FAVATV was founded as an independent media arts distribution platform by the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA). So what’s that mean? We collect and distribute independent Canadian films created by members of arts co-ops across the country. And we do it all for free, without ads.
FAVATV developed through the ongoing efforts of FAVA Staff, FAVA Board of Directors, and the FAVA Membership to address the need to screen and promote valuable film and video works, especially those which may otherwise find limited access online. It’s a place for these works to live on – an archive of sorts, but also a very living collection and curation of arts. FAVA TV is aimed at sharing the works and profiles of members of our local and global film, video, and arts community.
There have been many reasons to support this initiative over the years: to help FAVA members distribute work, to increase access and attention to the FAVA archives, to support and promote our fellow artists and arts communities, to highlight our FAVA FEST award winners works, to support programming and education… and the list goes on.
We at FAVA always saw the need and potential benefit of an online presence like FAVA TV, and we flirted with incarnations of it over the years. The reality of creating a system and infrastructure that might fulfill these needs has been an ongoing process. This process will continue as we now strive to make FAVA TV bigger and better with your help. Support your artists, find support, and get to know your community with us.
Our collection is always growing and so is our list of contributors. To contribute your work you must first be a member of any media arts organization that uses Filmreel for managing their program. While the current list of organizations is short we are working to expand it. By clicking on the upload film button on the top of the screen you can find instructions on how to upload your master for backup and we leave it up to you if you want to make it public on FAVATV. Then you can and begin collecting royalties! That’s right, we even pay the creators.
It should be noted that FAVATV is a curatorial initiative. Not all submissions will find a home on FAVA TV.