The Yorkton Film Festival announced Wednesday the recipients of this year’s RBC Mentorship program.
They are Josh Cooper of Stratford, Ontario, Doris Liu of Toronto, Ontario, and Eric Thiessen, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Each mentee will be brought to this year’s Film Festival to meet their respective mentor and the program’s administrative team, to identify goals and outcomes.
The purpose of the program is to connect emerging filmmakers with established ones in Canada, as a way of building Canada’s cultural sector, according to YFF Executive Director Randy Goulden.
“Forging industry connections is one of the most important aspects of filmmaking” added Goulden in a news release. “For someone just starting out in the film industry, having a mentor who can help them make those connections is a tremendous boon”.
Goulden explained how they select individuals as mentees.
“We ask for applications, and promote that through social media and we get the applications in February and March. Then we have a selection committee of filmmakers that go through those applications and choose the mentees.”
The Manager of the RBC Yorkton Branch Ryan Guenette was on hand on behalf of the financial institution.
He said the program also gives mentees the chance to show off their creativity.
“Programs like the RBC Film Mentorship Program help up-and-coming artists access the resources and advice they need as they bridge the gap towards their professional careers.” Said Guenette in a statement.
“There’s an inner artist in each of us. And for new and emerging artists who are inspired to follow their dreams and (to) bring their visions and ideas to life; their someday is having the freedom to pursue their passion.” Added Guenette.
This is the second year of a three year commitment, which has seen RBC provide 30-thousand dollars overall.