As every year, the arrival of beautiful weather heralds the departure of the Wapikoni Mobile studios to First Nations communities, and the 2015 season starts on May 8th in Unamen Shipu (the Romaine)!
This year, two new communities have joined the 26 already reached over the past ten years: the Innu community of Ekuanitshit (Mingan) will receive a regular training, while Pakua Shipi will host a week of introductory workshops.
Three mobile homes equipped as mobile studios have been enlisted for this season which will end on October 25. Wapikoni mobile’s audiovisual trainings each take place over a month, during which the team in the field, composed of two filmmaker-accompaniers, a First Nations assistant trainer, a youth worker and a coordinator from the community, accompanies youth in creating an audiovisual work: a short or a musical piece or song. A community screening of the works created during the season is presented as part of the Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma in mid-October.
In total, this year Wapikoni will moblilize 25 filmmaker-accompaniers, 13 youth workers, 15 local coodinators and 12 assistants. Most of them have several years of experience already with Wapikoni in the communities.
For more information on the 2015 season, please consult the calendar of workshops!