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 from their point of view 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 on aspects of filmmaking and be exposed to professional artists who also take a personal standpoint to filmmaking. This is a paid opportunity and filmmakers will have an opportunity to screen their work at the 31st Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival currently set to run October 10-20 2023. Participants will also receive a  $500.00 Trinity Square Video credit valid until December 31, 2023. These TSV credits can be used for rental gear, post-production services, workshops and DCPs.

IYAM will run in-person at Trinity Square Video (401 Richmond) July 8th – August 26 2023, every Saturdays 1- 4pm. 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 June 18th, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT.

If You Ask Me 2022 participants from top left to right: Esteban Powell, Shian Grace, Agnes Wong, Mikaela Cordero,  Gladys Lou, Sanskruti Marathe

Applications are due June 18th, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT.

If you have questions about IYAM submissions, please contact:
Tram Nghiem
Interim Managing Director
416-583-4339, ext. 1
If You Ask Me is generously supported by the Aubrey and Marla Dan Foundation:
Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation

– an honorarium for participation
– a screening opportunity at Rendezvous with Madness Festival 2023
– a screening fee
– a festival pass to attend all RWM events
– personalized mentorship
– Access to equipment rentals from Trinity Square Video and $500.00 rental credit towards rental gear, post-production services, workshops and DCPs. Valid until Dec 31. 2023
– 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 July 8th – August 26th 2023 for in person workshops at Trinity Square Video every Saturdays
– have some basic filmmaking experience
– are keen on furthering their professional experience in filmmaking

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 before June 13th to make accessibility arrangements. Proposals will not be judged based on the format of the submission.