Call for Proposals – Live Film + Music Performance

Be a part of the Mirror Mountain experience.

Mirror Mountain Film Festival is currently seeking proposals from local filmmakers, media artists, musicians and bands for a live performance that combines music and film/video projection. The performance will take place on July 21st 2023, the opening night of our upcoming in-person festival at LabO Theatre in Arts Court.

Interested applicants are encouraged to watch past Mirror Mountain live performances to get a sense of what we are looking for:

Rules & guidelines:
– You may submit a proposal as a filmmaker/media artist, as a solo musician, or as a band. Mirror Mountain will pair successful applicants with a suitable partner.
OR, you may submit as a combo, if you already have a firm idea of whom you would like to work with.
– Applications are free to submit. There is no charge for submitting an application.
– Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance. Only 1 filmmaker/media artist and 1 musician/band will be chosen.
– Precedence will be given to local applicants from the Ottawa-Gatineau region, but proposals from elsewhere will also be considered.
– Live performances typically last approximately 30 – 45 minutes.
– Proposals from filmmakers/media artists should involve an element of live manipulation or interaction with the projections that create changes in the images in real time. Proposals that feature pre-recorded visuals playing by themselves will be given a lower priority.

All applications should include:
– A text description of your concept/idea for the performance.
– A basic outline of your expected equipment and technical requirements. Mention what equipment you already have access to, and what will need to be rented/sourced, if applicable.
– Up to 3 links to online examples of your work.*

*Only submit online links/passwords to your past work on sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Spotify, Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Physical support material (i.e. CDs/DVDs) will not be accepted.

Mirror Mountain will:
– Work with the selected artists to ensure high professional standards of presentation, to the best of the festival’s ability.
– Pay fees to the selected artists.
– Produce high-quality documentation of the performance that can be used for professional and promotional purposes.

The deadline to submit a proposal is March 20th 2023. Proposals will not be accepted after this time. Send your application via email to Include the text “Live Performance Proposal” in the subject line.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to your submissions!

This year’s proposals will be reviewed by Mirror Mountain’s board of directors, alongside special guest music jurors OK Naledi and Amanda Lowe Warnakulasuriya.

OK Naledi is an Afro House music project created by Queer, Motswana Canadian musician Kimberly Naledi Sunstrum. Traditional sub-Saharan clean guitar lines, classic deep bass, movement-inspiring beats and that iconic, driving Afro House tempo – these are the pieces that define OK Naledi. There is a lot of complexity when it comes to being a visibly Queer, biracial, womxn artist who grew up predominantly in Botswana, but began creating music after moving to Canada – a Western demographic. This pandemic exacerbated the importance of nurturing identity and infusing it in the music of OK Naledi proudly, powerfully and consistently.

Born in Sri Lanka, raised on Prince Edward Island and based in Ottawa – Amanda Lowe Warnakulasuriya is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, grant writer, artist developer and event coordinator. Her mandate is to provide professional development opportunities, community engagement and advocacy support for IBPOC, Queer and Trans communities – helping them gain equitable access to opportunities and funding, both on and off stage! Currently, she is an Associate Program Officer for the Explore and Create program at the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Director of Programming at Girls+ Rock Ottawa.