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Call for proposals | OFFTA 2023

Deadline > Novembre 1, 2022, 11 : 59 p.m.

An annual artistic event created on the edge of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), the OFFTA is a festival dedicated to emerging creation in performing arts.

This festival allows artists to share performances that displace festival-goers and open up new artistic spaces. The works which will be supported will question, transform and resist preconceptions. OFFTA offers a platform to emerging artists who, neither seeking consensus nor speaking with one voice, deploy their pluralities and contribute to the renewal of established models.

The festival team is currently seeking proposals for the programming of its 17th edition, which will be held in late May/early June 2023.

Following a reflection on our resources and the needs of the milieu, we are taking the decision to further distinguish 2 types of projects presented.

On the one hand, we will welcome finished projects, that are ready to tour. These projects will be presented as completed. Their creation periods will have been fully realized. They will be presented in the appropriate technical conditions to appreciate their full potential. Fees offered per finished project range from $1,400 to $3,000 for the full series of performances. The size of the teams involved in the performances and the agreed number of performances will inform the final fee offered per project.

In a second part, the festival will present works in progress. These projects, still in development, will have the chance to be shared with festivalgoers, peer artists and professionals of the milieu in a benevolent context. These first stages of work, open studios or tests could be presented during grouped programs. They will have light technical means. It is the opportunity to test, experiment, share one’s approach and to find feedback and support from the communities involved. Fees offered per work in progress projects range from $300 to $800 for the full series of performances. The size of the teams involved in the performances and the agreed number of performances will inform the final fee offered per project.

This formula, which was in place but more discreet in the last editions, will enable, we hope, a renewed audacity, while still respecting the distinct development phases of live arts projects. It will allow OFFTA to reaffirm its pioneering and irreverent nature while connecting emerging practices to eager festival-goers. This orientation was taken to respect the resources available to the organization and recognize the artistic teams’ work in a more equitable way.

The call is therefore open to all forms: “atypical projects that don’t fit anywhere”, completed shows, reruns, first stages or creations, laboratories, indoor or outdoor site-specific performances, remote, online and offline performances, conferences etc.

Our call is open to all Canadian projects. However, travel and accommodation costs to Mooniyang/Montreal/Tio’tia:ke cannot be covered by the OFFTA.

A committee of peers appointed by the Artistic Director, Claudel Doucet, will select the projects to be supported. The committee will give a particular consideration to projects that demonstrate:

  • Transformative experiences that stand out in advancing the practices and careers of the artists and collaborators in question.
  • Audacity and innovation.
  • Disciplinary merging, or proposals with distinctive compositions.
  • Collaborative methodologies and respectful dialogue.
  • Practices that are informed by and engaged with their communities or contemporary realities.
  • Projects that are compatible with the festival’s mission and resources.
  • Diversity of art forms, realities and cultures represented.

The OFFTA affirms its support for historically underrepresented voices and marginalized identities.

To foster an inclusive selection process, LA SERRE is available to accompany artists who may face accessibility barriers in submitting their application.


Complete call and online form here > https://offta.com/en/informations/#call