Equipment Rentals

The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta

Equipment Rentals Information

Production office:

Production Equipment Rentals and Studios offices are located in Room 381B in the North most section of the building (quickly accessible from the North Parkade).

  • Monday to Thursday 10:00am – 6:00pm (closed for lunch 1:30-2:30pm)
  • Closed on Fridays
  • FAVA Staff are not available or on call on weekends and holidays.


Rental Eligibility

  • FAVA’s equipment is available to members in good standing with the co-op, provided they show competency and safe use the equipment. Mistreated or damaged equipment can result in hefty expenses for the co-op and suspension of rental privileges.
  • In order to avoid situations of misuse with especially sensitive or expensive gear, members must display proficient and safe use to the Rentals staff before renting the gear. If there isn’t a class or a workshop covering what you are interested in learning, we can set up one-on-one training through our Access-To-Artists program.
  • To be eligible for FAVA member rates, members must have full creative control over their work and be making film and/or multi-media art. Member rates are available to those who are making work in support of our mandate.


FAVA is the place to make films, and has the gear to support you to do it! We have a wide variety of equipment for members of all skill sets. From HD digital cameras and Super 8 film, to 5k Red Epics and Arri 35mm film cameras all at a fraction of the cost compared to standard rental houses. View our Production Equipment section for a full list of equipment, or view our Equipment List for available packages and accessories.

Rental Procedures

  • To book equipment, you may contact the rentals staff by phone at (780)424-4368 or by email at It is recommended to book ahead to avoid disappointment of items being unavailable.
  • FAVA requires the project name of every rental. We also require a ProRes 422 file of completed projects for archival and grant purposes.
  • You are responsible for the condition of the equipment on the shoot and upon its return.
  • You are responsible for providing disposables such as batteries, tape, adaptors, etc. We do carry an inventory of goods available for purchase.
  • Rentals are due back by noon on the agreed upon return date, late returns are subject to additional charges.
  • Equipment is to be returned in as good or better shape than it was sent out. Lenses should be clean, cables clean and neatly coiled, etc.
  • All rentals are subject to a maximum 3% insurance charge based on membership type (3% Associate, 2% General, 1% Producer).

Supported Formats

Formats supported at FAVA include:

35mm, Super 16, 16mm, Super 8, 4K, 2K, HD, BluRay, DVCAM, Mini DV, BETA SP, 3/4 SP, DigiBETA, SVHS and VHS.

We have an archival suite for digitizing legacy formats.




Equipment List

FAVA rents production gear of all sorts from legacy formats to state of the art equipment: light, cameras, audio equipment, grip and gaf, film and video.

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FAVA rents equipment and facilities for post production including: Davinci Resolve 5k suite, analogue film editing suites, darkroom, optical printing suite, audio mixing, and everything for projection and exhibition. Learn more about our facilities and studios.

Rental Eligibility

Unsure how to use a piece of equipment?

FAVA’s equipment is available to any member provided they show competency and safe use of the equipment. Mistreated or damaged equipment can result in hefty expenses for the co-op and suspension of rental privileges. Most equipment comes with instruction manuals. These manuals are obligatory reading when using any piece of equipment for the first time. In order to avoid situations of misuse with especially sensitive or expensive gear, members must display proficient and safe use to the Director of Production before renting the gear.

We want you to get out there and make media art.  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.


FAVA Insurance

  1. FAVA provides insurance for FAVA’s rental equipment. To help cover a portion of the costs we charge a small fee based on the rental amount.
  2. Comprehensive & General Liability insurance may be available upon request for a fee of $50
  3. Insurance becomes void if equipment is left unsupervised, used in an unsafe manner or in conflict with the laws of Alberta.
  4. Insurance becomes void if equipment is used in a moving vehicle (land, water, air) or from a height of 15m or greater.
  5. If a claim is needed, the deductible is $2500 to be paid by the renting member.

Further insurance policy information is available upon advance request.

Equipment Insurance Fees

  • Associate Members – 4% of rental invoice amount
  • General Members – 2% of rental invoice amount
  • Producer/Lifetime Members – 1% of rental invoice amount, general liability no charge

General & Liability Insurance

A major benefit of being a FAVA member is having access to our general & liability insurance.  Here’s how it works:

  1. You have your shoot dates and location scouted and now you need the paper work to gain access to the location. At least 2 – 3 weeks in advance, go to FAVA’s website and download the insurance application form at the bottom of this page
  2. Fill out the insurance application form
  3. Email the application form along with a separate budget and a separate film synopsis to
  4. Call 780-429-1671 to confirm receipt of the insurance application form

At this time, FAVA will review your application package to be sure we can move forward with supporting it.  Once we have given it the OK, we’ll pass it along to our insurance contact to let them know that you and your project are eligible.  We will then send you an email asking you to connect with them directly to finalize the insurance.

If you are unable to send in your application form 2 – 3 weeks in advance, give us a call at the office and we’ll do our best to help make it happen.


FAVA Bucks

Twenty FAVA Bucks are awarded for each volunteer hour worked. These Bucks can then be used to offset up to half of a member’s production invoices. FAVA Bucks will not be accepted for workshops, membership dues, film or tape purchase, or special events. Our system rewards those who contribute their energy and time to the organization, and gives opportunities to become immediately involved in the operations and projects of the co-operative.



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