Seminar targeting Indigenous women offers lessons in storytelling

An upcoming seminar in Kamloops, and another the next day in Enderby, will focus on Indigenous storytelling and screenwriting and will be presented by two Indigenous filmmakers.

Doreen Manuel, an award-winning filmmaker who works at Capilano University, will be joined by fellow filmmaker Petie Chalifoux, who screened her latest feature film, River of Silence, at the Vancouver International Film Festival earlier this year.

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The seminar is an effort to encourage the participation of Indigenous women in the film industry and grew out of a program run by Manuel called Trickers and Writers via Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFT-V).

WIFT-V is a not-for-profit that is supported by Telus’ Storyhive program, which awards grants to filmmakers.

The seminar coincides with Storyhive’s launch of its Indigenous Storyteller Edition grants, which will give $20,000 in production funding to 20 Indigenous-led screen-based projects.

Recipients will be selected by an all-Indigenous jury.

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