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Film and Video Individual Project Funding

This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific film and video arts project.


September 1, 2022, March 1, 2023

Individual eligibility criteria

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

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for at least one full year before applying
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for a least six months of 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 to apply. Previous grant recipients must ensure all final reporting has been approved by the AFA before new applications are accepted.

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

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations are eligible to apply to this program and must list all principal artists involved in the project activities as part of their application. All members of an ensemble, collective, or collaboration must meet the individual eligibility criteria.

Principal artists cannot apply and/or receive funding for multiple projects at the same time, whether as an individual or a member of various ensembles, collectives, or collaborations.

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible film and video arts projects are independent works in film and video produced by individual artists.

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

Eligible genres

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible film genres include, but are not limited to:

  • narrative shorts and features
  • experimental shorts
  • documentary
  • animation

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.

Types of projects

Through this opportunity, you may apply for project funding to support artistic activities in:

  • art production
  • marketing
  • research
  • training and career development

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
  • pre-production
  • production
  • post-production
  • 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 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 projects include, but are not limited to:

  • experimentation
  • exploration
  • 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 projects include, but are not limited to:

  • workshops
  • master classes
  • retreats
  • 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
  • production
  • promotion and publicity
  • transportation and accommodation
  • tuition or training fees
  • royalties
  • 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

Ineligible expenses

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
  • artistic activities or projects undertaken in order to fulfill credit or thesis requirements
  • projects that are primarily commercial in nature
  • expenses already inccurred prior to application submission, including grant writer fees