Hamilton Fringe Festival

An 11-day unjuried theatre festival that happens every summer in downtown Hamilton

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The 17th annual Hamilton Fringe runs July 15-26, 2020

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Applications for the Main Lottery, Disability Justice Lottery, BIPOC Artist Lottery, Family Fringe, Mini-Series, Site-Specific, and Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) are now open! Please scroll down to learn more about the application process. You will find the link to apply via our artist portal, Eventotron, below.

 

FULL LIST OF LOTTERY CATEGORIES:

Main Lottery Categories

1. Ontario 60 Minutes (15 spots)
Ontario 60 Minutes applicants may opt into:
Hamilton 60 Minutes (2 spots)—Companies must be based in Hamilton, ON
Ontario 60 Minutes may also apply to:
Disability Justice (see below)
BIPOC Artist (see below)
2. 90 Minutes (3 spots)
3. National 60 Minutes (Canada, outside Ontario) (1 spot)
4. International 60 Minutes (2 spots)

Disability Justice Lottery Category (60 minutes) (1 spot)
– All fees are waived
– Company must be based in Hamilton, ON
– Primary contact self-identifies as Deaf, heard of hearing, sick, living with a mental illness/mental disorder/mad, and/or living with a disability

BIPOC Artist Lottery Category (60 minutes) (1 spot)
– All fees are waived
– Company must be based in Hamilton, ON
– Primary contact must identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Colour

Other Lottery Categories
1. Family Fringe (40-60 minutes) (3 spots)
2. Mini-Series (20 minutes) (5 spots)
3. Site-Specific (2 spots)—first-come-first-served
4. Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) (14 spots)—first-come-first-served

Costs to apply:
Application fee of $25 + participation fee (see below)
60-minute slots: $650
90-minute slots: $750
Family Fringe slots: $550
Mini-Series slots: $350
BYOV and Site Specific: sliding scale based on seating capacity
– 299 seats or less = $450
– 300-449 seats = $525
– 449+ seats = $600
Visual Fringe: $10 application fee. No additional participation fee.
Application and participation fees are waived for the Disability Justice and BIPOC Artist Lotteries.

Key dates:
November 9, 2019: 2020 Fringe Festival Lotteries, BYOV, Site-Specific, and Visual Fringe applications open
December 11, 2019: Applications for the 2020 Fringe Festival Lottery close. (Site-Specific & BYOV applications are first-come, first-served, Visual Fringe remains open until February)
December 13, 2019: The 2020 Hamilton Fringe Festival Lottery Party at Tourism Hamilton Visitor Centre, results are posted on hamiltonfringe.ca
February 24, 2020: Deadline for applications to Visual Fringe
February 26, 2020: Visual Fringe Lottery draw
February 28, 2020: Deadline for BYOV and Site-Specific categories. The applications to these categories close on this date or when all slots are filled, whichever comes first
July 15-26, 2020: 2020 Hamilton Fringe Festival. Shows begin on July 16

A few General Rules before you start:
1. Only one application per company is allowed. You may enter ONE main lottery category or other lottery category. Companies who apply to Ontario 60 Minutes may also opt into Hamilton 60 Minutes and choose to apply to the Disability Justice 60 Minutes and BIPOC Artist 60 Minutes. Alternatively, a company may choose to submit ONLY to the Disability Justice and/or BIPOC Artist 60 Minutes WITHOUT applying to the Ontario 60 Minutes category.
2. The Company Name, Primary Contact, and Secondary Contact cannot be changed once submitted.
3. The Primary and Secondary contacts of a company cannot be the Primary and/or Secondary contacts for a second company.
4. If an individual/company submits more than one application, ALL relevant applications will be removed from the lottery, and no refund will be given for the lottery application fee.
5. If the Primary Contact cannot continue with a production, we reserve the right to withdraw it from the festival.
6. Companies are not allowed to sell or transfer their spot to another company. If we find that they have, both companies will be removed from the festival and will forfeit 100% of their fees.

Main Lottery:

The Hamilton Fringe Festival is non-juried and holds a lottery to program the festival by selecting shows at random in a draw. This draw takes place in mid-December annually. In line with all other Fringe Festivals in Canada, The Hamilton Fringe Festival does not evaluate the artistic merit of applicants, or the viability of the work—all applicants have the same chance of earning a show slot as the rest of their category. The Hamilton Fringe offers multiple Main Lottery categories to apply to, based on the permanent residence of the applicant and duration of show, age demographic of audience, or targeted performance genre.

Lottery Categories include Ontario 60 Minutes, Hamilton 60 Minutes, 90 Minutes, National 60 Minutes, and International 60 Minutes.

NEW IN 2020, the Hamilton 60 Minutes Lottery is designed to increase the chances for local companies to participate in the festival. All companies not selected in the Hamilton 60 Minutes draw are automatically entered into the Ontario 60 Minute draw.

Disability Justice Lottery:

Produced in partnership with the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO), the Disability Justice Lottery category is designed to serve an artist who self-identifies as Deaf, heard of hearing, sick, living with a mental illness/mental disorder/mad, and/or living with a disability. Hamilton Fringe is taking steps in our Disability Justice Lottery category to address the financial, attitudinal, informational, and environmental barriers in the application, selection, planning, practice, and performance processes. Click here for a description of the Disability Justice Pilot Project and further details on eligibility. The Disability Justice Lottery includes:

  • 60-minute performance slot at the 2020 Hamilton Fringe, waiving all fees ($25 application and 650 participation fees)
  • Support for the costs of production with a $1,000 cash bursary
  • A personalized accessibility plan (with venue and production accommodations)
  • Professional/artistic mentorship aimed at both enhancing the artistic realization of the production as well as increasing the professional networks of the participating artists
  • Producing support from Hamilton Fringe with regards to marketing, social media, fundraising, and technical production
  • The primary contact receives free entry into all ALERT education program workshops

To be eligible the primary contact for the production must self-identify as Deaf, heard of hearing, sick, living with a mental illness/mental disorder/mad, and/or living with a disability and reside in Hamilton, Ontario. Additional support with the application is available by phone at 289-698-2234, email at info@hamiltonfringe.ca, or in person at 41 King William St., Suite 206, Hamilton between 10:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

BIPOC Artist Lottery:

Produced in partnership with Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, the BIPOC Artist Lottery is available specifically to members of culturally diverse communities in Hamilton and is designed to serve an artist who self-identifies as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Colour. The BIPOC Artist Lottery includes:

  • 60-minute performance slot at the 2020 Hamilton Fringe, waiving all fees ($25 application and 650 participation fees)
  • Support for the costs of production with a $1,000 cash bursary
  • Professional/artistic mentorship aimed at both enhancing the artistic realization of the production as well as increasing the professional networks of the participating artists
  • Producing support from Hamilton Fringe with regards to marketing, social media, fundraising, and technical production
  • The primary contact receives free entry into all ALERT education program workshops

To be eligible the primary contact for the production must identify as BIPOC. Additional support with the application is available by phone at 289-698-2234, email at info@hamiltonfringe.ca, or in person at 41 King William St., Suite 206, Hamilton between 10:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Family Fringe Lottery:

Three Family friendly productions will be selected for Family Fringe, located at Theatre Aquarius. Family Fringe shows must have a running time of 40-60 minutes. Each company will be scheduled for 7 performances, with a variety of performance times between 9:30am and 5pm weekdays and weekends. The primary audience for Family Fringe shows is 12 and under with a $5 ticket price—this should be taken into account when budgeting for your production.

Mini-Series Lottery:

Five companies will have the opportunity to present shows 20-minutes or less at the Hamilton Tourism Visitor Centre, located at 28 James St N. Each company will be scheduled for 7 performances between Thursday and Saturday each week of the Fringe. The Mini-Series shows are set in a small non-traditional performance space. Shows must have NO or LOW technical and production requirements. There is no technician assigned to this venue during the run of the festival. If there are technical elements to your production, they must be provided and operated by a member of your company.

Site-Specific Category:

The Site-Specific slots are reserved for companies that are creating shows to take place in a non-traditional theatre venue. Want to create a show about a barista that takes place in a coffee shop? Or tell a story about a fleeting love story that takes place in a hotel room? This is the category for you.

Hamilton Fringe considers a show site-specific based on the following criteria:

  • The show is created to take place in a particular, non-traditional performance venue
  • The show could not take place in a traditional theatre space
  • The show uses the properties, qualities, and/or history of the space to inform the content
  • The show helps to reveal or highlight our intricate relationships to physical space and our environment

Applications are due Friday, February 28, 2020 or once all slots have been filled, whichever comes first. Site-Specific applicants are asked to get in touch with the Fringe in advance of submitting your proposal: info@hamiltonfringe.ca.

BYOV Category:

A BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) is a venue or location not included in the list of Fringe main venues. If you were not drawn in the Fringe lottery, or if your performance is better suited for an unconventional space, a BYOV might be the right fit for you.

Each venue must have at least two BYOV companies attached. At least two applications from each venue must be submitted before the Hamilton Fringe can approve the application. If multiple Box Office locations are required at a single venue, each Box Office location will be counted as a separate venue. We must have 2 applications per Box Office to approve the application.

Applications are due Friday, February 28, 2020 or once all slots have been filled, whichever comes first. BYOV applicants are asked to get in touch with the Fringe in advance of submitting your proposal: info@hamiltonfringe.ca.

Visual Fringe:
12 artists will be chosen via lottery to present a piece of work at Redchurch Cafe & Gallery, our Fringe Club partner, during the 2019 festival. These applications are not submitted through Eventotron, but through another online portal. Click here for more information and to apply (COMING SOON).

Applications to the Visual Fringe are due: Monday, February 24, 2020
The draw will be live-streamed on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

HOW TO APPLY VIA EVENTOTRON: 

1. Go to Eventotron.com. If you have applied to the festival last year, log in using the same email and password. If you have never applied through Eventotron before, enter your email under ‘New User’ and hit ‘Register.’ You will be sent an email with further instructions on how to log in.
2. After logging in, click ‘Festivals’ at the top left-hand corner of the screen. Scroll through the list of festivals until you find ‘Hamilton Fringe 2019.’ Click on ‘Apply’ to be taken to the application.
3. If you have not applied through Eventotron before, select ‘I’m creating a new event’ and follow the directions on the screen.
4. Please note: questions in red text are required questions, you will not be able to submit your application if there is any red text still appearing in your form. You must click NO to any lottery category that does not apply.
5. After being taken to the Application form, fill in all the information. Please ensure you download and read your festival agreement thoroughly before applying. Be ready to pay your application fee online or to mail a cheque within 5 days of applying.