Three participants have been selected for the 2021 RBC Mentorship program, the Yorkton Film Festival has announced. The RBC Mentorship program connects emerging filmmakers with established industry professionals who can provide expert level advice and networking opportunities to help emerging talents in Canada’s film industry.
The participants chosen this year are Weiye Su of Saskatchewan, Tara Federko of Ontario and Eric Bizzarri of Ontario.
"A Canada-wide call for applications went out in February, and we received many very strong applications from filmmakers who were interested in taking part in this year’s program," YFF Executive Director Randy Goulden said. "We are very excited to deliver this program for another year, and I cannot thank the RBC enough for their commitment to helping us foster the next great generation of Canadian film talent."
"When we support aspiring filmmakers we are investing in an industry, creative expression, and the vibrancy of our communities," RBC Community Manager Trevor McLachlan added. "That is why RBC Foundation is proud to support the inspiring work of the Yorkton Film Festival, the 2021 RBC Mentorship Program, and emerging artists across Canada."
The RBC Yorkton Film Festival Mentorship Program is a two year initiative designed to connect emerging filmmakers with mentors to provide them with a yearlong mentorship to help guide their careers into the national film and television arena.
Up to five (5) participants will be chosen per year.
Preference will be given to applicants who have submitted a film to this year’s Yorkton Film Festival taking place May 27 – 30, 2021.
Participants will receive mentorship and guidance over the course of one year, which includes a minimum of 28 hours of festival attendance and networking, and up to two hours per month which will include phone calls, emails, and development consultation on creative projects with your mentor. YFF will use best efforts to ensure the first meeting between participant and mentor will take place in person at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival (May 27 – 30).
YFF will work with the participants and mentors to monitor the mentorship.
YFF will make best efforts to publicly screen any film created as part of the RBC Yorkton Film Festival Mentorship Program.
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