This popular workshop is designed to help media artists represent their projects clearly and concisely. Veteran filmmaker and SAW Video alumni Penny McCann will take emerging film and video makers through the process of applying to art councils and cultural agencies for funding.
Focus for the workshop will be on upcoming grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. SAW Video's in-house programs will also be discussed, such as SAW Video’s Production Fund, Jumpstart Mentorship program, and First Time Video Grant.
Participants will learn the do's and don'ts of grant writing (aka "Penny's Principles of Grant Writing") and see examples of successful proposals, complete with budgets, schedules, and project descriptions. They will learn about the jury process and how to effectively present support material.
Time will be set aside for one-on-one sessions with Penny to discuss the specific grants that they wish to apply for. This will be a 15-minute session and will provide the opportunity to talk with Penny about a grant you would like feedback on or a future grant you would like to apply for.
Penny McCann’s contribution to the media arts spans over 25 years. As a media artist, Penny’s films and videos have been exhibited widely at festivals and galleries nationally and internationally. A veteran arts administrator, Penny served as Director of SAW Video from 2004 to 2018. In that role, she wrote countless grants, successfully increasing SAW Video’s operational funding, as well as earning for the centre two back-to-back Ontario Trillium Foundation grants in 2017. As an artist, she has received numerous grants and was recently awarded a Canada Council Research and Creation grant as well as a City of Ottawa A grant in Film and Video.