PRIM and SPOROBOLE have joined forces to offer a creative residency that makes the most of their mutual skills: on the one hand, PRIM’s expertise in film production; on the other hand, SPOROBOLE’s expertise in the creation of interactive virtual reality works.

This 3-month residency offers the artist the opportunity to create an interactive cinematic virtual reality work, i.e. including filmed components and interaction devices. The residency will be accompanied by a $10,000 fee and over $30,000 in services.


To apply for the PRIM | SPOROBOLE residency, you must:

  • Be an artist or artists’ collective creating works independently;
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. In the case of a collective, at least one member must meet this requirement.

PRIM and SPOROBOLE invite emerging, mid-career and established artists to submit a project. In an effort to support diversity and inclusion, PRIM and SPOROBOLE encourage proposals from artists who identify as members of a minority.


Date of the residency
The 13-week residency should take place between the beginning of April and the end of October 2022. The precise dates of the residency will be agreed upon with the two organizations.

Conduct of the residency
The PRIM | SPOROBOLE residency will take place according to the following schedule:

Phase 1 – Research – 1 week
At SPOROBOLE, including 1 day with the PRIM team.

Phase 2 – Prototyping – 2 weeks
1 week at SPOROBOLE and 1 week at PRIM. The support resources (technicians and developers) are available 25 hours per week.

Phase 3 – Video Production – 2 weeks
2 weeks of shooting.

Phase 4 – Post-production
4 weeks at PRIM.

Phase 5 – Interactive Development
4 weeks at SPOROBOLE.

Please note that during phases 4 and 5, work will alternate between the two centers depending on post-production and development needs.

Assistance granted

Assistance granted


  • $12,000* worth of access to 360° filming and sound recording equipment and to video and audio studios and post-production for the duration of the residency;
  • $6,000 for technicians’ fees;
  • Project guidance and technical support;
  • $5,000 artist’s fee.

* Calculated at the non-member rate, non-transferable or redeemable for cash


  • $ 2,000 worth of access to SPOROBOLE’s equipment and a residence for the duration of the residency;
  • $ 12 000 $ of guidance in programming and interactive development;
  • $5,000 artist’s fee.

Eligibility rules

General eligibility rules

Only one application per application period and per artist is eligible.

Eligible projects

All proposals for virtual reality productions that incorporate video and have an interactive component are eligible. The project must be at the conceptualization stage and must be able to be completed within the time frame of the residency.

Note: Projects that are part of a school curriculum are not eligible.

Non-eligible costs

The following expenses are not eligible:

  • Distribution media and supplies;
  • Travel and accommodation costs in Montreal, if applicable.

Registration terms and conditions

How to apply

To apply, you must complete the online application form › and provide the following documents:


  • CV of the artist or the members of the artists’ collective applying;
  • Audio/video supporting documentation (15 min max in total) in the form of links to Vimeo or other
  • Any other documentation that the artist feels is pertinent (photos, illustrations, script…)


Wednesday, October 13th, 2021.

Evaluating applications

Evaluation process

Applications are first evaluated by the person in charge of the program based on the program’s eligibility conditions. Eligible applications are then evaluated by a peer committee made up of two representatives from each organization. Three proposals will be identified and the three candidates will be interviewed. At the end of the evaluation, the committee members decide whether to award the residency. Decisions are final and without appeal.

Evaluation criteria

The projects are evaluated according to the following criteria:

1. Project’s interest and relevance (80%)

a. Project’s interest for the advancement of various artistic practices
b. Project’s innovative nature
c. Effect of the project on the evolution of the candidate’s work

2. Project’s feasibility (20%)

a. Quality and relevance of previous realizations by the candidate and the main participating artists
b. ;
c. Realism of the work schedule and budget forecast
d. Ability of the candidate to complete the project
e. Impact of the PRIM and SPOROBOLE assistance on the project’s realization.


Committee members must follow Jury Member Professional Ethics Code and the Conflict of Interest rules.

Response time

PRIM and SPOROBOLE will notify you of the committee’s decision no later than three months after the program’s deadline.

Due to the high number of proposals we receive, only artists whose projects have been accepted will be contacted. We are aware that preparing a proposal requires considerable work, and we are grateful to all the artists who share their research with us.

Other informations

Artists’ obligations

To benefit from the PRIM | SPOROBOLE Residency, recipients must become a member of PRIM and Sporobole, realize their project during the dates set out in the agreement and respect the terms and conditions.

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