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Residency to a Quebec Emerging Artist for a Film or Video Project

Regard sur Montréal Film Residency


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Funding Source
Conseil des arts de Montreal (CAM)
Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), National Film Board of Canada, Les Films de l’Autre, and Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Quebec: Island of Montreal ;

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/18/23 Save

Grant Description
Residency with a stipend of $30,000 and in-kind support valued at $35,000 to a Quebec artist in eligible locations for a documentary project. Funding is intended to assist emerging filmmakers from culturally diverse backgrounds. Grants may be used to support the creation and production stages of filmmaking. Eligible applicants are residents of the Island of Montréal.

This residency aims to:

  • Provide a culturally diverse emerging professional artist working in film and video with an opportunity to create a short documentary on the theme of Montréal in order to more fully integrate into the Quebec media arts landscape and hone their professional skills
  • Enrich Montréal’s filmography with an original and timely take on the city that allows the viewer to discover or rediscover it

The project involves producing a documentary of a maximum of 15 minutes in length that offers an original and timely take on Montréal. The film can be shot in a language other than French. However, French must be the main language for distribution (subtitles, voiceover, credits).

The residency consists of the following:

  • Research and script writing
  • Pre-production
  • Shooting in Montréal
  • Offline and online editing (color correction, etc.)
  • Sound design and final mix
  • Delivery of the final film

In addition to funds, the filmmaker will receive other services:

  • The artist-run centre, Les Films de l’Autre, will provide guidance and support to the director in their role as producer.
  • The Montréal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) offers the selected filmmaker a spot in the RIDM Forum’s Talent Lab, as well as the possibility of screening their film at a future edition of the RIDM.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Culturally diverse emerging professional artists (filmmakers) may apply.

For the purposes of this program, an emerging artist is defined as a filmmaker who has amassed some professional experience but may not yet have access to typical funding channels. They must have completed at least one audiovisual work that has been disseminated in a professionally recognized context.

This program is for individual artists only.

Status and conditions
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Must have been a resident of the Island of Montréal for at least one year

Professional requirements
- Be recognized as a professional artist
- Must have at least one audiovisual work that has been disseminated in a professionally recognized context

Special eligibility criteria:
- Be a culturally diverse artist
- Be an artist who is a first-generation immigrant from a cultural community or be a visible minority
- Be an emerging artist (see Introduction section)
- Be 18 years of age or older on the application deadline
- Not be employed by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, SODEC, NFB or Les Films de l’Autre.

Ineligible applicants: Artists’ collectives, non-profit organizations, and artists’ cooperatives.

Ineligible projects
- Films that have already been made
- Films produced as part of a teaching program
- Promotional films, sponsorships, public service announcements
- Educational/instructional films, series, and co-productions
- Projects completed before the Conseil has made its decision; allow eight to nine weeks after the application deadline

Pre-Proposal Conference
Sign up for an information and writing clinic. You will have the opportunity to take advantage of the advice of a scripting consultant to assist you in writing your application.

Wednesday, July 12, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Pre-Application Information
Deadline: September 18, 2023

You can submit your application in English. Please note, however, that the questions on the form are in French only.


How to Apply Online:

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Number of Grants
Only one application will be selected.

Estimated Size of Grant
The grant awarded by program partners is valued at $75,000 and provided in the form of financial support and services.
- The Conseil des arts de Montréal provides $15,000 to the filmmaker to develop the project and write the script.
- The NFB provides, through its ACIC (Aide au cinéma indépendant) program, a grant of $10,000 in production support and in-house post-production services (online editing and sound mix) valued at $35,000.
- SODEC provides $15,000 to produce the work.

Term of Contract
The film residency takes place over an 11-month period, from December 1, 2023, to October 31, 2024; all stages of production mentioned above must be completed by the end of the residency.

Contact Information
ORORA Portal:

For technical assistance, contact:
Phone: 514-280-2564

Need more information?
François-Xavier Tremblay
Project manager - Touring Program and Territorial initiatives
514 280-3628

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