From a media release:
INIS (L’institut national de l’image et du son) announced today that it has secured Netflix’s support to develop and implement, over the next three years, a brand-new film and television production apprenticeship program intended for participants from First Nations, Aboriginal communities and diverse cultural backgrounds in Quebec. This is Netflix’s first partnership agreement with a Quebec organization as part of its commitment to support industry development opportunities in Canada, with a focus on developing the next generation of Canadian creators and talent.
The creation of this intensive six-month program is a continuation of many actions carried out by INIS in recent years. These actions were all intended to encourage the arrival and accelerate the professional development of new creators in the audiovisual sector so that they can share their vision and reality through documentary and fiction. This new program will promote access to high quality training for talented and motivated individuals.
Offered at a low cost to its participants, the program will be developed with the collaboration of several partners who already work with targeted clientele. It aims to counter the exclusion often experienced by members of these communities. By taking the proven structure of INIS and its educational philosophy, the program will cover essentials, alternating theoretical workshops (always centred on the practice) as well as a series of concrete creative exercises, offering the possibility to apply the learnings in a tangible way.
INIS plans to recruit nine students – three scriptwriters, three directors and three producers – for each edition of the program to be offered in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
The agreement with Netflix also includes scholarships for emerging professionals from First Nations, Aboriginal communities and diverse cultural backgrounds to access other regular programs offered by the institution.
INIS contributes to the development of the professional environment of film, television and interactive media in Quebec and Canada by providing individuals and businesses with training and support programs that promote diversity of content and meet the needs of the public requirements and changes in the audiovisual, communications and entertainment markets. INIS is the recognized training mutual in the audiovisual sector. INIS is supported by the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Commission of Labor Market Partners; by its main partner, Corus Media; its major partners, the INIS Foundation, Technicolor, NBCUniversal, UDA, DGC and AQTIS as well as their respective members.