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When will the special air on CTV?

Canada In A Day will broadcast during the summer of 2017. Stay tuned for further details.

Can I still upload my videos?

The upload period was from September 10th to October 10th, 2016 and is now closed.

Do you need permission to use my video?

Yes. If your video is selected for the final film, you will be contacted to submit the necessary release forms; such as:

If you shoot a crowd in public you only need written permission from people who speak or those who you focus on prominently.

What if I am a minor?

If you were between 14 and 19 years old as of September 10th, 2016, you need permission from your parent or legal guardian to submit your video. Your parent or legal guardian’s name and email was provided in the upload form. We will contact them if your video is chosen to be in the final film. If you were under 14 years of age as of September 10th, 2016, your parent or legal guardian should have submitted your video.

When will I know if my video was selected?

If your video has been selected to be part of the film we will contact you before May 19, 2017. If your contact information changes, please let us know at info@canadainaday.ca.

Will I be compensated for being in the film or having my video appear in the film?

No. You will be recognized in the credits as a Contributor.

Is it OK that there’s music in my video?

Sometimes music is unavoidable, but we can’t use music by a performer without written consent. If the music in your video is your own creation and performed by you, we will contact you about permissions.

I need more help or have a question

Contact us at info@canadainaday.ca and describe your issue. One of the Canada In A Day team will get back to you with assistance as soon as we can. Thanks!

Filming tips

Want some tips on how to continue to make great videos on your camera or mobile?

You don’t have to be a pro – just be creative, honest, and real. Grab your camera and film your life. Watch these short videos for more good ideas.

“The thing about a film that makes it unique is point of view. And that point of view is coming from you, so what you want to do is apply some techniques, learn some things and tell your story your way. You just want to make it unique to you.”

Greg Middleton, Director of Photography, Game of Thrones

Getting started

Don’t know what to film? Use these questions to get the creativity flowing.

What do you love? What makes you laugh? Are you getting married? Having a baby? Attending a family reunion? Is this your first date… or your last date? Do you have a pet you love, or a friend or companion that makes a difference in your life?

What do you hope or dream of? Do you confide in your friends about your dreams, your best or worst moments? What do you imagine for the future?

What do you fear? What do you think of first thing in the morning or last thing at night? What makes you cry? Makes you angry? What are you doing to make the future better?

What does Canada mean to you? What is special about where you live and the people around you? Are you in the military posted on one of Canada’s bases? Are you a new Canadian? Are you an ex-pat living abroad and thinking of home?

  • Use any camera

    We’ll accept footage from any device, including mobile phones. Be creative: submit time-lapse, drone footage, action cameras…

  • Film horizontally

    Important! Hold your camera or smartphone horizontally (landscape), not vertically (portrait).

  • Film anywhere

    You can film at home, at work, or out in the world. You’ll need permission to film on private property.

  • Film anyone

    Film yourself, your family, your friends, or even strangers. Important – you’ll need their permission.

  • Think about light

    Don’t film in front of windows or other sources of bright light, unless you artistically want your subject to appear in silhouette.

  • Get good sound

    It’s important that we can hear you! Try to avoid loud areas. Use a microphone, if you have one, to capture the best sound.

  • Keep your camera rolling

    Keep your camera rolling for at least 3–5 seconds; try to avoid lots of zooming and panning.

  • Film in any language

    Canada is a multilingual country. You are welcome to film in any language. Or let the pictures speak for themselves!