VIFF Catalyst Program
July 19, 2021
Applications are now open.

The 2021 Vancouver International Film Festival (October 1-11, 2021) will welcome 15 emerging filmmakers to participate in Catalyst, an immersive film festival experience.
A cohort-based facilitated mentorship program supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, Catalyst provides its participants with the tools and experiences they need to embolden their cinematic voices and bring their projects to the next level. This program elevates Vancouver’s independent film community to the world stage.
Catalyst will select participants based on their demonstrated pursuit in creating boundary-pushing and ambitious moving image work. We especially encourage applications from those who may be underrepresented in the film industry, including filmmakers who are Indigenous, Black, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+, women, low-income, neurodiverse, newcomers, and/or differently abled.
Breaking down barriers and hierarchies, Catalyst is centered on participants meeting mentor artists and film professionals with a level of equality in a facilitated and intimate setting. Over the course of the festival, participants will have access to both group sessions and one-on-one meetings coordinated by the Catalyst Programmer. Selected participants will also receive a full festival pass and a professional stipend. The selected cohort will be comprised of a diversity of filmmaking experience and perspective in order to foster a rich peer mentorship environment.