24. April 2015 · Comments Off on SAW Video Jumpstart Mentorship Program – Application deadline May 1 · Categories: General, News, Ottawa · Tags: , , , , ,
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Have you always wanted to dip your toe into the world of visual storytelling?  Are you a media artist / hobbyist who has always thought about taking your work to the next level?  Do you have a great idea for a short narrative film or a documentary but are intimidated by the process or the technology it would take to complete it?

If you live in the Ottawa area, SAW Video’s Jumpstart grant maybe a good fit for you. ¬†Established in the 1980s, Jumpstart is SAW Video’s longest-standing production incentive program specifically designed for artists who are new to video as a medium. ¬†In addition to monetary and equipment support, Jumpstart offers a mentorship component aimed at supporting emerging artists through all stages of the production cycle.

Here are a couple of examples of Jumpstarters from the class of 2014/2015:

Morgana McKenzie, winner of the Best Director under 25 award (sponsored by Ottawa Indie Fest) at the inaugural Ottawa Independent Video Awards, #OIVA2015.

Cory and Gary Thibert from Wolf Pelt Productions were also nominees at #OIVA2015 and are featured on Episode 1 of the #OttawaIndieFilm web series on Apt613.ca and OttawaIndieFilm.com

Wolf Pelt Productions are the focus on the first episode of the webseries “Ottawa Indie Film”, check it out.http://apt613.ca/fellowship-of-the-blog-ottawa-indie-film-episode-one/

Posted by Wolf Pelt Productions on Wednesday, 8 April 2015



We are looking forward to seeing their work, along with the work of the other grant recipients at the Jumpstart screening coming up on May 14.

So what are you waiting for? ¬†It doesn’t cost anything to apply.

According to SAWVideo’s website successful applicants receive:

  • a one-year producing membership at SAW Video
  • a $400 honorarium to cover material costs
  • 20 hours of consultation with a personal mentor
  • two mandatory introductory workshops in production and post-production
  • two elective workshops
  • up to $1,200 in access to SAW Video equipment
  • an opportunity to screen their completed work at Club SAW

Head over to SAW Video’s website for more information, guidelines and the application form.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2015.

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