FAQs – #YODOContest

You Only Die Once: #YODOContest calls on filmmakers and storytellers in Waterloo Region to tell stories that focus on death as a part of living. The short films are expected to be 3-5 minutes in length, and will explore and educate others about death, dying, and grief in a personally unique way that has a positive influence on the community.

Currently, HWR is accepting proposal submissions from professional and amateur filmmakers and storytellers. To be eligible, applicants must be currently living in Waterloo Region or the County of Wellington, and be over the age of 20. Applications are now closed.

Selected filmmakers will be contacted by mid-October, with final films due Mar. 15, 2021. The first and second place short films will be announced at the end of April 2021 and will be screened at the Grand River Film Festival in May 2021.

What are you looking for in the final film?

  • Limit one film per submission
  • The length of your film must be between 3 – 5 minutes
  • No pixel quality no lower than 1080P (1920×1080 px; also known as the Full HD or FHD2K , and BT.709)
  • Your film must be completely original work, all music, images, or sounds must be properly cited and referenced in final credits of the film
  • Your film must be a narrative
  • You must agree that the film submitted may be used by Hospice of Waterloo Region for advertising, marketing, or educational purposes in any relevant programming in perpetuity.

What is a narrative?

A narrative film, fictional film, or fiction film is a film that tells a fictional or fictionalized story, event, or narrative. In this style of the film, believable narratives and characters help convince the audience that the unfolding fiction is real.

How can I submit my film proposal?

The call for submissions is now closed. We will be notifying applicants by mid-October.

How will you choose the winners?

A panel of community members will be chosen from the Waterloo Region with various backgrounds, including those educated in hospice care and death and dying. Also, we will include individuals from the Grand River Film Festival and others with experience in the arts.

There is a prize of $650 for 1st place and $350 for 2nd place. There will also be up to three honourable mentions chosen. The winners, who will be announced at the Grand River Film Festival at the end of April 2021, will receive 2 free All Access Passes valid for both CineSeries and the festival.

How will my film be used?

The video submissions that are chosen as winners for this film competition will be used by Hospice of Waterloo Region as an educational resource in our efforts to engage the community in a conversation about death and dying. The organization may also use the video submissions to further promote the work of Hospice of Waterloo Region. 

Why are you planning to interview filmmakers? 

Participants have the option to partake in a brief videotaped interview with Hospice of Waterloo Region describing the story and inspiration behind their films. This footage may be used in promotion of the film competition. We will be engaging each participant in a short recorded interview to showcase your story and the inspiration behind your short film!

Hospice of Waterloo Region and the Grand River Film Festival will share these videos with the public through our social media platforms to bring awareness and engagement in the community.

If there is a specific reason you do not wish to participate in this aspect, please contact sheli@hopsicewaterloo.ca.

Where can I find filmmaking resources?

The Commons Studio, one of The Working Centre’s Community Tools projects, encourages community filmmaking through the sharing of skills, knowledge, equipment & resources.

Ed Video was initiated by four graduates of the University of Guelph Fine Arts program. They felt the need, as professional artists, for a community video resource centre. They aimed to provide access to equipment, as well as a catalyst for creative activity in the community.

What if I have additional questions?

We recently co-hosted a #YODOContest AMA in partnership with the Grand River Film Festival. Watch our video below to hear answers to some of your most frequently-asked questions.

In this “Ask Me Anything” you will hear from:

  • Sheli O’Connor, Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships for HWR
  • Michael R. Clark, Chair of Programming for GRFF
  • Heather Steinmann, Event Coordinator for HWR

We will host another AMA in September. We will post info to our Facebook Page once we have more details to share.

You are welcome to email Sheli O’Connor, Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships for HWR: sheli@hospicewaterloo.ca.

Additional information about definitions

Death Positive encourages people to speak openly about death, dying, and corpses. The movement seeks to eliminate the silence around death-related topics, decrease anxiety surrounding death, and encourages more diversity in end of life care options available to the public

Grief is the normal and natural emotional reaction to loss or change of any kind. Grief reactions may be felt in response to physical losses (for example, a death) or response to symbolic or social losses (for example, divorce or loss of a job). Each type of loss means the person has had something taken away. As a family goes through a life-threatening or chronic illness, many losses are experienced, and each triggers its own grief reaction. Grief may be experienced as a mental, physical, social or emotional reaction.

Bereaved is a state of being and a time in which a person has lost someone important to them. During this period grief is experienced and mourning occurs. The time spent in a period of bereavement depends on how attached the bereaved individual was to the person who died, and how much time was spent anticipating the loss.

Anticipatory grief is the normal mourning that occurs when a patient or family is expecting a death. Anticipatory grief before end-of-life has many of the same characteristics as those experienced after death: it can include all of the thinking, feeling, cultural and social reactions that are felt by a family and friends post-death. Anticipatory grief can include anxiety, depression, extreme concern for the dying person, preparing for the death, and adjusting to changes caused by death.

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