Established in 2012, this $5,000 AFA scholarship is awarded annually to a young Albertan film and video artist who shows extraordinary talent in a film and video arts form and who demonstrates clear educational or training goals.
- To be eligible for scholarship funding you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:
- are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
- have had your primary residence in Alberta for one full year before applying
- ordinarily live in Alberta for at least six months each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study
- You must be 25 years or younger as of the application deadline.
- You must be enrolled in an eligible film and video arts training program.
How to Apply?
We only accept applications through Grant Administration Tracking and Evaluation (GATE) online application system.
We must receive your online application through GATE no later than 11:59 pm Mountain Time on the deadline date, unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend when it will be extended until the next working day. Please give the system time to process your application so that we receive notification of your submission before the deadline falls.
- applicants may submit only one application to the AFA each deadline across all disciplines
- the AFA does not accept incomplete applications
We do not accept separate applications for the same project.
GATE username registration
First-time applicants will require a GATE username and password. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain your GATE login information at least five business days prior to the application deadline.
- your legal name
- the funding opportunity to which you are applying
- your email address
Your GATE user name and password will be sent to the email address provided.
Application requirements for minors
If an applicant is under the age of 18 years at the time of application, a parent or legal guardian mus e-sign the Applicant Agreement in GATE as the designate for the scholarship.
As the designate, you are responsible for:
- the completeness and accuracy of the application in full
- receipt and use of funding
- serving as contact person for any inquiries relating to the funding
What to include in your application
Your GATE application will include online forms to complete and attachments you must upload to your application.
Please note that applicants may be asked for additional information to determine eligibility or any other program requirements.
GATE online forms
- Applicant information: Legal name and confirmation of your status (minor/Albertan).
- Contact information for the applicant or their designate.
- Applicant contact information: street and mailing address for the applicant.
- Project description: a brief project description (20 words), that includes the name of the educational program, and start and end dates of the training program.
- Applicant Agreement: this must be e-signed by the applicant or designate.
The GATE attachment section indicates that not all attachments are required for submission. This is because they are only required for certain types of project or scholarship applications.
- it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all attachments listed below are submitted with the application
Please submit the following attachments:
- A resume or curriculum vitae of no more than two pages in length that focuses on the applicant’s artistic activity.
- A letter by the applicant of no more than two pages in length that:
- introduces the applicant and outlines their previous experience in the film and video arts
- outlines the applicant’s interest in the film and video arts
- describes how the applicant will use the scholarship to develop their film and video arts practice should the application be successful
- introduces the applicant’s film and video arts submission
- A scanned copy of one of the following to provide legal proof of age:
- certificate of birth
- driver’s license
- certificate of Canadian citizenship
- A detailed description of the applicant’s chosen film and video arts educational or training program(s). Please note:
- applicants who have been accepted into a specific course must provide proof of acceptance and a detailed description and schedule for the training program or course of study -OR-
- applicants who have not already been accepted into a course must submit a detailed description and schedule for the preferred choice, with two alternate program choices, including detailed descriptions and schedules for each choice
- A current and signed letter of reference, preferably from one of the following:
- a high school, college or university instructor
- a professionally produced or presented film or video artist
- another professional working in film and video arts
- If your proposed program has a screenplay writing focus, please upload a complete or excerpted screenplay of no less than 10 pages and no more than 20 pages in standard script format.
- If the proposed program has a production focus, please provide a copy of a completed film and video work. Eligible film and video arts submissions that will be accepted for assessment of artistic merit include, but are not limited to:
- narrative shorts,
- experimental shorts
- video essays
See “Format” below for submission guidelines
- Wherever possible, support material should be uploaded as an attachment into GATE (up to 4 MB).
- For files too large to include as attachments in GATE, they may be submitted via email to filmAFA@gov.ab.ca as email attachments or downloadable links
- please format your subject line: <your first initial, last name and project number>, eg. “H.Lee FIPG-56-172631”
- please ensure link contains downloadable files (MP3 or MP4 preferred)
- Alternatively, please mail a hard copy CD or USB to 10708 – 105 Ave, Edmonton, AB, T5H 0A1
- please include your first initial, last name and project number on the CD or USB
- support material must be submitted or postmarked no later than 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on the deadline date
- if you require return of hard copy materials, please also include a self-addressed stamped envelope
Based on individual applications
Brenda Hennig, Arts Development Consultant – Literary Arts/Film & Video