Conceived in 1994, Phil Hoffman’s week-long Independent Imaging Retreat — known colloquially as the Film Farm due to its location on Hoffman’s property outside Mount Forest, Ontario — has been an important catalyst for a resurgence of artisanal filmmaking worldwide. Looking to circumvent the fading industry of photochemical labs, every year Hoffman and his volunteer team of fellow filmmakers guide the attending artists through the delicacies of hand-processing analogue film, conveying an appreciation for craft, method, and chance that, in some cases, has provided the impetus for a radical change in the artists’ practice. Having now produced almost 300 “graduates” (of whom almost two-thirds are women) and over 100 completed works (with many more still “in development”), the Film Farm has helped sustain a spirit of discovery and risk in contemporary experimental filmmaking, particularly in Canada (which has furnished over two-thirds of the Farm’s attendees). The Film Farm gratefully acknowledges the generous and essential support of the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) Media Arts project funding program. The OAC is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
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