Land Acknowledgment

The land on which our collective is based 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.


F4A (Film For Artists) Collective’s Site + Cycle 16mm Filmmaking Residency

Anima Casa Rural, San Isidro Mazatepec, Jalisco, Mexico

Facilitator: Zoë Heyn-Jones

Program Dates: Thursday 13 February - Friday 28 February 2020

Price: $850 USD Application Deadline: 15 December 2019 

Over the past five years, the Toronto-based F4A (Film For Artists) collective has been facilitating the Site + Cycle project, a residency that has combined analogue filmmaking instruction with teachings about site specificity at Artscape Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Islands.

In February 2020 Site + Cycle will return to Anima Casa Rural for our second iteration in Mexico. We invite participants to explore the San Isidro Mazatepec region of Jalisco together, making films that explore the region’s histories, topographies, and vegetation, and sharing knowledge of organic plant-based film processes.

 As a flourishing artist residency centre that is committed to permaculture and sustainable living, Anima Casa Rural is the ideal location to host the Site + Cycle project, with its focus on plant-based non-toxic filmmaking practices that utilize local plants in the development of the films shot onsite.

 We invite independent artists with previous knowledge of 16mm filmmaking and access to their own equipment to join us in exploring the local San Isidro Mazatepec region while experimenting with plant-based non-toxic film developing.

 F4A @ Anima Casa Rural’s residency fee provides:

- shared accommodation, darkroom and studio space at Anima Casa Rural

- three home-cooked meals per day, sourced from Anima’s organic farm/food forest

- pick-up and drop-off at Guadalajara International Airport

- hands-on organic film processing instruction supplemented by walking tours, talks, film screenings, and engagement with relevant literature 

- black and white 16mm film, organic darkroom chemistry, and supplies

Participants are required to: 

- provide their own travel to and from Guadalajara

- provide their own filmmaking gear (16mm camera & light meter recommended; tripod, audio recorder, Super 8 camera, etc. are optional)

- provide their own travel/health insurance

- be prepared to work independently on a creative project based around analogue filmmaking

- share your practice with the group/public through an artist talk/screening/performance or workshop

- be prepared to screen your final work (or work in progress) generated during the residency at Anima Casa Rural and in Guadalajara