Whistler, B.C. (July 24, 2019): To support the voices of Indigenous Canadians, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has opened the call for applications for itsseventh annual Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship. The four-day creative and business immersion experience will take place from December 4th to 8th during the Whistler Film Festival and Content Summit.
The experience is open nationally for up to six emerging Indigenous Canadian film artists with short films, webisode projects or television pilots. The program is designed to advance Indigenous Canadian talent by focusing on strengthening and advancing short script projects by providing feedback from mentor filmmakers, broadcasters and industry leaders who are well-respected members of the Canadian film community.
“The WFF Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship’s main focus is to support and highlight Indigenous stories and content creators from across Canada who are looking to advance their short form content from script to screen,” says Angela Heck, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming. “The fellowship plays an important role in helping storytellers and their projects advance past the development stage.”
Fellows will receive travel and accommodation support as well as an industry pass to attend the Whistler Film Festival and Content Summit. At the festival, they will gain firsthand insight into the world of narrative short form storytelling through panel discussions, workshops pitches, networking events, and screenings with filmmakers and industry experts.
Short scripts in all genres can be submitted for consideration. Writers must be either First Nations, Métis or Inuit and hold Canadian citizenship.All rights remain with the filmmaker and WFF has no proprietary interest in any of the projects. The application deadline is September 3, 2019, and finalists and mentors will be announced in mid-October. Application details and information are available at whistlerfilmfestival.com.
Whistler Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support and commitment to the Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship sponsored by Canada Media Fund, Creative BC and Eagle Vision, and is supported by the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler.
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