Call for media projects in development - Project Inkubator 2021

The call for projects is now closed



Do you have an audio-visual idea that you would like to develop into a full written proposal? Makila, a Montréal-based digital media co-op, is opening a call for media creators to submit their projects to participate in a ten-month incubator program - which will include a one-to-one mentorship and a pitch & networking session. Two Inkubator groups will be available: one for emerging creators and one for mid-career creators.

*Extended* deadline: Tuesday December 15, 2020, at midnight. Answers around January 10th.

The Program in a nutshell

  • Two Inkubator groups of four participants each will meet once a month
  • Each group can have documentary and fiction projects together
  • Each participant will develop a project from the idea to a full written proposal including a one-pager, a long synopsis or documentary treatment (min 5 pages), a character or theme description, a director’s intention note, and a target audience identification.
  • The projects participating in the final Pitch & Networking session will also create visual material to support their proposal.
  • Each group has a leader who coordinates the monthly sessions, the delivery of homework and the private mentorship
  • In these meetings participants discuss their projects, give each other feedback and set monthly objectives
  • Each participant will have a dedicated mentor (an established professional in the field)
  • At the end of the incubation period, finished projects will receive a pitch training, in order to attend our final networking event with producers, experts and colleagues onsite and online.
  • At least one project will be selected by vote to take part in a second mentorship by Makila to create a demo or trailer and be supported to seek production funding (ex. making a budget, calendar, approaching producers, distributors, funds etc).
  • The Inkubator will run from January to December 2021, with a two-month pause during the summer.

Dec 15, 2020 — 23H45
Submission of projects
Nov 10 — Dec 15, 2020

Montreal, QC, Canada



  • Participants should reside in the greater Montreal area (although due to the current pandemic, the winter & early spring meetings will happen online)
  • Be an emerging or mid-career* media creator.
  • The call is open to members and non-members of Makila.**
  • All formats, short, medium, long, episodic, narrative, thematic.
  • Open to documentary, fiction and experimental.
  • Projects can be submitted and developed in either English or French (participants need to be fluent in one of the language and have a basic understanding of the other language in order to provide feedback to their peers)

A diversified peer committee will select 4 to 8 participants. The Inkubator fee for those who are selected to attend is 25$.

*mid-career defined by having created 2 or more projects (school projects not included)
** selected non-member participants will have to become members (100 $ refundable if the candidate wishes to leave the coop after completing the Inkubator program)

Open to everyone (Makila members and non-members)

Selection process

Selection criteria

  • What sort of impact could the project have in the world today?
  • Is the creator bringing something unique to the story or to the subject?
  • Does it have a distinct audiovisual approach?
  • Can Makila and its resources make a significant contribution to the project?
  • Conforming a diverse group of people, perspectives and experience is also important to us.
  • Documentary, fiction or experimental. Short, medium, long, episodic, narrative, thematic.