2020 Island FRINGE Festival Artist Application
Applications are due by 6pm (AST) on Friday, January 31st 2020.
Please make sure to read all of the following "Information for Applying Artists" before applying to the 2020 Island FRINGE Festival.
INFORMATION FOR APPLYING ARTISTS
Welcome to the Island FRINGE Festival! Please take a moment to read this before filling out the application form.
Even if you’re a Fringe veteran, please read this closely, as the Island FRINGE Festival is very special and different.
WHEN IS THE ISLAND FRINGE FESTIVAL?
The 2020 Island Fringe Festival will take place from July 29 - August 2.
WHAT IS A FRINGE®?
FRINGE Festivals® strive to make theatre accessible and affordable for both the artists and the audience.
The Canadian FRINGE Festivals® are built on four principles:
1) No Artistic Direction. Artists are selected by lottery.
2) There are no limits on content or title; no censorship is applied.
3) Accessibility to artists. Anyone can apply to the lottery and the fees are kept low.
4) Accessibility to audience. Ticket prices are kept low & 100% of the ticket price is returned to the artists.
For more information, please visit the CAFF home page:
***WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT THE ISLAND FRINGE FESTIVAL?***
The Island FRINGE Festival offers unconventional performances in unconventional venues. We do not offer shows in traditional theatre locations. This is an opportunity to bring your show into a unique space in downtown Charlottetown. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of staging a show in a park or by the sea or in a diner, complete with milkshakes. Our goal is to shake up theatre while keeping it affordable for both artists and audience. Because the performance venues we use are unconventional spaces, most do not have the capabilities for traditional tech (lighting grid, etc.) We love alternative tech though and the site-specific nature of the festival allows us to be resourceful and creative when imagining tech options for participating shows. If tech is an integral part of your show, let us know and we will consider your technical requirements when selecting your venue.
Another unique aspect of the Island FRINGE Festival is that rather than having a set ticket price, all of the shows are 'pay-what-you-can' with 100% of the collected payments going directly to that show. The suggested donation is $10 per person and this model contributes to the open and accessible atmosphere of the Island FRINGE Festival and our audiences give generously. Since 2012, all participating companies have made back their Festival Fees and most have made a nice profit from their shows. Staff and volunteers are present at every performance to collect payments for the show and explain the 'pay-what-you-can' model in our pre and post-show announcements.
WHAT THE ISLAND FRINGE FESTIVAL OFFERS YOU:
- We select 10 companies by lottery (out of a hat).
- We provide sites and create some tech options in advance.
- We create a schedule of 4 performances of your show.
- We publicize the festival as a whole (program, posters, flyers, ads, website, special events, etc.).
- We collect donations on your behalf at the shows (we do not take any cut of the donations).
WHAT YOU DO:
- You apply (if selected there is a Festival Fee of $250(CAD)).
- You rehearse your show.
- You publicize your show (we will provide you with media lists to help you).
- You provide your own stage manager to run tech during your shows.
PLEASE NOTE: If you do not bring a stage manager to run your tech during shows, we will hire someone to run your tech. It will cost $250(CAD) ($50 per show and $50 for the tech rehearsal.)
You get a technical rehearsal of up to 3 hours with the Island FRINGE Festival tech team and your stage manager (who will be running your tech during the performances). You must complete your technical rehearsal no later than July 28 or you will not get one. You'll have 15 minutes to set up each performance and 15 minutes to strike it. Sound fun? Read on!
Island Fringe Festival is an advocate for equity and is committed to ensuring representation in its community. We welcome applications from members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons of varying physical abilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to providing an environment in which people can feel safe, confident, and comfortable at our events.
THE LOTTERY. The Island FRINGE Festival reserves the right to have the following quotas for each show category: Prince Edward Island 4; Canadian: 2, International: 2, Diversity: 2. Four separate lotteries, one for each quota. We will determine your category based on the address or specific category, however, anyone (PEI, Canadian, and International applicants) can apply for the Diversity lottery.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Performers who have their permanent address on Prince Edward Island.
CANADIAN: Performers from anywhere OFF of Prince Edward Island but are Canadian citizens or have Permanent Resident status in Canada.
INTERNATIONAL: Performers who are neither Canadian citizens nor do they have Permanent Resident status in Canada.
DIVERSITY: Written and/or Produced and/or Performed by members of an underrepresented community and dealing with subject matter relevant to the experiences of an underrepresented community (i.e.: race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical abilities, socio-economic status, language, etc.)
Your application must be submitted by 6pm AST on January 31, 2020. The lottery will take place on February 1, 2020.
The lottery will determine the participating companies and the order of the waiting lists. We will only accept applications through the online form submission. Please do not send applications through email or post.
Waiting List. If you wind up on your quota's waiting list, don't despair! We usually have spots open up!
VENUES. Please remember that the Island FRINGE Festival's mission is to create new performance sites out of unique and unconventional venues. We will select a venue in downtown Charlottetown that best suits the needs of your show.
YOUR COMPANY. To give everyone a fair chance, the Island FRINGE Festival will only accept one show per company. If you send more than one application, only one will be accepted. You may not change the name of your company after we receive your application form. It is forbidden to sell or give away your slot to another company as it is not fair to the groups who have gone through the application process and are on the waiting list.
RUNNING TIME. There is a maximum running time of 60 minutes. If your show runs much less than that, not a problem! We welcome all sorts of shows and sometimes great art only needs fifteen minutes! We understand that you may not yet know how long your show will be, so we recommend that you estimate high rather than low in terms of show running times. If your show runs over 60 minutes, there will be a $50 penalty per night. Running over your scheduled time is unfair to audiences and other artists. We create the schedule so that people can see multiple shows a night. By running overtime, you are preventing audiences from being able to see other shows, which is very un-FRINGE.
FEES. $250(CAD), once accepted into the Festival. You have seven (7) business days to make your payment or to send in your cheque. After that, your spot will be offered to a company on the waitlist.
We can accept three methods of payment:
1) E-transfer payment to
2) PayPal payment (please note, there are fees associated with this that Island FRINGE Festival is not responsible for).
3) Cheque made out to THE ISLAND FRINGE FESTIVAL and send it to:
The Island Fringe Festival
PO Box 272
Please note: If your cheque bounces, you will lose your place.
International companies: The fee is in CANADIAN DOLLARS. Check with your bank to make sure that your cheque’s currency is in Canadian dollars prior to sending it. You can also use a certified cheque for this.
Are the fees refundable?
Once a company has sent in the Festival Fee, it is not refundable.
ACCOMMODATION (non-Island companies)
While the Island FRINGE Festival cannot guarantee visiting companies free accommodations, we will try to help you find lodging. However, the responsibility rests on each company to ensure their own accommodations. If you’re a visiting company, we’ll send you a list of affordable options.
IMPORTANT INFO FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES
Please be sure to have passports for every member of your cast and crew who will be coming to Canada for the Island FRINGE Festival. Without them, you will not be able to get into Canada. You are also responsible for any permits and visas which may be required of you by the Canadian Border Authorities. Please note that each company is responsible for its own transportation to and from PEI.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us at
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