Call for Artists – Video and Comic Book Production

About CERA:

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to promoting housing security and ending housing discrimination across Ontario. CERA was founded in 1987 as the only organization in Canada with a primary focus on promoting human rights in housing. 30 years later, we continue to carry out our mandate through direct tenant support, public education, research, law reform, casework, test case litigation and using international human rights law and mechanisms.

Background of the project:

CERA is launching a new Youth4Housing4Youth project generously funded by Odette foundation. The project will explore what a human rights approach to housing can look like under the recently launched National Housing Strategy, and as the Housing TO Action Plan 2020-2030 gets underway. We want to scale up the conversations that CERA has been facilitating with homeless and at-risk youth since 2011. The project will develop youth-friendly promotional and educational materials (3 short videos and a comic book) designed to creatively engage the public on the particular issues faced by youth experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness. The materials developed will be used to promote legal education, the right to housing, and prevention of homelessness.

CERA is currently looking for:

Video artist(s) (individual or a team) for:

1. Script development and narration,

2. Video shooting and editing,

3. Editing/integrating ASL and English subtitles,

4. Usage of music with granted copyright (or usage rights for music),

5. Three fully produced videos, approximately 5 minutes in length (HD resolution) for showing online, on workshops or short/documentary festivals

Comic book creator (individual or a team) for:

1. Story development and narration,

2. Drawings and layout design,

3. Speech bubbles editing,

4. Colouring,

5. Fully preparing publication (approximately 30 pages, for printing)

Methodology:

CERA will rely on established practices that empower youth to participate in discussions related to policies that affect them. Project methodology will be guided and determined by our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) which is composed of youth with lived experience of homelessness and housing precarity. As an artist working on this project, you will be connected and actively advised by our YAC.

Timeframe: Jun – December 2019.

Location: Toronto GTA

Qualifications and experience:

Video artist(s):

– Outstanding videography and video editing skills

– Previous experience in producing short videos or documentaries

– Understanding homelessness and housing precarity, preferably someone with lived experience

– Readiness to cooperate with CERA’s Youth Advisory Committee and accept guidance and feedback

– Ability to adhere to deadlines and flexibility to adjust to a group led process

Comic book creator (s):

– Outstanding drawing, layout designing and/or storytelling skills

– Previous experience in producing comic books, publications, drawings, graphic content, cartoons, plot writing, etc.

– Understanding homelessness and housing precarity, lived experience

– Readiness to cooperate with CERA’s Youth Advisory Committee and accept guidance and feedback

– Ability to adhere to deadlines and flexibility to adjust to a group led process

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Each application should include the following:

– Cover letter with the applicant’s current contact information including how the candidate’s previous experience matches the objectives of this project as well as their interest for the position (no longer than one page);

– Technical proposal on how they intend to carry out the assignment

– Resume

– Samples of recent similar assignments: online portfolios and links to video work/documentaries

Deadline:

Applications should be submitted by May 21st via email: cera@equalityrights.org

Note:

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

May 6, 2019

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