We’re teaming up with Bell Media for a youth training initiative that will open doors into the Canadian film industry

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Our programme, Reel Opportunities, aims to let students know all the ways they can become part of our blossoming film industry, with free workshops and discussions.

Was it the Gaffer with the dolly at the craft table? Or was it the DOP with the boom mic in the makeup trailer? And what is a Best Boy anyway? We’ve got the answers. Reel Opportunities, presented by REEL CANADA and Bell Media, is a new training initiative that we launched in January. We’ve been teaching young people across the country all of that and more.

Reel Opportunities will hold 200 workshops for 4000 youth across Canada through schools and other youth-oriented programmes, focusing on young people from underrepresented communities. These sessions, all hosted completely free of charge, will connect youth with young film industry professionals, many of them BIPOC, through interactive workshops, Q&As, and lively discussion. We kicked things off this past January, and we’re continuing through May 2021, so there’s a chance for everyone to learn the ropes of the industry.

Reel Opportunities was created to reach students who don’t currently see themselves represented in the Canadian film and television industry, and to get them excited about the many real opportunities and pathways there are to making movies in Canada. As new studios open and Canada’s industry continues to grow (yes, even amidst the pandemic), it is predicted that there will soon be an actual workforce shortage – presenting young Canadians with an unbeatable opportunity to find viable careers in this sector.

The film industry caters to a broad range of skills and interests, with some jobs requiring highly specialized post-secondary training while others are accessible straight out of high school through apprenticeship. For many youth facing challenges, it could provide a perfect work environment. REEL CANADA wants to help Canadian youth find a path in this booming industry.

If you’re a teacher or youth leader and want to get your students involved, you can reach us at [email protected]. Or head on over to the Reel Opportunities page, here.

This programme is made possible by Bell Media, the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy programme, and a host of dedicated sponsors and partners. We are especially grateful for the continued support of Telefilm Canada, The Government of Ontario, The RBC Foundation, Ontario Creates, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto, Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, the CMPA, IATSE, DGC Ontario, and Hire BIPOC.