Land Acknowledgment

The land on which the residency is held is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. Today, the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

Residency Information

This hands-on filmmaking 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 psychogeography.

We will embrace experimentation, chance, and accident in our process, thinking of the filmmaking process as a cycle not separate from the natural, ecological cycles that encompass our lives and practices. An alternative to traditional filmmaking 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 using organic and traditional photochemical processes

  • Decay techniques using bleach, soil, oil and salt

  • Painting, drawing, and scratching on film

We will provide:

  • A bedroom and shared studio spaces at Artscape Gibraltar Point

  • Hands-on instruction supplemented by walking tours, talks, film screenings, and engagement with relevant literature

  • Black and white film, darkroom chemistry, and supplies

  • super 8mm and Bolex cameras, though supplies will be limited and you are encouraged to bring your own

Participants are encouraged to share their own films, or films that inspire them, in several informal screenings.


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

2. 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.

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 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.