There’s no way around it: the motion picture industry is a huge network. Make the most of your network to generate connections and contacts – personal networks are key and can easily be widened with a little effort and courage. Growing your network can help you get experience and getting experience will grow your network.
Take every opportunity to attend industry events, forums and workshops. If you can’t afford the fees, volunteering is a great way to be involved and meet people. Contact film festivals, associations or film schools to learn about opportunities, to meet people or to acquire skills through volunteering:
Vancouver International Film Festival
Whistler Film Festival
Women in Film and Television Vancouver - and their Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Crazy 8’s filmmaking challenge
Cineworks Independent Filmworks Society
Student productions: Contact film schools – some film production programs have restrictions around non-students working on student films, but if volunteering on student productions is welcome, it’s a way to glean some knowledge from your fellow “crew”.
Motion Picture Industry Career Expo - an information event presented by MPPIA (Motion Picture Production Industry Association) featuring industry companies, educators and labour organizations, providing timely insight and advice to students and professionals interested in working in screen based industries.
The Celluloid Social Club
Documentary Organisation of Canada – BC chapter (DOC-BC) - promotes the production of independent documentary films in BC.
And above all, DO YOUR RESEARCH! Get to know the industry organizations, production companies, filmmaking initiatives, and other resources in your area of interest.
Some places to look are:
Labour unions and guilds
Georgia Straight’s Movie Industry Links
LEARN THE LANGUAGE
Film terms and helpful information
Film Terms Glossary