When it comes to artistic vision, FAVA looks to its practicing members for direction to articulate and establish the co-op’s creative goals and directions. It is our mission to create the resources and opportunities our members need to realize those visions.
Having said that, FAVA has always striven to balance the many and shifting needs of our membership while still providing a coherent vision behind which the entire community can unite. This is not always easy.
Edmonton has only one media arts centre and we welcome practitioners from all areas and disciplines of the media arts: film, video, multimedia, animation, and installation artists among them.
The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA) is a not-for-profit, charitable society that exists to facilitate and support the creation, exhibition, distribution, and preservation of independent film, video and new media art in Northern Alberta.
FAVA’s vision is to offer excellent and nationally recognized resources and opportunities to a diverse community of artists, to create and showcase independent film, video and media art.
Goals & Objectives
1. To benefit the public and contribute to the cultural opportunities available to all members of the community through the presentation of independent Canadian film, video, and media arts;
2. To promote an appreciation for the aesthetic value of artistic works by Canadian artists in the areas of film, video, and media arts;
3. To educate, train, and develop skills in film, video, and media arts in its members and wider community;
4. To promote and assist in the production of Canadian independent film, video, and media arts;
5. To develop and sustain a media distribution system for Alberta media artists and the wider national community;
6. To develop and sustain a media arts library of Alberta media art, and to create and maintain archival partnerships to permanently collect these works;
7. To do all other ancillary to the above-noted objects including to give grants, lease lands, sell, manage, lease, mortgage, dispose of and otherwise provide and deal in and with equipment and other various objects and to raise money by a variety of methods including casinos, exhibitions and direct solicitation.
We pursue these objectives through the following
acquiring and maintaining a large pool of equipment for the creation, screening, and transmission of media art, at discounted rates for independent artistic endeavors;
developing our members as artists and crafts people through classes, workshops, networking, and mentorship opportunities;
disseminating our members’ work through our two annual media arts festivals – FAVA FEST and the Gotta Minute Film Festival;
distributing media art through our online arts broadcast and distribution initiative FAVA TV;
communicating with our members and the general public through our website at www.fava.ca, our e-bulletin, Facebook, and Twitter
supporting member projects directly, with modest cash, equipment and services grants;
commissioning new work;
developing and maintaining internal library resources to collect the works of our membership and the greater Alberta media arts community through FAVA TV and FilmReel.
“FAVA provides independent filmmakers with amazing opportunities to create on a level that they wouldn’thave access to without the resources and support of a film co-op. It’s one of the main reasons why Edmonton is a deceptively incredible place to make movies.”
Dylan Rhys Howard
“FAVA isn’t a film co-op, it’s a community. It’s a place for auteur driven filmmakers to meet and collaborate. FAVA has been essential to my growth as a filmmaker and artist and is clearly thriving.”
“FAVA has been my mainstay film community since I started making films on film 15 years ago. I’m lucky to have such a great bunch of people who are so supportive and so excited about making films and videos and other artwork. It is not something you find anywhere you look. Without FAVA I would probably have given up on being an artist long ago. Seriously.”
“FAVA gives me the opportunity as a director to explore and practice the craft of storytelling which, as a filmmaker, you rarely get the chance to do.”
FAVA’s values are the core set of beliefs to which the organization prescribes. They are an indication of what we believe to be important tenets of our existance.
Developing a national identity as a centre of excellence, which supports media arts artists.
Staying true to the spirit of independent filmmaking.
The importance of story telling.
Providing access to all means of technology and exhibition methods.
Protecting and maintaining access to traditional filmmaking processes.
Empowerment of artists.
Maintaining equipment for members, so they can continue to commit to quality, craftsmanship and art.
Welcoming, including and respecting all who come to FAVA.
Partnerships with other communities, organizations, and initiatives.
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