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The Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship

Alumni of Whistler Film Festival's Indigenous FIlmmaker Fellowship are welcome to apply! Continue your film education and take your projects even further.
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Applications Open: June 21, 2024
Application Deadline: August 7, 2024

The Fellowship Overview:

The Fellowship selects up to six participants, offering them a unique chance to dive into the business and craft of screen storytelling under the guidance of seasoned filmmakers, broadcasters, and prominent figures in the industry. Central to the fellowship is the mentorship from Indigenous industry professionals and the opportunity for fellows to network with other Indigenous storytellers, as well as industry experts and decision makers. The Fellowship blends creative and business insights through a hybrid model of engagement. Participants will start with a 3-day online intensive, learning about web series financing and production, and workshopping their creative materials, followed by a one-on-one session with a story editing mentor, before transitioning to in-person engagements during the Whistler Film Festival and Content Summit where they will have access to industry panels, workshops, and personal meetings with key industry stakeholders and advisors.

To Apply:

Filmmakers must submit the following by the deadline:

Logline and Pitch Document:

    • Logline (20 to 50 words).
    • One-page pitch document of your web series concept detailing the number of episodes, approximate running time, and describing the premise, main characters, and central conflict (300 to 500 words).

Screenplay Draft:

    • A draft of one webisode of your series in proper screenplay format (no more than 10 pages). Include an intro paragraph, explaining the story leading up to the episode if it’s not the pilot.

Personal Statement or Video:

    • Personal statement (200 to 500 words) detailing where you are currently in your career and how this program would help you grow professionally and creatively. Alternatively, submit a short video (2 to 3 minutes) explaining the same (upload to Youtube or Vimeo and provide the link).

Statement of Indigenous Identity:

    • A statement of Indigenous identity as per the Indigenous Screen Office accountability framework on pages 7 to 9 in their funding guidelines. Applicants must be First Nations (status or non-status), Métis, or Inuit, as well as Canadian as per colonial law.

Additional Documents:

    • CV or resumé.
    • Short bio.
    • Headshot.

Note: All rights remain with the filmmaker and WFF has no proprietary interest in any of the projects. Fellowship recipients receive high-level strategic advice and feedback on their scripts and projects from established content creators, producers, and industry professionals with a focus on creative development, and securing financing. Scheduled market meetings during the Content Summit are also included.


  • Applicants must be 19 years or older.
  • Applicants must be First Nations (status or non-status), Métis, or Inuit, as well as hold Canadian citizenship as per colonial law.

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