the writer and director of When I Break, his second short film after Exam Day. For him, the film is a personal and sacred art, with the capacity to transform everyone it touches. Through this unique medium, Vyom wishes to share his view of life in a truthful manner. 

Maud Mostly (they/them) is a trans nonbinary writer and educator who focuses on topics of gender and sexuality, consent, mental health, and human rights. Under their name, they create multi-media content that strives to celebrate and teach.

Angela Feng is a writer and filmmaker living in Toronto. She studied history and anthropology at the University of Toronto. Through her work, she aims to explore the everyday impacts of migration, social stratification, mental health, and the peculiarities that make life at once unfair, frustrating, and brilliant.