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Call for applications: for LIFT – Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto for Academy of Fine Arts' Alumni 2019

Call for applications:  LIFT – Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto 2019

Open 4.2.2019–4.3.2019 at 4 pm (Finnish time).

 

The University of the Arts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts started in 2015 a residency programme for its alumi funded by the Saastamoinen Foundation. The programme is supporting post-graduate studies of visual artists by awarding grants for several high-quality residency centres, which have a partnership with the Academy. These are LIFT – Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, ISCP – International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York, Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, and Space in London. The open call for all these residencies is from February 4 to March 4 at 4 pm. In addition, if an alumni from the Academy of Fine Arts will be accepted to the residency programme of the Rijksakademie van Beldeende Kunsten in Amsterdam the Academy will award her/him a grant as well (one / year). The call for the residency at the Rijksakademie ended on the 2nd of February.

This call is for one residency at LIFT – Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. The residency is for a period of twelve weeks between September and December 2019.

All the artists graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts and are welcome to apply. There is no age limit. The full stipend funded by the Saastamoinen Foundation is 9,800 € and it covers the travel fees back and forth to Toronto, a workspace at the LIFT, the in-kind equipment and facility rental and Expendables such as film stock and related production expenses, guidance towards finishing the film where necessary as well as mentor and workshop fees. It also covers the stipend of 5,100 € for the artist for the, 12 weeks accommodation and living costs. The stipend should also cover the costs for visa, pension and insurance. LIFT will put a call out to members to assist with finding a flat and will introduce the artist to other people working in the field. 

LIFT is an artist-run production and educational media arts organization dedicated to celebrating excellence in the moving image. We support a wide range of production formats including Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, Super 16mm, 35mm and HD; film and digital editing; optical printers; contact printers; animation stands; a darkroom and more. Toronto also offers a range of lab facilities, a large pool of experienced technicians and talent, a vibrant film community and a dynamic arts environment. LIFT’s residency program focuses on the production of analogue film-based works, although strong digital applications will also be considered.

The artist who will be awarded is expected to present in collaboration with LIFT and other local organisations one work of moving image in Toronto. The presentation will not necessary happen during the residency but afterwards. In the total budget there is a support for performances and festivals (to a maximum of 1000€).

The Artist is asked to write a report of the residency period and send it to the Academy of Fine Arts and to the Saastamoinen Foundation in two-month time after finishing the residency. She /He is also asked to tell about the residency to the students of the Academy of Fine Arts in an event that will be agreed later.

Applying is done digitally and it has to be sent to kuva.kirjaamo@uniarts.fi latest on Monday 4th of March 2019 at 4 pm Finnish time. Please see the detailed guidelines for the application below.

The selection will be done in two parts. First the jury nominated by the Academy of Fine arts and confirmed by the Saastamoinen Foundation will make a shortlist.

The members of the jury are: video artist Deirdre Logue (Development Director, V-Tape, Toronto), Kerstin Schroedinger, artist working in film, video, sound and performance (Berlin) and visual artist, film maker and curator Sami van Ingen (Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki). The final decision will be made by Chris Kennedy, Director of the LIFT. The results will be announced in April 2019.

For further information about the programme:
https://lift.ca/ or via email to

For further information about the call and the grant:
Johanna Vakkari, Vice Dean, Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki
johanna.vakkari (at) uniarts.fi

There will be a briefing about the residencies in mid-February at the Academy of Fine Art’s premises. The exact time and place will be announced later.

 

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Call for applications - LIFT – Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto

Deadline: March 4th 2019 at 4 pm (Finnish time)

 

Start date of residency: the 12-week residency can be organized between September and December 2019

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is an artist-run charitable organization dedicated to facilitating excellence in the moving image through media arts education and production resources. LIFT exists to provide support and encouragement for independent filmmakers and artists through affordable access to production, post-production and exhibition equipment; professional and creative development; workshops and courses; commissioning and exhibitions; artist-residencies; and a variety of other services. Founded in 1981 by a small collective, LIFT has since grown to become one of the foremost centres of its kind globally.

Values
- Diversity in all its manifestations, including race, ethnicity, language, gender identity, sexuality, class, age, disability, immigration status, film genre and level of experience as a filmmaker.
- Affordable and equitable access to services and programs that minimize economic barriers to creating films.
- The materiality and technology of working with celluloid as a medium.
- Developing and cultivating the "cinematic" qualities within digital cinema and new platforms.
- Serving as a community hub for filmmakers and artists.
- Providing quality service to an engaged and participatory membership.
- Providing a space for diverse communities to produce representations on their own terms.

Residency program

The aim of this residency is to support the artist to prepare or to finish her / his project. The residency is meant for a personal active work and we encourage the artist selected to the residency to travel alone because this helps him / her to better integrate to the whole field of moving image in Toronto. In addition to the LIFT there are a big number of moving image related organisations in the town. LIFT has specialized in production of different type of analogue films and it provides the full equipment for post-production. The budget covers a workspace at the LIFT, the in-kind equipment and facility rental (up to 2000€) and Expendables such as film stock and related production expenses (up to 300€), guidance towards finishing the film where necessary as well as mentor and workshop fees (to a maximum of 1000€).

Mentoring

LIFT has 500 members in Toronto and surroundings and together they possess all the knowledge on film making and moving image one can possibly need. The mentors will be hired where necessary, in consultation with the artist.  LIFT will also provide the artist access to workshops according to his / her needs.

Applying

Applying is done digitally. All the required parts have to be sent in one PDF file to . For the title, please use your name and “LIFT_alumniresidency”. For voluminous files (like videos), please insert a link to the server / website / YouTube / Vimeo where the file can be viewed. Please make sure all the links to external sites work at least up to two months after the deadline has past.

The application consists of:

1.) The cover letter with full contact details (including telephone, email, mobile number and address) and a short presentation.

2.)  PDF file containing the following parts:

  • A project proposal stating goals and purpose of your stay (In the proposal, please include a section on how this residency will fit within your practice and why this is a good time for you to be applying for it.

  • Description about the synergy and contacts you would gain from the residency (max. 500 words)

  • Documentation of recent work (Please note that referring to website link will not be accepted as previous work material, applicants must send a PDF portfolio). Please include the basic information about each work (year, technique, materials, measures / duration etc.)

  • Your resume (max. 2 pages)

Please note that all applications are to be submitted as one PDF file via email: For the title, please use your name and ”LIFT_alumniresidency”. For voluminous files (like videos), please insert a link to the server/website/You Tube/Vimeo where the file can be viewed. Please make sure all the links to external sites work at least up to two months after the deadline has past.

The jury (for shortlist) includes: video artist Deirdre Logue (Development Director, V-Tape, Toronto), Kerstin Schroedinger, artist working in film, video, sound and performance (Berlin) and visual artist, film maker and curator Sami van Ingen (Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki). The final decision will be made by Chris Kennedy, Director of the LIFT. The results will be announced in April 2019.

For further information about the programme:
https://lift.ca/

For further information about the call and the grant:
Johanna Vakkari, Vice Dean, Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki
johanna.vakkari (at) uniarts.fi