Grant Writing for BIPOC Media Artists

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

For BIPOC artists: Producer-director Joella Cabalu helps you communicate a compelling vision of your project to funders.

Sign up:


3 hours total, online // $36, or $20 with any VIVO Producer Membership

** Pay-what-you-can option available.

Tuesday, September 21, 5pm to 8pm (Pacific)

or Wednesday, September 22, 5pm to 8pm (Pacific)


  • Participants must bring a copy of their draft grant application.
  • To join the workshop, participants must download and install Zoom Client for Meetings, available free here:

This workshop is for BIPOC artists, curators, writers, or members of artistic groups, collectives, or organizations who want to learn how to write a convincing grant application or who are seeking guidance in fine tuning their proposal for funders.

This workshop covers two Explore and Create grants offered by the Canada Council for the Arts (both due October 6):

Research and Creation: initial stages of creative process

Concept to Realization: full creative cycle

This workshop gives you space to ask producer Joella Cabalu questions and receive 1-on-1 feedback on your own application as part of group discussion. Joella has written many successful grants, including these two, and will share her experiences and advice.

Learn how to:

  • summarize your project narrative in a compelling way
  • outline your production plan and timeline in a way that serves your project idea
  • account for your project's needs and provide a detailed budget

During group discussions, you will work through real life case studies provided by the instructor and make progress on your own grant application.

You know your project is great. Now help funders understand why it is, and how you'll make it happen!

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Joella Cabalu is a Filipino-Canadian documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver. Her films lay bare narratives about intimacies, identities, and relationships. It Runs in the Family (2015) was her first mid-length documentary as a producer and director, receiving Audience Choice Awards at the Seattle Asian Film Festival and Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Since then, she has developed a track record as a creative and collaborative producer working with emerging women directors on compelling short documentaries, including Biker Bob’s Posthumous Adventure (Lunenburg 2019), Do I Have Boobs Now? (Slamdance 2017), and FIXED! (DOXA 2017). Her most recent producer credit is the Telus supported short documentary On Falling which celebrated its World Premiere and a Best Short Documentary nomination at Tribeca 2020. Currently, she is producing her first feature documentary Back Home with support from the Telefilm Talent to Watch fund and leading the curated photography project First Photo Here with the National Film Board Digital Studio.

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