Site & Cycle

Curator –  Zoë Heyn-Jones (CANADA)
Residency Dates: FEBRUARY 13th – 28th 2020
Call for Submissions Deadline: December 15th, 2019
Application fee $25 USD
Total residency Cost: $ 850 (USD) 


This residency is about  combining hands-on Super 8 and 16mm filmmaking instruction with geographical and historical workshops, curated screenings and public programming, Film for Artists – Site + Cycle is a residency program that endeavors filmmaking practices that engage with the materiality of filmmaking as it intersects with issues of land use and site specificity.

Site + Cycle project at Anima Casa Rural is an iteration of our on-going project, which teaches hand-processing and decay techniques on Super 8 film in conjunction with teachings about the landscape, history, and cultural memory of Jalisco. 

We strive to ground our residency with a focus on site-specificity and land issues. We believe that capturing or creating photochemical images cannot be separated from the spaces and places in which this image-making takes place. Through our pedagogical frameworks and programming, Site + Cycle aims to combine filmmaking with a geolocational awareness of history, memory, and the potential for decolonization.



We invite independent artists with previous knowledge of 16mm filmmaking and access to their own equipment to join us in exploring the local San Isidro Mazatepec region while experimenting with plant-based non-toxic film developing.


F4A @ Anima Casa Rural’s residency fee provides:


– shared accommodation, darkroom and studio space at Anima Casa Rural

– three home-cooked meals per day, sourced from Anima’s organic farm/food forest

– pick-up and drop-off at Guadalajara International Airport

– hands-on organic film processing instruction supplemented by walking tours, talks, film screenings, and engagement with relevant literature 

– black and white 16mm film, organic darkroom chemistry, and supplies


Participants are required to: 

– provide their own travel to and from Guadalajara

– provide their own filmmaking gear (16mm camera & light meter recommended; tripod, audio recorder, Super 8 camera, etc. are optional)

– provide their own travel/health insurance

– be prepared to work independently on a creative project based around analogue filmmaking

– share your practice with the group/public through an artist talk/screening/performance or workshop

– be prepared to screen your final work (or work in progress) generated during the residency at Anima Casa Rural and in Guadalajara

Zoë Heyn-Jones is a researcher-artist and cultural worker who grew up on Saugeen Ojibway land in Ontario (Canada) and on Tz’utujil/Kaqchikel Maya land in Guatemala. Zoë holds a PhD in Visual Arts from York University and a graduate diploma in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from CERLAC (the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University). She lives and works in Mexico City and Tkaranto/Toronto.

Generously supported by LIFT (the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto)