Film Farm Retreat 2019

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July 1st to July 7th (Noon Monday to Sunday evening)


Near Mount Forest, Ontario


Course Fee

$675 (under employed) or $875 (full time employed)
This includes costs of film stock (6 rolls) and chemistry for processing.

Camera Rental

While I encourage you to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bolex), I also offer the following options:

  • Share a Bolex with one other person – Add $50
  • Have a Bolex to yourself – Add $100
  • About

    The workshop is primarily intended for filmmakers who have had some experience experimenting with the form and content of the medium, as well those who have had similar experiences with other art forms and would like to work with film. There will be 12 participants.

    The course will unfold over seven days. Participants will shoot, hand-process film and edit individual and/or group films in 16mm black and white format. Projects will develop over the week – collect : reflect : revise - in this process driven workshop.

    As well, nightly screenings of experimental films will take place in the barn film theatre. Workshops will include basics in hand-processing (both conventional processing and ‘green’ processing with flowers. Also tinting/toning of movie film will be covered, and (when needed) workshops in 16mm camera (Bolex) operation, lighting and exposure. Other specialized instruction will take place as needs arise. There will be approximately six staff members to assist you.


    Several accommodation options are available, including bed and breakfast and motel (ranging between $30-$60/night depending on single or double occupancy) and camping ($15/night - four sites available on the property, booked with receipt of workshop confirmation payment). Once participant lists have been established, emails will be distributed in case people want to form accommodation groups to cut costs. (I will help make all this work).


    By car, Mount Forest is one hour north of Guelph, and two-and-a-half hours north-west of Toronto. If you need a ride up or if you have a car and could provide a ride up (leaving from the Toronto area), please let me know. If there are few cars heading to the workshop on the morning of July 1, we will arrange for a small bus to transport participants from Toronto to the Film Farm at a small cost.

    Meals (lunch & supper)

    Lunches and suppers will be provided at a reasonable cost (t.b.a.). Please let me know if you have allergies, or other special needs regarding food. There will be a vegetarian option. While we are sensitive to specific food needs (lactose intolerance, gluten free etc), we cannot create entire separate meal plans for those who require extremely specialized attention. Please discuss any difficulties you forsee with us.

    For breakfast and snacks, there is a kitchen available for you in the barn, with fridge, hotplate, and microwave. We will give you more information on the meal plan in the Spring of 2019.


    Due to the large number of requests for this workshop we have implemented an application process. This includes submission of application form, sample of work and statement of interest. Please take careful note of each of the deadlines below:


    by February 25, 2019
    Fill out the application (click below) with a sample of your work and submit or mail.

    by April 2, 2019
    Film Farm 2019 participants announced

    by April 16, 2019
    Course fee deposit of $350* to confirm your position in the workshop. Deposits are used to purchase materials needed to prepare workshop.
    *Unfortunately due to our ’shoe-string’ budget, we cannot hold a space unless confirmation deposit is received.

    by June 5, 2019
    • Course fee balance of $325 or $525 (refer to fee structure in Course Fee section above)
    • Camera rental fee (if required)
    Final payment is required well before workshop begins for reasons stated above.

    for more information



    c/o Phil Hoffman, Rural Route #4, Mount Forest, ON N0G 2L0 Canada