Internships and Training Programs for Filmmakers

The Canada Council for the Arts
Project Grants to Production Organizations for Media Arts Development

  • This programs supprts Canadian non-profit, artist run organizations, groups or collectives involved in supporting the production of Canadian media artists
  • Priority given to artists from First Nations, diverse cultural communities, specific regional contexts and artist expanding the use of new media technologies.
  • Applicants may request up to $20,000 from the program once every 12 months.
  • Funding decisions will be made by a peer assesment committee.
  • Applications and further materials must be postmarked by May15 or November 15, and will be notified of results approx. 12 weeks after closing date.
  • Further information or applications can be obtained from :

Canadian Film and Television Production Association
National Training Programme

  • Production Mentorship Programme – for Associate Producers, Production Managers, and Production Accountant Trainees.
  • A chance to gain ‘hands-on’ experience in an area of interest to your career goals.
  • Applicants are required to apply jointly with a CFTPA member company and are responsible for seeking out a company with which you wish to work.
  • Must have previous experience in a related field and a general knowledge of the position.

CFTPA International Intern Programme for Canadian Youth

  • An opportunity to acquire qualifications and experience in an international environment.
  • A chance to develop networks in your field of expertise thereby, improving employability.
  • The program is geared to help youth from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in the film and television industry.
  • There wil be 20 participants over 6 months.
  • Must have a diploma or degree, or about to graduate, or unemployed or underemployed with film and television experience.
  • For more information and applications contact:

CTV Fellowship

  • The CTV Fellowship enables emerging producers, directors, writers and other emerging talent to attend the Banff Televison Festival.
  • The Fellowship consists of: full festival registration, admission to all seminars, workshops, screenings, and social events, as well as lowest available airfare or equivalant transportation allowance.
  • It is intended for Canadian citizens who can not afford to attend the festival without subsidy.
  • For an application and more information, contact:

Manitoba Indian Cultural Education Centre
Aboriginal Broadcast Training Initiative

  • The aim of the program is to provide aboriginal people with the usable skills in television broadcasting, in order to secure long term positions.
  • A 50 week, certified course put out by the MICEC and the Red River Community College.
  • The course involves in class training, journalistic theory, hands-on technical involvement and on-the-job work experience.
  • It provides an opppurtunity to produce a remote broadcast of a community event.
  • Applications can be obtained from:

National Film Board of Canada
The Aboriginal Filmaking Program (AFP)

  • It is a three year initiative to provide aboriginal filmakers with an oppurtunity to produce or co-produce film or video projects.
  • The AFP will also encourage professional development and training in producing and technical positions
  • The focus will be on documentaries which provoke discussion and debate.

Ross Charles Awards

  • Awarded to Aboriginal people specializing in in the field of telecommunications and broadcasting.
  • Sponsored by Cancom, TVNC and the Canadian Native Arts Foundation
  • Precedence given to remote or underserved areas.
  • Award consists of a six week internship with Cancom.
  • More information can be found on this page of the TVNC website

WTN Foundation Inc. Women’s Technical Internship (WTNI)

  • The program is aimed at increasing the number of women in technical positions.
  • Specific focus will be on women from First Nations, women of color and women with disabilities.
  • Closing date is June 1, 1997.
  • For more information and applications for employers or individuals contact