Training Opportunities and First Nations Talent

(Via CNW) Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab, Bell has announced. The Lab is a two-part program that provides mid-level television producers with unique hands-on training to assist their career advancement within Canada’s television industry. It begins in January 2016; applications close on November 6th. More details here.

And in another learning opportunity starting early next year, the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is accepting applications to its NSI Aboriginal Documentary course. This “provides up to four Aboriginal director and producer teams with training, mentorship and up to $16,000 in cash towards the production of a short documentary.” It includes a trip to Hot Docs in Toronto (after boot camp in Winnipeg). Application deadline is November 2nd; read more about it here.

Aboriginal talent will be showcased at the 16th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto from October 14 to 18. Among the offerings will be six National Film Board films from both new and well known filmmakers. Thérèse Ottawa’s Red Path and Bonnie Ammaaq’s Nowhere Land, plus the four short films produced for the NFB’s Souvenir series (where filmmakers reworked NFB archive material into a film on Aboriginal identity), will screen at the Festival.

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