F-O-R-M is an international movement-on-screen festival that centers the voices of youth and emerging artists. We screen and commission films that explore the limitless possibilities of the body in motion through film. We provide support and a platform for early-career artists while introducing our audiences to expansive, genre-defying filmmaking.

Canadian and international artists are invited to apply with a short film to the seventh annual F-O-R-M (Festival Of Recorded Movement) in November 2022.
F-O-R-M presents films that investigate the body in motion through curiosity, experimentation, and imagination. We are interested in films that creatively explore our personal lived experiences and how such themes can be told through narrative or experimental approaches. Cinematography, experimental editing styles, and post-production effects are also considerations that contribute and add layers to the subject matter. We invite proposals to consider the interplay between the camera and the movement, regardless of the form.

F-O-R-M strongly encourages and prioritizes applications from Youth artists, and those from intersectional and traditionally marginalized communities; Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, folks with disabilities, and diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions (LGBTQ2S+).

We are working towards our 2022 festival being a hybrid of in-person events in Vancouver and online programming. The festival will be responsive to government guidelines surrounding COVID-19. Our priority is to create events that are safe for festival artists and the broader community.

Recorded Movement is the theme; any movement practices, genres or styles or are invited. How do you define movement? How do you portray this definition within your practice or discipline? And how does this movement collaborate with film? We invite your ideas and concepts around the theme of Recorded Movement, and to challenge this definition as you see fit.

In the past, we have programmed films that have explored:
Street Dance (Breaking, Popping, Waacking)
Contemporary dance

We accept films in many genres, including but not limited to:
Animation (Drawing, Stop Motion)
Music Videos
See past festival trailers from 2020 and 2021

We are very open to your interpretations on this theme, however, if you still have questions about whether or not your proposal fits, please get in touch!

FREE application forms are available on our website.

All selected artists will be awarded a screening honorarium as well as free admission to all festival screenings and events.

All those applying to F-O-R-M’s Short Film programs must agree to the rules and regulations below.

Individuals and groups (“Applicant”) submitting short films to F-O-R-M for consideration and possible showing must possess all necessary rights and permissions for all video and audio tracks submitted to F-O-R-M. F-O-R-M is not responsible for clearing, publishing, performance or other rights for the short films it screens or promotes on its site or at the festival.

Any lead artist(s) younger than 18 years old at the time of the submission deadline must send a letter to F-O-R-M written by a legal guardian (e.g. parent) in order to apply to the festival. This letter must include the guardian’s contact information. Due to legal requirements we cannot accept applications by people younger than 18 years old without consent from their legal representatives.

All successful applicants grant F-O-R-M the non-exclusive rights to reproduce the applicant’s video in whole or in part and to showcase the short film for the purposes of the festival and/or its promotion (until December 31, 2025).

F-O-R-M retains the right to alter, shorten or cancel the festival, and will not be held liable for compensation in any of these situations. F-O-R-M agrees that in the event of festival cancellation, all rights related to the selected submission will revert to the Applicant and where relevant, the Applicant's associates.

All applicants, by submitting to F-O-R-M, hereby allow F-O-R-M to preview the short film. By agreeing to these rules and regulations all applicants pledge that they hold the rights to this film and have the right to distribute this material to F-O-R-M. All applicants understand that once submitted, their entry cannot be withdrawn. They understand that although F-O-R-M will take every precaution, F-O-R-M cannot be held responsible for loss or damage of submission materials. If accepted, F-O-R-M reserves the right to keep all short films filed for F-O-R-M educational and archival purposes. If accepted, lead artists expressly grant F-O-R-M the royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to exhibit their short film or video and to use, reproduce, publish, translate, and exhibit any and all publicity materials related to the film, including but not limited to stills, press releases, bios, and trailers, in whole or in part, without limitation to territory, and/or to include said publicity materials with other works in any form, media, or technology. F-O-R-M agrees not to claim these rights in relation to submissions that are not selected for the festival.

All applicants agree to hold F-O-R-M, its management, employees and volunteers, as well as any of its funders, sponsors and affiliated entities, harmless from any damages or losses relating to any materials applicants may submit.

Successful Applicants may not have another public screening of their short film in Metro Vancouver between August 2022 and the Festival of Recorded Movement (November 2022) without express permission from the Artistic Director of F-O-R-M.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a high quality, screen-ready, digital version of their film to F-O-R-M (i.e. the short film must be at least 1080 pixels high, and in MPEG, MOV, AVI, or MP4 format). Failure to submit a video meeting the minimum technical quality requirements by October 18 (Commissioned films) / August 22 (Short Films), 2022 may result in elimination from the festival.

Last updated March 17, 2022

Overall Rating
  • Being part of F-O-R-M was such an enjoyable experience. Most events took place online due to the pandemic but the festival organizers were very welcoming and took care of everything and everyone so well that you'd feel as if you were there in person. Not only is F-O-R-M a great platform to showcase your film (or watch other eye-opening films ), but it's also a space wherein they shed light onto the people involved in creating these wonderful works, especially through their Artist Talkbacks. Congrats to the entire F-O-R-M team for putting this up!

    October 2021
  • Unfortunately I couldn't attend. But it seemed to be an extraordinary event. Sophia and the entire team have been so easy to communicate with. And I loved the postcard we received to thank us for being part of the festival. This festival is definitely great support for new and established independent film makers!
    Thank you to all the festival team!

    October 2018
  • Sveinung Gjessing

    N-I-C-E film festival! Promotes dance on screen in a superb way!

    September 2018
  • Tanin Torabi

    This festival was one of the most loving and caring festivals I have ever been in contact with. They were so friendly and helpful. I could not attend the festival personally, but I really enjoyed how the communicated and were in touch with artists. They even also gave artist a small amount of money because of the screening of their films which was very kind of them and I had never faced it in other American or European festivals.
    I cross my fingers for this very lovely team, and am looking forward to send my next film to them next time! :)

    July 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tanin for the lovely review! It was a pleasure to have you be a part of the festival!

  • Although we couldn't go to the festival, they had a fantastic communication team with those who we were selected with our productions. All the info that they gave us and all the promotion they did of the selected works was brilliant. I hope we will be taking part in it next year!

    June 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Dans PXL! It was so great to have your film apart of the weekend!