Go Play, Get Paid: Grant Writing for Video Game Artists
TSV - Trinity Square Video
401 Richmond St. West
Have you ever wanted funding for a video game project, but are concerned your proposal is too weird, non-commercial, artsy, personal or political for the mainstream market? Interested in applying for an arts grant, but feeling overwhelmed or inexperienced when faced with the application process?
Writing arts grants can seem intimidating and time-consuming for new applicants, and especially so for gamemakers. Video games have only recently begun to be understood as a medium worthy of access to the cultural and institutional support given to more established arts like film, theatre and literature, and as a result, we may feel like our projects aren’t a good fit for this type of funding. However, the barriers have lowered significantly in recent years, and we believe that now is a great time to begin educating and encouraging local gamemakers to engage with the process. Come learn how to get financial support for the art that you make!
During this 3-hour workshop, we will discuss the following:
Media Arts and Emerging Artists overview: Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts
Why apply? Preconceptions vs reality
In-depth look at the application process, from jury selection to final funding
OAC 2017 application overview and the latest changes
Framing your project: Art vs Industry
Gathering and presenting your support material
De-mystifying the budget
We will mainly be looking at the OAC Media Arts project grant as an example, but many of the framing and writing tips should be of good use in any scenario where you may need to present your work or ideas to a broader audience. Bring your questions and project ideas for feedback!
PRICE: $30 general admission, $20 for Hand Eye Society members (look for a discount code in your inbox!). Not a member? Learn how to become one here!
Trinity Square Video is located at #121 on the ground floor at 401 Richmond Street W.
Sagan Yee is an animator, organizer, and occasional videogame perpetrator. She is executive director of the Hand Eye Society, a non-profit dedicated to the support of games as an art form and means of creative expression. Her past interactive work and creative collaborations have included a knife-throwing visual novel, a psychedelic dual-screen installation played in the back of a van, and a Magical Girl-themed combat game with light-up custom peripherals. She served on the jury of the Ontario Arts Council in 2014, and has received Media Arts grants for Welcome to New Lux Plaza, a computer game set in a dystopic shopping mall inspired by early vaporwave aesthetics.
Tina Hahn is a producer, director and editor of documentaries that incorporate creativity, health and the environment with a multi-cultural perspective. She was nominated for two Gemini awards for producing and editing Life’s A Twitch which won the coveted Golden Sheaf at the Yorkton Film Festival. She directed and produced the first season of the series, Heart of a Poet, and was awarded an Honorable Mention as Best Feature Documentary at the ReelHeart Film Festival for How Come You Walk Funny? Her feature documentary about cycling and sustainable transportation entitled Tales of a Yellow Bike screened at international festivals from China to Israel. Most recently, she was picture editor on Patron Saint which premiered at the Reel Artists Film Festival 2015.
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