Arts and Culture

Creative Artist in Residence 2024

Call for 2024 Creative in Residence - Filmmaker

The Calgary Public Library represents unlimited possibilities and inspires people of all ages to wonder, seek, discover, and share. Calgary’s 21 libraries are community hubs that ignite learning, discussion, innovation, and action and our patrons are curious, creative, and resilient. This is accomplished through the Library’s commitment to empowering community by connecting you to ideas and experiences, inspiration, and insight. 

The Calgary Public Library invites applications for the position of Creative in Residence – Film Maker. With over 100 years of film and television history, Calgary’s film industry continues to grow and produce award winning content making Calgary one of the top 10 places to be in the film making industry. The Filmmaker in Residence works with the Library to create collaborative and inclusive environments where all community members are welcome to participate and learn. This position invites a resident to share their talents and knowledge in areas that may be underrepresented in the Library. The programming and mentorship offered through this residency will provide unique opportunities for learning and creating that meet the diverse needs of the community.  They will engage with the public through programs such as open office hours, interactive workshops, and/or presentations to school groups.     

The program is a 10-week community engagement residency that supports emerging and established Filmmakers working in any genre or format.  

The Filmmaker in Residence provides services including free professional advice on filmmaking for interested Calgarians. The Resident also promotes public awareness and processes involved in the film making process. 

The Resident has access to a designated office in the Central Library and will engage with the public through online and in-person programs such as one-on-one consultations, workshops, school group tours, and live performances.    

Who Should Apply?    

The successful candidate has a demonstrated passion for film making which they are eager to share, and an ability to work with and inspire people of all ages. 

The successful candidate will have:     

  • Professional success as a film maker 
  • Experience in teaching diverse audiences, and mentorship expertise in film making 
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to work online and in-person with groups and one-on-one   
  • Wide-ranging knowledge and interest in film making and the film making industry    
  • Knowledge of the local film making community in Calgary  
  • A commitment to supporting Calgary’s film making community    
  • Alignment with Calgary Public Library values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and commitment to Truth and Reconciliation 


The Filmmaker in Residence will:   

  • Host regular office hours during which the Resident will have scheduled or drop-in consultations with aspiring and established filmmakers. 
  • Develop and deliver a minimum of three workshops, programs and/or performances of interest to the film making community and the general public. The workshops and programs should appeal to a diverse audience and may be recorded for use by the Library at a later date. The Library has the right to stream the workshops, programs and/or performances live on the Calgary Public Library’s website, social media accounts or other platforms. 
  • Be featured in public events, if invited, including virtual community engagement events (which may be audio or video captured for future dissemination), and may be asked to engage in media coverage 
  • Provide a written evaluation of the Filmmaker in Residence program at the end of the 2024 residency program 

The Filmmaker in Residence honorarium is $50.00 per hour to a maximum of 160 hours per residency. This amount includes offsite preparation time and onsite program delivery time, including consultations.   

Evaluation of applications   

Applicants will be evaluated based on inclusion of the following:   

  • Film making statement/bio (250 words or fewer)   
  • Resume or CV (PDF) with demonstrated experience in community engagement and teaching   
  • Samples of your work. Please link to your YouTube or social media channels, and if uploading files, please include your last name in the file name Description of proposed public programs/workshops during the residency. These are an opportunity to share stories through a performance or presentation, as well as to teach the skills unique to your medium of film making.     

Application deadline: May 24, 2024 

If you have questions about the above requirements, contact

The successful candidate will be selected by a committee of Calgary Public Library representatives and a community representative.  All applicants will be notified once the committee has made its selection at the end of April. The successful candidate will be notified, but their name will not be announced until the residency has been secured.   

Please submit applications to:   

Service Design: Filmmaker in Residence Program   
Central Library, 800 3 Street SE   
Calgary, AB T2G 2E7   

Or electronically to