This new professional development opportunity encourages new and experienced animators to discover and create a new animated work with mentorship and in-kind support from TAIS and artistic fees and presentation at the imagineNATIVE Festival.

Application deadline: January 29th

~A new opportunity to work or to enhance skills in the creation of an original work for imagineNATIVE’s 2020 Festival.~

The imagineNATIVE/TAIS Indigenous Artist in Residency Program supports the production of new animated work by Indigenous artists in TAIS Studios through a combination of funding and in-kind resources. The program invites one Indigenous artist living in Ontario to engage as an emerging creator in the animation space, or as an experienced animator in self-directed research and production towards the completion of a new independent animated film, video, or project. The residency includes a combination of monetary funding and in-kind use of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios with additional support by imagineNATIVE as part of their imagineNATIVE Originals: Mentorship Commission program.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – TAIS/imagineNATIVE Indigenous Artist in Residence Program

Opening date: Wednesday December 18, 2019
Deadline: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Notifications February 11, 2020

This program supports research and production of new animated work by an Indigenous artist living in Canada through a combination of funding and in-kind resources. This inaugural program is seeking ONE (1) Indigenous screen artist living in Ontario to engage in either supported or self-directed work, towards the completion of a new independent animated film or video.This residency comes with a combination of monetary funding and in-kind use of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios, located at 1411 Dufferin Street in downtown Toronto.

NOTE: No prior animation experience is required, but applicants must have completed at least one professionally presented (programmed) work which may include festival screening, graduate exhibitions from educational institutions, or established cultural programs (eg. Banff Centre, Native Child’s 7th Generation).

Founded in 1984, the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) is an organization dedicated to exploring and promoting the art of animation through production, screenings, workshops and exhibitions. As an artist-run production centre, TAIS provides affordable access to space and equipment; offering services to independent artists who make animated films within contemporary art practices.

imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. The organisation is recognised locally, nationally, and internationally for excellence and innovation in programming and as the global centre for Indigenous media arts. imagineNATIVE (legal entity: The Centre for Aboriginal Media) is a registered charity committed to creating a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures through the presentation of contemporary Indigenous-made media art including film, video, audio and digital media.

● The Indigenous Artist Residency is a seven month program, taking place over consecutive months between March 2020 and September 2020. The goal for this Indigenous Artist Residency is to emerge with a finished work. The selected Canadian artist will be awarded with $7000 comprised of $3,000 in-kind towards 2-months of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios, and $4000 in cash funding for the project.

● Applicants may be new to the animation process or enhance their skills and practice, but must have created at least one screen media artwork screened at imagineNATIVE.
● For this Residency program, it is imperative that the selected artist(s) plan to interact and experiment with TAIS equipment and resources. Proposals that are strictly research or pre-production without any actual production component are not eligible.
● Proposals must be for projects that are entirely or predominantly involving animation production. Multi or mixed media proposals are welcome, however the work must be considered as an animated project (involving the illusion of motion and/or change by means of the rapid succession of sequential images)

● The Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS), imagineNATIVE, and any funding sponsors of the program, must be acknowledged in the finished work. Details:
● TAIS and imagineNATIVEwill retain a copy of the final work for archiving, dissemination,
and presentation.

● Partial travel, accommodations and materials coverage may be available through this program. TAIS will provide letters of support for the selected artist to apply for additional funding for travel etc.
● Projects servicing a third-party producer are not eligible; the work must remain in the artistic control of the artist.
● Proposals that are strictly research or pre-production without any actual production component are not eligible.
● Only production and experimentation that takes place at TAIS Studios is eligible for support as part of this program (access to the studios will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, throughout the residency period).
● In order to be eligible, the selected artist(s) must sign a contract with TAIS and imagineNATIVE must agree to report on their project expenses and progress.

● If inexperienced in animation, a letter of intent detailing your interest in pursuing animation (1 page) in relation to your previous work. 40 points
● If experienced in animation, research and innovation within the work proposed. Description of use of studio and equipment is essential. (Clarity of the proposal and detail). 40 points
● Budget and feasibility (Explain how the funding will be used – *See template). 15 Points
● Commitment to the project (Detailed plan and workflow). 30 points
● Community involvement (openness to show work-in-progress and agreement to a public artist talk or workshop). 15 points

Interested individuals are required to send in materials below (as ONE (1) combined Word or PDF document)– by Wednesday January 29, 2019 at midnight EST, the following:

● An artist CV/resume (THREE (3) pages max)
● Online links (vimeo, dropbox etc.) of TWO (2) samples of recent work. Describe how this process and completed will evolve your storytelling. (Please 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 (ONE (1) pages max)
● Budget and notes/breakdown *See template *CLICK HERE
● Detailed schedule of workflow for period of residency at TAIS, and any additional production information
● Equipment required (see equipment list at
● Please supply documentation of any matching grants (if applicable)

● Living expenses (Rent, meals, local transportation) – Please note that, while living expenses are eligible, accommodations and travel outside/to Toronto are not eligible.
● Production expenses and materials.
● Additional equipment rental (if not available at TAIS Studio). Equipment listing available here.

Applications should be sent by email, as one Word document or PDF attachment, to Adriana Chartrand,
SUBJECT Heading: TAIS Canadian Artist in Residence Proposal 2020

● After jury review, the artist(s) will be notified by e-mail and/or by mail with the results by February 10, 2020
● The selected artist(s) will sign a contract with TAIS before offer is confirmed.
● The selected artist(s) proposals, bio, and other support materials will be included in TAIS fundraising applications, and included as part of the condition of acceptance of the offer.
● The selected artist(s) will receive their cash funds in instalments. The first payment (50% of total fee) will be released at the beginning of the residency period, and subsequent payments (two payments of 25% of total fee each) will be released upon delivery of interim and final reports. The artist is responsible for ensuring reports are delivered on time in order to receive funds.
● The agreed upon schedule of work/reporting must be followed for fees to be released.


Upon the project’s completion, TAIS and imagineNATIVE will take on an active role in promoting the finished film on the festival circuit, in markets and artist-run centres as a film produced at TAIS Studio, and will have non-exclusive rights to arrange exhibitions of the film, in consultation with the artist.

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