RBC Emerging Indigenous Filmmaker Award

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Financial support and mentorship for you, your project and / or career goals

Award status:

Applications under review


Are you an emerging Indigenous filmmaker in Canada looking to:

  • Fund a current or upcoming project
  • Gain additional training
  • Hire a story editor or production crew
  • Scout locations
  • Further your career

The RBC Emerging Indigenous Filmmaker Award aims to provide financial support to a filmmaker and their current or future project or career goals. One recipient will be awarded $7,500 and two hours of mentorship and advice from the Indigenous award advisor.

The recipient will be announced and celebrated online through a series of activities which may include a podcast interview, spotlight article on nsi-canada.ca, paid social media posts and more.

At a glance

  • Applications open: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
  • Application deadline: Friday, October 14 at 5 p.m., CT
  • Recipient selected: On or around Monday, November 21
  • Recipient announced: On or around Tuesday, January 31

Note: All dates are subject to change.

Key information

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen* or permanent resident living in Canada*, aged 18 or over
  • Be an Indigenous person: someone who is First Nation, Métis or Inuit
  • Have experience as a writer / director and / or producer

*Excluding Quebec

Program phases

Commitment to underrepresented voices

RBC Emerging Artists honours the past and looks to the future, reaffirming our commitment to listen, take action and continue the reconciliation journey. We will always stand for Indigenous inclusion and prosperity — now and for all generations to come.


Please review the FAQ below. Rachel Young, outreach and engagement lead at the National Screen Institute (rachel.young@nsi-canada.ca) is happy to answer any further questions about the award and any support you may require.

Frequently asked questions

Meet the faculty


Sonya Ballantyne

Award Advisor

Sonya Ballantyne is a Swampy Cree creative based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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