Vancouver Film School offering $162,000 in scholarship money for Indigenous students

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      The Vancouver Film School is looking to allocate $162,000 as part of its Indigenous Peoples Scholarships. Successful applicants will be able to put the money towards enrollment at VFS’ School of Animation, School of Film & Television, or School of Games & Creative Design. There are two full-tuition scholarships, two partial scholarships of $15,000, and three partial-tuition scholarships of $8,000.

      Applicants must identify as status or non-status First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit, or Métis, and must be 18 years or older at the time of the program’s start date. VFS’s $150 application fee will be waived for scholarship applications, but scholarship winners will have to pay the application fee to enroll at VFS.

      In announcing the scholarships, Vancouver Film School managing director Jonathan Bell said, “VFS is proud to once again offer the Indigenous Peoples Scholarship. This scholarship aims to make the creative industries more accessible by offering industry-level training to promising Indigenous filmmakers, designers, actors, animators, and more. Grace Dove, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, and Alexander Lasheras are just a few of the talented alumni who have graduated from VFS, and we look forward to continuing our mission of launching the next generations of creative talent.”

      Prospective students need to submit a creative link to their portfolio (with requirements being program-specific) and answer three personal submission questions. The winners will enroll in their choice of program. The application window will close July 21.

      Productions Vancouver Film School alumni have worked on this year include John Wick: Chapter 4, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, White Lotus, and The Last of Us.

      For information or to apply for the Indigenous Peoples Scholarships go to