Course for aspiring filmmakers

Okanagan Film Fundamentals syposium offers insight into career options in the movie business.

  • Jan. 24, 2016 8:00 a.m.

Aspiring filmmakers are invited to participate in a symposium taking place March 3 to 6 sponsored by the Okanagan Film Commission.

This motion picture industry orientation workshop teaches the foundations required to work  on a film set.

Among the different aspects of moviemaking discussed will be film and television production, financing, script writing, directing, budgeting, distribution, pitching story ideas and entertainent law.

There will also be an opportunity for participants to pitch their film ideas to film funders and producers.

Called Okanagan Film Fundamentals, the symposium is intended to help the beginner how to get started in the film industry as a career.

The Motion Picture Industry Orientation Course is a two-day introduction to working in dramatic film and television production. It is mandatory for application to most film labour organizations in B.C.

“As the film and television production industry grows in the Okanagan, I get many requests each week with these questions. To be responsive to our community, the Board of Directors of the Okanagan Film Commission is creating this exciting event,” said Jon Summerland, the Okanagan Film Commissioner.

For more information about Okanagan Film Fundamentals, go online to

Meanwhile, the Kelowna Film Society is hosting a contest to win a bursary to attend the symposium in March.

The society invites participants to write a letter (two pages MAX) and send it to – explain  what your goals in the industry are, why you want to attend the course, how it will help you and how the bursary will help you.

Deadline for submitting letter entries is Feb. 8, 5 p.m.  
Six winners will be announced on Feb. 18. For more information on how to enter, see


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