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Workshop - Grant Writing For Game Artists

  • Trinity Square Video 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 121 Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8 Canada (map)

Our friends over at the Hand Eye Society will be hosting a work shop centered around grant writing. You can check out details on the event here, and purchase tickets right here. Hit up Hand Eye Society, or Sagan Yee on Twitter if you have questions.

Have you ever wanted funding for a video game project, but are concerned your proposal is too weird, non-commercial, artsy, personal or political for the mainstream market? Interested in applying for an arts grant, but feeling overwhelmed or inexperienced when faced with the application process? We’re here to help!

During this 3-hour workshop, we will discuss the following:

-Media Arts and Emerging Artists overview: Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts
-Why apply? Preconceptions vs reality
-In-depth look at the application process, from jury selection to final funding
-OAC 2017 application overview and the latest changes
-Framing your project: Art vs Industry
-Gathering and presenting your support material
-De-mystifying the budget

We will mainly be looking at the OAC Media Arts project grant as an example, but many of the framing and writing tips should be of good use in any scenario where you need to present your work or ideas to a broader audience. Bring your questions and project ideas for feedback!

PRICE: $30 general admission, $20 for Hand Eye Society members (look for the discount code in your inbox!) Not a member? Learn about becoming one here:

If you are in need of financial support in order to attend, please contact to make arrangements.


Sagan Yee is an animator, organizer, and occasional videogame perpetrator. She is executive director of the Hand Eye Society, a non-profit dedicated to the support of games as an art form and means of creative expression. She served on the Media Arts: Emerging Artists jury of the Ontario Arts Council in 2014, and has received arts council grants for Welcome to New Lux Plaza, a computer game set in a dystopic shopping mall inspired by early vaporwave aesthetics.

Tina Hahn is a producer, director and editor of documentaries that incorporate creativity, health and the environment with a multi-cultural perspective. She was nominated for two Gemini awards for producing and editing Life’s A Twitch which won the coveted Golden Sheaf at the Yorkton Film Festival. Most recently, she was picture editor on Patron Saint which premiered at the Reel Artists Film Festival 2015.
Later Event: July 28