The Toronto Animated Image Society Announces Year Two of its Artist Residency program supported by The Petman Foundation

After a successful first year with Artist-in-Residence Brett Long, The Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) seeks applications for Year Two of its new Research and Production Animation Residency supported by The Petman Foundation.

This residency will see ONE selected Canadian artist and ONE selected International artist engage in self-directed work towards the completion of a new independent animated film or video, supported by a combination of a monetary funding and in-kind studio space and resources at the TAIS Production Centre. Applicants must be TAIS members (of any level) to be eligible; non-members wishing to apply may register for membership on our website HERE:

The Residency for Canadian Artists will take place from October 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016. The goal for this four-month Canadian Artist Residency is to emerge with a finished work.

The Residency for International Artists will take place from November 1 to November 30, 2015. The goal for this one-month International Artist Residency is to experiment with the resources at the TAIS Production Centre to advance or complete a work.

The artist selected will also engage with the community by giving an artist talk, workshop or presentation as part of his/her activities within the residency.

For this Residency program, it is imperative that the selected artist(s) interact and experiment with TAIS equipment and resources. Proposals that are strictly research or pre-production without any actual production component will not be eligible. Both the Toronto Animated Image Society and The Petman Foundation must be acknowledged as funders in the finished work.


Founded in 1984, TAIS is an artist-run charitable organization dedicated to exploring and promoting the art of animation through affordable access to space and equipment as well as year-round screenings, workshops, exhibitions, commission projects, artist residencies and outreach activities.

We provide knowledge and support to artists who want to make animated films or artwork related to animation within contemporary art practices.


  • The selected Canadian artist will be awarded with $9000, comprised of $3000 in-kind towards 4-months of work studio space and equipment at the TAIS Production Centre (including upgrade to Studio membership if needed) and $6,000 cash funding for the project.
  • The selected International artist will be awarded with $3500, comprised of $1500 in-kind towards 1-month of work studio space and equipment at the TAIS Production Centre (including upgrade to Studio membership if needed) and $2000 cash funding for the project.
  • It is within the rationale of this program that selected artist may be able to contribute with additional funding from other sources.
  • The work must remain in the artistic control of the artist. Projects servicing a third-party producer are not eligible.
  • TAIS will retain a copy of the work for archiving, dissemination and presentation.
  • Production and experimentation during the residency period needs to be done at the TAIS Production Centre in Toronto.


  1. Research and innovation with the work proposed. Essential use of TAIS space and equipment (Clarity of the proposal and detail on use of equipment). 40 points
  2. Budget and feasibility (Explain how the cash award will be used). 15 Points
  3. Commitment to the project (detailed plan of workflow). 30 points
  4. Community involvement (openness to show work-in-progress to members and agree to an artist talk or workshop). 15 points


  • Living expenses (Rent, meals, local transportation - Please note that, while living expenses are an eligible budgetary expense, living quarters are not provided)
  • Production expenses and materials
  • Additional equipment rental (if not available at TAIS)

Artists will sign a contract with TAIS and agree to report on the expenses.


Upon the project's completion, TAIS will take on an active role in promoting the finished film on the festival circuit, in markets and art-run centres as a film produced at TAIS, and will have non-exclusive rights to arrange exhibitions of the film, in consultation with the artist. Any marketing or promotional expenses related to these exhibitions will be the responsibility of TAIS, but for any exhibitions that result in an artist fee, an administrative fee of 10% will be deducted to go towards these costs before the artist fee is dispersed to the artist (s).


Interested individuals are requested to submit (as ONE Word or PDF document)– by Friday, July 31 at 5 PM EST

  • A resume (3 pages max)
  • Online links (vimeo, dropbox etc) to two samples of recent work. Describe how this work relates to your project. (Please note, do not remove these samples until after our notification date or you risk the jury not being able to see them)
  • An Artist Statement of the self-directed work you intend to complete while at TAIS residency (2 pages max)
  • Budget breakdown
  • Detailed schedule of workflow
  • Equipment required (see equipment list at
  • Please supply copies of any matching grants (if applicable)


  • Applications and inquiries should be directed to
    Kier-La Janisse
    Administrative + Programming Coordinator
    Toronto Animated Image Society
    1411 Dufferin Street, Unit B
    Toronto, Ontario
    M6H 4C7
  • After a jury review, artist will be notified by e-mail and letter of results by Monday, August 17, 2015
  • Artist awarded will sign a contract with TAIS before release of any funds.
  • The cash funds will be released in installments.
  • The first payment (50%) will be released at the beginning of work and subsequent payments (25% each) will be released upon submission of interim report and final reports. The artist is responsible for ensuring reporting on time in order to receive funds awarded to cover the activity plan.
  • Note that the schedule of work is very important.
  • Artist is responsible for his/her taxes.