Our History

The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta

FAVA's History

It’s the place you go when you always dreamed of going to film school but never imagined what it would cost. We’re in the heart of downtown Edmonton and we offer equipment rentals, workshops, classes, screenings, and special events for the aspiring, garage studio bound, media artists, writers, animators, and film and video enthusiasts who never found their place in other support groups. Become a part of our online community at fava.ca, or come check us out in person. Share your story.

This page will be a work in progress as we start to shine a light into all the dark corners of FAVA’s History. Stay tuned for further updates.

FAVA Retrospective

Your FAVA History Event

Make Me Grow


FAVA formed as a society in October 1982. FAVA's first decade showed massive growth, expanding its scope as a film co-op to include video artists and video equipment. It began with 16 artists in 1982.  


By 1985, FAVA was established with office space (in the same building that it still calls home), support staff, and ongoing support from all three levels of government.  


In 1986, FAVA began receiving modest support from the National Film Board, which it put towards juried grants to member filmmakers.  


By 1990, the co-op had 70 members. Since 1990 (when the Edmonton chapter of Quickdraw Animation Society disbanded) FAVA has been the only artist-run media arts centre in Northern Alberta.  


In 1997, FAVA was granted charity status.  

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)


Featured Videos

What is FAVA?

Katrina Beatty

FAVA Gala 2015

Christina Ienna

Cinematography 101

Edmonton Journal

FAVA 2007-2012

aAron munsun (editor)

FAVA Annual Reports

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2012

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2013


Navigating fava.ca

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


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