Submissions: Photophobia: Call for Submissions

Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival
Deadline Extended: June 5, 2021

Photophobia is the 15th annual festival of short-format contemporary media, film, video and moving image hosted in partnership between the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Artists Inc. Established in 1999, Photophobia was Hamilton’s first film and video festival dedicated to experimental time-based media at a time when there were no such platforms in the Hamilton community. Not limited by restrictions or themes, Photophobia showcases creative, unconventional and experimental approaches to contemporary time-based media. The festival is comprised of two free screenings, presented every August under the cover of night in the Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard at Hamilton Artists Inc. Due to Covid-19, Photophobia 2020 was presented as an online festival that took place over the course of three days. The presentation format for 2021 is TBC.

Apply by completing the online submission form: CLICK HERE

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submission must be short format (15 minutes or less).
  • The work must be no more than 3 years old (2018).
  • All submissions must be digital Vimeo or Youtube links (private/password protected are accepted).
  • Limit of one submission per artist.
  • Films and videos should be independent projects. This means that you, as the artist, retain complete creative and artistic control of the project.
  • Artists who screened their work in the 2020 festival will not be eligible to re-apply until 2022.

Submission Files Must be Labelled With Applicant's Last Name Including:

  • Two video stills (jpeg format, maximum size: 1920 x 1080 pixels at 72 dpi resolution)
  • Artist CV (PDF file, 3 pages max)

Application Requirements:

  • Artist Bio (75 words max)
  • Brief Description of Your Work (150 words max)
  • Entry Information: Title; year completed; name; address; email; role in production; format; length.
  • Video link with password if applicable


For questions, please contact: Programming Director, Abedar Kamgari -

Hamilton Artists Inc. and the Art Gallery of Hamilton welcome submissions from all qualified individuals and strongly encourage submissions from members of equity-seeking communities, including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. Please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure you can access and complete the submissions process.

Please apply through the online submission form only. Hard copy and email submissions will not be considered, unless special accommodations are requested. Notification can be expected in July. Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for the festival will be notified. IMAA remuneration will be provided to successful applicants within 30 days of the screenings.