Thank you for your interest in Rendezvous With Madness 2020. Please note that the call for Performance & Installation proposals is now closed. Applicants will be notified about the status of their applications in early April.

Please read below for the Rendezvous With Madness call for film submissions.

Important Dates

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, May 1, 2020
Dates of Festival: October 15-25, 2020
Application Submission Form:

Rendezvous with Madness

The Rendezvous with Madness Festival (RWM) is the first and largest arts and mental health festival and public discussion forum, hosted each year by Workman Arts in Toronto, Canada. The festival presents local, national and international work exploring themes of mental health and/or addiction issues.

Call for Film/Video Submissions

We are now accepting submissions for consideration for screening in the 28th Rendezvous With Madness Festival.

We accept film/video submissions of recent* works in all genres, lengths and forms that highlight, approach, explore and/or directly discuss mental health, addiction, recovery, wellness in form and/or content

*See our FAQ below!

Submissions can be received by video link (this is preferred – you can use Vimeo, YouTube, Google drive) or via DVD or USB drive.

  • No submission fees
  • Artist fees / screening fees / film rentals paid for all projects presented

For full submission details and to submit your film online, please click here.

If you have questions, need assistance with your application, or experience barriers in applying, please contact
Scott Miller Berry
Managing Director
416-583-4339, ext 5


A: No, we never charge submission fees.

A: Yes, we always pay everyone a screening/rental fee. The amount is above the current IMAA Fee Schedule and is based on the duration of your film.

A: Yes, absolutely! Please give us as much information about what is yet to come with your submission application.

A: Yes, but Rendezvous takes a very “wide angle” approach to the films we present and we try not to define what makes a “Rendezvous film” – how explicitly the content references topics of mental health, addiction, wellness and/or recovery is up to you. We do show all genres: Documentary, Fiction, Animation, Experimental, Hybrid and are open to all genres and lengths. We suggest you look at the recent films we’ve presented HERE for a sense of the kinds of works we screen.

A:  At Rendezvous, we like to be as generous as we can; but generally we’ll consider films from the past 5 years If your film is older than that tell us why you think we need to see it and show it now.

A: We do require English subtitles for public exhibition. If your film is in another language kindly supply a preview with English subtitles. If this is not possible please contact us. We present ALL films with open captions (dialogue and sound effects) – if you have this available, we would be grateful – otherwise we will create a caption file and provide you with a copy at no charge. We provide open captioning to make our films accessible to deaf/hard of hearing audiences.

A: No, we prefer not to add these restrictions to filmmakers/distributors!

A: Hopefully, but our travel budget is limited; we will try our best and appreciate offers to apply for travel funding (we can always provide a letter of invitation).

A: Please click here for a list of Accessibility supports at the Rendezvous With Madness Festival. Please contact us if you have any suggestions or feedback as we’re trying to be as accessible as possible!

A: We have a 5-person programming committee with extensive media arts experience. A majority of the committee members identify as having lived experience with mental health and/or addiction experiences. The program committee decides as a group which films are selected.