Deadline: 01/05/2019

Film for Artists; Site & Cycle 2019

A hands-on film-making workshop, for absolute beginners and small-gauge film enthusiasts alike.

This hands-on film-making workshop, appropriate for absolute beginners and small-gauge film enthusiasts alike, will focus on artisanal film techniques while engaging with the specific geography of the Toronto Islands.

Spend a week on beautiful Hanlan’s Point investigating the compelling materiality of celluloid film. We will explore various hand-processing techniques on Super 8mm and 16mm film, exploring the creative and aesthetic potential of film in conjunction with notions of site specificity and psycho-geography.

We will embrace experimentation, chance, and accident in our process, thinking of the film-making process as a cycle not separate from the natural, ecological cycles that encompass our lives and practices. An alternative to traditional film-making instruction, we forego the rules in favour of integrating cycles of experimentation, growth, and decay.

The Film for Artists - Site + Cycle residency will host free public screenings, talks, and tours, in order to foster interest in the Toronto Islands as a creative site and source of inspiration, encouraging participants and public audiences to consider Toronto’s unique history, landscape and topography.

2019’s iteration of Site + Cycle will explore the Toronto Islands through the lens of plant life. Organic film processing - using plants and household materials to develop film - will be explored alongside the traditional chemistry that we use in hand-processing as we seek sustainable and responsible ways to grow our filmmaking practices.

We will teach you
- Basic camera theory and how to use the Super 8mm and Bolex 16mm cameras
- How to hand process black and white 16mm and Super 8mm film
- Decay techniques using bleach, soil, oil and salt
- Painting, drawing, and scratching on film

Participants will also receive hands-on instruction supplemented by walking tours, talks, film screenings, and engagement with relevant literature. They are also encouraged to share their own films, or films that inspire them, in several informal screenings.


Zoë Heyn-Jones is a researcher-artist, educator and cultural worker who grew up on Saugeen Ojibway land in Ontario (Canada) and on Tz’utujil/Kaqchikel Maya land in Guatemala. Zoë recently completed a PhD in Visual Arts at York University and a graduate diploma in Latin American Studies at CERLAC (the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean), focusing on embodied solidarity activism in Guatemala and Canada. She will be expanding upon this work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas in 2018-19, initiating a new project on the performance of (anti)extractivism.  

Eva Kolcze is a Toronto-based artist, filmmaker and educator who creates films and installations that investigate  themes of landscape, architecture and the body. Her work has screened at venues and festivals including the National Gallery of Canada, Anthology Film Archives, the Gardiner Museum, Cinémathèque québécoise, Birch Contemporary, International Rotterdam Film Festival, Oberhausen Film Festival and the Images Festival. She currently teaches filmmaking at Humber College and OCAD U and has instructed youth and adult filmmaking workshops at the Toronto International Film Festival, York University, Harbourfront Centre and Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from OCAD University and a Master of Fine Art from York University.

Terra Jean Long is a filmmaker, editor and educator. She creates tapestry like works that draw on personal narratives, histories, landscape and the interstitial contours of the real and the imaginary. Her films have screened at film festivals including TIFF, IFFR, CPH: DOX, IDFA, DOXA and the Edinburgh International Film Festival among others. She holds a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from York University in film production.

Disciplines, Work Equipment and Assistance
This residency is aimed at all levels of filmmakers.  Black and white film, darkroom chemistry, and supplies will be provided as well as Super 8 and Bolex cameras, though supplies will be limited and you are encouraged to bring your own

Artists should otherwise be prepared to bring all relevant materials and supplies they deem essential to the preparation and presentation of their work.

Private or Shared

Studio/ Workspace
Shared, furnished, large studio space provided

Fees and Support

This year we are pleased to offer 2 scholarships:

  1. Emerging Indigenous Artists

With generous funding from the Ontario Arts Council and in partnership with the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, we are happy to announce our scholarship position for an emerging Indigenous artist. We will invite one emerging Indigenous artist to join us free of charge for the Site + Cycle residency, 12-19 August 2019

  1. Queer & Trans Artists

With generous funding from the Ontario Arts Council and in partnership with the Toronto Queer Film Festival, we are happy to announce our scholarship position for an emerging Queer or Trans artist. We will invite one emerging Queer or Trans artist to join us free of charge for the Site + Cycle residency, 12-19 August 2019.

Expectations towards the Artist
Artists should plan to attend all scheduled activities and actively partake in conversation in considered yet rigorous spirit.

To Apply: Any questions can be sent to

Generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and LIFT (the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto)


Film for Artists; Site & Cycle 2019

Film for Artists; Site & Cycle 2019


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