&NOW 2021 Production Residency & Scholarship


Call for Submissions – Factory Media Centre &NOW 2021 Production Residency & Scholarship

Factory Media Centre (FMC) is seeking submissions from multimedia and experimental film artists for our annual &NOW Production Residency & Scholarship (PR&S) program set to begin this upcoming Winter 2021.

In the midst of a global pandemic, this year’s &NOW Residency Program will be taking place virtually, online on a platform of each artist(s)’ choice. How can multimedia artists extend their practice to combat isolation and connect to new communities? Not limited by physical location to our Hamilton, Ontario gallery, we are inviting applications from across Canada and beyond.

Artists or artist teams working in digital or media art forms are encouraged to apply. Selection criteria will be based on project originality, and its potential for artistic growth. Selections will be made by FMC’s Programming Committee.

Eligibility criteria

  • Emerging, mid-career or established artists (or artist teams)
  • Must be a member of the Factory Media Centre at the start of the residency term (To become a member visit: www.factorymediacentre.ca/join/)
    –  Full Membership: $45
    –  Seniors (65+) & Full time Student (18+): $25


  • $2000 artist fee for the residency period. If applying as a team the artist fee will be split equally among team members.
  • Payment for artist talk and public program.
  • $1500 – $2000 scholarship for equipment rental (Local artists only: see rental page: www.factorymediacentre.ca/equipment-rentals).
  • Introduction orientation session and technical assistance as needed
  • Staff and board support
  • Online studio visit with peers from Hamilton’s art community

Artist(s) expectations during residency

  • Dedicate time to developing new or existing work during the residency period
  • Experiment with media art form, technique or content
  • Utilize this opportunity production, post-production or to test an exhibition.
  • Dedicate set hours per week and advertise virtual open studio hours for FMC’s community to view program updates
  • Participate in virtual open studio culminative reception
  • Develop and deliver one public program that engages with one of the FMC’s surrounding community. This could be a workshop, participatory experience, or artist talk.
  • Acknowledge the support of FMC when presenting the work that was made while in residence.
  • Provide high-quality documentation (images, video or sound) for FMC website, archives, or publications.

Factory Media Centre’s &Now Production and Scholarship Residency Program has openings for the following terms:

  1. January 7 – February 20, 2021
  2. Feb. 1 – March 13, 2021
  3. March 1 – April 17, 2021

Application Deadline: December 10, 2020 at 11:59pm E.T.

Apply Here:

Application Requirements:

  1. CV (3 page max) and Bio (250 words max)
  2. Project Description (300 words max)
  3. Local artists only: How will your project utilize FMC’s space (200 words max)
  4. Local artists only: What production and postproduction equipment will your project require. Please review our rentals page (www.factorymediacentre.ca/equipment-rentals) and list the equipment we have available.
  5. What public program would you to provide to FMC’s Hamilton community and how does this compliment your project? (150 words max)
  6. Visual support material: (only one option is required)*
    –  5-7 still images in one PDF document with image information.
    –  2-4 DIRECT website links to video projects or video/photo documentation (videos 2 min max) with project information.
  7. Indicate time commitment


About the Factory Media Centre
The Factory Media Centre is a not-for-profit artist-driven resource centre located at 228 James Street North in Hamilton, Ontario. FMC is dedicated to the production and promotion of creatively diverse forms of independent films, videos, and other streaming multimedia art forms.

Our mission is to develop and support a vibrant, sustainable, creative, and diverse community of Members within Hamilton and its surrounding region, who are involved or interested in the art, the craft, and the technologies, of motion picture media. In addition to our mission, we also provide access to facilities, equipment, peer resources and educational initiatives to the community of time-based visual artists, as well as to the community at large. Through our programming we hope to encourage the development and appreciation of all related visual art forms through an ongoing program of screenings and events.