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Buffys 2021 — Call for Videographers

Wood Buffalo Excellence in the Arts Awards


The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts throughout our region. The program also builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. Following the success of 2020, this year’s showcase continues to be a cinematic experience, which will include pre-recorded elements to be broadcast online on October 16, 2021. Arts Council aims to hire up to 7 videographers to collaborate on bringing this year’s project to life. See last year’s Buffys presentation here: Buffys 2020: Midnight Steampunk  


Artists will be responsible for one (1) of the following components for this year’s event, and will be asked to specify three duties they would like to be considered for in their proposal submission (in order of priority):

  • Performance Videos — Record & Edit (1-2 Hires)
    • DESCRIPTION: Recording and editing together 6 performance videos. This will involve meeting with lead performers and storyboarding a vision for their performance together, with a strong emphasis on narrative and visual storytelling. Candidate(s) need to be confident in pulling visions together from two or more lead artists to create a unified piece (i.e. dance choreographer and musician). May involve attending a rehearsal and employing some creative direction to ensure that performances translate well on camera.
    • RECORDING BEGINS: June 2021
    • SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Final edits due October 1, 2021
    • EXAMPLES: Performance 1, Performance 2, Performance 3
  • Artist Shortlist Videos — Record Only (3 Hires)
    • DESCRIPTION: Capturing footage for 12 artist shortlist videos. This will involve meeting with 12 artists in their creative spaces for interviews, and capturing B-Roll footage of their completed works, or works in progress. Raw footage will be passed on to a video editor, who will compile all 36 videos to maintain cohesion. Each video aims to be 1 minute in length.
    • RECORDING BEGINS: August 18, 2021
    • SUBMISSION DEADLINES: Raw files due September 18, 2021
    • EXAMPLE: Video 1
  • Editing Shortlist Videos — Edit Only (1 Hire)
    • DESCRIPTION: Editing raw files for 36 shortlist videos into 1 minute segments each. Raw footage will be captured by 3 other artists and passed on to this candidate for editing in order to maintain visual/aesthetic cohesion.
    • EDITING BEGINS: September 18, 2021
    • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Final edits due October 4, 2021
  • Buffys Narrative Presentation — Recording & Editing (1 Hire)
    • DESCRIPTION: Working closely with the ACWB Programs Manager, this candidate will record and edit together the Buffys presentation based on a prewritten screenplay. In the past, this was achieved with a multi-camera setup at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts black-box theatre. This duty will involve breaking down the screenplay into units, creating a shooting schedule, and co-directing duties with the ACWB Programs Manager. This candidate will need to consider subcontracting such roles as: director of photography, camera-crew, first assistant director, etc. This candidate will also be responsible for editing together the final presentation, weaving in the final cuts of pieces submitted by all hired videographers.
    • RECORDING BEGINS: September 10-12, 2021
    • EDITING BEGINS: September 13, 2021
    • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 11, 2021
    • EXAMPLE: Buffys 2020 Showcase
  • Hired artists will report to Arts Council Wood Buffalo Programs Manager, Luay Eljamal.
  • Hired artists will be expected to attend regular Creative Team meetings to ensure that a cohesive vision is maintained for this year’s awards showcase. These meetings will occur monthly, and may increase in frequency closer to the final event.
  • Artists will realize this year’s vision by collaborating with others, including videographers, screenwriters, set designers, graphic designers, project managers, performers and nominated artists/artist groups.
  • All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and compatible for upload to Facebook and YouTube without risk of being flagged for copyright violations. 


  • All submissions must be emailed to Programs Manager, Luay Eljamal at [email protected]
  • Use the subject heading “Buffys Videography Proposal — [Your or Your Company’s Name]”
  • All submissions must be emailed as one (1) compiled PDF, including the following information:
    • Your name, contact phone number and home/company address
    • Your artistic statement — the philosophy behind how you approach your creative work.
    • A summary of previous creative experiences which highlight the expertise you bring to this project, including links to videos of previous work.
    • Identification of three of the above-listed roles that you would like to be considered for, in order of priority.
    • A budget breakdown for your work (which will serve as your Fee for Service) for each of those roles, including fees for any subcontracted individuals, equipment hires, licenses, travel etc. 
    • If applicable: a breakdown of any artists that you would subcontract to support with your project, with short biographies. A list of prospective positions you would recruit would also be accepted, if you don’t yet have artists attached to each role.
  • Consider also including:
    • Any subscriptions that you may have to stock footage, title generators, royalty-free music databases, or similar
    • A breakdown of the camera equipment that you would be using for this project
    • A breakdown of the video-editing software that you be using for this project


We ask artists to present their Fee for Service to us as part of their PDF submission (see above).


Submissions must be received by 12 PM on March 8, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.


Artists may be invited to interview. Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, and successful artists will be notified by March 20, 2021.

Please note that only artists who are successful will be notified.


For questions or more information, please contact Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.102.

Deadline: 08-03-2021

ACWB 2020 Annual Report Cover Artwork

Project Description

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is looking for local 2D or 3D visual artists, illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, printmakers or painters to create artwork for their 2020 Annual Report cover. The image will reflect the theme of “Growth.”

Our region has seen an incredible amount of change over the past few years, but “Growth” always follows change. In 2020, many artists focused on growth by finding new ways of performing through virtual platforms; other artists came together in new ways to create their art, while many adapted by focusing on professional development and growth as artists.

ACWB also focused on growth by expanding the team from three to nine staff members. While the Fort McMurray team began planting seeds for an Arts Incubator in the downtown area, two new Rural Arts Support Liaisons extended the branches of our arts network into Fort Chipewyan and Janvier.

The seeds planted in 2020 have begun to sprout. As we move into 2021 and beyond, the arts community continues to grow into a fertile garden of collaboration, community and creativity.

The image to be used on the cover of the Annual Report will be distributed during our AGM and available to all members, stakeholders and general community members. The image will also be used to promote the Annual Report on ACWB’s various online platforms.

Work Media

ACWB welcomes submissions from both established and emerging artists.

ACWB will not be purchasing the physical artwork, only the digital image. The artwork will be used as a background image, and under the discretion of  ACWB’s designer, creating the final Annual Report graphic design, which may be cropped or have information and design elements placed on top. We will request non-exclusive rights to the work and will accept existing and new artwork; however it should not have appeared in any other way in the Wood Buffalo community in the six months prior to submission, or be used on a mass scale for up to six months after the annual report is released.

Submitted digital files of photography, digital artwork or representations of any 2D or 3D artwork must be in the form of digital files, prepared and ready for print with the following requirements:

  • Digital artwork files must be uploaded in a jpg or png file format.
  • File size is no smaller than 8.5″ x 11″ and should be minimum 300dpi. The image may be cropped to fit printable surface area. Please ensure the digital file is cropped to show only your submitted image and no background elements (frame, etc.).
  • All artworks and elements within the artwork must be the sole intellectual property of the artist. If the artwork is digital media medium, design elements must have been purchased with the proper license to be used for both print and digital purposes, listed in the project description.

Entry Requirements

Maximum of 3 artwork submissions per artist. Please submit the following items in one email to [email protected] using the subject line: Annual Report Cover Submission. Some of the information provided below will be used to give credit to the successful artist in the Annual Report and in other promotions. Please make sure this information provided is correct, with proper grammar and punctuation.

Please refer to this checklist to ensure all submission elements are submitted for consideration:

  • Artist Statement explaining the relevance of the image to the theme.
  • Artist Bio (100 words maximum)
  • Image list from A – C, title of artwork, medium used. Example A) Title, Medium, B) Title, Medium, C) Title, Medium.
  • Print ready digital file, minimum 1MB and/or 300dpi resolution. Files should be named as follows: first name_last name.a.jpeg, first name_last name.b.jpeg, etc. ACWB will accept large files from a downloadable source such as dropbox.com and FTP service.

Submission Deadline

Submissions must be received by 4:30 PM on Monday, March 1, 2021.

Selection Process

Artwork will be selected by Arts Council Wood Buffalo. The selection is final and the successful artist will be notified by Monday, March 8, 2021.

Please note that only the successful artist will be notified. Artists submitting their artwork keep full copyright of their images. Submissions that are not chosen will not be used in any way by ACWB or third party organizations, unless requested by ACWB in advance and approved by the artist.

Exhibition Fee

The successful artist will be paid a one time, all-inclusive licensing fee of $200.00, inclusive of GST.

Contact Information

Hanna Fridhed
Engagement Manager

587-674-1625 x.101
[email protected]

Deadline: 01-03-2021

Arctic Winter Games Songwriting Contest

The Wood Buffalo 2022 Arctic Winter Games theme song will be a cultural celebration of our region and the event itself.  The creation and use of a theme song not only inspires and motivates participants, but it also adds to the total Games experience for participants, visitors and volunteers.


Help us create the official theme song of the Wood Buffalo 2022 Arctic Winter Games!

We are looking for up to six collaborators to produce a song that is inclusive of different cultures and styles and represents the true meaning of the Arctic Winter Games. 

The theme song contest is open to Indigenous drummers and singers, songwriters/lyricists, DJs with an original beat, instrumentalists of any kind and singers in English, Cree and Dene, who are 13 years old and up. Applicants must also live within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Deadline: January 29, 2021.

Deadline: 29-01-2021

Words in Motion 2021

Words In Motion is a literacy program that promotes an appreciation for the art of poetry. It is open to everyone living in the Wood Buffalo region. Whether you are a student, a professional writer, or a novice wordsmith, you are encouraged to participate.

An external panel of judges will select the poems to be displayed in WBRL. Authors of the selected poems will be invited to participate in a celebration event and have their poem printed in the 2021 WIM Poetry Booklet. Poems must be submitted by January 31. 

Submission Criteria

  • Public: Anyone currently living within the RMWB can participate.
  • High School (Grades 7-12): Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. Include the student’s name, school name, address, email address and grade level in each submission. 
  • Elementary School (Grades 1-6): Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. Include the student’s name, school name, address, email address, and grade level in each submission.  


  • Poem submissions must be in Microsoft Word black font (Calibri or Times New Roman) and sent via email to [email protected] with the title of the poem, the writer’s full name, address, and email address. If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate that in your submission.
  • Maximum of three entries per person.
  • Previously published poems will not be accepted.
  • Poems can be of any theme, form or language. If submit a poem in another language, please also include the English translation.
  • Class poems (i.e poems collectively created by a classroom with guidance from the teacher) are allowed. However, class assignments with teachers setting up a ‘formula’ for students to fill in will be disqualified
  • Students who do not wish to have their poems selected by their teacher can participate through the Public category, however, please do not submit the same poem through multiple categories.
  • Poem selection will be judged based on originality, appropriateness, poetic techniques, organization and flow, emotion, image and imagination.

How to Make a Submission (Deadline is January 31)

  • Public: Submissions can be made by emailing [email protected] 
  • High School (Grades 7-12): Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. Include the student’s full name, school name, grade level, email address and home address in each submission. 
  • Elementary School (Grades 1-6):  Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program.  Include the student’s full name, school name, grade level, email address and home address in each submission. 

Deadline: 31-01-2021

Art Gallery of St. Albert’s call for submissions 2022

Art Gallery of St. Albert (AGSA), a contemporary public art gallery, is seeking submissions from artists, artist groups, or curators of all artistic and cultural backgrounds working in all styles and mediums for exhibition in the 2022 calendar year.

The Gallery strives to provide a thought-provoking exhibition schedule and corresponding programs that support educationally challenging art and appeal to many audiences. AGSA is dedicated to curating a diverse exhibition year, profiling a wide range of artists, styles, and mediums.  

The Gallery strives to be accessible and inclusive. We encourage artists to contact [email protected] if they have any questions or concerns regarding our submission requirements. We are happy to work collaboratively with artists to make alternative arrangements. 

Artists may send their submissions to the Gallery through Dropbox, in person or through the mail. Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of visual art professionals who represent a spectrum of expertise in the visual arts. The artists chosen to exhibit receive Canadian Artists Representation/le Front des Artistes Canadian (CARFAC) exhibition fees. 

Deadline: 16-02-2021

2021 Art + Technology Lab Call for Artist Proposals

LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab program has published its 2021 RFP and is accepting proposals for artist projects that engage new forms of technology. Awards take the form of grants of up to $50,000 and as well as in-kind support from the museum and private partners in technology and science. Applications are due Thursday, February 25, 2021 by 11:59 pm PST and must be submitted via the online portal. Learn more about the 2021 RFP.

Awards will be announced in April 2021 and grants are given for a period of one year. During that time, recipients are encouraged to pursue new directions in their work that explore ideas in technology and culture.

Deadline: February 25, 2021

Deadline: 25-02-2021

Open Call for Travelling Exhibition Submissions

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) Travelling Exhibitions Program Northwest (TREX NW) is currently accepting submissions from artists based in Treaty 8.

The deadline for submissions is March 15th, 2021.

The Traveling Exhibitions Program Northwest (TREX NW) welcomes proposals from artists based in Treaty 8. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has supported a provincial travelling exhibition program since 1981. The mandate of the AFA Travelling Exhibition Program is to provide every Albertan with the opportunity to enjoy visual art exhibitions in their community. Each year, more than 600,000 Albertans enjoy many exhibitions in communities ranging from High Level in the north to Milk River in the south and virtually everywhere in between.

The exhibition schedule for TREX NW is programmed roughly 1 year in advance. Each exhibition shows between 15-20 artworks and tours for 2 years throughout the province. All participating artists in TREX exhibitions are paid an artist fee. Selections will be made in accordance with the submission guidelines listed below, the TREX NW curatorial mandate, and in consultation with the selection committee.

Deadline: 15-03-2021


Please join Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo in celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our amazing region. The Multicultural EXPO 2021 will be taking place virtually on our Facebook page for the entire month of February and we’re looking for video submissions to feature in our online programming. Opportunities to get involved are listed below.

If you would like to participate in the Multicultural EXPO 2021 Youth Talent Show, click here. Deadline to apply: January 8, 2021.

If you would like to perform for the Multicultural EXPO 2021, click here. Deadline to apply: January 15, 2021.

If you would like to take part in the Multicultural EXPO 2021
Cultural Attire Showcase, click here. Deadline to apply: January 8, 2021.

If you would typically host a Cultural Booth and would like to promote your Cultural Group at the Multicultural EXPO 2021, click here. Deadline to apply: January 15, 2021.

Deadline: 15-01-2021

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Chromatic Theatre IBPOC Playwrights’ Unit

After the success of its first year, Chromatic Theatre is looking for IBPOC writers for their second annual Playwrights Unit.

Chromatic Theatre are dedicated to developing and supporting work by and for the wide breadth of cultural diversity that exists in our province. They are excited for the second iteration of our Playwrights Unit that will bring together IBPOC playwrights from across the province of Alberta, with the aim of strengthening our community, and investing in new Canadian plays.

They are looking for IBPOC playwrights of all levels of experience.

As a part of the Chromatic Theatre Playwrights Unit, you will:

  • Attend one digital group meet and greet in January 2021
  • Attend a total of six group workshops between February – August 2021
  • Receive up to five one-on-one dramaturgical sessions with Kodie Rollan
  • Receive a workshop of your script with an ensemble of actors in September 2021
  • Build community with other IBPOC writers
  • Attend optional monthly cohort meetings
  • Receive a one-on-one meeting with an artistic mentor of your choice
  • Receive a public, online reading of your script, performed by an ensemble of professional actors. Artistic Directors from the Calgary community will be invited to this showcase.
  • Receive an honorarium of $500.

Applications must include:

  • A statement of interest, up to one-page in length, describing why you would like to participate, and the project you’re currently working on (or envisioning)
  • Your CV
  • A writing sample that is a maximum of 20 pages. If you are new to playwriting, a writing sample from other mediums (essays, short stories, poetry, etc.) is acceptable

Deadline: December 4, 2020

Please send applications to Kristen Padayas, Associate Producer: [email protected]

Deadline: 04-12-2020

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Arquetopia Foundation & International Artist Residencies

Puebla, Mexico – Oaxaca, Mexico – Cusco, Peru

All Residency Programs for Artists, Designers, Writers, Curators & Art Historians
(Instructional & Non-Instructional)
All Dates in 2021

Apply Now through Sunday, December 13, 2020.

Spaces are limited. Residency applications are evaluated for selection as they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.

Website: www.arquetopia.org/open-calls-deadlines

E-mail [email protected] for more information.

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia Foundation is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our comprehensive, customized International Artist-in-Residence Programs  www.arquetopia.org/residencies-general-info  are the largest and most reputable in Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists. We are invested in approaching art and art history with a critical perspective by understanding Mexico and Peru’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation especially of the 3,000-year heritage of visual culture of these two countries. Our residency programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers, journalists, and cultural researchers age 20 and over.

Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content. Our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and personalized project support.

Deadline: 13-12-2020

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STORYHIVE Podcast Edition

You’re the host. STORYHIVE is awarding 10 grants of $10,000 to aspiring podcasters across BC and Alberta. Pitch an original, non-fiction concept starting November 4 for a chance at funding, mentorship and more.

  1. Pitch + Plan, Nov 4 – Dec 2
    Submit your podcast idea and plan for your production. Before applying to the Podcast Edition, please be sure to also read the Submission Rules.
  2. Award, Mar 11
    The jury will select 10 podcast projects to receive production funding, training, mentorship and distribution support. Each awarded project receives a $10,000 production grant.
  3. Learn + Create, Mar 29 – Jul 27
    Each successful applicant will work with mentors to produce and deliver three podcast episodes with accompanying visual components, each episode 15+ minutes in duration. Projects will be featured on select TELUS platforms in 2021.

Deadline: 02-12-2020

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The cut, the tear & the remix: contemporary collage and black futures

The McMaster Museum of Art in partnership with Nia Centre for the Arts is seeking forms of expression from Black Canadian creatives for a collaborative online exhibition about contemporary collage: the cut, the tear & the remix: contemporary collage and black futures. The group exhibition, for presentation beginning in the Spring of 2021, will be accompanied by a printed feature in PITCH magazine, a Hamilton-based independently run Black arts publication.

We are asking artists to submit proposals or original works in diverse mediums that speak to the curatorial theme – focusing on cut and paste methods, mashups, remix culture and its relationship to the Black diaspora. Some examples include: poetry and experimental prose, moving images, gifs or looped animations, videos, live/online performances, sound files, audio tracks, as well as documentation of 2-D and 3-D pieces, including assemblage and photomontage.

Artwork can be individually or collaboratively produced, and completed in the last five years. Entries must be original in concept, composition, and execution. All mediums are accepted but must be able to be digitally represented. This is an opportunity to get creative in representing your artwork (physical or not) in the digital space.

The exhibition will be curated by Hamilton designer and visual artist Stylo Starr, whose collage works reformulate notions of beauty using images of Black women found primarily in vintage magazines.

Submission Guidelines:

Please apply by emailing your submissions to [email protected] with the subject heading “Remix Submission” and include the following:

  • Project Statement (250 words max)
  • Website (if you have one), social media account handles, and contact information
  • Artist bio (150 words max)
  • Up to 5 digital images of proposed or representative artworks (JPG or PNG) with image list indicating artist name, title, medium, date, and brief description. Maximum 5 MG per image for the online presentation
  • Video (.MOV or .MP4), GIF or audio files (.WAV or .MP3) – 15 mins max each
  • Word document or pdf with proposed text pieces (2000 words max)

The deadline for submissions is December 7, 2020 11:59 pm EST. Selected artists will be notified by: Monday, January 4, 2021

Deadline: 07-12-2020

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