WORKSHOP – Grant Writing for Animators

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS)


Technical skills development
Beginner & Intermediate


February 23, 2019
11am – 4pm

Non-member $70 / TAIS Member $50 / Subsidized $30

This workshop is designed to help media artists represent their projects clearly and concisely. Veteran filmmaker, writer, and ‘Proposal Doctor’, Tina Hahn, will take emerging media artists through the process of applying to art councils and cultural agencies for funding. The focus for the workshop will be on the Ontario Arts Council’s Media Artists Creation Projects (deadline April 10). Participants will learn how to effectively write for arts councils and what juries are looking for in applications. Each participant will have an opportunity explain their grant ideas to Tina and the group . Case studies of budgets and timelines will be developed from these shared ideas.


Tina Hahn is an experienced documentary producer, director and editor, producing programming for Discovery Health Channel Canada, CTV, Bravo! Canada, Book Television, Knowledge Network and SCN. She has worked at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the Toronto International Film Festival and Planet in Focus along with a number of non-profits in the special-needs field. She has lead workshops at Trinity Square Video (TSV), the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), Ryerson University, and the South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC). Her summer workshops for children at the Bishop Strachan School and the Art Gallery of Hamilton included stop-motion animation assignments. 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, Tales of a Yellow Bike, screened at international festivals from China to Israel. She has also written and directed a CGI dance film, Chip, Scrape and Throw funded by BravoFact! and the NFB’s Filmmaker’s Assistance Program. Tina has edited over 40 independent productions, and teaches Editing for Documentary Film at LIFT. She began helping artists with their grant applications through workshops at TSV, which were expanded into workshops at SAVAC, she now freelances as a Proposal Doctor with a very high success rate for those who submit a completed grant to funders such as the Ontario Arts Council, BravoFactual and the Crosscurrents Doc Fund


TAIS Workshops are presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.


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