From a media release:
Today, Hollywood Suite is pleased to announce a partnership with Women in Film & Television Toronto (WIFT Toronto) to launch the WIFT Indigenous Writers Program. This career accelerator program is designed specifically for Indigenous writers at the mid-stage of their careers to provide them with networking, industry insight training and mentorship opportunities.
â€œWe are thrilled to collaborate with WIFT Toronto on this important initiative to support and amplify Indigenous creators as they take the next steps in their careers,â€ said Julie Kumaria, SVP, Marketing & Content Distribution at Hollywood Suite. â€œWe are proud to support Indigenous storytellers and help them bring their unique perspectives to the screen.â€
â€œOver the past number of months, we have been listening and learning in dialogue with our Indigenous colleagues and collaborators to identify ways to be a further ally to champion Indigenous voicesâ€, said Karen Bruce, Executive Director, WIFT Toronto. â€œWe are grateful to Hollywood Suite for their support in the creation of this crucial program and are thrilled that this new initiative will support our ongoing commitment to identifying and supporting Indigenous artists in Canada.â€
The free, intensive four-day program will include two full-time mentors, industry guest speakers, case studies, writing and pitching workshops, and peer-to-peer mentorship. By engaging key partners including industry leaders, experienced creators, writers, broadcasters, funders and more, the program aims to bring the best education and career opportunities to Indigenous creators whose stories need to be heard.
The application portal will open on August 9, 2021, and all WIFT Toronto members who are First Nations, MÃ©tis, or Inuit are encouraged to apply. Applicants who are First Nations, MÃ©tis, or Inuit who do not currently have a WIFT Toronto membership may still apply. Anyone chosen for the program that is not a member will be granted a one-year complimentary membership thanks to donations made to the Foundation for WIFT Toronto.
Detailed information on the program including the application process and deadlines will be available shortly.