Call for Submissions
Submit your film
Submit your Film
We are looking for your films!
Do you have a madeleine to share? We are searching for the stories behind the recipes. The lived experiences which highlight a madeleine’s ability to conjure up nostalgia, awaken the curiosity of times gone by, and help bridge the divide between individuals. We are looking for short documentary films which portray the relationship between a person and their madeleine; the story surrounding the experience of food.
Please visit our resources page for additional information, annotated bibliography, and a few classroom activities.
Who is eligible to submit?: Everyone.
Students, budding and professional filmmakers, anyone at any age with a camera and a love for food and storytelling.
Genre: Short documentary films portraying food’s ability to transmit ideas and stories aournd identity, culture, and life experiences.
Length: Films should be no less than 1mins and no longer than 4mins (including end credits).
Completion date: Please feel free to submit a film you’ve made years ago or one that has been completed recently.
Submitting your film: After uploading your films to either Youtube or Vimeo, provide a link in the submission form below and complete the written responses.
Please do not email your film submissions. If you have any questions regarding the submission process or any other inquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where will my film be showcased if selected?
If selected, your film will live in the Madeleine Shorts web-catalog.
How and when will I know if my film has been selected?
Our team will notify you by email if your film has been selected within 4 weeks of submission.
Why do I have to submit a written component alongside my film submission?
We want to learn about what inspired you to make your film and the various ideas that stand behind your food story. Offering a section for you to write about a bit more about your motivations helps us better understand your connection to the story and why you feel it is important to be shared.
What languages do you accept?
We welcome and encourage film submissions in any and all languages. For the moment, if your film is in a language other than English, we ask that you please superimpose English subtitles on your film. In the future we hope to include French subtitles as well, in keeping with our tribute to the French madeleine.
Why do I need to have my interviewee (or those I film for b-roll) sign a person appearance media release form?
We require filmmakers to get signed consent from both interviewees and those featured in b-roll footage for the protection of the interviewee and b-roll subjects. The form can be found here. This form acts as an agreement between the filmmaker and the person being filmed, ensuring that the person being filmed is aware of the manner in which their image/voice will be featured in the film.
What is the Foods without Borders project? Where can I find more information on the pedagogical approach?
Do I have to be affiliated with a university or school to submit a film?
No, we encourage everyone to submit; no matter your educational affiliation.
How can I get in touch with filmmakers whose films I see on your site?
Below most films, we provide a link to the filmmaker’s social media accounts. However, if you watch a film that does not include a way to contact the filmmaker, please email us at email@example.com.
Will you accept films in the "cooking show" genre?
The short answer is “No.”
Madeleine Shorts hopes to build a rich collection of stories about the power of food as opposed to instructions on how to prepare food.
We will select films that support our intended mision of bringing to life the experiences, emotions, and memories that food creates.