The escalation of violence in Toronto must be addressed now!

Toronto Waterfront Magazine (TWM) and Anti-Violence Educational Services (AV Youth) are taking a progressive role in tackling the issue of violence in Toronto by creating the “Film for Peace” contest. This is an exciting opportunity for our city to address the escalation of violence in a creative way. This event comes at a time when our city needs it most. Our partners are coming together to launch a campaign that will address the violence in our community in a positive way.

As an experiential filmmaking program, “Film for Peace” will engage participants of all ages, especially with a focus on youth. Details of this important initiative were released at a Press Conference during Waterfront Magazine’s annual TIFF event on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Toula, the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. By coming together, we are showing the world that we are truly #torontostrong.

Film For Peace Filmmakers Contest

We invite residents of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to submit a short film addressing the issue of violence that is informative, inspiring and entertaining. Winning entrants of the “Film For Peace Filmmakers Contest” will premiere at the Film Festivals in 2019 and qualify for great prizes.

Agreement to Official Rules

The Contest is hosted by Toronto Waterfront Magazine, located at 20 Bay St., Suite #1100, Toronto, Ontario. Only submissions from residents of Ontario will be accepted. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest. Participation in the contest constitutes entrants’ full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of the rules and the decisions of TWM, which are final and binding. Contest entries may be submitted by an individual or by a group. All entrants must complete the “Permission Form.” If the entrant is under the age of 18, the permission form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Entrants will be judged on their ability to effectively communicate, through the medium of film, the issue of violence in Toronto. We encourage films that introduce potential solutions to achieving sustainable peace as a community.

Film Length

Entrants may submit a film of no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 10 minutes. TWM will accept and consider short animated films. The minimum length for animated submissions is 45 seconds. As with film submissions, animations can present a solution or motivate viewers towards awareness or behavioral change.
In the case of a group submission, one prize will be awarded to the entire group as a whole. Winners will receive the following prizes:

  • Screening of their film at the Film Festivals and at other related and subsequent educational and non-profit events hosted by TWM.
  • Posting of their film on the TWM’s website.
  • Cash prize or scholarship

Judging Criteria

Judges will check for adherence to the submission rules, including compliance with all terms (legality, conduct), film length, format, etc. Submissions will be judged by a team of TWM volunteers based upon quality and content of the film and its ability to educate, inspire, and raise awareness of violence in our community. We also stress that films will be judged on their ability to address and propose a solution to the problem. Entrants who do not conform to policies and rules may be disqualified at the discretion of TWM.

How to Enter – Submission Rules and Guidelines

There is a limit of one (1) entry per person or per group. All film submissions must be made electronically. Entrants agree that winning entries can be used for future events held by TWM and hosted on TWM’s website. Send an e-mail to info@waterfront-magazine.com, informing us of your film submission. In the e-mail include the link to your film, your film title, and the completed permission form. For group entries, each entrant must submit a completed permission form. Films submitted without the “Permission Form” will not be considered for the contest.

Intellectual Property

By entering this contest, all entrants agree that their submission is their own original work, does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others, and is in compliance with all copyright laws. Entrants agree to not hold TWM or Film Festival liable for any intellectual property disputes and to comply with these rules and all copyright laws.

Winner Selection/Notification
TWM will announce the potential winners after judgment of all eligible entries. Potential winners will be notified by phone and followed up by e-mail.

Waterfront Magazine’s annual TIFF event with the “Film For Peace” Press Conference is going to be the must attend event during TIFF as our community has seen an increase in violence in 2018 with attacks happening all around the GTA. By supporting this event you are supporting a brighter future for our children. Please help us be the change our world needs to see.