Ed Video will run a new Teen Film Club where avid youth can come together on an ongoing basis to work on projects that explore identity and storytelling through film. The collaborative nature of video is perfectly suited for building new personal connections, sharing perspectives, promoting belonging, and is also an integral part of how modern youth communicate. We hope to create a sustained and regenerative program composed of a diverse group of young people. By encouraging youth from a variety of backgrounds we hope to foster not only filmmaking skills but also friendships.

Our history and experience in video education makes us uniquely positioned to offer this programming. This funding will help us to build the program with equipment, mentors, and outreach to immigrant and refugee communities. The program will begin in fall 2017.


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  1. Elia says:

    Ed Video is an integral part of Guelph’s artistic and creative community. Bringing young people together through filmmaking and storytelling will empower a new generation to create media that reflects their lives.

  2. Lynda says:

    I have been a member of Ed Video since my University graduation and I have found that the technology and mentorship and personal growth have gone hand in hand. Telling stories helps the author and the audience find the common ground for understanding and awareness and video is the tool that carries the messages. There is no other place in the City that encourages and educates the possibility of sharing the dreams of tomorrow. Ed Video provides a solid foundation for the expression for their project ‘Teen Film Club’ that any young person would benefit from. I highly recommend this project be selected for funding support.

  3. Joan says:

    Ed Video is equipped to help people from all walks of life to learn how to use media, from video and audio recording and editing to music and experimental media and installations.
    The equipment is up to date and easily accessible. The support staff is…well, supportive, enabling, empathetic, helpful and everything you could want from a mentor organization that serves all ages from tweens to seniors and all abilities from rank beginner to professionals.
    Without Ed Video, I could not ever have produced the three documentaries and the multi-media art show that I was able to produce since I joined in 2011, as a result of a call for Super 8 footage of things that happened in Guelph. I heartily and enthusiastically recommend Ed Video for anyone wanting to work and play in media and add new skills to their repertoire of life skills.

  4. Alberta says:

    Ten years ago I, a senior, decided that I would like to make a documentary film. I had no idea how to even start so I visited Ed Video Media Arts Centre where I met knowledgeable, caring, sharing people and could take classes to increase my skills. Today, ten years later, I have released two documentaries and am working on my third. My films have been in film festivals and have been well received wherever they have been shown. I could not have done this without Ed Video and they continue to be a place of support, friendship and training as I strive to make better films. I have witnessed the journey of many going through the doors of Ed Video and becoming accomplished filmmakers who have spread their works, literally around the world. I would not be who I am today without the availablity of Ed Video and the wonderful people who make it all happen.

  5. Eliza says:

    I have been happily and successfully making short films and web series since 2001 because of the level of experience, equipment and access that Ed Video has always offered. I work with a strong and vibrant community of like minded film makers – all of whom I met through Ed Video. Creating a teen film club will give a whole new generation of budding artists the chance that my peers and I have had. Nothing is more empowering to someone who feels they have little voice in this world, than to have the skills and opportunity to share their stories with the world. The future is digital. Ed Video can enable today’s youth to grab that future and make it their own.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    We spend a lot of our lives trying to belong. Ed Video helps people face challenges to tell their stories and share their belonging in a big way.

  7. Janice says:

    Today, more than ever, it’s important to extend our hand in friendship. The staff at Ed Video has always welcomed and encouraged participation from all sectors of the community. Creating a Teen Film Club is a brilliant, thoughtful way to ensure that this demographic is not overlooked in the chaos to settle newcomer families but rather specifically brought together to reinforce the belief that we ALL play an important role in our community. Having been a manager at a community television station for many years, I’ve see first-hand how learning new skills together, using those skills to create, completing projects and showcasing the finish product brings young people together in a special way. It brings out the very best in them. It’s magical. It creates a unique sense of inclusion, of being part of something quite wonderful. Ed Video’s staff is completely up to date on the latest trends in video and film production. They are excellent, patient, understanding trainers and mentors. They should be fully supported in their efforts to help bring the community closer together by encouraging our young people to get to know each other better, work together, learn together and have fun together. That’s the Canadian way! Please help them make this project a reality.

  8. Karie says:

    Being an independent curator living in Toronto, I’m often exposed to a pool of artists that are predominantly from Toronto, which is myopic.
    By being a board member at Ed Video for two years, involved with it’s programming and governance, I feel that I have a better knowledge of Ontario-wide artists and I am compelled to make a concerted effort to look beyond Toronto and even urban places for interesting unique art practices to research, talk about and exhibit.
    I value and recognize the importance of Ed Video’s the community outreach and support for local artists in the broader contemporary art ecosystem.

  9. Mango says:

    I wish something like a Teen Film Club was around when I was young! This type of opportunities that an organization like EdVideo bring to a community is what makes a huge difference in youngsters. It shapes them. Just think about all the cool things you wanted to do as a kid but didn’t have a chance, not even close. Can you imagine now as a kid been able to actually participate and learn in film production! Amazing! If I would’ve participated in a project like this when I was young, probably would’ve made the difference between been a knowledgeable hobbyist from a consolidated artist.

    The kid in the picture is Seth, he is now 11. Here is a small compilation of stop motion clips he made when he was 9.


  10. Carlo says:

    Ed remains an integral part of the Guelph community. Ed is Educational as it teaches how to make the medium and, in turn, the medium becomes and sends the message. Thus is created a cycle of learning, creating and teaching.

  11. Katie says:

    This organization is fantastic!! They have helped countlesss artists. The work they engage with is important to our small city which has world renowned artists living and working here. The work they do is invaluable!
    Please support them.

  12. Blair says:

    To quote my 90’s self, “Ed Video is da bomb!”
    They’ve helped me turn a passion for video into a career and continue to play an invaluable part in my life.
    Thank you, Ed Video!!!!

  13. Annie says:

    Ed Video helps artists get things done! Sharing skills, resources and amazing equipment, this centre is key to the Guelph arts community.

  14. Mary says:

    I joined Ed Video as a middle-aged woman with a dream of becoming a filmmaker but with no experience to do so. Thanks to the patience and expertise of the staff and mentors in this organization along with the affordable equipment, I have produced several video works. I’ve enjoyed the pleasure of sharing these works around the world and have met like-minded people who have become friends and collaborators.

    As a volunteer with Ed Video for over a decade, I’ve seen a huge growth in the membership and an ever increasing diversity of the people who come to the centre to learn how to tell their stories through the powerful medium of media art. Ed Video has over 40 years of experience in teaching people of all ages which makes them particularly well-positioned to run a dedicated program for youth to share their stories and build new relationships.

    Please consider supporting this worthy endeavour.

  15. Rob says:

    Ed Video is truly a gem. They not only introduce people to Media Arts, but are also provide vital equipment and support to established artists.

  16. Adam says:

    Growing up in Georgetown and being a kid interested in film, and filmmaking there was nothing more me except high school media class. I think people under-estimate how important, unique and influential some place like Ed Video is, and I think a great many people would be very surprised at how many events, performances, and installations would not be able to take place without the support that Ed Video (often quietly) provides. And then there’s all those people, like me, who learn valuable production skills that they use to tell stories, bring enjoyment or inform the community. The dollar amount in terms of inspiration, education, and networking that Ed Video has provided in 41 years is quite literally priceless.

  17. John says:

    Having worked for more than 20 years in media development and training with young people from teens to early 20s, I know the important role an organisation such as Ed Video can play in helping youth transition from being passive consumers of media to thoughtful, literate creators and authors of media works.