OFFTA 2024 – Call for proposals
Deadline: November, 5th 2023 – 11:59PM
The OFFTA, an annual artistic event on the fringes of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), is announcing a call for proposals for its 18th edition scheduled for May/June 2024. OFFTA provides a platform for artists to share performances that captivate festivalgoers and pioneer new artistic frontiers. The supported works challenge, transform, and defy preconceptions. OFFTA offers emerging artists a stage to showcase their diversity, contributing to the evolution of established models.
We are seeking two distinct types of projects:
- Completed Performances : We invite artists to submit finished works ready for presentation. The creative processes should be finalized. These performances will be showcased under optimal technical conditions to enhance their impact. OFFTA ensures a minimum fee of CAD $1,400 for the complete series of presentations. The final amount will depend on team size and the number of performances. If your project is on track to be completed by June 2024, if you have planned technical residencies and work-in-progress presentations, and if you believe it will be fully developed by Spring 2024, this category is suitable for your submission.
- Developing Laboratories (compensation details to be announced) : Projects in the developmental phase have the opportunity to be presented before an encouraging audience of festival attendees, fellow artists, and industry professionals. These initial stages of work, in the form of open studios or trials, could be integrated into grouped programs, studio settings, or as precursors to completed projects, whether in a physical or virtual setting. Minimal technical requirements are necessary. This category offers a chance for testing, experimenting, and sharing your creative approach, while benefiting from support and interaction within the present community. For instance, if you aim to present a work-in-progress in an open studio context, if set design and lighting are yet to be finalized, and if your project will be halfway completed by Spring 2024, we encourage you to apply in this category.
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By adopting this approach, we underscore the pioneering and daring role of OFFTA while facilitating connections between emerging projects and curious festival attendees.
We invite proposals of diverse forms: unconventional projects that defy norms, premieres, revivals, early stages of creation, indoor or outdoor site-specific performances, remote or online showcases, conferences, and more.
This call specifically targets Canadian projects. However, please note that travel and accommodation expenses to Mooniyang/Montreal/Tio’tia:ke are not covered by OFFTA.
The project selection process will be overseen by a committee of peers convened by Artistic Director Claudel Doucet. This committee will prioritize projects that exhibit:
- Transformative experiences, marking significant advancements in the practice of participating artists and collaborators,
- Audacity and innovation,
- Interdisciplinary exploration or unique approaches to creation,
- The use of collaborative methodologies and respectful dialogue protocols,
- Relevance and commitment of artistic practices to communities or contemporary realities,
- Feasibility of integration within the festival’s mission and resources,
- A diversity of artistic forms, realities, and cultures represented.
OFFTA reaffirms its commitment to historically underrepresented voices and marginalized identities. We are dedicated to facilitating an inclusive selection process. If you encounter accessibility obstacles while submitting your application, feel free to seek assistance from LA SERRE, which will be available to support you.
Rules and regulations of the applications
OFFTA 2023 | Call for proposals | Form
Complete the form before November 5th, 2023, at 11:59 PM – the online form will be online in September.
Make sure your application includes the following elements:
- Project Description:
In 750 words (maximum) or in the form of a short video/sound recording (5 minutes), provide an introduction to your artistic approach and your project.
*Supported formats: pdf; jpg; links to online video broadcasting platforms.
- We invite you to highlight, for example:
– The origins of your approach: What foundations does it stem from?
– An explanation of where you are in your creative process: What stages have already been completed and what remains to finalize your creative project?
– The themes and/or techniques that run through your work: What thematic and/or concrete materials are you working with
– How you envision the interaction with the audience: What type of experience do you aim to evoke? How does this take shape in concrete terms?
-Your philosophy of artistic creation and its processes, particularly with this project: Where does its relevance and/or meaning lie?
-Contextualization of this project’s presence at OFFTA: How would this platform be advantageous for you? What do you wish to test, experience, and share there?
– Support (financial, institutional, etc.) that you already have for this project, if applicable.
– Any other information you consider essential for understanding your project!
- Visual material: photos and videos of the project (for videos, provide a YouTube or Vimeo link in section “02. Title – Screener”; if the excerpt exceeds 5 minutes, include viewing notes and specify which parts to watch).
- Brief artist bios and a short history of the company (if applicable).
- Preliminary technical specifications (rider), including: stage/venue report; dimensions of the stage area; dance floor and visual space (white or black box); use of projections, microphones, lighting effects, instruments and/or live camera, set elements, etc
- If your project involves text, please attach a synopsis or an excerpt of up to 5 pages.
Terms and conditions
- One project per submission (no double bill)
- The form must be completed before November 5th, 2023, at 11:59 PM
- Only complete applications will be accepted
- Only applications from artists or companies based in Canada will be accepted
- The direction and selection committee reserve the right not to comment on their decisions
- Decisions will be communicated by the end of January 2024
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