Whistler Film Festival offers Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship for up to 6 emerging film artists with short films, webisode projects or TV pilots

The WFF Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship is a four-day project development program.

Indigenous cinema is not simply a niche, special-interest cinema, but a global cinema. Indigenous filmmakers are not only giving voice to their people and communities, but also helping to redefine the cinematic landscape for the twenty first
century. ~ N. Bird Runningwater, Director, Native American and Indigenous Program, The Sundance Institute

To support the voices of Aboriginal Canadians, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has opened the call for applications for its 5th annual Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship. The four-day creative and business immersion experience to be held from November 29th to December 3rd during the Whistler Film Festival and Summit is open nationally for up to six emerging Aboriginal Canadian film artists with short films, webisode projects or television pilots to attend.


Follow the link to apply.


Who can apply?

  • Applicants must have some previous short film experience or have attended film school.
  • 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.

Short Form:

  • The Whistler Film Festival Aboriginal Short Form Fellowship is open to Canadian Aboriginal producers, writers and/or directors who have a short script.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to attending the program from November 29 to December 3, 2017.

Application Fee:

There is a $50 non-refundable fee per application. Payment is processed through PayPal only.


Short Form: $750 per selected participant. Due September 30 2017.

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