FAQ

Who should apply?

Mature, independent, hard-working, outgoing individuals who are passionate about working in film. Cannes or TIFF is what you make of it, so to flourish in our Program, you need to be someone who MAKES things happen instead of waiting for them to happen for you.

Why do you need my photo to consider my application?

Passport-sized photos are not considered as part of the application. We request them so that if accepted, they can be used as your festival badge accreditation photos.

What does “passport-sized photo” mean?

It means your photographs must be: Digital 2×2 inches in size – Identical – Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance – Color- Full face, front view with a plain white background- Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inch from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.

To whom should my letters of recommendation be addressed?

They may be addressed to the Film Market Access Selection Committee. Remember that letters of recommendation need to be on Educational Institute or company letterhead to be considered.

Are deadlines dates when you need something by or dates something needs to be sent by?
All deadlines are POSTMARK deadlines. We will consider materials as having arrived by the applicable deadline if that date is on the postmark stamp from the post office.
I am not from the Canada. How do I get a visa to travel to France?

You will need to contact the French consulate that handles visas as requirements may vary. We are happy to assist you with this process (such as writing a letter confirming acceptance), but getting any required travel documents is entirely the participant’s responsibility.

If I’m accepted and pay the program fee, but later am unable to attend, can I get a refund of the program fee?

Yes, ONLY if we are able to replace you with another applicant.

I can’t stay for the whole program. May I come late or leave early?

Yes, but coming late or leaving early doesn’t warrant a reduction in the Cannes or Toronto program fee.

Can I get school credit for the program?
Many students have received internship credit for the program. If you are interested in obtaining credit, you will need to speak to your school about the correct procedure.
Do I need a current passport to apply?

We do not require proof of a valid passport to apply, but accepted participants must provide this soon after their acceptance. We highly recommend applying for a passport at the beginning of the application process; it can take up to six weeks to obtain one.

Do I need to speak French to apply?

No, although it would be a plus. English is the only language required.

I’ve already graduated from college. May I apply?

Yes, recent graduates are welcome to apply.

I’m an international student. May I apply?
Yes. Film Market Access welcomes international applications; we require only that applicants speak English. If you happen to speak French as well that’s a major plus.
Should I submit a full press kit?

YES, if you have one. It is not required, but if you have one please include it with your application package.

Will you return my DVD if I don’t get accredited by the festival?

Submissions are NON RETURNABLE. Please do not send original masters. Sorry, we can not return any part of your submission (press kits, video tapes, fancy delivery items, etc.). There are just too many submissions to grant your request.

How should I submit my film?

All submission should be submitted by a website link or DVD format. DVD’s must be labeled with your name, your Project Title and Contact number. PLEASE test your DVD on several makes and models of players BEFORE sending it to our offices. Technical problems can delay review of your submission.

What genres of film will FMA Cannes/Toronto Calling Card – Filmmaking Program accepts?

Film Market Access invites all projects in all categories (including but not limited to: Drama, Comedy, Horror, Action, Animation and Documentary) to be submitted.

Why should I go to Cannes?

Whether you are looking to garner distribution for your short film, sell a feature script or just get a job, everyone who’s anyone in the world of film is accessible at the Cannes Film Festival:

– 1,432 Screenings

– 420 Short Films Screened

– 8,814 Participants

– 74 Countries Represented

– 2,612 Companies

– 383 Exhibitors

– 1,450 Buyers

– 2,640 Producers

– And YOU!!!