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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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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 submit 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

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Call for Visual Artists: PATHWAYS Exhibit for Alberta Culture Days

Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre and Arts Council Wood Buffalo is seeking applications from local artists to display their work during Alberta Culture Days in a unique audio/visual exhibit titled PATHWAYS.


Five visual artists will be selected to have their original 2D or 3D artworks exhibited in the Keyano Art Gallery. An honorarium will be paid to the successful applicants.


Each piece of art displayed will have a link to an audio recording of the artist describing the work that visitors can listen to on their personal device. Photographs of the pieces, artist biographies, and the audio link will also be posted on the Keyano Theatre and ACWB websites during Alberta Culture Days in September.


Tours in the gallery will run from September 16 to October 16, 2020, with additional artistic activities at Keyano College taking place on September 24-27. The exhibit will be installed on September 14.


HOW TO APPLY
Artists should submit in one email the following information:

  • High-resolution digital images of a maximum of four pieces of art (files should be labeled ‘Last Name_First Name_Title of Artwork_1’; ‘Last Name_First Name_Title of Artwork_2; etc.)
  • An artist biography of no more than 250 words
  • A written statement of your path to becoming an artist and what makes art so meaningful to you (up to 500 words)

Artwork will be chosen based on connection to the exhibit theme PATHWAYS as demonstrated in the submitted statement, artistic merit, and artist’s availability to deliver the artwork and recorded statement about each piece selected for display by the deadline of September 14. Selection by the adjudication committee is final.


Deadline to submit is September 8 at 11:00 p.m. The selected artists will be notified by the end of day on September 10.


If you are selected, please be prepared to supply an artist bio and an MP3 recorded audio description of each selection (suggested time is one minute each) by September 14. Keyano Theatre would be happy to assist as needed.
Please send submissions to [email protected].

Deadline: 08-09-2020

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Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo

Each year during the last weekend of September, Alberta Culture Days offers free, participatory events and programs that invite the public to discover, experience and celebrate the arts and culture in their communities. 

This year, Alberta Culture Days has been extended beyond the traditional weekend to a 4-week interactive, immersive arts and culture experience taking place from September 1 to 30. Events will be offered indoors, outdoors and online. Everyone can play a role in the Culture Days!

Do you have an idea for a free, participatory or interactive event?  Submit an Event/ Activity Proposal.

Are you a venue operator? Offer the use of your space! Submit a Venue Registration.

Are you an artist looking to participate in an event? Register here.


FUNDING AVAILABLE! There are two funding opportunities available this year for organizers of Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo events:

1. To be included in the provincial Alberta Culture Days Grant application, you must submit a completed Event/Activity Proposal by Friday, July 10, 2020. – CLOSED

2. To be considered for funding provided by Arts Council Wood Buffalo (through the Community Investment Program), you must submit a completed Event/Activity Proposal by Friday, August 14, 2020. 

Funding will be distributed based on eligibility and in order of applications received. The maximum request is $500.

Deadline: August 14, 2020

Deadline: 15-08-2020

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2020 Buffy Nominations Now Open

UPDATE August 1: 2020 Buffy nominations and self applications are now closed. Thank you to everyone who nominated, self-applied and submitted nomination material.

Learn more about the next steps in the process, and stay up to date on the countdown to the 2020 Buffy Awards.

Please note that Arts Council Wood Buffalo is not able to accept applications or incomplete submissions after July 31, 2020. Incomplete submissions and entries listed as still being “in progress” on our online portal cannot be considered for an award.

Individuals and groups can self-apply for an award in 12 categories spanning all sorts of artistic disciplines.

Nominate Now

Nominate an artist or group (closed on July 15) or self-apply for an award (closed on July 31).

Have you been nominated? Complete your nomination here (closed on July 31).

Why Nominate?

The recognition received by each nominee and award recipient serves to raise their profile, helps build their portfolios, and allows them opportunities to compete and thrive as an artist in our community and beyond.

Also because you think they’re pretty fantastic. Or because, in fact, you’re pretty fantastic.

Award Prize

That’s right. We said prize.

Each award recipient will be presented with a $250 cheque, a certificate, and an award (a “Buffy”) that has been handcrafted by a local artist.

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • Nominating an artist: closed on July 15 @ midnight (MST)
  • Self-applying: July 31 @ midnight (MST)
  • Application submission deadline: July 31 @ midnight (MST)
  • Shortlisted nominees notified: Sept. 4
  • Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards Showcase: October 17

A Night of Celebration – Saturday, October 17

The Buffy Awards will be given out as part of the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards Showcase on October 17, 2020, which highlights award recipients and shortlisted nominees, as well as all sorts of local art and performances by local artists.

This year’s celebrations will be released exclusively for online viewing.

Be sure to nominate. It will be a night to remember as we recognize excellence in various arts disciplines and the incredible contributions these amazing artists make to our communities throughout the Wood Buffalo region. 

How to Nominate

If nominating an artist or group (closed on July 15):

  • Fill out an online nomination form: click here (closed on July 15)
  • ACWB will contact the nominee to complete their nomination

If self-applying or completing a nomination:

  • Register on our online portal: click here (closed on July 31).
  • Complete your application (you may save and return to it as you go)
  • Submit your nomination materials by July 31 at midnight (MST)

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Your completed application and all required support materials must be submitted online on or before July 31 at midnight (MST)
  • Arts Council Wood Buffalo will not accept applications after the submission deadline, incomplete submissions, or those not submitted through our online portal. 

Deadline: 31-07-2020

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Call for Performing Artists — Buffys 2020

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is inviting artists to submit proposals for performances which will be shared at our fifth annual Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) showcase event on October 17, 2020.

Deadline for Proposal Submissions: June 30, 2020 @ 9 a.m.

This year’s celebrations will be released exclusively for online viewing. All commissioned performances will be pre-recorded for a premiere during this online broadcast.

Submit Your Proposal for this Opportunity

This opportunity has now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted their proposals. Please bookmark https://artscouncilwb.ca/opportunities-calls/ for future opportunities and calls.

Experiment for Your Pre-Recorded Performance

Given that the performances will be pre-recorded this year, we are particularly interested in site-specific works that highlight underused and unique locations or venues within our region.

This night of celebration is a great opportunity to be experimental and try things out, so we encourage you to embrace your unique ideas and go for it in your submissions!

Example Ideas to Stimulate Your Creativity

Painted – Duncan McDowall
Jurassic Park Theme – The Piano Guys

Eligibility Criteria

  • Artists must be Wood Buffalo residents for the duration of the project
  • Performance must not exceed 5 minutes in length
  • Artists must be performance-ready for recording by mid-July
  • Performance must not have been, or have plans to be, presented again in close proximity of the Buffys (i.e. no repeat presentations of the Work between July – December 2020)

Work Media

The work must be visually appealing to present on film, and may include, but is not limited to:

  • Short-films
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Spoken word
  • Circus arts
  • 2D or 3D art forms

Recording the Performance

The performance needs to be submitted to ACWB by September 17th. For those needing support for the recording process, you may choose to access 1 – 2 hours of complimentary recording time with a professional videographer hired and compensated by ACWB.

Selections Process

  • Artists will be selected based on appropriateness for the program, cost, and quality.
  • Priority will be given to artists who communicate clear, detailed concepts, with reasoning and feasibility provided to support their selected performance location.

Artist Fee

ACWB requests that artists determine their fees as part of the proposal process.

Submit Your Proposal for this Opportunity

This opportunity has now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted their proposals. Please bookmark https://artscouncilwb.ca/opportunities-calls/ for future opportunities and calls.

For More Information

Contact Luay Eljamal, Programs Manager: [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.102.

Deadline: 30-06-2020

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Call for Artist: Illustrator / Designer for Instruction Manual

We’re looking for an artist to illustrate and design an instruction manual to accompany Getting to Sold workshops. This manual is intended for tactile or visual learners and for use in communities where training technology or traditional workshop delivery may not be available. 

Deadline for Submissions: Thursday, June 18 @ noon (MT) 

Download this Call for Artists 

Description of Program – Getting to Sold 

Getting to Sold is a workshop series for fine crafters, artisans, and new artists looking to get their products to market. A manual is needed to support workshops that will be delivered to an audience of a wide variety of ages and learning styles. 

About the Commission 

Artist needed to illustrate and design a manual that takes artisans through the workshop process in a fun and engaging format. 

The selected artist will be working closely with Sharon Heading, Arts Recovery Project Coordinator, to adapt the existing program content into the manual. 

Eligibilities 

Artist must be a Wood Buffalo resident for the duration of the project. 

Work Media 

Finished manual will be digital format, both print ready and shareable through online platforms. 

Artist Fee 

The successful artist will receive an all-inclusive fee of $4,000, covering all illustration, layout, and design of the Getting to Sold manual. 

How to Submit for this Opportunity 

Email your submissions to Sharon Heading, Arts Recovery Project Coordinator, at [email protected] with the following information: 

  • List of Accomplishments or CV
  • Three (maximum) digital images of previous artwork 
  • Proposal to include estimated completion timeline
  • Ability to incorporate neurodiversity accessibility into content is an asset 

Deadline for Submissions: Thursday, June 18 @ noon (MT) 

Selection Process 

The successful artist will be selected by Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff and notified by June 19, 2020. Please note, only the successful artist will be contacted. 

Download this Call for Artists 

Questions and More Information 

For questions or more information, please contact Sharon Heading, Arts Recovery Project Coordinator, at [email protected], or 780-381-6898.

Deadline: 18-06-2020

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2019 Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards – Artist Calls

Deadline for all Artist Calls listed below is July 30, 2019

1. Performing Artists

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is looking for artists to perform at the fourth annual Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards showcase event on October 19, 2019. This year’s theme is “Midnight Coffeehouse” and will be held at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts.

The theme is based on the Beat Generation culture of the 1950s, some of the defining features being performance art, major shifts in poetry and fiction writing, small ensemble experimental jazz, and abstract expressionism in visual art.

The Arts Awards is a great place to be experimental and try things out, so we encourage artists to embrace the Coffeehouse theme and go for it in their submissions!

  • Music, dance, theatre, comedy, spoken word, circus arts, etc. or any combination of these
  • 5-minute time slot on one of the main stages during the awards presentation on October 19
  • Performance agreement also includes:
    • Up to 1 hour of technical rehearsal on the evening of October 18
    • Dress rehearsal during the day on October 19
  • Submission must include: artist description, description of performance, and fee (inclusive of GST).
  • Artists will be selected based on appropriateness for the program, cost, and quality.

Contact Diana Moser, Programs Manager for more information: [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.102.


2. Photography Services

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is looking for professional photography services to provide event photos of the fourth annual Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards showcase event on October 19, 2019. This year’s theme, “Midnight Coffeehouse”, is based on the Beat Generation culture of the 1950s, some of the defining features being performance art, major shifts in poetry and fiction writing, small ensemble experimental jazz, and abstract expressionism in visual art.

Location: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

Services Required

  • Close up and wide shots
  • Photographs taken during the pre-show activities and backstage
    • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Attendees, performers, décor
  • Photographs taken during the awards showcase
    • 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    • Attendees, performers, speakers, award presenter(s), sponsors, award recipients, décor
  • Photographs taken during the after-glow activities
    • 11:00 pm – 12:00 am
  • 10 hi resolution images required 2 days after the event for use on ACWB social media
  • All final images due 2 weeks after the event
    • Hi-resolution suitable for future use in printed publications and online

Contact Christina Rolufs, Communications Manager, for more information: [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.101.


3. Videography Services

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is looking for professional video services to capture event footage to create up to five (5) highlight videos for the fourth annual Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards. The footage will be captured at the showcase event on October 19, 2019 and will be used to create highlight videos which will be used post-event as thank-yous, promo, etc.

Location: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

Time: 7:00 pm to 12:00 am

  • Pre-show: 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Awards show: 9:00-11:00 pm
  • After-glow: 11:00 pm – 12:00 am

Services Required:

Capture event footage on October 19, 2019 to create up to five (5) highlight videos of the Awards.

  • One video should be an overall compilation of the event and approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • Other videos should be 58 second shorts of each: artist showcase, sponsors, awards, event itself.
  • Videos will be mainly used on social media and may be embedded in the ACWB website.
  • Draw inspiration from the 2019 theme “Midnight Coffeehouse”, which is based on the Beat Generation culture of the 1950s, some of the defining features being performance art, major shifts in poetry and fiction writing, small ensemble experimental jazz, and abstract expressionism in visual art.

Contact Christina Rolufs, Communications Manager, for more information: [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.101.

Deadline: 30-07-2019

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