Short Film Grants

OCADU LIVE Short Film Grant Program

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! OCAD U LiVE's second round of the Short Film Grant Program has launched for 2024. This program aims to encourage the creation of original content by providing funding to your project and showcase your work through OCADu LiVE as well as festival circuits. This grant will support students in creating visual, time-based pieces of any format. Recipients will be provided:

  • $1000 to contribute to the creation of your work.
  • Resources such as casts, crew members, and equipment to support your project.
  • $500 and a one-on-one consultation with Leonardo Dell'Anno to submit your work to various festivals.
Click here to submit your proposal »


Spring 2023 Recipients

Luis Cisneros Alavez
Program: Sculpture and Installation
Project: Mi papa y Yo (My Father and I)

Ghislan (Sutherland-)Timm
Program: BFA Integrated Media
Project: In Pieces I Am Together

Gizem Gungor
Program: Experimental Animation
Project: The Yellow Staircase


Spring 2023 Jury Members

Michael Page
Michael Page is an Associated Professor in the Faculty of Art. has been involved in research in the field of holography and 3D visualization for 30 years. As part of the Experimental Animation Program, Michael teaches animation, compositing and advanced 3D techniques including XR. He also team-teaches a course in 3D visualization and Holography at the University of Toronto. He has exhibited his 3D Animated artworks, and presented invited papers at numerous conferences on art and technology, around the world. As Director of the OCADU’s PHASE Lab, Michael is currently part of a team of faculty, professionals & graduates from OCADU and the U of T researching in the field holographic replication. Future research involves the application to AI and ML to VR.


Rebecca Van Fraassen
Rebecca Van Fraassen is a Toronto based artist working primarily in film and animation. In 2022 she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Painting & Expanded Animation at OCAD University, with a minor in On-Screen Media. Her work aims to depict underrepresented narratives to expand the viewers perception of issues of identity and relation in the contemporary era. For Rebecca, filmmaking is an invitation to think beyond the material world and instead hold a vision of the next one. Looking at the isolation of the individual and personal narratives, her work addresses the madness of the world and how it might be confronted.


Ian Keteku
Ian Keteku is a writer, performer, and multimedia artist. He has written and directed projects for the TVO, CBC, PBS and Sesame Street. An award-winning poet, Keteku is the 2010 World Poetry Slam Champion. His work has been translated into French, Slovak, Russian, Danish, Arabic, ASL and others. With a heritage in Ghana, Ian’s work is strongly influenced by his upbringing and journeys throughout Africa. His work follows in the lineage of ancient African storytellers by paying homage to the past and revisiting themes and lessons from previous generations. Keteku teaches creative writing at OCAD University.


Cliff Caines
Cliff Caines is an independent filmmaker from Northern Ontario, Canada; now based in Toronto. His films have screened internationally at festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, CPH:DOX, DOK.fest Munich, Planet in Focus, and RIDM. His first feature A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE received an Honourable Mention for the Colin Low Award for best Canadian Documentary at the 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival. His latest film WORKHORSE won the 2021 Canadian Screen Award for Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary. Caines is an alumnus of the 2012 TIFF Talent Lab, the 2015 RIDM DCM Talent Lab, and the DOC Institute 2020 Breakthrough Program. Caines holds a MFA in Studio Arts: Film Production from Concordia University, and an AOCAD in Integrated Media from the Ontario College of Art & Design. He has taught film and video in the INTM Program at OCAD University since 2006.


Hunter Crouse
Hunter Crouse is a digital and video-based artist from Toronto, Ontario. First studying acting, Hunter became familiar with the art of film and tv and wanted to explore more behind the scenes. Studying Integrated Media at OCAD University provided him with the tools to create short films, immersive installations, and various video-based projects. In his final year Hunter was brought on to help launch the new streaming service OCADU LIVE where he managed the productions of two news-programs and created various creative works showcasing student music. He then freelanced various projects for the University and other clients. After some time away Hunter was brought back on to coordinate the scheduling and mentor OCADU LIVE creators and then helped launch and coordinate the new Short Film Grant Program. He now currently resides in London, England working for NBCUniversal as a Video Editor.


Byron Kent Wong
As a Strategic Creative Director and Media Producer, Byron has over three decades of creative development experience in broadcast, music, design, film, event and strategy. He is the founder and lead of the Emmy-nominated production ecosystem, ZERO11ZERO. Over his career, Byron has produced television series, feature films, immersive installations and documentaries and worked with rockstars, athletes, renowned community groups, and creatives from around the world including collaborations and projects with HBO, Netflix, CBC, NBC, CBS, Michelle Obama, The Toronto BlueJays, BMW, twitter, TSO, David Bowie, Deadmau5, Kelly Rowland, The National Arts Centre, Kenrick Lamar, TIFF, and Kanye West. Notable documentary work includes: the Emmy-nominated, 'Jason Day: Never Say Die', 'Choir!Choir!Choir! Hallelujah with Rufus Wainwright', 'Disruptor Conductor', 'Player Zero', 'From Far and Wide', ProMax BDA-awarded '4 Days in April' and projects with the Downie-Wenjack Fund and renowned Tronto LGBTQ community centre, The 519.


Kate Latimer
Kate Latimer is a Toronto based documentary producer. She holds a MFA in Documentary Media from Toronto Metropolitan (Ryerson University) and a specialist honours BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto. She is a co-host of the Parking Lot Podcast, an arts and culture podcast focusing on emerging creatives. She was the editor-in-chief of an arts magazine, ADONE, and a journalist for a Cape Town magazine, Cape Chameleon. Through journalism, she learned the responsibility of telling someone else's story, bringing a level of empathy and compassion to her work. In her current role, she works with organizations like The National Arts Centre, The Canadian Cinematographer's Society, Conscious Economics, and many others. She has a dog named Billy, and thousands of books.