Applications now open for free introductory film workshop series for refugees and newcomers

Open Frame
An introductory film workshop series for refugees and refugee claimants called Open Frame is now accepting applications from across Canada.

Open Frame is designed to introduce refugees and newcomers to the essentials of the Canadian film industry, and break down barriers for those who want to tell their stories through film.

Delivered as an eight-week, part-time series of free, online workshops, Open Frame will teach participants about the essentials of filmmaking as they develop their own short film from idea to script outline.

Workshops take place on weekends, developing participants’ skills and understanding of scriptwriting, directing, acting, editing, producing and other industry fundamentals.

Workshops are led by industry professionals including NSI Features First alumni Jeffrey St Jules (TIFF winner Bang Bang Baby) and Daniel Bekerman (Sundance Film Festival winner The Witch and Viggo Mortensen’s Falling), and NSI Diverse TV Director grads Tarique Qayumi (Leo Award winner Black Kite) and Randall Okita (Canadian Screen Award winner The Lockpicker, See For Me).

To be eligible, applicants must self-identify as refugees and have a basic understanding of English. Participants will need access to a computer with internet, a camera/cell phone that records video and an idea for a short film they want to tell.

Open Frame is now accepting applications for their 2022 session. Apply by December 10 to be a part of this new opportunity.

If you have any questions, please email Jeffrey at

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