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VIFF 2022 Catalyst Mentorship Application

Catalyst is an intimate cohort-based mentorship program that will provide 15 selected emerging filmmakers with a professional development stipend to help offset any economic impact from attending the festival, a full VIFF 2022 festival pass, one-on-one mentorship, and 8 exclusive facilitated group sessions covering all stages of production to kick-start their independent filmmaking careers. Participants are selected based on their demonstrated pursuit in creating boundary-pushing and ambitious moving image work.

Who should apply?

The Catalyst program is open to Lower Mainland-based self-identifying emerging filmmakers (directors or writer/directors) who:

  • have demonstrated a commitment to grow an artistic practice
  • are at least 19 years old when the program starts 
  • self-identify as facing institutional barriers within mainstream film industry and/or independent filmmaking communities.
  • have created a film, video or moving-image project (optional)

VIFF is committed to offering opportunities to those who are often under- or misrepresented in the film industry and beyond. We value a diverse and inclusive industry that’s reflective of manifold interests and encourage applications from communities that have been marginalized based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, neurotype, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, low income or socio-economic status, marital or family status, or status as an Indigenous person.

 

The application deadline is Friday July 29, 2022 at 11:59 pm PDT.

 

Please know that any information on this form will only be viewed by the Catalyst selection committee and will NOT be shared with other cohort members.

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Questions?

Contact us at [email protected]

If you require accessibility accommodations for filling out this application form, please contact Catalyst Programmer Laura Arboleda at [email protected].

Application Form

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