Applications Open for Whistler Film Festival’s Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship in Canada

Short Summary:

Whistler Film Festival (WFF) in Canada is now accepting applications for its 2024 Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship, featuring a Web Series Edition. Canadian Indigenous filmmakers can apply by August 7, 2024. The program includes workshops, panels, and one-on-one sessions, offering strategic advice, script guidance, and industry connections. Participants receive an Industry Pass to the 2024 Whistler Film Festival + Content Summit.

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has announced the call for applications for its 2024 Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship, which will feature a special Web Series Edition. This fellowship is designed to provide up to six participants with in-depth knowledge of the business and craft of creating a web series. Applicants are required to have some industry or equivalent experience.

Alumni of the Whistler Film Festival's Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship are also encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is August 7, 2024, at 11:59 pm PT.

This year’s fellowship will be conducted both in-person and online through a series of workshops, intensives, panels, and personal meetings. Participants will benefit from:

  • High-level strategic advice and feedback from established Indigenous and non-Indigenous industry professionals, including one-on-one sessions
  • Guidance on scripts and projects, culminating in a polished logline, verbal pitch, and pitch decks
  • Introduction to financing, budgeting, and distribution
  • Connections with key industry players and ongoing support from fellow filmmakers, the WFF team, and WFF alumni
  • An Industry Pass to the 2024 Whistler Film Festival + Content Summit, which includes a curated itinerary focused on marketing and distribution, as well as access to film screenings and special events

Camille Beaudoin, CEO of Mosaic Entertainment, Co-founder of GIFT, and WFF IFF24 Facilitator, highlighted the growing demand for Indigenous-made content and the value of this fellowship in providing emerging Indigenous filmmakers with opportunities to enhance their skills and advance their careers.

The Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship is generously supported by Creative BC, Warner Bros. Discovery Access Canada, Sunbelt Rentals, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), IATSE 891, Bell Fund, and Eagle Vision. There is a non-refundable application fee of $55.00 (GST). If selected, participants will have their tuition covered by the fellowship sponsors. Applicants must be First Nations (status or non-status), Métis, or Inuit, and must hold Canadian citizenship according to colonial law.

Other Whistler Film Festival programs include the Producers Lab, Screenwriters Lab, Doc Lab, Power Pitch, Stars to Watch, Women in Focus Mentorship, Saskatchewan Market Accelerator, PEI Market Accelerator, PictureNL Market Accelerator, WIDC WFF Industry Immersion (with Women in the Director’s Chair), GEMS WFF Mentorship (with Gender Equity in Media Society), and the MPPIA Short Film Award Competition (with the Motion Picture Production Industry Association and Creative BC), and IPF Pre-Application Training Program for Northern Producers.

Further details can be found at whistlerfilmfestival.com.

The Whistler Film Festival acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Major festival sponsors include Creative BC, Directors Guild of Canada - British Columbia, Tourism Whistler, RBC, Sunbelt Rentals, and Whistler Blackcomb.