Canon launches dedicated grant for video documentaries

Canon Ambassador Lieve Blancquaert filming with Canon video kit.
Applications are now open for the first edition of the Canon Video Grant – Short Film Documentary, offering the winner €8,000 and a loan of video kit to produce a documentary project. © Lieve Blancquaert

Canon has launched its inaugural Canon Video Grant – Short Film Documentary, a new award for 2020 recognising the best emerging image-making talent worldwide, launched by Canon in association with Images Evidence.

The grant is Canon's latest response to an ever-changing media landscape, in which video is becoming an increasingly essential tool for photographers. "This grant aims to celebrate and support up-and-coming champions of this new age of visual storytelling by giving them funding and a platform to be heard," says Richard Shepherd, Senior Marketing Manager, Canon Europe Pro. “Canon is also arming storytellers with the innovation they need to further propel their careers in video. Just as the Canon EOS 5D Mark II’s (now succeeded by the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV) stills and video capabilities marked the beginning of a shift in the market that enabled visual storytellers to move between stills and motion, the Canon EOS R5 with 8K video takes this a step further."

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The prize

The grant winner will receive €8,000, along with a loan of video kit including a Canon video camera and two cine lenses to make a short documentary of approximately eight minutes in length.

Applicant criteria

The Canon Video Grant is open to individual professional photojournalists or documentary video makers with at least one video reportage project under their belt. They can be based anywhere in the world but need to have a proficient grasp of French or English, spoken and written. Their proposed short documentary must cover a social, economic, political or cultural subject in a journalistic manner.

Entry is free, and the closing date is 31 May 2020.

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The judging process

The recipient of the grant will be selected by a jury of industry experts in spring 2020. They will be chosen based on the strength of their previous work, as well as the presentation of their documentary proposal and the journalistic merit of its theme.

Supporting industry talent

Canon has been a sponsor of the Visa pour l'Image photojournalism festival for more than three decades. The Canon Video Grant continues Canon's long history of supporting industry talent at the festival. Now in its 20th year, the Canon Female Photojournalist Award recognises outstanding female photographers with an €8,000 project grant.

This year's Visa Pour l'Image festival will also see the return of the Canon Student Development Programme, which brings together young people from different countries for workshops, portfolios and mentoring. Video was a big theme of last year's programme, with photojournalist and Canon Ambassador Ilvy Njiokiktjien talking to students about how video has become an integral part of her work.

To find out more about the Canon Video Grant – Short Film Documentary and to apply, visit the Visa pour l'Image Awards & Grants page or email Entry is free and the deadline is 31 May 2020.

Find out more about what's happening at Visa pour l'Image on our Visa pour l'Image event page.

كتابة Rachel Segal Hamilton

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