FAVA Free For All

free workshops for members

Workshop Series Description

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.

Contact programming@fava.ca 780-429-1761


FAVA Free For All Workshops are free of charge to current FAVA members in good standing with the co-op. Space is limited for each workshop so registration is required. Registration is made with FAVA Programming.

Next Free For All

Sep 7 & 8th
The Arri Alexa is the industry gold-standard digital motion picture camera. This two day hands-on class covers everything you need to know to work with the Arri Alexa XT camera. This class will cover workflow, operation, handling, file formats, menus, I/O, accessories and basic colour science. On the first day, you will be taken on a guided tour of everything that the camera has to offer. On the second day you will have the opportunity to build and work with the Alexa in a practical setting so you are comfortable using the camera on your next project. 12 spots max!

Note: This is a technical class on the operation of the Alexa – a basic knowledge of cameras and exposure is expected. Only members who have completed this training and taken a short certification test will be allowed to rent/operate this camera! As space is limited, we ask that only members seriously considering renting the Alexa sign up.

Instructor: David Baron

Email programming@fava.ca to register

Free for all FAVA members! 8 spots max! Get your hands on our AC-160 video cameras: these are the popular, everyday workhorse cameras at FAVA. Learn proper care and handling of video equipment, ready-to-shoot set ups, camera functions, composition and framing, shot types, sequence shooting, slating, colour temperatures and balance, and more basics of camera.

Free for all FAVA members! 8 spots max! This hands-on lighting workshop will let beginners explore how to shape and control lighting. Learn proper care and handling of lighting equipment, types of lighting fixtures, colour temperatures and balance, 3 point lighting, Grips and Electrics, and more basics and functions of lighting. What people need to bring: Multitool (if you have one), cloth based gloves (no frill fabric) and leather gloves. Wear clothes that can get dirty.


Free for all FAVA members! 8 spots max! Bad sound is the hallmark of amateur film. Learn how to rise above this common pitfall with a free, three-hour workshop. Learn how to work a mixer, point a boom, and most important, what to listen for.

August 25 | 1-5PM, Editing Suite, RM 101

Free for all FAVA members! 8 spots max! Learn the basics of editing on FAVA’s Premiere Pro system. Learn how to organize your workflow, import/capture media, assemble a timeline, and export your work.

Free For All Calendar

Upcoming Free For All

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.

December 2019
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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.


Recent Programs Blog Postings

Education Brochure

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Equipment List


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.


Intro to Screenwriting

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.


Intermediate Screenwriting

Take your storytelling to the next level! This workshop-style class is intended for writers with some experience in/familiarity with dramatic screenwriting and screenplay format.


Main Course

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

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 programming@fava.ca, 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 2016

Annual Report 2015


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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