2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival Lottery

Applications for the Digital Fringe Lottery are now closed.

Thank you to everyone who applied. The winners were selected by random draw during a Lottery Livestream on Facebook Live, at noon on March 31, 2021.

View full list of winners here.

THE DIGITAL FRINGE LOTTERY

Applications were accepted in two categories this year: Main Digital Lottery and KidsFest Digital Lottery. Companies that are selected in either Digital Lottery will be offered a slot in the On-Demand series of the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival.

WHAT IS FRINGE ON-DEMAND?

Fringe On-Demand is the digital presentation venue offered to all Fringe participants in the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival.

Each company will have an exclusive digital presentation page to host a digital theatrical work of their choosing: pre-recorded video, audio, virtual or augmented reality experiences, games or self-led activity instructions – the possibilities are as wide as your imagination. Though there is no duration limit on the work you can present, we recommend pre-recorded pieces be between 20-60 minutes.

Audiences will access the Fringe On-Demand content on fringetoronto.com with the purchase of an affordable membership pass. The accumulated revenue of these passes will be split 50% to the festival and 50% to all of the companies in the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival. Each presentation page behind the membership paywall will have a Pay What You Can (PWYC) payment option for patrons to additionally pay directly for content that they view and consume. This revenue will be returned 100% to the Fringe On-Demand companies. There is no minimum digital ticket price, but we will suggest a price of $13, about the cost of a typical single Fringe show ticket.

Digital theatrical content presented in the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival will be required to meet Toronto Fringe’s accessibility standards. The Fringe will provide resources and support to participants for building and integrating access measures into their submissions.

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

Applications are now closed. 

Fringe On-Demand slots will be filled by companies selected from a Digital Lottery. You can apply to one of the following lotteries: Main Digital Lottery, KidsFest Digital Lottery.

The Toronto Fringe is a non-juried festival, and holds a lottery to program the festival by selecting shows at random in a draw. Once the applications close, a lottery number will be assigned to every single applicant. In line with all other Fringe Festivals in Canada, The Toronto Fringe does not evaluate the artistic merit of applicants, or the viability of the work. For the 2021 Digital Festival, this draw will take place during the Lottery Livestream on Wednesday March 31st, 2021 at 12:00PM EST on Toronto Fringe’s Facebook page.

For the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival, we commit to reserving at least 50% of available Fringe On-Demand slots for artists who are Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Colour. We will be implementing a two-phase lottery draw to achieve this goal. More information can be found below.

Eligibility requirements must be met by the INDIVIDUAL APPLYING, unless otherwise specified. This person is referred to as the MAIN ADMIN CONTACT, and is considered by the Fringe Festival to be the primary producer of the show. They enter a binding agreement with the Festival upon acceptance of a digital slot. They must provide a company name at the time of application, and this name cannot be changed at any time thereafter. They also must provide a secondary contact – this doesn’t necessarily need to be someone critical to the creation or producing of your show, but they can be. They will be contacted if the Festival is unable to reach the Main Admin Contact with critical information or questions about their application and/or production.

There is a Participation fee of $200 CAD to accept a slot in the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival. The 2021 Participation Policies can be found here.

WHAT CATEGORY SHOULD I CHOOSE?

The 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival includes the following categories:

Main Digital Lottery
KidsFest Digital Lottery

Main Digital Lottery
• For applicants with digital works for general audiences.
• There is no geographical limitation for the main admin contact.
• Participant fee to accept slot is $200 CAD.

KidsFest Digital Lottery
• For applicants with digital works for children ages 12 and under, and their families.
• A brief synopsis is required with application to this category.
• There is no geographical limitation for the main admin contact.
• Participant fee to accept slot is $200 CAD.

WHAT IS A TWO-PHASE LOTTERY DRAW?

The two-phase lottery draw is a measure we are implementing this year to strengthen equity, diversity and inclusion at the Festival. Toronto Fringe commits to reserving at least 50% of available Fringe On-Demand slots for participants who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour.

In late 2020 The Toronto Fringe underwent an EDI Audit conducted by Where You Are Consulting. In light of their findings and preliminary recommendations, “Fringe in Full Colour: Strengthening Equity Diversity Inclusion,” we are implementing a phased lottery structure as a step to directly address some of the imbalances and gaps that exist in the demographics reflected on Fringe stages, live or digital. The Toronto Fringe acknowledges that the history of the Fringe movement is rooted in a Canadian arts ecology that was built on whiteness and systemically prioritized white voices, and audiences. To continue to live up to our core values and founding belief that every voice has an equal right to be heard, we must actively disarm conventionally accepted oppressive practices, and counteract systems of white supremacy that impact our sector.

To learn more about the preliminary findings of our EDI Audit, and to view a video recording of our EDI Town Hall, please visit this page. The full report will be published later in March.

HOW WILL IT WORK?

There will be two phases of drawing for each Digital Lottery:

PHASE ONE: Applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour will be entered into the draw exclusively for the first 50% of all digital slots in the category.

PHASE TWO: Once at least 50% of total digital slots are filled by BIPOC applicants, or if no more BIPOC applicants remain to draw from (whichever comes first), the remaining slots will be drawn from all applicants in the category.

The Main Admin Contact is considered the individual applying who must identify as BIPOC for the application to be included in the first drawing phase. We strongly encourage that applicants who select this also commit to at least half or more of their creative and performance team identify as BIPOC as well.

HOW DO I APPLY TO THE DIGITAL LOTTERY?

Applications are now closed. 

WHAT IS THE FRINGE PRIMETIME SERIES, AND HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

Toronto Fringe will be curating a limited series of live digital performance events during the 2021 Festival. Fringe On-Demand participants will be able to apply with a live virtual theatrical event idea for one of the performance slots. Additional terms and conditions will apply to these production slots. This application process will occur later in the spring.

Read full press release about our lottery applications here.