Emerging Storyteller Program

Supporting Indigenous Filmmaking

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Olam Films is a settler-owned business, that often works closely with First Nations clients and people. We hope that one day, all Indigenous stories will be told by Indigenous storytellers. Unfortunately, because of a lack of access to technology and opportunity, on top of histories of violence and trauma, there is an underrepresentation of Indigenous filmmakers in Canada. We want to help change that. 

Through our Emerging Storyteller Program, we offer paid job training and mentorship to emerging Indigenous filmmakers in the territories we operate within. These young filmmakers are given meaningful experiences and tangible skills to help create a future where there are more First Nations storytellers giving voice to their own communities. 

How Does it Work?

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Rather than hire production assistants from film schools or industry job boards, Olam Films finds Indigenous youth who are interested in learning filmmaking skills in the various communities we work in. The client and Olam Films will often split the cost of the wages for the job training on set. 

While working, program participants are given one-on-one training in camera operation, directing, producing, drone piloting, and an after-shoot lesson in the business of video production.

If you or someone you know might be interested in participating, send an email to video@olamfilms.com to start the conversation.