The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta


FAVA FEST Awards & Application

The FAVA FEST Awards include the Awards of Excellence and the Production Awards. Awards are presented during the festival. Up to eight awards of excellence will be presented along with four Production Awards. Learn how to apply for these awards.



FAVA TV Micro Grant

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 Talent to Watch Program

Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch 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:

  • Main component
  • Aboriginal component
  • Official-Language Minority Communities (OLMC) component


Women in the Director’s Chair

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 //

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.


P.O.V. Scholarship

A new film and video scholarship program

We are not currently accepting applications. Watch for updates in late June.

The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA) is offering film study scholarships to improve access.

Many people have talents that go unrecognized or under-utilized. Barriers to inclusion such as socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education and religion are varied and sometimes keep people from participating in and contributing to the arts.

If structural barriers and circumstances like these are preventing you from pursuing your filmmaking aspirations, FAVA’s P.OV Scholarship program might be a resource for you.

Scholarship includes:

a free one-year FAVA membership

tuition fees for one of FAVA’s media arts programs

Please go to the following link to apply: //


Programs Available

We are not currently accepting applications. Watch for updates in late June.

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.

Intro to Screenwriting – 10 week class in which you will learn how to pitch, format, and workshop a screenplay.

For more information, contact programming at fava dot ca or call the Programming Department at 780-429-1671.


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

Deadlines Calendar

Deadline Calendar

The Deadline Calendar is a combination of all upcoming deadlines for grants, awards and scholarships. For other calendars select from the following:

Select from the links above for their specific calendars. Or browse the following calendar to find all programming events.

April 2021
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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.


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.


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.


Main Course

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


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.


FAVA Free For All Workshops

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.


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, 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 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.




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



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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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