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Call for Submissions: The Cinema of Dr. Caligari

The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative has quite the unique screening planned for Fall 2016 and we want your German Expressionist-inspired films for the event!

The Cinema of Dr. Caligari: German Expressionism Screening call for submissions is now open! We are looking films under 10 minutes that are influenced or inspired by German Expressionism cinema.

To help you get inspired, we are offering the Light & Shadows Workshop and even an equipment deferral opportunity for members. Members who submit their deferral application before June 17th will save an additional $10.00 on the Light and Shadows Workshop. The maximum deferral request is $650.00.

The Cinema of Dr. Caligari: German Expressionism Screening submission deadline is September 20, 2016

Saskatchewan filmmakers: please contact us for discounted submission rates before submitting your film.


The Cinema of Dr. Caligari: German Expressionism Screening is part of the Regina-wide German Expressionism Caligari Project happening this Fall 2016.

The Caligari Project 2016 is a City of Regina arts festival, public celebration and creative exploration of German Expressionism in its many artistic forms. As one of the festival’s components, the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative will be presenting The Caligari Film Project including an international Call for Submissions of short films paying homage to this influential art movement.

Generally considered to be the quintessential German Expression film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) features a dark and twisted aesthetic with sharp pointed forms, oblique lines and angles, low key lighting and the use of exaggerated sets and mise-en-scene. The film tells the story about an insane hypnotist who uses his somnambulist accomplice to commit murders.

In addition to Dr. Caligari, other highly influential German Expressionism films include the classics Nosferatu (1922), Metropolis (1927) and M (1931).


Awards & Prizes

The Filmpool will honour Independent Media Arts Alliance fee schedule for artist fees.

Rules & Terms

All submissions must include: – a short synopsis – a description of how your film relates to German Expressionism – an image still from the film – a short bio of the filmmaker – a screening quality video file or downloadable link

Film guidelines: – films must not exceed 10 minutes – non-English language films must be subtitled – Canadian and International submissions are welcome – films must be influenced or inspired by German Expressionism cinema

Saskatchewan filmmakers should contact the Filmpool for discounted submission rates, before submitting their film.

International submissions are welcome, but we require that non-English language films be subtitled in English.

By submitting, the filmmaker warrants that they are the rightful owner of the submission and do not violate or infringe on any trademark, trade name, copyright, literary, dramatic, musical, artistic or other intellectual property or personal rights.

Film selections will be made by the Screening Jury. Only entrants whose films have been selected for screenings will be notified.

By submitting your film, you agree to allow the Filmpool and its Affiliates to screen your film as well as use your footage and stills in promotional material for The Cinema of Dr. Caligari: German Expressionism Screening.

Please visit the FilmFreeway listing for full details:

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