Production Fund

Program Outline

The SAW Video Production Fund assists mid-career and established artists with independent video, new media, or multi-media projects either in production or post-production. Productions must be under 60 minutes in length in any genre.

A mid-career artist is someone that has created two professional independent works and has been a practicing artist for at least three years. An established artist is someone that has five professional independent works and has been a practicing artist for at least ten years.

Proposals are assessed by independent juries and successful applicants/grant recipients have no fixed deadline. 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
  • $250 towards two elective SAW Video workshops
  • a $500 honorarium
  • up to $2,500 in access to SAW Video equipment

Up to three grants are awarded per year.


May 1st, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET - Application Deadline 

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.

To Apply

Before applying, you must:

  • Read the SAW Video General Grant Guidelines
  • Read the Production Fund Guidelines

Application Forms

  • Application Form (PDF)

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

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

Applications are due May 31st, 2018