Grant Writing for Arts Councils Workshop

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto
Touring Filmmaking Workshop Series
Grant Writing for Arts Councils

Saturday, September 12, 2015
355 Clarence Street, London, ON
10:30 am – 3:30 pm

LOMAA or LIFT Members/ Students: $20
General: $30
Enrolment limit: 6
Registration deadline: Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 5pm

As the instructor is traveling to London for the workshop, we require pre-registration a minimum of one week in advance. We require five business days cancellation notice for a full refund. Classes with fewer than two people will be cancelled.

Sustaining a career as an artist necessitates learning how to write a clear, concise, and persuasive arts grant application. Get started with this workshop which will outline the process of planning, writing, and submitting grant proposals that accurately and interestingly represent your individual project. The course will focus on what juries look for in the presentation, budget preparation, and in support material. We will also briefly review and critique participants’ grant proposals to provide individual feedback on how to fund your works in progress. The focus in the workshop will be on grant writing for media arts, but visual artists are also welcome to attend as most of the issues addressed are the same from one discipline to another.

Upcoming media arts grant deadlines:
– Canada Council for the Arts: October 1, 2015
– Ontario Arts Council: October 1, 2015 (Mid-career and Established Artists)
– Ontario Arts Council: November 3, 2015 (Emerging Artists)

Participants must submit a draft project description by Friday September 4, 2015. Please submit to with “LOMAA: Grant Writing for Arts Councils” in the subject line.

Instructor Bio

Chris Gehman is a filmmaker, arts administrator, educator, and occasional curator and critic, based in Toronto. His films have been screened at venues around the world, including EXiS (Seoul, Korea), Experimenta (Bangalore, India), Anthology Film Archives (New York City), et al. His 2008 film Refraction Series premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won an award at the 2009 Ann Arbor Film Festival. Chris was Artistic Director of the Images Festival from 2000 to 2004, and has also worked as a programmer for Cinematheque Ontario, TIFF and Pleasure Dome. He edited Explosion in the Movie Machine: Essays and Documents on Toronto Artists’ Film and Video (Images Festival & LIFT, 2013), and co-edited The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema (YYZBOOKS, 2005) with Steve Reinke; his writings on experimental media have also appeared in publications such as Millennium Film Journal, FUSE and Cinema Scope. Currently, Chris is the Finance Manager at Vtape in addition to his artistic and freelance work. He is familiar with many granting programs at the provincial and national level, and has received numerous grants to support his work.

This workshop is part of LIFT’s Touring Filmmaking Workshops with media arts centres throughout Ontario. The touring program is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

Stay tuned for many more LIFT Touring Filmmaking Workshops to come to London in the fall and winter!

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