Open Call: Monitor 14
Programmed by Rasha Salti Apply by 20 November 2020 SAVAC is pleased to announce the 14th edition of...

Programmed by Rasha Salti
Apply by 20 November 2020

SAVAC is pleased to announce the 14th edition of our long-standing experimental film and video program MONITOR, which will be programmed by Rasha Salti. MONITOR is dedicated to the presentation of experimental short films and videos that initiate dialogue around the shifting nature of politics, economies and landscapes across the Global South and its diasporas. For it’s 14th edition, we invite artists and filmmakers to submit independent and innovative short films and videos that explore the aesthetic and form of the moving image and its relation to narrative. MONITOR 14 encourages new, experimental and risk-taking work that challenges the viewer’s active engagement. Selected works will be screened in June 2021 in Toronto, Canada and subsequently tour across Canada and South Asia.


Works must be under 20 minutes and produced in or after 2018. Submissions from first time directors are welcome. Artist fees will be paid. Submissions must include all of the following:

  • Name of artist or director
  • Address, phone, email, website
  • Title of work
  • Date of production (no earlier than 2018)
  • Brief synopsis of the work (300 words max)
  • Brief biography of the artist (200 words max)
  • Artist CV
  • 3 High-resolution production stills


Submissions should be sent to The subject line must follow this format: MONITOR14_ARTISTLASTNAME. The email should include a URL link to the artist/director’s YouTube/Vimeo account – please provide passwords if necessary and make the link downloadable. The deadline for submission is Friday 20 November 2020.

We recommend all applicants read more about the scope of SAVAC’s programming and consult past editions of MONITOR for reference. Please note that only selected artists will be contacted by early 2021. Inquiries can be sent to Artistic Director Toleen Touq at with the subject title: MONITOR 14.

Rasha Salti is a researcher, writer, and curator of art and film. She lives and works between Beirut and Berlin. Salti co-curated several film programs for institutions dedicated to art and film, including the Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Jeu de Paume museum. She also worked as a programmer for several film festivals, including the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Since 2017, she is the commissioning editor for La Lucarne at ArteFrance, a program dedicated to experimental documentary. Her curatorial projects have been exhibited at museums worldwide including the MACBA (Barcelona), the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (Santiago de Chile), and the Sursock Museum in Beirut.

SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) is a non-profit, nomadic artist-run organization dedicated to fostering imaginative thought among artists and curators of colour and integrating them into the Canadian contemporary arts ecology through frameworks of self-representation.


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