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1. How many Apprentice Directors will you be choosing?

In 2018 we will be looking for between 6 to 8 Apprentice Directors from across the country. A minimum of two (2) applicants that are French speaking will be chosen.


2.  How do you define ‘emerging’?

For the purposes of this program, the Canadian Academy defines emerging directors as those who have been working in the industry and have a director or assistant director credit on one of the following:

a) one feature film

b) a minimum of two short films

c) a minimum of 44 minutes of television

d) a minimum of 15 minutes of Digital content in any format

e) one or more music videos


3. Is there an application fee?

There is no fee to apply for the apprenticeship, but we welcome a donation at the applicants discretion. Making a donation does NOT favour an applicant, and the review committee will not be aware that a donation has been made.


4. Do I have to be a member of the Academy to apply?

No, you do not need to be a current member of the Academy to apply. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Academy and supporting programs such as this one, you can read more about membership online here.


5. Who should write my letter of reference?

Your letter of reference should be written by someone you have worked with (or for) in the Industry that can speak to your work ethic and ambition and provide support as to why you would benefit from being in the program.


6. How are the recipients selected?

Each applicant will be reviewed and selected by our curated Advisory Committee comprised of a distinguished and diverse group of Executives, Directors and Producers from across Canada.


7. When/how will I be notified if I’m selected?

August 6, 2018 – Approximately 12 applicants will be notified if they have moved onto the “short list” for the program.

August 8-10, 2018 – Shortlisted applicants will be scheduled for an online video interview.

August 15, 2018 – All applicants to receive notification of their acceptance or non-acceptance into the program. A press release announcing the 2018 Women Apprentices Program participants will be made in late August.

September 5 – 10, 2018 – The selected applicants will be invited to attend the Toronto International Film Festival as accredited members of the industry. Travel and accommodation will be provided for those traveling from other parts of Canada. 


8. Is this a paid apprenticeship?

Apprentices will be paid a stipend for the time they spend shadowing their mentor. Participation in bi-weekly online sessions with other participants and guest speakers is mandatory and unpaid.

Costs associated with program travel and accommodation to select film festivals in Canada will be covered by the program with a small per diem provided to participants. Time spent attending the festival is unpaid. 


9. Do I need to be bilingual to apply?

No, you do not need to be bilingual to apply. However, all chosen applicants will be required to communicate both written and verbally in English.


10. What language will my mentor speak?

A mentor will be provided to you who speaks the same language your application is in (English or French). Please note that all applicants are required to be fluent in English, as monthly, virtual chats and industry meetings will be conducted in English.


11. Who are the mentors/are all the mentors female?

The mentors will been chosen based on their high caliber of contribution to the Canadian film, television and/or digital media industry, as well as criteria set out by the Canadian Academy. Our focus is to provide female apprentices with female mentors. However, if a situation arises where this is not possible we will be diligent in finding a suitable replacement.


12. Can I choose my mentor?

The Women’s Director’s Apprenticeship Program aims to provide the most advantageous mentee/mentor relationship during the apprenticeship. We will strive to connect each recipient with a suitable Director and welcome your suggestions but cannot make any guarantees.


13. What are my chances of being chosen?

This will depend on the number of applications we receive. Best efforts will also be made to select apprentices who represent our regional and ethnic diversity.


14. If my experience is in directing documentary or experimental projects, do I qualify to apply?

Yes, as long as your project meets the minimum time required, as mentioned in Question #2, we encourage you to apply.


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