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Film and Video Individual Project Funding

Grants to Alberta Artists, Ensembles, and Arts
Administrators for Video and Film Projects

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Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)

Deadline Date:

09/03/18 11:59 PM MT Receipt


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Alberta individual artists, artists ensembles, and arts administrators for video and film arts projects. First-time applicants must request an online registration at least five business days prior to the deadline. Funding may support marketing, research, art production, and training and career development.

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible film and video arts projects are independent works in film and video produced by individual artists. Eligible genres include, but are not limited to:

-Narrative shorts and features
-Experimental shorts

For a project to be eligible for AFA funding, the applicant must have complete editorial and creative control over the proposed project and must retain at least 75% of copyright.

Art production includes the development, creation, and production of a work in film and video arts. Projects should be confined to a distinct phase of a work, such as:

-Script or screenplay writing
-Commission to create new work (excludes ongoing activities)

Marketing includes a program of activity for a specific period of time to disseminate a completed film and video arts work and/or to develop audiences for the artist's work.

Eligible marketing projects include, but are not limited to:

-Film festival submissions
-Online distribution and promotion initiatives
-Attendance at screenings, exhibitions, presentations or conferences featuring the artist's work
-Award presentations by invitation

Research includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of new work in film and video arts.

Eligible research projects include, but are not limited to:

-Research (including research for documentaries) related to production

Training and career development includes enrollment in a course or program of study designed to develop an artist's training in film and video arts.

Eligible training and career projects include, but are not limited to:

-Master classes
-Mentorship programs
-Professional development
-Professional courses of study in film and video arts

Eligible Expenses:

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project. You may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are directly related to carrying out your proposed project.

These expenses may include, but are not limited to:

-Contracted artist and/or technician fees
-Commission fees
-Promotion and publicity
-Transportation and accommodation
-Tuition or training fees
-Administration and contract fees
-Basic living/subsistence expenses (housing, local transportation, food, child care, dependent care) up to $3,000/month
-Other expenses and supplies considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180311

Estimated Size of Grant:

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for individual project funding you must be a resident(s) of Alberta. This means you:

-Are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
-Have had your primary residence in Alberta for one full year before applying
-Ordinarily live in Alberta for at least six months each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting requirements.

Applicants, including ensembles, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles and collectives are eligible if they are made up of members who meet the individual criteria.

Expenses and activities that are ineligible for AFA project funding include:
-Expenses for capital purchases, such as buildings or property, or for capital development, and studio -Construction or renovations
-Recreational training projects
-Projects undertaken as a part of a course of study (except training and development projects)
-Projects that are primarily commercial in nature
-Expenses already incurred prior to application submission, including grant writer fees

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines are September 1, 2017 and February 1, 2018.

AFA only accepts applications through Grant Administration Tracking and Evaluation (GATE) online application system. AFA must receive your online application through GATE no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on the deadline date, unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend when it will be extended until the next working day.

First-time applicants will require a GATE username and password. Contact staff via email (details below) to obtain your GATE login information at least five business days prior to the application deadline.

Recommendations will be made to the AFA Board during its annual May meeting. Successful recipients should be notified in June.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Email the following address to obtain your GATE login information:

Barbara Mah, Arts Development Consultant

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Canada: Alberta