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The Banff Centre Work Study: BNMI TV & New Media Aboriginal

by NationTalk on April 8, 2008472 Views

Program dates: April 01, 2008 – March 31, 2009

Application deadline: When a suitable candidate is found
(Applicants must be status, non-status, Metis, or Inuit)

The primary activity of this work study position will revolve around providing support for the Banff New Media Institute’s Creative Learning Workshops and the Digital Nations initiative.Creative Learning Workshops are dedicated to all aspects of new media practice and production. They are designed as learning laboratories where participants engage in developmental exercises, hands-on learning, and strategic inter-disciplinary dialogue and mentorship.

Digital Nations is a multi-platform project initiated by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). The BNMI is partnering with APTN to provide intensive co-production labs in support of the project. A residency will be brought together to develop the online component of Digital Nations with the aim of developing an online platform that will support several layers of interactivity for users on both computers and cells phones. The website will include an interface of a world map that uses GPS location technology to determine regions of the world (in particular Canada) where Indigenous communities are to be found. The website will also serve as a platform for aspiring Aboriginal filmmakers to showcase their works to Canadians and international markets.

Through this work study position you gain hands on experience working with Canadian and international top new media and television talent. You will develop excellent professional contacts in the field and gain a deep understanding of the next generation of emerging Aboriginal new media artists and producers. You will gain experience working in a professional development and training environment that offers a life changing, transformative experience to artists and producers from Canada and abroad. This position has access to the entire Banff New Media Institute program area program area which includes research opportunities, summits, research prototype labs, professional development workshop, co-productions, partnerships, project commissions, academic exchanges, and publishing.

As a Banff New Media Institute TV & New Media Aboriginal Work Study you will:

- Work in close association with Banff New Media Institute Coordinators
- Provide ongoing support to key partner personnel, both during program dates in Banff, and also pre- and post-activity
- Undertake research and reporting as required
- Attend and report on preparation and production meetings as required
- Facilitate the technical needs of guest speakers and artists
- Provide logistical support on an as needed basis to other programming activities
- Support artists in residence and guests and participants during creative learning workshops

We are looking for a candidate with:

- A developing career in media/special projects production and arts administration
- A production background, seeking the learning opportunity to adapt their current skills to the arts or interactive media environment
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Organizational abilities and a passionate interest in television and new media
- Effective multi-tasking abilities, strong time management skills, and attention to administrative detail are essential requirements in this position
- The ability to work weekends and evenings is required

Knowledge of television, film, and new media content and culture, line producing, web literacy, the use of computer databases such as FileMaker Pro, spreadsheet applications, and word-processing skills are an asset. In order to be successful in this capacity you must be able to demonstrate excellent diplomacy skills, have a high level of confidence, the ability to manage limited resources, and produce to schedule.

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