RBC Emerging Indigenous Filmmaker Award

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

Program status:

Applications closed


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 provides financial support to a filmmaker and their current or future project or career goals. One recipient will be awarded $10,000 and two hours of mentorship and advice from Sonya Ballantyne, the Indigenous award advisor.

The award 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, August 30, 2023
  • Applications close: Wednesday, December 6 at 5 p.m., CT
  • Recipient selected: On or around Thursday, February 29, 2024
  • Recipient announced: On or around Thursday, March 28, 2024

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

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 from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

The $10,000 RBC Emerging Indigenous Filmmaker Award 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.


Please review the FAQ below. If you have any further questions about the award or need any support, please email in**@ns********.ca and we’ll be happy to help you.

Frequently asked questions

Meet the faculty


Sonya Ballantyne

Award Advisor

Sonya Ballantyne is a Swampy Cree writer, filmmaker and self-confessed nerd from the Misipawistik Cree Nation.

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