Mississauga Multilingual Fringe Festival – Guidelines

 The 1st Mississauga Multilingual Fringe Festival (MMFF) is taking place from 18th August to 22nd August, 2021.  Applications are open for artists from Mississauga, and other cities of the Greater Toronto Area and as well as other neighbouring cities within easy driving distance like Georgetown, Pickering, etc.

In 2021, due to COVID-19 uncertainties, MMFF is not accepting applications from artists who do not reside within easy driving distance, who are out of province, or out of Canada for in-theatre works. Applications are open to all, regardless of residence, if applying for the Digital Festival.

What is “easy driving distance”?

That depends on what you consider “easy”. It has been a tradition with Fringe Festivals to help billet the artists participating in the Fringe, but due to COVID-19 this will no longer be possible. In case your budget does not stretch to hotels, or COVID-19 government restrictions do not allow staying with friends and relatives, you may have to drive in and out of Mississauga each day until all your performances are done.

General Applications accepted from January 31 – March 6, 2021

Please READ CAREFULLY before filling out/submitting an application

In August 2021, The 1st Mississauga Multilingual Fringe Festival will present 4  indoor theatre and 8 digital performances in Mississauga. Application date for outdoor performances  is likely to be announced later in February 2021.


The MMFF is open to artists who create theatre works in various South Asian languages such as Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Urdu, and English. Note that this list is indicative, not exhaustive and is expanded to include languages of the Asia Pacific Region which is a broad geographical term and includes Chinese, Japanese and Korean too!

The MMFF is for you, whether you are an emerging artist or an established one, or somewhere in between. Applicants are accepted into the MMFF through a lottery draw process.

The MMFF’s mission is to create a festival that provides an opportunity for new, experimental works in different languages for artists who face many different barriers, including those of language, colour, culture, orientation, etc.  

The MMFF is a gathering place for animated discussions and interactions among artists and audiences.

The MMFF is to ignite inspiration, passion and creativity!



Applications for in-theatre and digital will be accepted from January 31 to March 6, 2021. There are two steps, BOTH of which must be completed in order to apply for MMFF: 

  • ONLINE APPLICATION FORM: The first step in the application is to submit a complete application form. The application form will need to be received by the deadline for it to be entered in the lottery draw. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted for the lottery, nor will you be notified that your application is incomplete. 
  • PAYMENT OF APPLICATION FEE ONLINE: Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable $25 CAD application (admin) fee, paid via our secured system on the website.

A complete application form submitted by the deadline + payment of $25 CAD application fee submitted by the deadline = an application that will be entered into the lottery draw.

All applications and application fees must be submitted on or before March 6th, 2021 11:59 pm. Applications received after this time will not be accepted.


All completed applications that meet the criteria will receive an acceptance status notification via email.

What happens next?

Mark Friday March 12, 2021 @ 8 pm on your calendar! That’s the date of lottery draw. Depending on the COVID-19 restrictions at that time,  it will be an in-person public event (with possible restrictions on indoor gathering limits) OR   it will be livestreamed  on Zoom if stay-at-home orders continue to remain in force.

The artists or arts organizations whose names are drawn will be listed on our website the next business day.

Then what?

Pay your participation fee online by 15th. April, 2021 through our secure site. Fee is $200 CAD for in-theatre and digital. If payment is not received by this date, your participation will be cancelled and we will give your spot to the first artist on our waitlist.

Should you wish to withdraw your application, for any reason whatsoever, notify MMFF by 9th May 2021 and your participation fee will be refunded within 10 business days. ($200 CAD for in-theatre and digital). The application (admin) fee of $25 CAD is non-refundable. If you withdraw after 9th May 2021, then you forfeit 100% of the participation fee as non-refundable. 

You will not be able to apply this amount to any future applications.  

If your application is waitlisted, we will let you know whether your application is accepted or not by 10th May 2021. In case of acceptance, you will be asked to pay the participation fee of $200 CAD for in-theatre or online by 15th. April, 2021


If your show is accepted to the festival, you will be given a slot in which to produce your show. We are NOT producing your show, we are presenting it. You or your producing organization must hire your own cast, crew, and staff, secure your own rights, waivers, and run your own rehearsals, etc.


Your show will be scheduled into one venue for the length of the festival. Shows will receive approximately four performances over the course of the festival. Performances are approximately between 2pm and Midnight on weekdays, and between Noon and Midnight on weekends. There is only a 30 minute change-over time between shows. Please note that these timings are subject to change in case the local health directives require a change in the process due to COVID. Your curtain time will vary from day to day in order to

ensure all shows receive an equal amount of prime performance times. Keep in mind that when you are striking or setting up your show, another show is also striking or setting up. Minimalism rules!


MMFF handles all aspects of ticketing and box office. In 2021, full priced tickets will be $12 CAD for in-theatre performance and $5 CAD for digital (plus convenience charge) for in-theatre performances attended in-person. Artists/arts organization participating in the festival will receive the full $12 CAD per ticket or $5 CAD (for digital) sold through the MMFF box office.


You will need to keep the technical requirements of your show very simple. The venues are equipped with basic lights and sound. Storage space (if any) in the venues is minimal; since this space is shared with all shows in that venue you must take props, set pieces and costumes away with you after each performance. Each company will have only one cue to cue technical rehearsal in the venue. You will also be responsible for your own property and any other things you bring in to the venue.


MMFF will publicize the festival and coordinate overall press relations, including interviews and critic attendance should critics chose to review any of the performances. You will be asked to submit publicity photos and PR materials electronically so that we can send them to the media if requested. You are responsible for publicizing your own show through your own media releases, social media and any other means that you usually use. The more you promote your show, the larger your potential audience.


At this time those artists who are out of the Greater Toronto Area should  apply to the Digital component only. You are responsible for all aspects of production and publicity for your show.


  • Choose your show. Duration: 60 minutes for in-theatre or 40 minutes for digital.
  • COMPLETELY fill out the application form ONLINE.
  • REVIEW your application to make sure it is complete and correct. Double-check your email address.
  • Press SUBMIT.
  • If there are no errors, your application will submit and you’ll see a confirmation page displayed. You will also receive a confirmation email.
  • Click BUY NOW on this confirmation page in order to pay the Application Fee via credit card.
  • Keep your confirmation emails for your records.


For more information, please visit the APPLICANT FAQ/hints section of the website. If you still have questions, we are available to help you in advance of the deadline at info@mississaugafringe.ca

You may want to print and keep or bookmark these instructions and your original application email for your reference.