** JUNE 2017 UPDATE **

Unfortunately the residency has been cancelled this year due to flooding on the Toronto Islands. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact us if you have any further questions.




Artscape Gibraltar Point
Facilitators: Zoë Heyn-Jones & Eva Kolcze
Program Dates: June 19 - 26, 2017
Extended Scholarship Application Deadline: May 1, 2017
Regular Deadline: April 1, 2017

Cost: $750 + HST

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.

We are excited to announce that 2017’s iteration of Site + Cycle will explore the Toronto Islands through the lens of plant life, animated by the work of several local artists who use plants in their practices in innovative and dynamic ways. 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
  • 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 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.

We are offering 3 scholarships:

1. With generous funding from the Toronto Arts Council would like to invite one artist living and working in one of the City of Toronto's Priority Neighbourhoods to join us free of charge for the Site + Cycle residency, 19 - 26 June 2017. To find out which areas are eligible check out the City of Toronto's website

2. With generous funding from the Ontario Arts Council and in partnership with the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, we are happy to announce our inaugural 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, 19 - 26 June 2017. 

3. With generous funding from the Canada Council of the Arts and in partnership with the Toronto Queer Film Festival, we are happy to announce our inaugural 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, 19 - 26 June 2017. 


This residency is made possible by the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Liaison of Independent Filmmakers Toronto. We also acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.