Ending Islamophobia: Call For Submissions To A Digital Video Art Contest

As Statistics Canada reports a 235% spike in hate crimes targeting Muslim Canadians since 2012, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, and Silk Road Institute have partnered for a groundbreaking anti-hate campaign. Themed Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion,” the initiative aims to empower budding Muslim filmmakers to challenge prejudice and foster greater inclusion of Muslim youth within Canadian society.

Youth (15-30) from Muslims communities across Canada are invited to submit proposals by August 5, 2017, for a travelling digital video exhibition. Proposals can also be for videos containing forms of expression such as dance, animation, spoken word, and visual art. Ten submissions will be chosen for the ground-breaking “Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion” exhibition on Muslim youth, and each winner will receive a $1000 award.

‘Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion’ will be featured in several high-profile venues and events throughout Canada, including the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s Beyond Labels national symposium, the Aga Khan Museum for Islamic History Month, and Toronto’s Nuit Blanche.

Submitting Your Artwork


  • Strength of concept related to theme of exhibition;
  • Visual appeal;
  • The narrative;
  • Size: works must be in high-definition digital video format, no less than 720p (1280 × 720), but preferably 1080p (1920 × 1080).


  • This video art competition is open to youth from Muslim communities, aged 15 – 30 residing in Canada;
  • Individual artists and collaborative artist groups can submit proposals, but the lead artist for a collaborative group must be between the ages of 15 – 30; and
  • Staff of the sponsoring organizations are ineligible.

Submission Guidelines

Artists must submit examples of their past artwork and a proposal for a new piece to be created for the exhibition, or a description of an existing piece of art that fits with the themes of the exhibition. The following outlines the necessary materials to be submitted.


  • 3-5 digital images or video clips of artwork completed by the applicant (school artworks are acceptable);
  • Letter of recommendation and, if applicable, press clippings.

Proposed Artwork on the Theme

  • Proposed project to be completed, in the form of an outline or a storyboard, for original artwork focused on diverse identities in Canada, along with strategies to foster the full inclusion of Muslim youth in Canadian society;
  • A statement of intent by the artist describing the project (maximum 250 words);
  • The title of the proposed artwork, a description of the material(s) to be used, the approximate duration, and digital format.

How to Enter

  • Complete the online form at
    • If you are submitting work as a group, send from one email account only. If you use more than one email, we will disqualify your entry. The lead artist on the project must be between the ages of 15-30 years.


Submit by August 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM (Pacific).

Artist Agreement with the Vancouver Foundation and the Michaëlle Jean Foundation

You must give the Vancouver Foundation and the Michaëlle Jean Foundation permission to reproduce your work and modify the image. When you submit work, it means you accept the terms and conditions of this project.

Read the Terms and Conditions.

Questions? Want more info?

Please contact for further information.

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