Production Assistance Programs

Ed Video’s Production Assistance Awards support media creators by granting no-cost access to our equipment resources. Members may also apply for rental fee reductions, without applying for one of these awards.
Information about the conditions of the awards and how to apply can be found below. Please read all information before applying! Incomplete applications will not be awarded.
Awards are offered in the following categories:

Film and Video Project Awards (up to $700 of equipment access in any category)
These awards are for theatrical-style fiction of any length, documentary, video art, or art which includes a video component.
- General (any artist may apply in this category)
- Projects by Indigenous Artists
- Projects by Women Artists
- Projects by Francophone Artists
- Projects by New Canadians
- Projects by recent graduates (High School, College or University who completed this year)

We have created project awards which are specific to women and some cultural groups out of a recognition that these artists are underrepresented in our community and at large. It is important to Ed Video’s mandate to offer support which encourages a diversity of perspectives and voices.

Online Video Awards (up to $400 of equipment access in any category)
These awards are for projects created specifically for sharing on the internet. Projects must be expressive/artistic in nature, and cannot be done to promote a product or service.
- New Web Series Projects (no previous ‘episodes’)
- "One-off" Projects (not episodic)

Audio-based Project Awards (up to $350 of equipment access in any category)
- Podcasts
- Audio Documentary Projects
- Music Video Projects

Career and Skills Development (up to $200 of equipment access in any category)
- No-cost Workshop Access
- Technique Development (for developing a technique that could be used in a future project)

 
Information about these Awards

Deadlines and Result Notifications
i) Application deadlines for all awards in 2017 are April 1st, June 1st, August 1st, October 1st, December 1st, and February 1st (2018).
ii) Applicants will be notified of the results within 15 days of the deadline.
 

Applications and Expiry of Access
i) Awards expire on the day of the next deadline, so you should apply for the cycle which encompasses your dates of production. After your award expires, you will have to pay for equipment rentals again.
ii) If you are applying for one of our awards to be used in conjunction with other grants (eg. council grants), then you may need to apply in advance. If so, you should apply by the nearest deadline but indicate your production timeline and the connection to the other grant/award you are applying for.
iii) You may apply for funding up to two times per project, but only one project at a time.
iv) If you apply for the same project a second time, then you must demonstrate that significant progress was made on the project in your first award cycle.
 

Eligibility of Applicants
i) Must be the primary creative force of the project (e.g. Director)
ii) Must be 18 years of age or older
iii) Must be a resident of one of the following Ontario counties or regions: Brant, Dufferin, Halton, Hamilton-Wentworth, Peel, Waterloo, Wellington.
iv) The production must occur within the boundaries covered under Ed Video’s insurance
v) The applicant must own all rights to the work they are creating
vi) Creators of all experience levels are encouraged to apply
vii) The project must adhere to Ed Video’s Mandate, Vision and Code of Conduct.
viii) Projects done for community groups and for-profit entities are ineligible.
 

Competition
i) Likely, there is no competition for these awards. If your application is complete and eligible, then your application will likely be successful.
ii) If there is a high volume of applications during any cycle, then (at the discretion of staff) a committee may be formed to jury the applications. In these situations, projects will be assessed on the following criteria, as demonstrated in the application: feasibility of the project, relevance of the project to the award category, impact of the award on the career or development of the applicant. The number of times an applicant has accessed awards, and the progress demonstrated in those award cycles, may also be considered.
 

Membership Requirements/Terms and Conditions
i) Awards are subject to our standard rental procedures, policies and requirements.
ii) Applicants may include the cost of membership in their application.
iii) Current and lapsed members must be in good standing (no balance owed) to apply.
iv) Successful applicants are strongly encouraged to provide staff with updates on the progress of their project, photos for sharing on social media, tags on social media, etc.
v) A final report must be submitted.


How to Apply
i) All application material must be submitted at the same time, and by 5pm on the application deadline. We will confirm the receipt of your application. If you do not receive confirmation within 72 hours, please contact the office by phone.
ii) Applications must be sent by email to angus@edvideo.org with the subject line "Production Assistance Award"

 
What to Submit
i) A current Artist CV (if you have one)
ii)A clear indication of which category you are applying to
iii) A 2 to 3 page description of the project which includes:
a) a synopsis
b) your desired outcomes for the project
c) when and where work will be conducted
d) exhibition, screening or distribution goals
e) a list of confirmed collaborators

f) a detailed or summary budget 

g) a description of how the completion of this project will affect your career in the arts or artistic development.

iv) If your project is based on a script or treatment, please include it with your application.
v) A clear request for support (which specific equipment will you need and when will you need it).
vi) Examples of previous work are strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.

 Please contact angus@edvideo.org for more information, or with questions. Questions about the awards and the application process are welcome!