Plants on Film: Handmade Film Call

AFCOOP in collaboration with the Handmade Film Collective invites filmmakers to respond to the theme of plants on film through a call for proposals for the Plants on Film: Handmade Film project. Whether you use plants in the making of the film, as subject matter, inspiration or even as a sound-track the theme is open to interpretation and experimentation. Any kind or part of a plant will do: house plants, garden plants, evergreens, roots, seeds, pollen, flowers, vines, buds, etc. You can capture footage of the plants in your world, make a developer using evergreens, roots, or sea weeds, scratch or draw the image of plants onto your film or make phytograms or rayograms using leaves, seeds, pine needles or flower petals. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! 

Guidelines:

  • Your proposal must respond to the theme of plants on film.
  • You must use at least one handmade filmmaking technique (conventional hand or bucket-processing, eco-processing, emulsion making, scratching, animating, painting, bi-packing, tinting, toning, rayogramming, phytogramming, or incorporate film destruction techniques).

Artist Fees:

Three artists will be chosen to make films alongside the Handmade Film Collective to be screened together at HIFF 2021. Each artist will receive 2 rolls of 16mm film and $100 for material costs, an artist fee of $750 and screening fee of $75. 

Timeline:

Deadline to apply is January 15 2021. 

Artists will be notified by Feb. 5th 2021. 

Work will be completed by May 15 2021.

Work will be screened at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival in June 2021.

Eligibility:

The Plants on Film project is primarily aimed at artists based in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. Given that group meetings will likely take place online, we are open to applications from other regions in Mi’kma’ki (NS, NB and PEI), however you must be able to make arrangements to pick up equipment and supplies at the AFCOOP office in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. This is a commissioning project and although there will be support from the Handmade Film Collective and AFCOOP staff, applicants are expected to work independently on their project and therefore are encouraged to propose a production process that they are familiar with or feel confident they can learn during the timeline of the project. 

TO APPLY 

Please fill out our online application form and include the following information:

  1. Short Description (1-2 sentences): In a nutshell, clearly describe the project you are proposing.
  2. Detailed Descriptions (max 250 words):Describe your project in more detail including how it responds to the theme of plants on film and what handmade techniques you plan to use. Briefly describe your experience with analogue and handmade filmmaking particularly as it relates to this project.  
  3. Artist CV / Filmography:be sure to highlight any previous work that was analogue or handmade.
  4. Support Material:1-3 images or a link to a film or piece of media art. 

About the Handmade Film Collective

The Handmade Film Collective is a group of practicing, enthusiastic, analogue, handmade filmmakers (Dawn George, Rena Thomas, and Herb Theriault) who have come together to showcase experimental analogue handmade films and support other filmmakers working in this specialized genre.

Handmade means that though the work may finish digitally, it must have originated on film and incorporate at least one handmade filmmaking technique such as – conventional hand or bucket-processing, eco-processing, emulsion making, scratching, animating, painting, bi-packing, tinting, toning, rayogramming, phytogramming, or incorporate film destruction techniques.