Fellowship opportunity for Aboriginal filmmakers, apply by August 29

The Whistler Film Festival has opened up its 2016 Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship for up to six emerging Aboriginal Canadian film artists with short film, webisode projects or television pilots.

Recipients will attend  a three-day creative and business immersion experience to be held from December 1 to 3, 2016 during the Whistler Film Festival + Summit, and gives aboriginal filmmakers the chance to advance short scripts through one-on-one mentorship and project-specific feedback.

Applications are due August 29.

The information below comes from the Whistler Film Festival. 

WFF’s Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship is sponsored by Canadian Media Fund, Creative BC and APTN, and Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre.

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR ABORIGINAL FILMMAKER FELLOWSHIP?

  • The Whistler Film Festival Aboriginal Fellowship is open to Canadian Aboriginal producers, writers and/or directors who have a short script.
  • Applicants must have some previous short film experience or have attended film school.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to attending the program from December 1 to December 3, 2016.
  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen and of Aboriginal descent residing in Canada.
  • Applicant must demonstrate ownership of or option on all underlying rights (if any) and of the screenplay.
  • Only one person per project will be allowed to attend the Program.

WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS?

To be considered, your application must include the following and be received by WFF or before 5pm PST on August 29, 2016:

  • Filmmaker bio/Company profile (if applicable)
  • Objectives in participating: What do you hope to gain by attending the Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship?
  • Curriculum vitae outlining your experience as a filmmaker or film student
  • Filmography: List your credits; specify title, genre, year
  • A short narrative or documentary script
  • $50 Application Fee

HOW DO I APPLY?

> APPLY HERE
> Download application guidelines and FAQs

WHO HAS MENTORED IN THE PAST?

  • Andrea Menard, Actor, Writer
  • Carl Bessai, Director & Screenwriter, Ravenwest Films
  • Cynde Harmon, Producer & Co-Owner, Really Real Films
  • Elizabeth Yake, Producer, True West Films
  • Jim Compton, Artistic Director Adam Beach Film Institute
  • Laura Milliken, President, Big Soul Productions
  • Lorne Cardinal, Actor, Director, Producer
  • Marcia Nickerson, Chair of the imagiNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival
  • Marie Clements, Director
  • Monika Ille, Executive Director of Programming & Scheduling, APTN
  • Monique Hurteau, Writer, Producer
  • N. Bird Runningwater, Director of Native American and Indigenous program, Sundance Institute
  • Shereen Jerrett, Writer, Facilitator, National Screen Institute
  • Tania Koenig- Gauchier, Manager of Programming – Western Region, APTN
  • Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, Canadian Media Fund
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