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Buffys 2021 – Call for Screenwriter

Wood Buffalo Excellence in the Arts Awards

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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 a screenwriter to write a narrative to support this year’s theme: Midnight in Technicolor. See last year’s Buffys presentation here: Buffys 2020: Midnight Steampunk

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

Artists will be responsible for writing a screenplay that will be filmed as part of this year’s Buffys presentation.

  • Screenplay will weave together characters in a narrative that includes the following elements:
    • Characters must introduce the announcement of 14 award categories.
    • Characters must introduce up to 6 performances in a way that incorporates them into the main storyline.
    • Screenplay must take place in a limited number of imagined settings/location(s) that are feasible for hired set designer to build at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts.
    • Narrative must support this year’s theme of Midnight in Technicolor.
    • Screenplay must not exceed 30 minutes in length (with other elements—such as speeches, award presentations, performances—total length should approximate 1 hr and 45 minutes).
  • Screenwriter will collaborate with Set Designer in creating an environment that is feasible to build.
  • A first working draft of the screenplay must be submitted to the Programs Manager by May 1, 2021. This will be used to audition and hire performers, as well as to begin set design considerations.
  • A final edit of the screenplay must be submitted by July 31, 2021.
  • Hired screenwriter will report to Arts Council Wood Buffalo Programs Manager, Luay Eljamal.
  • Hired screenwriter 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, set designers, graphic designers, project managers, performers and nominated artists/artist groups.
  • All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations.

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

  • Please watch last year’s broadcast to familiarize yourself with the sequence of a typical Buffys showcase, before submitting your proposal: Buffys 2020: Midnight Steampunk
  • Use the subject heading “Buffys Screenwriter 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.
    • 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.
    • A summary of your proposed narrative for this year’s Buffys presentation, including character descriptions and a detailed summary of plot. Ensure that this is in line with the requirements outlined under “About the Commission” above.
    • Excerpts from 2 screenplays that you have written in the past (max 4 pages each).
    • A suggested budget, including the following (and any additional) line-items: prep time, creative team meetings, writing time. (This will serve as your Fee for Service).
    • Please familiarize yourself with the format of last year’s script here: Midnight Steampunk – Script with units.

FEE

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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by 12PM on March 22, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

SELECTIONS PROCESS

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 26, 2021.

This event is a celebration of the arts and artists in the Wood Buffalo region and preference in hiring is given to artists that reside within the region. In the event that local Wood Buffalo artists are not available or do not respond to this call, artist residing within Alberta will be considered.

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

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

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

Deadline: 22-03-2021

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Buffys 2021 — Call for Graphic Designer / Illustrator

Wood Buffalo Excellence in the Arts Awards

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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 a graphic designer / illustrator to create assets that support this year’s theme: Midnight in Technicolor. See last year’s Buffys presentation here: Buffys 2020: Midnight Steampunk

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

The hired Graphic Designer / Illustrator will be responsible for designing the following elements, in-line with this year’s theme: Midnight in Technicolor.

  • Three (3) Character Illustrations — human and/or anthropomorphized characters, saved in 300 dpi in their own file. Each character needs to be full-body, even if it is cropped when used in event poster or film. Examples: Wendell the Raven, Zach Character, Liz Character, Nominations Poster
  • 1 Event Title Logo — saved in 300 dpi, including the title: “Buffys 2021” and subtitle: “Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards” themed to Midnight in Technicolor. Example: Midnight Steampunk event logo
  • Flat Design Elements — saved in digital format 300 dpi in either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, including the above 3 x Character Illustrations and Event Title Logo. Portions or all of these elements could be used for motion graphics in the film production of the Buffys. Example: Motion graphic event logo
    • (Selected artist will NOT create the motion graphic)
  • 1 x Save The Date — Theme Reveal Graphic. 8.5”x11”. This must be in digital format with 300dpi in either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. We require it to be in layers with all graphic elements separated.  Example: Save the Date
  • 1 x Event Poster Design — 11”x17”. This must be in digital format with 300dpi in either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. We require it to be in layers with all graphic elements separated. Consideration for space to include event sponsor logos will be required. Example: Midnight Steampunk Event Poster
  • Graphic Designer / Illustrator will report to ACWB Communications Manager, Will Collins.
  • Graphic Designer / Illustrator will be expected to collaborate with screenwriters and other Creative Team members, and potentially attend meetings to ensure that the design fits as part of a cohesive vision for this year’s awards showcase.
  • ACWB staff will use, manipulate, change and adapt graphics for different sizes and mediums, both digital and in print, including online advertising, ACWB website, social media, printed materials, billboards, merchandise, decor, booklets, etc.
  • Assets may also be used to create new graphics that have a purpose outside of event promotion, but as part of the overall event.
  • All final graphic submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and eligible for unrestricted use and manipulation for online and in print.
  • Final typographic submissions may be 100% original or licensed, royalty-free and eligible for unrestricted use and manipulation for online and in print.

FEE

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

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

  • Please watch this teaser from last year’s broadcast to familiarize yourself with the look and feel of the graphic design assets for the Buffys showcase, before submitting your proposal: 2020 Buffys Teaser
  • All submissions must be emailed to Communications Manager, Will Collins at [email protected]
  • Use the subject heading “Buffys Graphic Design / Illustration 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
    • Artistic statement — the philosophy behind how you approach your creative work (approximately 100 words).
    • A summary of previous creative experiences which highlight the expertise you bring to this project.
    • A brief overview of your proposed design style concepts for characters and event title logo for this year’s Buffys presentation. Ensure that this is in line with the requirements outlined under “About the Commission” above.
    • A brief overview of your proposed typographic concepts for this year’s Buffys presentation: Midnight in Technicolor. Ensure that this is in line with the requirements outlined under “About the Commission” above.
    • Examples of three (3) characters that you have designed in the past.
    • Examples of three (3) logos that you have designed in the past.
    • A suggested budget, including the following (and any additional) line-items: prep time, creative team meetings, design time. (This will serve as your Fee for Service – see FEE above.)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by 12 p.m. on March 22, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

SELECTIONS PROCESS

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 26, 2021.

This event is a celebration of the arts and artists in the Wood Buffalo region and preference in hiring is given to artists that reside within the region. In the event that local Wood Buffalo artists are not available or do not respond to this call, artist residing within Alberta will be considered.

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

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information, please contact Communications Manager, Will Collins at [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.104.

Deadline: 22-03-2021

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Western Canadian Music Awards

The Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards, celebrate the best of artistic and music industry talent in western Canada. They are now accepting submissions.

Submissions can be made by the Artist/Industry professional themselves or they can be submitted on the Artist’s/Industry professional’s behalf.

  • The Nominee must have been born in either Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon or NWT and must have lived in one of those Provinces or Territories for six consecutive months in the past year (January 1, 2020 – March 19, 2021).

            OR

  • The Nominee must have maintained a residence in a Western Canadian Province or Territory for the entire period of January 1, 2020 through March 19, 2021.
  • For groups, 50% of the group’s members must meet residency requirements. Proof of residency may be required.

Deadline: March 19, 2021

Deadline: 19-03-2021

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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

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AGW2022 – Game Torch Design

The Wood Buffalo 2022 Arctic Winter Games Host Society is looking for local artists to design the official Games Torch. The torch wrap design should reflect travelling and connections, the interconnectedness of the communities in the Wood Buffalo region and celebrate everyone’s time to shine.

The winning design will be used on the Games torch that will travel from Fort Fitzgerald, Fort Chipewyan, Fort McKay, Anzac, Janvier, Conklin, Saprae Creek and Fort McMurray as part of the Torch Relay.

“The torch design is our third artist call since the start of the new year and we look forward to seeing even more submissions from the talented artists in Wood Buffalo,” said Melissa Blake, Co-chair of the Wood Buffalo 2022 Arctic Winter Games Host Society Board of Directors. “The Arctic Winter Games are an event for entire region and the torch relay is a way to ensure every resident has the opportunity to be a part of this celebration.”

The design competition is open to individuals over 18-years-old who are living in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The selection panel will choose one artist who will receive an honorarium

The deadline to send in a submission is March 15, 2021.

The Arctic Winter Games is an international biennial celebration of circumpolar sports and culture taking place from March 6-12, 2022. The Games will highlight the region and its culture through the spirit of sport to an international audience and visitors from around the world. The week-long event will see athletes from our own backyard along with international Circumpolar north regions during their time to shine.

Deadline: 15-03-2021

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Call for Videos for World Theatre Day 2021

Every year we celebrate World Theatre Day by having a messenger prepare a statement which we then tape and share. However, World Theatre Day 2021 will be taking place under very unusual circumstances, there may be no/few performances taking place on March 27th. 

So we at PACT thought that this year we would try to do something different, we want to hear what YOU love about theatre. Along with our partners, Playwrights Guild of Canada, and Association des théâtres francophones du Canada, we are asking theatre-goers, actors, playwrights, tech crew, administrative staff, teachers and parents to send us a a short clip (10 secs) or photo completing the phrase “I love theatre because….” 

If you wish to send a photo rather than a video please write down and complete the phrase “I love theatre because….” and take a photo with it. 

We will then edit all videos and photos into a montage that showcases a multitude of voices. This way we could take a moment and remind ourselves of what we most love about live theatre.

Deadline: 12-03-2021

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Buffys 2021 — Call for Videographers

Wood Buffalo Excellence in the Arts Awards

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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  

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

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. 

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

  • 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

FEE

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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

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

SELECTIONS PROCESS

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.

This event is a celebration of the arts and artists in the Wood Buffalo region and preference in hiring is given to artists that reside within the region. In the event that local Wood Buffalo artists are not available or do not respond to this call, artist residing within Alberta will be considered.

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

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

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

Deadline: 08-03-2021

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AWG2022: Medallion & Pin

Have your work handed out to an international audience!

We are inviting artists, designers, and creative individuals living in the Wood Buffalo region to participate in a design competition to create a cultural medallion and culture pin.

The pin design should be inspired by the diversity of cultures of the region, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, while the concept design for the cultural medallion will reflect Wood Buffalo’s rich Indigenous heritage and the Medicine Wheel, which symbolizes equity and the cycle of life in the natural world.

Apply before March 4, 2021.

Deadline: 04-03-2021

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Jim Beam Virtual Talent Search

Canadian Music Week (CMW) is pleased to produce the Jim Beam® Virtual National Talent Search tour which will take place virtually June 14-30, 2021. Each of the resulting regional webisodes will be streamed via Indies.ca where the Public get to vote on their favourite artists in each province to help determine our grand prize winner. Our 2020 Virtual program was viewed by millions of eyeballs, so be sure to save these dates to your calendars to be a part of 2021’s event!

CMW and the Jim Beam® Virtual National Talent Search tour will provide 18 of Canada’s best new bands with their own virtual stage, ownership of their own recordings, and starring roles in this musical event that has rewritten the way homegrown independent talent is discovered. Each webisode will focus on one (of six) Province and feature performances from three local artist finalists, as well as feedback commentary from three Canadian Industry Mentors.

One grand prize winner selected from our 18 provincial (2021) finalists will win the opportunity to perform live on stage at the 2022 Canadian Independent Music Awards (aka INDIE AWARDS) in Toronto, along with other fabulous prizes!

Deadline: March 8, 2021

Deadline: 08-03-2021

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Sandbox Fund

The Sandbox Fund offers grants, engagement events, and other opportunities for independent artists seeking to explore the intrinsic link between science and culture through innovative storytelling. The program is administered by the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, in collaboration with Sandbox Films, a documentary studio that illuminates the art and beauty of scientific inquiry.

Grants are offered to independent artists who are working at the intersection of science and nonfiction storytelling. The partnership identifies and supports nonfiction projects that inspire a deeper interest in science, especially among those who don’t think of themselves as science enthusiasts.

U.S. and international nonfiction projects are eligible, with a focus on feature-length documentary projects.

Deadline: March 8, 2021

Deadline: 08-03-2021

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Kinaxis InConcert

Are you a Canadian music venue looking for a little financial help to produce a great live streaming concert? Apply now for a chance to have us help make the music happen. Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2021.

The Kinaxis InConcert series is a new sponsorship program presented by Kinaxis and supported by the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA). Interested live music venues* and others** can apply for help to cover the costs associated with the production of a live-streamed concert for up to a maximum of $6000.00 CAD. Successful applicants will be chosen based on a competitive submissions process. Costs associated with artist fees, livestream production, staff/production crew, and venue rental may be eligible. Concerts can be programmed from January to June 2021.


The goal of the Kinaxis InConcert program is to help a variety of live music stakeholders across the industry. With this program, Kinaxis and the CLMA seek to support artists who create and perform the music we love, as well as the vital live music workers and spaces who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 shutdowns.

Deadline: February 28, 2021

Deadline: 28-02-2021

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Artist Manager Program Funding

This funding supports the development of individual Alberta artist-managers and/or self-managed artists by providing up to $7,500 for one eight-week professional development program per deadline, delivered by Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) in Toronto or Calgary.

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

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

  • applicants, including ensembles, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation

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

Applicants can only receive this grant once during their career.

Deadline: 01-03-2021

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