Our programs

Creation Assistance

Assistance program

3rd Wednesday in April and in October

The PRIM Creation Assistance Program is one of PRIM’s oldest programs. Its purpose is to support the creation of independent media works and to encourage the diversity of practices.

Doc at Risk

Assistance program

3rd Wednesday in April and in October

The purpose of PRIM’s Doc at Risk assistance program is to support the creation of independent documentary works that involve risk, whether in terms of their subject matter, their funding, their formal bias or their examination of cinematic language.

Research and Exploration

Assistance program

3rd Wednesday in April and in October

The purpose of PRIM’ Research and Exploration Assistance program is to support artists with a research approach that aims to encourage innovation in art and exploration of new avenues that will help develop the disciplines.

Distribution Assistance

Assistance program

Any time

The purpose of PRIM’s Distribution Assistance program is to support the finalization of independent media works and promote their distribution in the best possible conditions.

Organization Assistance

Assistance program

Any time

The purpose of PRIM’s Organization Assistance program is to support non-profit organizations with a cultural, social or community-based focus having a project that helps them carry out their mission.

PRIM Residency


By invitation

The PRIM residency is offered by invitation only by the Board of directors and its objective is to provide an artist with all the resources of PRIM for one year to produce an original work of art. With a PRIM residency, you have carte blanche!

PRIM | Codes d’accès


June 1st

The PRIM | Codes d’accès residency gives a young audio artist the opportunity to produce a surround sound work for performance with Codes d’accès. Focused on mixing and mastering, the selected artist will be able to finalize his or her project in PRIM’s sound laboratory and benefit from a broadcast as part of the regular programming of Codes d’accès.



June 20

PRIM and the MAI have partnered to offer a joint residency, a year long-term accompaniment to an artist wishing to experiment, develop their skills and create a work in the discipline of new media arts. PRIM is associated with the M.A.I (Montréal, arts Interculturels) artist support program.

PRIM | Dazibao


October 15

Dazibao and PRIM have joined forces to offer an artist an exceptional opportunity to produce and distribute a work. The selected proposal takes into account the specificities of both organizations and, as a result, must address the formal and conceptual problems innate to image-based practices while having no qualms about tackling audio, video and digital processing.

PRIM | Sporobole


October 13

This creation residency takes advantage of the reciprocal competences of the two centers: on the one hand the expertise of PRIM in the production of cinematic virtual reality; and on the other hand that of Sporobole in the realization of interactive virtual reality works.


International Residency

To be determined

The Périphérie residency allows a Quebec director and his or her editor to spend two months at the Périphérie center, located in the Paris suburbs, working on the editing of a feature-length documentary project. A French artist is also invited to Montreal at PRIM for a 2-month post-production residency.

More information to come

Pépinières européennes

International Residency

Back in 2022

The Pépinières européennes accompanies young creators who develop new forms of expression by encouraging their mobility on the international artistic scene. Every other year, PRIM hosts an artist for a media arts project. During 4 months, the artist benefits from all the services and can follow our trainings.

More information to come


Award for the best work of art and experimentation

20 000$

This prize is awarded each year as part of the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma. Since 2015, the award to the director of the best art and experimental film of the RVQCs has been accompanied by a scholarship worth $20,000 in services at PRIM.


Special Jury Prize in the National Feature Film Competition

10 000$

This new prize has been awarded since last year at the RIDM, in order to compensate for the absence of prizes awarded during the Pitch Cuban Hat. This award recognizes a Canadian feature film that has been particularly well received by the jury. It comes with a grant worth $10,000 in services at PRIM.

Prends ça court!



Since 2008, PRIM has been a partner of the Prends ça court! Awards, presented during the annual gala evenings. PRIM awards a prize to one of the Quebec short films selected by Prends ça court! The prize consists of $6,000 worth of post-production services.

Festival 48 i/sec

People’s Choice Awards


The Festival 48 images Seconde, located in Florac, France, aims to support young Quebec directors by awarding a creative residency for the festival’s Grand Prize. PRIM has been associated with the 1st edition of the competition by offering the Grand Prize winner a $5,000 grant for post-production services.

Sommets de l’animation

Pitch contest award

$ 3,000

Les Sommets du cinéma d’animation are an international festival dedicated to animation in all its forms. PRIM presents the first prize to the finalist of the pitches competition. This award corresponds to $3 000 of postproduction services at PRIM.

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