Call for Submissions:


Deadline: March 1st, 2017

Co-Presented with Toronto Animated Image Society & the Gardiner Museum

There is more life in a drop of ocean water than most major cities on Earth. Yet, this awesome reality is invisible to the naked eye and goes largely unnoticed. In partnership with Toronto Animated Image Society and Gardiner Museum, Subtle Technologies invites submissions of animated shorts (10 minutes and under) that reveal the interconnectedness of all living beings on our planet through water.

In particular, we are seeking pieces that consider the significance of “cycles”, “systems” and the journey from macro to micro as these ideas relate to both the process of animation and the study of ecology. As a practice with a long history of visualizing data, this screening will highlight the power of animation to communicate complex concepts and act as an ambassador for scientific discovery.

Artists who are not primarily animators but wish to explore animation for the sake of this topic are encouraged to apply. Keeping in mind the immense diversity of life that water sustains, this program also welcomes submissions from an equally diverse spectrum of cultural perspectives, aesthetics and media.

Screening Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017



Interested applicants may submit up to 2 works for the jury’s consideration.

Please include the following materials in your application:

  • CV (up-to-date, 3 pages or less)
  • Artist Statement (that responds to how the proposed works address the theme)
  • A completed List of Works form. Download the form here.



  • We welcome international submissions, but priority will be given to Canadian animators.
  • We invite submissions from independent artists and collectives—submissions from studios are not eligible.
  • Only pieces that are 10 minutes or less will be considered.
  • Works must be recent (2014 to present)



A submission fee of $3.00 CAN is required.
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Include the transaction ID number found in the e-mail receipt from PayPal on the designated line in the List of Works form.

All selected artists will receive a screening fee in accordance with IMAA and CARFAC recommended rates. Fee amounts are based upon the length of the selected work(s). All fees will be remitted in Canadian dollars.

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Toronto Animated Image Society
Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) is an artist-run non-profit production centre that focuses on the exploration of animation as a contemporary art form. TAIS has a growing membership of artists who access the centre’s programming and production services. TAIS offers access to studios and equipment to support animation production by members and guest artists. TAIS also offers outreach education workshops across the GTA, and regularly organizes commissioning opportunities for new creation, including engaging in collaboration with other like-minded arts organizations to present new programming. Each year, TAIS also invites national and international animation artists for lectures, workshops, and screenings, and prioritizes involving artists from diverse practices, backgrounds and communities.

The Gardiner Museum is an inviting destination that inspires and connects people, art and ideas through clay, one of the world’s oldest art forms. Year‐round the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes to complement its permanent collection. The Museum also features a bistro that serves delicious local fare prepared by à la Carte Kitchen Inc., and the Gardiner Shop, which specializes in artist‐designed, artist‐made merchandise.