The Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) is an intensive, hands-on mentorship program providing professional and creative development to mid-career Canadian women directors of screen-based fiction. The intensive takes place at the Banff Centre for the Arts. For more in WIDC, visit their website http://www.widc.ca/
FAVA supports members who attend the WIDC program by providing the opportunity for one member to receive a $1000 scholarship. To apply for the WIDC scholarship, you must be a FAVA member and provide proof of your acceptance to the program. Email programming with this information at programming at fava dot ca.
A new film and video scholarship program
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Many people, particularly First Nations, newcomers, and people with disabilites, have skills that go unrecognized or underutilized. Social, economic or cultural barriers sometimes keep people from participating in and contribution to the arts.
If circumstances like these are preventing you from pursuing your filmmaking dreams, FAVA’s Vision Quest program might be a resource for you.
The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA) is offering film study scholarships to foster diversity and improve access. These Vision Quest scholarships are supported by the Edmonton Arts Council.
Not currently accepting applications, watch for updates
a free one-year FAVA membership
tuition fees for one of FAVA’s media arts programs
bus passes and meal stipends for all instruction days
How it works:
Call or visit the Programming Department at FAVA, and have a chat about your film aspirations. Phone us at 780-429-1671 or email programming at fava dot ca. Candidates will need to submit a letter of support from a FAVA staff member, and one of our partners. See “Programs Available” for a list of examples.
Applicants will be considered for any of our educational programs and workshops including:
Video Kitchen – 12 week introduction to all aspects of filmmaking. Provides the skills and resources needed to complete your first film.
Main Course – 12 week intermediate production class. Builds upon Video Kitchen (or equivalent experience) to take your craft to the next level. Students who have received prior education elsewhere must receive approval from FAVA staff.
Screenwriting – 10 week class in which you will learn how to pitch, format, and workshop a screenplay.
Producing – 13 week class on how to get your project up and running, led by industry experts
Access to Artists– Maybe all you need is focused training in a specific discipline or on a piece of equipment. This program provides goal-oriented, one-on-one instruction from one of FAVA’s senior members.
For more information, contact programming at fava dot ca or call the Programming Department at 780-429-1671.
Not currently accepting applications – watch for updates
FAVA TV is the Film and Video Arts Society’s new online, on demand arts television. We are looking to collaborate with artists and producers to create unique, creative and informative videos for FAVA TV. The format is quite open: one offs; series; feature; short; documentary; experimental; educational etc. This grant is for PRODUCERS ONLY. We are looking for people who can find and work with artists and help make their vision a reality. Collaboration is the key here! If you are an artist, go find a producer to do the heavy lifting for you.
There is $3000 available and the producer must demonstrate at least 50% in 3rd party support or funding (this can be either cash or donated time/services).
Financial support breakdown is as follows:
$1,500 in production credit for gear and post production suites
$500 producer fee
$1000 for additional crew/talent
Telefilm Canada’s Micro-Budget Production Program targets emerging Canadian talent, supporting them in the production and promotion of their first feature-length film, with an emphasis on the use of digital platforms for marketing, distribution and audience engagement.
The program is comprised of three different components:
The FAVA FEST Awards include the Awards of Excellence and the Production Awards. Awards are presented at the annual FAVA GALA. Up to eight awards of excellence will be presented at the FAVA GALA along with four Production Awards. Learn how to apply for these awards.
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
The Deadline Calendar is a combination of all upcoming deadlines for grants, awards and scholarships. For other calendars select from the following:
Aboriginal Traditional Arts Individual Project Grants Deadline
February 1, 2017N/A
This grant stream supports the development of Aboriginal artists, or artists working on Aboriginal cultural themes, who seek to express and share Aboriginal culture and perspectives in a contemporary or traditional context.
Alberta Media Fund - Project Script Development Grant Deadline
March 1, 2017N/A
The Project Script Development Grant supports Albertan writers, directors and producers by providing financial assistance towards the creation of quality, marketable and commercial production-ready projects and/or scripts. This grant is available for original projects with a broadcast length of 30 minutes or more. Applications must involve participation of a writer and producer. The producer must be an Albertan resident.
Applicants may apply for up to $55,000 per project (or a total of $70,000 per parent company with multiple projects) per fiscal year at the following stages of production:
TELUS Optik Local supports the production of compelling, local stories that provide creators with opportunities to learn how to produce engaging content. Each production support application may request a grant of up to $75,000.
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.
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 email@example.com, to set up one-on-one, member-to-member training through our Access to Artists program.
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 DVD. 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.
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
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