Feel Foreign Film Contest Themes

Films may be submitted under any of the following six themes: Business, Education, Sport, Family, Lifestyle and Food. Each of these sections is described in more detail below.




Business

“Tell a story that depicts cultural dynamics in a business environment”

The business environment is composed of a vast array of cultures and values. Navigating these differences respectfully is key to a successful business relationship. Share a story that illustrates cultural challenges in the workplace. What do we need to address to do business with people from different cultures?


Topics could include:

  • Business travel
  • Mergers
  • Translation
  • International web conferences
  • Cultural misunderstandings
  • Cultural ways of doing business

This section may be informative or comical, but should tell a story that depicts cultural dynamics in a business environment, and most importantly, challenge you to Feel Foreign.

Note: The film should be no longer than five minutes and must conform to the specifications outlined in Contest Rules and Film Guidelines.



Sport

“How do we learn about cultural differences through sport?”

What does it look like when a recent immigrant to Canada wants to join a hockey team? What is it like for a North American to learn a sport like cricket? How does traveling overseas for competition influence your perspective on different cultures? Tell a story about your experience learning about culture through sport.

Topics could include:

  • Sport stereotypes
  • International players
  • Sport related values
  • Olympics
  • Using sport to bridge cultural gaps


This section could be informative or comical, but should tell a story that illustrates learning about culture through sport, and most importantly, challenge you to Feel Foreign.

Note: The film should be no longer than five minutes and must conform to the specifications outlined in Contest Rules and Film Guidelines.



Education

“What steps can we take to create intercultural dialogue in the realm of education?”

Intercultural dynamics are often at play in formal and informal education. Tell a story that explores your experience learning in or about a different culture.


Topics might include:

  • Exchange programs
  • Semester abroad
  • Intercultural curriculum (globalization)
  • Stereotypical bullying in educational institutions
  • Immigrant students new to Canadian schools
  • Cultural awareness curriculum


Your submission could be informative or comical, but should tell a story that demonstrates the role education plays in intercultural dialogue, and most importantly, challenge you to Feel Foreign.

Note: The film should be no longer than five minutes and must conform to the specifications outlined in Contest Rules and Film Guidelines.



Food

“Share experiences of eating or serving foreign food.”

Ever eaten something just to be polite to the person serving you? Most often these stories are comical. Tell a story that illustrates the cultural importance behind food, or the awkward scenarios that often unfold surrounding it. Try something you have never tried before, attempt to make your grandmother’s famous recipe. Anything related to food fits into this category.


Topics might address:

  • Cultural values placed on food
  • Tasting something from another culture that sounds outrageous
  • Travel dining experiences
  • Attempting to cook a recipe foreign to you
  • Fusion cuisine


Submissions could explore comical or informative situations, but should tell a story that depicts cultural dynamics in relation to food, and most importantly, challenge you to Feel Foreign.

Note: The film should be no longer than five minutes and must conform to the specifications outlined in Contest Rules and Film Guidelines.



Family

“How can families embrace people from different cultures?”

How do families deal with encountering people from different cultural backgrounds, with different values and beliefs? In what situations has your family ever felt or made someone else feel foreign. This is an integral part of raising a generation that is understanding of the perspectives of others. Share stories of how your family has approached issues of culture and developing understanding.

Explore topics such as:

  • Family travel
  • Adoption
  • Childlike perspective
  • Developing understanding as a family
  • Host families to exchange students


Submissions could be informative, comical, or emotional, but should tell a story that depicts cultural dynamics related to families, and most importantly, challenge you to Feel Foreign.

Note: The film should be no longer than five minutes and must conform to the specifications outlined in Contest Rules and Film Guidelines.



Lifestyle

“Intercultural dynamics are presented day-to-day. Share the experiences that have got you thinking.”

How do you address issues related to cultural barriers daily? In what situations have you ever felt like a foreigner? Think about lifestyle choices that could bridge cultural gaps. These are day-to-day interactions that might deal with a variety of activities.

Topics could be:

  • Volunteerism
  • Friendships
  • Personal travel
  • Music and the arts
  • Clothing and fashion
  • Pop-culture (movies, television, radio)


Submissions could explore abstract, information, comical or emotional situations, but should tell a story that depicts cultural dynamics day-to-day, and most importantly, challenge you to Feel Foreign.

Note: The film should be no longer than five minutes and must conform to the specifications outlined in Contest Rules and Film Guidelines .