Film For Artists: Site and Cycle – 2017 Residency





Call for Participants and Scholarship Applicants
16mm and Super 8mm Filmmaking Residency
Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

Facilitators: Zoë Heyn-Jones and Eva Kolcze
Program Dates: June 19 – 26 , 2017
EXTENDED Scholarship Application Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017
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 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.



We have 3 scholarships available:
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, June 19 – 26, 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.
3. NEW THIS YEAR! 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.
APPLY ONLINE at Any questions can be sent to info(at)

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Zoë Heyn-Jones is a Toronto-based researcher and artist who grew up on Saugeen Ojibway land in Ontario and on Tz’utujil Maya land in Guatemala. Zoë’s lens-based research projects have been shown locally and internationally in galleries, cinemas, and alternative spaces. Zoë is a PhD candidate in Visual Arts at York University where she is researching the performance of transnational human rights solidarity activism and its connections to decolonial visuality. Zoë is concurrently pursuing a graduate diploma in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at CERLAC (the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University) where she holds the Paavo and Aino Lukkari Human Rights Fellowship. Zoë also holds a Graduate Fellowship at the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University). She studied cinema and anthropology at the University of Toronto, and holds an MA in Film Studies from Concordia University and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University.


Eva Kolcze is a Toronto-based artist and filmmaker whose work explores themes of landscape, architecture and the body through material investigations with the surface of celluloid. Her work has screened locally and internationally at venues and festivals including The National Gallery of Canada, Anthology Film Archives, The International Rotterdam Film Festival, The Images Festival, Nuit Blanche and Antimatter Film Festival. She holds an MFA in Film from York University and a BFA in Integrated Media from OCAD University.



Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT).



Starting: Thursday 2 February 2017 00:00

Non Members: $750 (CND) + HST

Members: $750 (CND) + HST

Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island 
443 Lakeshore Avenue 
Toronto ON Canada