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Call for Directors 

in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia


Request for video proposals to honour great Canadian artists

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) are once again coming together to honour the recipients of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts (GGAVMA).

We are looking to pair directors with the 2017 GGAVMA winners to create artistic video portraits (3 minutes max., including credits/bumpers). We also encourage production centres and directors to enter an agreement that would help cover the costs of services and equipment they might need.

The commissioned directors will be acknowledged in every way possible as creators of these videos. The video portraits will be shown on Council’s web site and YouTube channel. They will be promoted via social media, on partners’ web sites and at public events organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Office of the Governor General of Canada.The commissioned directors and IMAA members are also encouraged to show the works on their websites and social media channels.

The videos will be a key element of a national campaign to raise the profile of the winners and the visual arts, media arts and fine craft in Canada.

Each video will be an artistic and original portrait of the GGAVMA winner of which the commissioned director has complete creative control. Ideally, it will celebrate the winner’s achievement and the impact his or her life’s work has made on the lives of Canadians.

The Council reserves the right to use the video portraits for promotional purposes. The commissioned directors retain copyright and ownership of their works, and may use them as they wish to promote their own work.

Budget (max.): $6,500

NEW! Deadline extended to Monday, October 17, 2016
Deadline for submissions: Friday, October 7, 2016

Download the proposal form: 

2016 videos



Media Inquiries:
Canada Council for the Arts
Ashley Tardif-Bennett
1-800-263-5588 ext. 6030
or 343-998-2625
Meredith Sharpe
1-800-263-5588 ext. 4166
or 343-998-2627

To arrange interviews with the winners:
National PR
Amélie Forcier
514-843-2307 or 514-799-7011

Program Inquiries:
Canada Council for the Arts
Sarah Brown
613-566-4414, ext. 6004