• Program Type
    Individual Arts Awards
  • Application Deadline
  • Application Type
  • Disciplines


This program assists independent professional media artists to create specific projects. The BCAC defines media arts as works in film, video, audio/sound art and new media, including new information and communications technologies used for artistic expression.

Awards are available to support the creation of new works. Applications may be made by individuals or a collaboration of two or more artists who share creative control of a project.


Please note: To comply with current government restrictions on travel and in-person gatherings, we are placing a temporary blackout period on new applications for activities that involve travel and/or in-person gatherings taking place between March 26 and June 30. This date could be adjusted if the current provincial and federal orders and directives in place are extended.

The BC Arts Council remains committed to supporting B.C.’s artists and cultural organizations through this difficult time. The most up-to-date information will always be posted on our dedicated COVID 19 FAQ page and individual program pages. Updates will also be announced on our Facebook, and Twitter accounts

Who Can Apply

An eligible applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have lived in British Columbia for one year immediately prior to application.
  • Be a professional media artist who has completed all basic training (not necessarily in academic institutions) and is not enrolled in full-time studies.
  • Have completed at least one project that has been professionally programmed in public, subsequent to basic training as a media artist. This may include graduating projects, but not works created for specific competitions. Additionally, applications for a first project in time-based media including film/video/audio (aka “First Film”) may be eligible for post-production support only, provided that production work is substantively complete.
  • Be applying for the first or second time with the same new project, or, if the applicant has twice applied unsuccessfully for the same project, have substantively changed the proposal.
  • Have final creative control over the proposed work.
  • Have submitted all required final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants as of the deadline date for this program
  • Compensate artists and arts and cultural professionals at industry standards and adhere to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols

For collaborative applications, each individual applicant must meet these eligibility criteria.

Please note: Critics and curators of Media Art should apply to the Project Assistance for Visual Artists program for assistance with independent critical writing or curatorial projects.

All interested applicants should review the program guidelines for further information about what is eligible for funding.

How to Apply

All applicants must be registered in the BCAC Online Grant Application System. It is highly recommended to read the entire How to Apply Online before starting this process.

Registration requests, once completed in the online system, can take up to 4 business days to be approved by BCAC staff.

Once an applicant has an organization profile in the system, then an online application form needs to be filled in and submitted.

All applicants, especially those who are new to the program, are urged to discuss their request with the program officer.

Please note that program staff are typically available during regular business hours Monday - Friday. If a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, staff will be unavailable on that day.

You can access the main log in page of the BCAC Online Grant Application System by clicking the Apply Now button at the bottom of this webpage, when it's available.

Program Guidelines

Guidelines for the Media Artists Program

Program guidelines are revised annually.

Preview of the online application form