The Whistler Film Festival has just announced a new sponsor that will cover the $1250 participation costs for the 2018 Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship, for travel and accommodation and 2018 program fees. The only fee now required by Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship applicants is the $50 application fee.
The application deadline has been extended to September 17, to give filmmakers who might have faced financial barriers that are now alleviated, the opportunity to apply.
The Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship (IFF) at WFF aims to enhance the project development for emerging Indigenous Canadian content creators with short film content, webisode projects or pilots for episodics still in the script stage.
Participants will receive feedback on their scripts and projects as well as guidance on development opportunities from established content creators, producers and industry professionals. A facilitator will provide a high level of strategic advice and mentorship.
Up to six Indigenous creators will be chosen through an application process where a selection committee consisting of industry professionals will vet the applications and shortlist candidates for interviews before making final decisions. Short content in all genres can be submitted for consideration. Writers/content creators must be Canadian citizens and of Indigenous descent. All rights remain with the filmmaker. WFF has no proprietary interest in any of the projects.
The program will take place in conjunction with the Whistler Film Festival + Summit from November 28 to December 1 and offers a curated itinerary that includes a focus on creative, marketing and distribution as well as scheduled market meetings with attending industry and advisors. The Digital Storytelling Workshop will be included as part of the 2018 instalment.