THE FILM AND VIDEO ARTS SOCIETY OF ALBERTA (FAVA) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that supports the production, exhibition and distribution of film, video and media art in Northern Alberta. From celluloid to 4K; narrative to experimental to documentary and beyond, we’re your one-stop DIY shop. For information on equipment rentals, events, classes and more about FAVA see the menus above. Explore the site – we’ve got videos, a member directory, a blog with posts from our membership, and more! And remember, there’s no such thing as a dead format.
FAVA FEST APRIL 17-21, 2018
FAVA’s 7th Annual FAVA FEST: Film and Video Arts Festival ran April 17-21, 2018. During the week we showcased films by FAVA filmmakers in Best of the Fest screenings with a diverse range of content and style. We partnered with DedFest on Thursday night to bring a screening of cult favourite Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, where the audience could get dolled up in their best or goriest 80s prom attire. Our Friday Night Feature Event was a 25th Anniversary screening of Two Bothers, A Girl and a Gun, with a rare opportunity to see it in 35mm print. The screening was followed by a Q & A with filmmaker Bill Hornecker and actor Shaun Johnston (Heartland). Bill and Shaun were the recipients of our Outstanding Achievement Award in 2018 and we toasted their careers on Friday night as well. Closing night found us at a new location, the 16th floor of the Epcor Tower (10423 101 Street NW) for our FAVA GALA where we revealed the recipients of our Awards of Excellence and Production Awards. Guests mixed and mingled with Northern Alberta’s filmmakers, took a gamble on our silent auction and sampled delicious cocktails from Strathcona Spirits Distillery and relaxed in our whiskey bar lounge. It was another great festival where we were able to shine a spotlight on the excellent work that is being made right here in Edmonton & Alberta.
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The Film and Video Arts Scholarship was established by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts in 2012. One scholarship of $5,000 is awarded annually to a young Albertan film and video artist who shows extraordinary talent in a film and video arts form and who demonstrates clear educational or training goals.
Community Art is valued for its ability to bring people together in shared, collaborative, creative experiences to express the things that have meaning to us: where we’ve come from, where we’re going, our world, our fears, our dreams, our aspirations. It strengthens the community, develops creativity and increases awareness of the arts in our lives.
The principles behind Community Art projects are artistic exploration, active participation and intentional inclusiveness that allows communities to tell their own stories.
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.