Wapikoni is ready for the launch of its 2016 short film series, which gets under way at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 14, within the Festival du nouveau cinéma. The event is being held this year for the first time at Cinéma Impérial and will present 14 original works set in Indigenous communities in Canada and around the world by young filmmakers, many of whom will be at the launch.
“The Impérial is an ideal setting for showcasing these filmmakers’ dreams and talent. This is a moment of great pride for Wapikoni and young Indigenous filmmakers,” said Wapikoni’s founder and director general, Manon Barbeau.
Members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite film, with the winner receiving Bell Media’s People’s Choice Award. In addition, the Prix de l’implication Télé-Québec – La Fabrique culturelle will go to the Wapikoni participant who shows exemplary engagement at the workshops.
Tickets are available from the FNC’s online ticket office. Profits will go towards funding Wapikoni’s next round of film training and creation workshops for youths in Quebec’s Indigenous communities.