Capilano University introduces new Business Affairs program for Indigenous film producers

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North Vancouver B.C. April 21, 2021 – Capilano University is launching a new program to equip Indigenous film producers with business management skills to confidently navigate the film industry and succeed at managing the business aspects of running a film production company. The Filmmakers in Indigenous Leadership and Management Business Affairs program, offered through the University’s Continuing Studies department, is currently accepting applicants for its first cohort that begins on May 15, 2021.

“Many young Indigenous filmmakers focus on the craft of filmmaking, but discover mid-career they have a skills gap in the area of business management,” says Doreen Manuel, director of the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation at Capilano University  “This program demystifies the business side of the film industry and instills the confidence that comes through added skills and knowledge.”

Running from May to December 2021, this bridge program links the classroom and the film industry. Courses will be delivered as a series of Saturday/Sunday workshops to accommodate the schedules of film entrepreneurs. The curriculum, delivered entirely online, will cover film business essentials including funding models, contract negotiations, financial management, production proposals, intellectual property law and film distribution.

The program is open to a mix of early and mid-career Indigenous film producers who own an independent film production company. Students are encouraged to come to the program with a film project they wish to develop. Tuition is free for all participants accepted into the program, thanks to generous sponsorship support for FILMBA by  program partners Indigenous Screen Office, TELUS STORYHIVE, TD Ready Commitment, and Western Economic Diversification Canada.

About Capilano University
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University enrols more than 10,150 students each year and offers 97 programs, including bachelor's degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University is named after Sa7plek (Chief Joe Capilano), an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh) Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

For more information about the program, please contact FILMBA@capilanou.ca 
For media inquiries or to schedule interviews, please contact:

Linda Munro
Senior Communications Officer
Capilano University
t: 604 220 8937
e: lindamunro@capilanou.ca

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