Vancouver Film School offering $50K in scholarships to Island filmmakers

'To tell your own story is something young people have a desire to do'

The Vancouver Film School is scouting Canadians from coast to coast, offering scholarships for aspiring filmmakers. Christopher Bennett, executive director with the school, will be in attendance at the Charlottetown Film Festival this weekend. (Charlottetown Film Festival/Facebook)

A representative from the Vancouver Film School is in P.E.I. this weekend during the Charlottetown Film Festival and is looking to hand out up to $50,000 in scholarships to aspiring Island filmmakers.

Christopher Bennett, executive producer at the Vancouver Film School, told Island Morning the film school’s objective is to search high and low for Canada’s brightest young filmmakers.

“In P.E.I., what we’re trying to do is uncover storytellers and … show them the 12 different programs we offer at VFS and how we could, in one year, get them ready to make a living doing it,” he said.

“We need to find them and we need to support them and we want to hear from them.”

The film school’s Search Scholarship for Canadian students is worth about $500,000 total — roughly $50,000 of that is set aside for filmmakers from P.E.I.