Centre for the Arts partners with Okanagan Film Commission

Students of the Centre for the Arts will have direct access to the film industry now that a new partnership has been formed with the Okanagan Film Commission.
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KELOWNA – The Okanagan Film Commission and Kelowna’s Centre for Arts and Technology have formed an educational partnership to help keep aspiring filmmakers and animators in the Okanagan.

The Centre and the Commission have worked together for years now, according to marketing director Amy Nutt, but this is the first time they’ve made it official by creating the Okanagan Film Fundamentals symposium to be held this fall. She says a closer link with the filmmaking industry can only result in more opportunities for their graduates.

“With this (partnership) we’re able to make sure that our curriculum delivers students that are exactly what industry is looking for,” she says. “It’s a beautiful conduit.

The Centre is a post-secondary institution that already teaches filmmaking, animation, audio engineering, fashion design, event management, interior design, photography, graphic design, and network security. However Nutt says this partnership will give students access to real world, filmmaking challenges.

To help prepare them, the partnership has arranged a four-day symposium at the Cove Lakeside Resort in West Kelowna from October 22 to 25. Students will learn how to work safely on a film set, script writing, entertainment law, budgeting and how to pitch an idea.

“It’s a really unique thing the Film Commission has spearheaded,” she says. “It’s not just about educating… it’s about inspiring those who have an inkling."

There was no cost to either organization, however both the school and the Film Commission will share the costs of future symposiums, events and workshops.

For more information on the symposium in October, visit the Okanagan Film Fundamentals website.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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