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Capture Canada 150 Film Competition

If you dream of making movies one day, or you love grabbing your device and making movies with your friends, then this competition is for you!

Create a short film about what Canada’s 150th birthday means to you. It will be a part of our Capture Canada 150 Film Festival this fall.


  • You must include your name, age, grade level as of May 2017, school name, home telephone number and email address with each submission.
  • Releases: all submitted works must be accompanied by 2 completed release forms: 

1. Originality statement confirming that the submitted work is yours and yours alone

2. Waiver permitting the Ajax Public Library public performance rights to show your film and post it on its social media platforms 

  • Film length:  3-5 minutes
  • Devices: Participants can use any device (camera, phone, iPad, laptop etc.) to create their work
  • Submissions:  one entry per person submitted on a USB stick
  • Entries will not be returned so please make a copy for your portfolio.
  • All entries will be part of Capture Canada 150 Film Festival (November 2017). 
  • Entries must be dropped off at any Ajax Public Library branch by September 8 2017. 

Film Making Camp
July 12 & 13
9:30 a..m – 4 p.m.
Main Branch

This two-day workshop is led by documentary filmmaker, Shabnam Sukhdev was awarded two National Film Awards in 2014 for The Last Adieu about her father, celebrated Indian filmmaker, Sukhdev Singh Sandhu. She writes and produces films, and teaches film studies at Durham College. Shabnam is passionate about film and loves to share her passion with youth.

This unique opportunity for high school students will help develop filmmaking skills like scriptwriting and directing in creative documentary. 

Using the Personal Cinema format, you’ll get a hands-on understanding of how to create a film by learning simple audio-visual tools through an interactive participatory workshop. 

“In this workshop, you will EXPLORE an intimate approach to filmmaking. You will LEARN to channel your curiosity and arrive at a story you wish to tell in a 5-minute long film. It is purely from your perspective, and therefore personal.  It defines who you are.  You will DEVELOP the basics of how to make a film using resources available to you and creating a film unique to your vision.” - Shabnam Sukhdev

Capture Canada 150 is partner program between the Ajax Public Library and local documentary filmmaker, Shabnam Sukhdev, to provide a juried short film competition experience to high school students in Ajax.  It celebrates the creative process as it engages youth to explore the 150th birthday of Canada.