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
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 aroundMonday, November 21
Recipient announced: On or aroundTuesday, January 31
Note: All dates are subject to change.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) is happy to answer any further questions about the award and any support you may require.
Frequently asked questions
This award is for an Indigenous storyteller who self identifies as an emerging filmmaker.
This award is for a storyteller who has an inspired vision for their project and / or their career.
As an applicant, you are encouraged to explain what makes you a unique and creative storyteller. What are your career dreams? What stories do you want to tell? How will $7,500 help you get started or continue on your path?
Your current resume
A letter of reference / support
Supporting statement: tell us why you should receive the RBC Emerging Indigenous Filmmaker Award and what you will use the award money for
There are three options for providing your supporting statement. Please choose one of the following: (1) a written piece; (2) audio file; (3) video. Written pieces should be 250 words; audio and video should be one to two minutes long. Provide your written piece as a Microsoft Word document or PDF. Submit your file via Dropbox. You must name your file as follows: Supporting_Statement_First_Name_Last_Name
Up to 75 submissions will be accepted. Chaired by National Screen Institute staff, an external selection committee will review all submissions and select a shortlist of 25 applicants.
A second selection committee made up of two independent screen professionals and the award advisor will then select five candidates for an interview via phone or video call.
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