Apply now for $10,000 RBC Emerging Indigenous Filmmaker Award

$10,000 RBC Emerging Indigenous Filmmaker Award

Apoorv Bhatt

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Are you an emerging Indigenous filmmaker, aged 18 or over, with a drive to fund a current or upcoming project, gain additional training or advance your career?

Applications are being accepted until December 6, 2023 for the second edition of the RBC Emerging Indigenous Filmmaker Award, powered by the RBC Foundation through RBC Emerging Artists and the National Screen Institute.

The award, which has been increased to $10,000, is designed to amplify Indigenous voices by supporting the career and talents of an emerging filmmaker in Canada who has a compelling vision for their project and / or career. Filmmakers aged 18 or over who self-identify as ‘emerging’ are encouraged to apply.

Desiree Brightnose, owner and operator of Tilted Teepee Productions, won the award in 2022. “Because of this award, I can provide high-quality production value and overall services to a broader audience in our community,” said Desiree. “I am truly honored and grateful for this amazing award. It has opened so many opportunities, not only for my business but also in the industry.”

“We are proud to support the National Screen Institute to amplify the work and voices of Indigenous filmmakers,” says Mark Beckles, Vice President Social Impact and Innovation, RBC. “This award helps these creators bridge the gap from emerging to established in their art form of film. These voices are important to building inclusive, vibrant communities that celebrate Indigenous storytelling.”

Apply by December 6. Read more about how you can apply.

Applicants must explain their career goals, what inspires them and how this financial support will help them as they launch their career, develop their project or build on their skills.

Applications are limited to a maximum of 50 submissions. An external industry selection committee will shortlist up to 12 candidates. A second selection committee made up of independent screen professionals and the award advisor will select five candidates for an interview.

In addition to the financial award, the selected filmmaker will receive two hours of mentorship from acclaimed filmmaker and award advisor Sonya Ballantyne.

Sonya is a Swampy Cree writer and self-confessed nerd from the Misipawistik Cree Nation. Her work focuses on contemporary and futuristic portrayals of Indigenous women and girls. Her writing credits include CTV Comedy’s’ Acting GoodSesame Street and The Walking Dead: LAST MILE. Her forthcoming feature documentary debut Death Tour was recently screened at Cannes Docs during the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Notably, Sonya also served as a mentor and advisor for first edition of the award.

The RBC Foundation through RBC Emerging Artists is dedicated to supporting the careers and development of the next generation of artists, through mentorship programs, education and by providing access and exposure to new audiences. RBC Emerging Artists supports local organizations providing platforms for artists to showcase their talent, gain recognition at national and international levels and assist in bridging the gap from academic success to career success in their chosen artistic disciplines.

Learn more about RBC Emerging Artists.

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About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

We are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those in regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

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The National Screen Institute is supported by: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUS, Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund (CMF), Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE); Patrons: CBC, Creative Saskatchewan; Builders: APTN, TikTok Canada, Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), The Winnipeg Foundation; Indigenous Training Programs Partner: Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsors: Manitoba Film & Music, Bell Media, RBC Emerging Artists, documentary Channel, CBC Gem, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD), Alberta Film Commission, Manitoba Arts Council; Industry Partner: National Film Board of Canada; Friends: Ontario Creates, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Bell Fund, Stantec, William F. White International, Company 3.