We are pleased to announce Helpful Hand as the winner of the competition!

Thank you to the more than 120 filmmakers who submitted their short films.


The world is facing a global refugee crisis. The conflict in Syria, combined with millions fleeing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as in countries in Africa, has brought the number of refugees to a tipping point. We, as Canadians, and as global citizens, must do something to help.

Frank Giustra and the Radcliffe Foundation, in collaboration with the Vancouver International Film Festival, have launched a competition urging filmmakers to produce a "Call to Action" short film up to 60 seconds in length that educates, inspires, engages, and empowers Canadians to take tangible action on the crisis. Decided by the public through social media, the winning film will receive a $20,000 prize and screening at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

The Jury

Submissions will be short listed by a jury and then put to a public vote where filmmakers are encourage to share their videos, engage online and spread the message. The jury is comprised of notable names in the philanthropic, entertainment and media sectors including:

  • Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Public speaker, Advocate for Women's issues and former television host
  • Sarah McLachlan, Award winning Artist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
  • Honourable Louise Arbour, CC, GOQ, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Craig Kielburger, Co-founder of Free The Children
  • Ivan Fecan, Executive Chair, Thunderbird Films Inc., and former Canadian media executive
  • Atom Egoyan, Acclaimed Canadian Director
  • Frank Giustra, President, Radcliffe Foundation and CEO, Fiore Group of Companies
  • Ryan Holmes, Founder and CEO, Hootsuite
  • Nicolas Moyer, Executive Director, Humanitarian Coalition

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