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BMFA DATA (Digital Art and Technology Award)

About the Award

In recognition of digital art as a visual art form, the BMFA is offering a new award to celebrate the creative skills of emerging digital artists.

DATA Description

  • The BMFA proudly presents the 1st Annual Living Water Resorts Digital Art and Technology Award for emerging digital artists with both OPEN and STUDENT categories.
  • $1000 CASH PRIZE awarded in the Open Category and $500 STUDENT BURSARY in the Student Category.
  • Screening and Awards Evening on September 27th at the Simcoe St. Theatre.
  • Accepted Stills (top 15) may be on exhibit for the month of September in the Press Room Gallery at 65 Simcoe St., Collingwood. *Applicants will be asked to print and frame images for exhibit. (Click here for exhibition guidelines.)
  • Open for submissions May 14th to July 14th, 2019


  • Open Category
  • Must self identify as an emerging digital artist
  • Must reside in South Georgian Bay region
  • Adult or youth, non-professional
  • $10 entry fee
  • Student Category
  • Must identify as an emerging artist
  • Must reside in South Georgian Bay region
  • Must be enrolled in grades 10 through 12 as of May 2019
  • Entry is free


Still Images

  • 3 still images, in pdf, png, jpeg or gif
  • Original project file must be provided upon request
  • Brief artist statement under 500 characters
  • Finalists may be asked for a letter of reference


  • 1 video, up to 3 minutes in length
  • Original format project file must be provided upon request
  • Brief artist statement under 500 characters
  • Finalists may be asked for a letter of reference


  • Animation, stills, interactive with sound, immersive, mixed media, manipulated drawing over photography, digital cartooning, digital painting, a digital illustration or drawing


  • Documentaries, narrative docs, commercial docs, music videos, professional docs, promotional videos, offensive or gender bias material.

Jurying Criteria

  • Submissions will be juried on originality, artistic merit and artistic/technical process.


  • Images may not contain any element that is an offence under the criminal code is libellous or in any way unlawful.
  • Images must be new and not previously released.
  • Artists may purchase rights to stock images; however, owner must sign off with the exception of “Fair Use” works.

Important Issues:

Fair Use
Fair use is a legal exception to the exclusive rights an owner has for his or her copyrighted work. ... Fair use is in place for the greater good, to allow copyrighted works to be used without permission for the benefit of the public good.

Derivative Work
A derivative work is a new, original product that includes aspects of a pre-existing, already copyrighted work. Also known as a "new version," derivative works can include musical arrangements, motion pictures, art reproductions, sound recordings or translations. They can also include dramatizations and fictionalizations, such as a movie based on a play.
Only copyright owners have the exclusive right to produce derivative works based on their original, copyrighted works. Copyright on original works of authorship is automatic, and registration -- while it does carry significant benefits, like the right to sue for infringement -- is not required for a work to be protected; protection attaches immediately when the work is completed. However, a copyright owner can grant permission to someone else to make a derivative work based on his or her original if permission is granted (in the form of a license or assignment), then creation of the derivative work is not infringement. But if the original isn't yours and you don't get permission to use the original from its creator, then you are infringing that author's copyright.