learn what it takes to make your project go

Class Description

Learn how to make a project “go!” in this wide-ranging intensive class, led by industry experts.

Sign up for the whole class or take individual modules that peak your interest.

Module 1 | Introduction to Producing | Sep 12 | $75+GST
So what does a producer really do?

Module 2 | Creative | Sep 19 & 26 | $150+GST
Anatomy of the pitch, script and project development, working with the writer, developing story

Module 3 | Cast and Crew | Oct 3 & 10 | $150+GST
Working with key creative, working with guilds and unions, role of the production manager

Module 4 | Financing | Oct 17, 24, and Nov 7 (no class Oct 31) | $225+GST
Where to look for money and how to ask for it, public and private financing, broadcasters

Module 5 | Post Production Workflow | Nov 14 | $75+GST
You’ve finished shooting – now what?

Module 6 | Budgeting and Bookkeeping | Nov 21 & 28 | $150+GST
How to plan and track finances 

Module 7 | Insurance and Legal | Dec 5 | $75+GST
Liability, errors & omissions insurance, rights clearances, contracts

Module 8 | Festivals, Launch and Distribution | Dec 12 | $75+GST

Payment Policies

Class Payment and Cancellation Policy

Your enrollment in any class is not guaranteed until payment is received.  Classes must be paid for at least one week before the first class.  You may cancel your enrollment in a class one week before the first class without charge.  Cancellations made less than a week before the first class will be refunded the full amount less a $50 cancellation fee.  Cancellations made after the first class will be refunded the tuition less a $50 cancellation fee and the appropriate portion of the total tuition for the one class you attended. You must cancel before the date of the second class to receive a refund. All classes are subject to cancellation if there are insufficient registered participants.  We will notify you regarding cancellation at least one week before the first class.  If we cancel the class, you are entitled to a full refund or you may transfer to another scheduled class, space permitting.

Next Classes


Instructor: Ava Karvonen

Start Date: September 12, 2017

Duration: 13 weeks (Sept 12 to Dec 12)

Schedule: Tuesdays from 6pm – 9pm

Cost: Early Bird $790+GST (paid by July 31, 2016) | Regular $870+GST

Individual Modules – prices listed in class description

Register: Call 780-429-1671 to register

Programs Calendar

Upcoming Programs

The Programs Calendar is a combination of pretty much all the FAVA related activities from events to education. Including:

Select from the links above for their specific calendars. Or browse the following calendar to find all programming events.

March 2018
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
February 25, 2018

FAVA Free-for-all: Lighting

FAVA Free-for-all: Lighting

Video Kitchen Screening

Video Kitchen Screening
February 26, 2018 February 27, 2018 February 28, 2018 March 1, 2018

Alberta Media Fund - Project Script Development Grant Deadline

Alberta Media Fund - Project Script Development Grant Deadline

Telus Optik Local Fund - Open for Applications

Telus Optik Local Fund - Open for Applications
March 2, 2018 March 3, 2018
March 4, 2018 March 5, 2018 March 6, 2018 March 7, 2018 March 8, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10, 2018
March 11, 2018 March 12, 2018 March 13, 2018 March 14, 2018 March 15, 2018 March 16, 2018 March 17, 2018
March 18, 2018 March 19, 2018 March 20, 2018 March 21, 2018 March 22, 2018 March 23, 2018 March 24, 2018
March 25, 2018 March 26, 2018 March 27, 2018 March 28, 2018 March 29, 2018 March 30, 2018 March 31, 2018

Upcoming Classes


Video Kitchen

This is our introductory class. It is a prerequisite to Main Course. Video Kitchen provides a creative place to explore and express your ideas visually.



for Screenwriters & Directors

This is your chance to move from one side of the camera to the other. and figure out what exactly you’re asking your actors to do!



Learn how to make a project “go!” in this wide-ranging intensive class, led by industry experts. Sign up for the whole class take individual modules.



Got a screenplay you’re itching to write? Develop your short or feature film script or one-hour teleplay in an intense but supportive workshop setting.


Main Course

This is our intermediate production class. Participants must have completed FAVA’s Video Kitchen course, or have proven equivalent experience.


The Camera Loves You

4 week film audition intensive with Chantal Perron.

Education Brochure

Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 12.02.03 PM

Equipment List



All Workshops

FAVA also offers one-off workshops, and collaborates with other arts and culture organizations in workshops too. Check out the Calendar of upcoming workshops at FAVA and in the greater arts community.


FAVA Free For All Workshops

The FAVA Free For All is an ongoing series of one-off workshops that are FREE for our membership. Workshops are topical and range from beginner to professional levels. They could introduce you to new gear, best practices, aesthetics and techniques, or just about anything. Make sure to contact FAVA Programming and register for a FAVA Free For All, spaces are limited for each workshop.



Recent Programs Blog Postings

Personal Instruction

Access to Artists

Looking to learn how to use a specific piece of equipment or brush up your your skills in a certain area? If there isn’t a class or a workshop covering what you are interested in learning, FAVA members can contact our Director of Programming at, to set up one-on-one, member-to-member training through our Access to Artists program.


We Dare You

Super8 Challenge

Shoot some film! We dare you! Included in the cost of your registration you’ll get: a three-hour workshop on shooting super8; one roll of super8 film (one only! It’s a challenge!); a weekend rental of a super8 camera (or use your own if you have one); FAVA pays for shipping to the lab, film development, and transfer of all the films to a digital file. See your masterpiece for the very first time alongside the other challenge participants at FAVA’s summer BBQ. Crank up your nerve and come have some fun shooting film.



Artist in Residence

FAVA supports local, national, and international artists in the creation of new work, providing facilities, materials and financial support for an artist in residence. The Artist in Residence is then responsible for some of the following residency components:

  • Workshop for FAVA members
  • Artist Talk & Screening
  • Office Hours to meet with FAVA members
  • Production of Work
  • Exhibition

Grants & Awards

Grants & Awards

FAVA offers a variety of Grants, Awards and Scholarships to help you make your stuff. Check out some of the opportunities available to our membership and the greater arts community.




FAVA Endowment Fund

Let's reach $100 000

The Society established an endowment fund in 2012 and has contributed to it in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The fund is administered by the Edmonton Community Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to create an investment resource that will help sponsor artist training, production and distribution far into Alberta’s future.

Endowment Fund (Goal $100 000)


Increase in Donations (2012-2013)


FAVA Annual Reports

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012

logo-graphic-3SITE MAP


Select from the following tabs to navigate the main sections of this website. This site is organized by the main menu categories listed at the top of each page. Read more about each of the main sections of the menu and follow the links to the corresponding content.


Broad Strokes / Brass Tacks

The 5 Ws of FAVA. Also A Calendar, News, and shout outs to the Community.



The To Do List

FAVA hosts a variety of events each year including: The FAVA Summer Party, Gotta Minute Film Festival, FAVA Holiday Party, FAVA FEST, Screenings.


Join and Meet the Members

This section is for and about the membership and includes info on how to join as well as member profiles and works.


Get in Touch

Main Office: 780-429-1671

Rentals: 780-424-4368


© 2015 - FAVA (Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta)