To Create a Reality for the Dreamer”. Through an understanding of tradition, culture and identity, Weengushk Film Institute (WFI) advances the collection, preservation and representation of new creative voices. The development and recognition of Indigenous youth, at WFI, supports the important contribution of Indigenous stories to the Canadian arts landscape.
While celebrating and sharing their voices, these emerging artists learn market leading and life skills, as they begin their path towards inspired and sustainable futures. WFI is the first program of its kind to be certified by a Canadian University, and proud of their partnership with Brock University. WFI’s goal is to train, develop, guide and mentor young emerging artists to develop their creative skills and attain a level of professionalism that promotes self-sustainability in a competitive market.
By merging traditional culture with youthful energy and modern technology, WFI ensures that culture is not just curated, but animated in the everyday existence of everyone who experiences the expression of our students. WFI is an innovative and entrepreneurial response to an identified and documented absence of training opportunities for Aboriginal and youth of diversity in Northern Canada and within Canada.
This 10-month introductory program offers instruction and hands-on experience in the core aspects of filmmaking: screenwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, editing, pre and post production, composing and marketing. This introductory program is open to individuals with little to no experience.
Lab 1 uses film as a tool to teach life skills, including reading, writing, math, science, and storytelling, as well as business, communication, leadership, and art skills. This Lab is designed to take you through the filmmaking process, consisting of Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post Production, and finally, Sales and Distribution. Participants will be able to write and direct their own short film. This short film will be your calling card, as it will introduce you and your work to the film industry.
Weengushk Film Institute would welcome your support. Tuition for the Lab 1 course is approximately $10,000.00 per student. Your donation will help students attend the course and will prepare for a sustainable future involving a career of their choice.