Whistler Film Festival (WFF’s) Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship 2016 for Canadian Aboriginal Talents.

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Application Deadline: 5pm PST on August 29, 2016

WFF’s Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship is a three-day creative and business immersion experience to be held from December 1 to 3, 2016 during the Whistler Film Festival + Summit, and has opened up nationally for up to six emerging Aboriginal Canadian film artists with short film, webisode projects or television pilots to attend.

Designed to advance Canadian Aboriginal talent, this program focuses on strengthening and advancing short script projects by facilitating feedback from a group of mentor filmmakers who are successful, well-respected members of the Canadian film community.

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

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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.


  • During the program, Filmmakers will receive advice and feedback from: Each filmmaker will be booked into both individual and group meetings
    • Program Facilitators
    • Mentors (established Directors, Producers, Broadcasters, Actors)
  • The Program Facilitators will debrief with each filmmaker after the session is done
  • Filmmakers will leave with advice on how to revise their script
  • Filmmakers will leave with important film business insights and connections
  • Industry/peer networking opportunities
  • The opportunity for gaining new market intelligence
  • The opportunity to see new film work at the festival

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

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Whistler Film Festival (WFF’s) Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship 2016

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