JumpstArt Mentorship Program

Program Outline

Established in the 1980s, JumpstArt is SAW Video's longest-standing production incentive program, providing artists new to video an opportunity to explore the medium. In 2009, SAW Video launched a new incarnation of the production fund designed to provide even greater support for artists making their first videos. In addition to monetary and equipment support, the new JumpstArt program offers a mentorship component aimed at supporting emerging artists throughout the production cycle.

Participants are assigned a mentor whose role is to advise them throughout the process. Completed projects are screened a year after the start of the program. Projects must be in the pre-production phase, and all post-production and editing must be done at SAW Video. (JumpStart budgets must take these costs into consideration.)

Proposals are assessed by independent juries and successful applicants/grant recipients have 12 months to complete their projects. Applicants should not submit material that cannot be replaced. Artists retain copyright of their productions but must provide a copy of their final production for the SAW Video archives.

Successful applicants receive:

  • a one-year producing membership at SAW Video
  • a $400 honorarium to cover material costs
  • 20 hours of consultation with a personal mentor
  • two mandatory introductory workshops in production and post-production
  • two elective workshops
  • up to $1,200 in access to SAW Video equipment
  • an opportunity to screen their completed work

During that time, they must attend pre-set group meetings, 3 in person consultations with their mentors, complete two mandatory workshops (one production, one post-production) and two elective workshops.

Up to six grants are awarded per year.


May 1st, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET - Application deadline
May 31st, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET – Deliverable Date

Applicants must be available to complete the JumpStart program during the 12 months following receipt of the grant.

Eligible Applicants

As the majority of project support is provided in the form of equipment and facilities access, SAW Video grants are intended for residents of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Applicants do not have to be Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or have an application pending for permanent resident status.

Artists crossing over from other disciplines are welcome (i.e. music, theatre, performance, writing, visual arts and dance).

Applicants need not be members of SAW Video.

SAW Video supports independent artistic work initiated by the artist and behind which the artist is the driving force. Eligible projects are those which the artist maintains creative and editorial control over.

SAW Video grants do not support the production of feature-length projects. All projects funded by SAW Video must be under 60 minutes.

All genres are accepted (i.e. experimental, drama, documentary, animation, video installation, new media, etc.).

All grants are for video projects but may also include projects transferred to video from film.

SAW Video grants are intended to assist artists in the production and post-production of their projects and are not to be used exclusively for scriptwriting, research and development, or other pre-production purposes.

Access to SAW Video equipment is in the form of waivers that may be used solely for the awarded projects.

JumpStart Mentorship Program is only offered to emerging artists who have not created their first significant work.

To Apply

Before applying, you must:

  • Read the SAW Video General Grant Guidelines
  • Read the JumpStart Guidelines

Application Forms

  • Application Form (PDF)
  • General Grant Guidelines (PDF)
  • JumpStart Guidelines (PDF)
  •  (PDF)

Complete and submit an application (with signature, including completed budget, production schedule and support materials) in either digital or hard copy to:

  • operations@sawvideo.com
  • Attn: Jenna Spencer (Operations Manager)
    SAW Video Association
    67 Nicholas Street
    Ottawa, ON  K1N 7B9

Applications are due May 1st, 2018, 5:00 p.m. ET.