New program at CapU caters to budding Indigenous filmmakers – Vancouver Is Awesome

by ahnationtalk on March 21, 202398 Views

The program featured 14 filmmakers from Nations across B.C. and Alberta

The film industry is notoriously a tough one to crack, and it’s no secret that statement rings especially true for directors from Indigenous backgrounds. Such under-representation in the industry is the main driving force for Capilano University’s new program, one that aids emerging, Indigenous filmmakers from across British Columbia and Alberta.

The Assistant Director training workshop, launched by the university’s Indigenous Digital Accelerator program, provides students with on-set experience, an Indigenized curriculum, and certifications required to prepare them to enter the esteemed Directors Guild of Canada Trainee Assistant Director program.

“There is a severe under-representation of Indigenous filmmakers working as assistant directors in British Columbia and Alberta,” said Doreen Manuel, director of the Bosa Centre for Film & Animation and Inclusive Community Projects at CapU.

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