Carmahn McCalla (Visual Artist and Graphic Designer) StART Festival 2018.
Photo Credits📸 to Nicolas Daaboul.

StART Festival Mentorship Program

The StART Festival’s Mentorship Program works to empower emerging artists by paying them to make art, support their professional development, and create opportunities for recipients to connect with mentors and peers.

The Program works as a five month mentorship program. Artists will spend about 40 hours with a mentor creating new material. Artists will have an opportunity to collaborate with mentors and other senior artists on exclusive material presented at StArt Festival 2019.

Applications open in March 2019.

Halifax International Film Festival Mentorship Program 2019

The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) and the StArt Festival are pleased to announce a new two piece mentorship opportunity for emerging voices in film programming.

Through this initiative, an emerging film programmer will join the programming team of the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival and receive support, funding and mentorship from other committee members and staff. Following HIFF, the programmer will be invited to program a screening for the StArt Festival in October 2019.

In the first component of this mentorship, the selected candidate will join the HIFF Programming Committee to select the main content for their festival. Meetings will begin in November 2018 and continue until the festival in June 2019. In addition to monthly meetings, committee work in advance of the festival will include: researching, pre-screening; pitching ideas to the group; and writing screening notes for the program guide and related print and online material generated by the festival. During the festival, committee members will introduce screenings, host Q&As and act as HIFF’s ambassadors to visiting artists.

The second component of this mentorship involves the selected candidate working along side the StArt’s Program Director of Video and Multimedia and StArt Festival Team. The participant will have an opportunity to bridge their experience with HIFF, as they help curate StArt Festival 2019 with the Video and Multimedia Program Director in October 2019. They will partake in meetings and correspond with jurors as part of the organizing team.  They will also correspond with artists/creators leading up to the festival and ensure all digital projects are supported.

This position will be paid an honorarium of $1,200 and will be eligible to accrue up to 10hrs / month in AFCOOP volunteer hours. Volunteer hours can be put towards Full Membership requirements and in-kind equipment rental.

It is not a requirement for applicants to have programmed or curated film or media art screenings in the past.

Applicantions are now closed for StArt Festival October 2019.