The Factory Media Centre is a not-for-profit artist-driven resource centre dedicated to the production and promotion of creatively diverse forms of independent films, videos, and other streaming multimedia art forms. Our mission is to develop and support a vibrant, sustainable, creative, and diverse community of Members within Hamilton and its surrounding region, who are involved or interested in the art, the craft, and the technologies, of motion picture media. In addition to our mission, we also provide access to facilities, equipment, peer resources and educational initiatives to the community of time-based visual artists, as well as to the community at large. Through our programming we hope to encourage the development and appreciation of all related visual art forms through an ongoing program of screenings and events.
The mission of the Factory Media Centre is to develop and support a vibrant, sustainable, creative, and diverse community of Members and non-Members within Hamilton and its surrounding region, who are involved or interested in the Art, the Craft and the Technologies of, but not limited to the motion picture media including all forms of time-based media.
The Factory Media Centre is an artist-driven resource centre dedicated to the production and promotion of creatively diverse forms of independent films, videos, and other streaming multimedia art forms.
The Factory Media Centre exists to provide access to facilities, equipment, peer resources and educational initiatives to the community of time-based visual artists, as well as to the community at large. To encourage the development and appreciation of all related visual and time-based art forms through an ongoing program of screenings and events.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Prior to the incorporation of The Factory, there was no local, easily accessible media arts production facility offering media artists affordable access to production equipment, post-production edit suites, skills development workshops, or mentorship and networking opportunities. Hamilton and Niagara Region artists had little choice but to travel to Guelph or Toronto. Travel, time, and associated costs precluded many area artists from the pursuit of creative exploration in media.
The first meeting of The Factory: Hamilton Media Arts Centre in January 2004 attracted sixty-five artists and producers. In February 2004, fifty attendees returned, chose a name, a mandate, and a steering committee of volunteer artists was struck. This group developed the framework for the Organization, including its By-laws, Code of Conduct, and organizational structure. In March 2004, the committee of the whole passed a motion to incorporate.
The Factory: Hamilton Media Arts Centre was incorporated as a non-profit Ontario corporation on April 26, 2004, and at the first Factory Annual General Meeting, held on May 10, 2004, an inaugural Board was elected.
From 2004 to 2006 the Board met on a monthly basis. Committees were struck, and agendas formulated. Meetings were held at The Hamilton Artists Inc., the Staircase Café/Theatre Loft, the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, the Blue Angel Gallery, Regent Studios, and Infusion Café. Although homeless, we understood the importance of planning for activities. We began in June 2004 by inaugurating our monthly media networking event “Media Mondays” which was held on the third Monday of every month.
We focused on profile and branding. Communications with the artistic community and the public was achieved through the creation of our website, and the sponsorship of an international logo competition. As well, in partnership with the Hamilton Artists Inc. and the Art Gallery of Hamilton, we moved to present and participate in “Photophobia” – Hamilton’s International Film & Video Festival now held annually in August. We researched government granting bodies, and eligibility criteria. At that time, The Factory also offered its first series of Skills Development Workshops.
On December 8, 2006, The Factory hosted its 1st Annual Members Screening. This annual event provides opportunities for our Members to exhibit their work to the public. Factory Members are encouraged to submit multiple entries, and at least one work from everyone’s submission is screened. Factory Members receive Factory Bucks vouchers towards workshops, edit suite usage, and for equipment and facilities rentals. Our top three audience favourites are awarded prizes, announced on our website, and in the monthly Factory News Reel.