What It Is

FotoFilmic was founded in 2012 in Vancouver, BC, Canada as a global film photography competition and publication & curation platform dedicated to emerging and unknown photo talents attached to film and analogue practices worldwide. FOTOFILMIC’16 is the 4th edition of its annual juried film photography competition and traveling exhibition program.

In the global context of digital technology FotoFilmic reflects an ongoing transformative understanding of Film Photography as a distinctive fine art medium and practice within contemporary photography. While most film shooters are still presently found in academic art departments pursing advanced degrees or working commercially, FotoFilmic’s core intention is to open wide the publication doors of contemporary film photography to all talented amateurs without restriction of ages or nationality demonstrating high quality of execution and creative envisioning.

The 4th iteration of the FotoFilmic Call excitingly expands our global film photography reach and network of partners for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere! For the 2016-2017 FotoFilmic’16 exhibition season we are pleased to collaborate with Photobook Melbourne‘s Director Heidi Romano to bring closer together two of the youngest and most effervescent photography scenes, Canada and Australia, in shaping yet another powerful statement as testimony to the thriving renaissance of photography on film and material photography around the world while returning to America’s fastest growing art market in Los Angeles at dnj Gallery!



Each edition of the FotoFilmic Competition involves 2 parts:
First a 6-month Online Curated SHORTLIST publishing 90 film photographers selected through 3 consecutive 2-month calls (WINTER ShortList, SPRING ShortList and SUMMER ShortList with 30 different artists per list)

Ongoing SHORTLIST Calls deadlines are scheduled as follow:
WINTER ShortList: Sunday, February 7, 2016 (Completed & Published)
SPRING ShortList: Sunday, April 3, 2016 (Completed & Published)
SUMMER ShortList: Sunday, May 29, 2016 (current ShortList Call)

Second, an internationally juried traveling exhibition of film and analog photography – FotoFilmic’16 this year – featuring 30 final winners in framed 16″x20″ prints selected from the completed SHORTLIST by the jurors. The FotoFilmic’16 Traveling Exhibition will open in Los Angeles (USA), Melbourne (Australia) and Vancouver (Canada).


1st Place $1,500 Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation Award
FotoFilmic is pleased to announce for its 4th Call for Entries a new prestigious sponsor – Vancouver’s Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation – to award FotoFilmic’16’s future top winner a $1,500 Award! For over 30 years, the Buschlen Mowatt Gallery has been Vancouver’s most prominent contemporary art space bringing high caliber international works and artists to the city such as Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, Helen Frankenthaler or Canadians Bill Reid and Sorel Etrog. Closing the gallery in 2011 to dedicate himself to the rapidly growing Vancouver Biennale created in 2005, its founder and current FotoFilmic’16 juror Barrie Mowatt conceived of the Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation as an active legacy to the gallery to engage and support international and Canadian artistic excellence in Vancouver, BC.

2nd Place $500 Beau Photo Award
We are proud and thankful to count Vancouver’s best photography store BEAU PHOTO amongst the Competition’s most fervent early supporters and partners since its very first edition with FotoFilmic’13! For this 4th edition BEAU will award a $500 cash prize to the 2nd Place FotoFilmic’16 Winner. If you ever find yourself in Vancity in need of film or anything else photo wise (including the latest digital gear) be sure to pay our friends a visit!

3rd Place Winner | 4th & 5th Places Honorable Mentions Lomography & ADOX Equipment Prizes
For a detailed list of Equipment Prizes from longtime Competition sponsors Lomography and ADOX to the 3rd Place Winner as well as the 2 Honorable Mentions (4th and 5th Places Winners) please check out our Prizes page!

Exhibition Catalog
As with previous editions FotoFilmic’16 will also produce a printed Exhibition Catalog to feature all 30 final exhibitors in a full-page format, as well as the 60 other ShortListers in a thumbnail format. Exhibitors will receive a free FotoFilmic’16 Exhibition Catalog copy at the end of the Traveling Exhibition Program in April 2017.


The FotoFilmic’16 International Traveling Exhibition Juror Panel is proud to once again welcome a new crop of today’s best curating talents in photography around the world including:

Photographer Todd Hido
SF Camerawork Executive Director Heather Snider

The Photographers’ Gallery curator Karen McQuaid

The Vancouver Biennale President Barrie Mowatt 

Photobook Melbourne Director Heidi Romano 


The FotoFilmic’16 show will travel to and open in 3 different cities and countries: its world loop will start in Los Angeles, California, USA in November 2016, then push south across the Pacific for a second instal in Melbourne, Australia in February 2017, and finally come back home to Vancouver, Canada in April 2017 for a third concluding act. Reaching a broad, international audience to provide a strong, multicultural exposure to its laureates, the FotoFilmic’16 exhibition also embodies a unique stance in contemporary trends reaffirming the artistic primacy of film and analog photography in the digital age and furthering the long historical legacy of film-based works that have come to define the medium and will, no doubt, continue grounding 21st C. photographic thought and culture.