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Ontario Arts Council


Amber Yared

Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7461

Final Report Forms

Final report forms are available upon request. Email your request to finalreport@arts.on.ca indicating the program for which you are submitting a report.

Media Artists Creation Projects


The program supports individual professional Ontario-based media artists/directors working with film, video, audio, digital, new media, video and electronic games, and virtual reality as independent artist-controlled art forms in the production and post-production phases of their projects.


The program’s priority is to support projects that are innovative – in content, point of view, form, style, technique or process – and that further your development as an artist.

Deadline Dates

April 4 and October 3, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately four months after each deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Emerging (under 5 years’ professional experience, $10,000 grant maximum, $75,000 budget maximum)
  • Mid-Career & Established (over 5 years’ professional experience, $40,000 grant maximum, $300,000 budget maximum)

Recent changes

  • The program has merged Media Artists: Emerging and Media Artists: Mid-Career and Established.
  • Two deadlines for all career stages.
  • Emerging, mid-career, and established artists apply to the same deadlines.

Eligible applicants

  • Artists/directors who have a permanent physical address in Ontario.
  • Artists/directors who work with or without a producer.
  • Artists/directors who hold copyright over the work. Contracts with producers or other funders must not require that you give up such control, even if they are arranged after you have received confirmation of OAC support.
  • Emerging, mid-career or established artists/directors who have completed the requisite number of independent works.
  • Graduate students who are applying to the Mid-Career and Established category only. You must provide a letter from the department head stating your proposed project is not a part of your academic program.

Ineligible applicants

  • Producers.
  • Secondary and undergraduate students.
  • In this program you must skip a deadline before reapplying.
  • Artists who apply to the Visual Artists Creation Projects program in the same year.
  • Collaborators (e.g., co-director) named in one application cannot be the applicant or collaborator on another application submitted to this program at the same deadline.
  • Applicants who have previously received a Media Artists grant in the Mid-career & Established category cannot apply in the Emerging category.

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

This program funds

  • Production and post-production costs, including artist and personnel fees, equipment and facility rentals, related travel expenses, insurance, promotional materials, prototyping, rights for visuals and sound/music, etc.
  • You may apply for:
    • animation
    • audio or video art
    • dance film/video (for the choreography only, also see the Dance Projects program)
    • documentary
    • drama/comedy
    • experimental
    • media art installation
    • new media
    • media-based performance projects
    • web-based art projects
    • video or electronic games
    • virtual reality projects

This program does not fund

  • Research and screenwriting.
  • A series or group of works (including web series and podcasts).
  • Commissioned projects and projects contracted for, or produced by a government agency, not-for-profit or private company.
  • Promotional projects or public service announcements.
  • Educational or instructional projects.
  • Producer-driven projects and “calling-card” films.
  • Student projects, including those done through a training centre or program (e.g., Banff Centre, National Screen Institute, Canadian Film Centre).
  • Television projects, (including journalistic or reporting-style documentary projects, police dramas, movies of the week, news reports, and bravoFact and bravoFactual projects).
  • Pilots (for television, web series or podcasts).
  • Music videos.
  • Commercial video or electronic games.
  • National Film Board of Canada co-productions (except the Filmmakers Assistance Program).
  • Documentation of existing artworks, and new versions of works that have already been exhibited.
  • Transfers from one format to another (e.g., language versioning or subtitling).
  • Projects with budgets exceeding $75,000 in the emerging category, or $300,000 in the mid-career and established categories.
  • Projects for which you have sought or will be seeking support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada or the National Research Council.
  • Projects for which you will be seeking tax credits.

Activity timing

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

  • cannot start before you receive your grant results; and
  • must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant cheque.


  • You cannot apply to this program if you have an overdue final report in any OAC grant program.
  • You cannot apply to this deadline if you have not completed the activity for a previously awarded grant and submitted a satisfactory final report.
  • If the budget includes other funding sources, the OAC grant cheque will not be released until those funds are confirmed. If the funds are not confirmed within one year of your grant notification, the grant will be forfeited.

Final report requirements

If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and Conditions for Project Programs for more information on reporting obligations. A final report form will be available in Nova. Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:
  • Description of the project undertaken and its outcomes, including details on any minor or approved changes to what had been outlined in the application.
  • Final budget.
  • Documentation and/or an explanation of how you acknowledged or will acknowledge OAC support for your project. This should include samples of OAC logo recognition on any promotional or other materials produced in conjunction with the project, such as publications, brochures, posters, invitations, websites, or videos/films. This could also include a description of verbal acknowledgement at public events or the intention to include OAC acknowledgement in associated future activities/materials.
  • If applicable, description of verbal acknowledgement at public events or the intention to include OAC in associated future activities/materials.
  • Video file of or link to the completed work.

To apply

  • Your answers to application questions;
  • A project budget;
  • Audiovisual artistic examples:
    • Emerging: one example
    • Mid-career: two examples
    • Established: two examples; and
  • Support documents: résumé/bio, script, storyboards, installation schematic, design documents, and letters of agreement, as appropriate for your project.
  • If you are a graduate student, you must include a letter from your school’s department head confirming that your project is not part of your academic program.

Program-specific definitions

Independent: Work that you initiated as the artist/director. You have complete creative and editorial control and hold copyright. Student, commissioned, and commercial works are not considered independent.

Emerging: You have completed at least one independent media work.

Mid-career: You have completed at least two independent media works. You have been practising for at least five years.

Established: You have completed at least five independent media works. You have been practising for at least 15 years.