Vancouver’s Farhan Umedaly of VoVo Productions brings a one week intensive film workshop to Indigenous youth and adults in Vernon, Aug. 8-12 at Okanagan College. (Photo submitted)

Film class for Indigenous students

VoVo Productions is launching the Empowered Filmmaker Masterclass for Indigenous youth and adults

Film is an artistic medium that has the ability to affect the relationships of society.

In partnership with Telus Storyhive, VoVo Productions is launching the Empowered Filmmaker Masterclass for indigenous youth and adults.

Vancouver’s Farhan Umedaly, award-winning filmmaker and principal of VoVo Productions, is bringing a one week intensive film workshop to indigenous youth and adults in Vernon, Aug. 8-12 at Okanagan College, Vernon Campus.

“Filmmaking is the ultimate storytelling tool that can harness the power of social media to create positive waves of change throughout society and tell the stories that need to be told,” Umedaly said. “This is an opportunity for indigenous youth and adults to tell important stories through film.”

The all-inclusive, free training program is for individuals with no prior filmmaking experience.

Students gain hands-on technical training in storyboarding and script writing, on-location filming, audio production, and delivery of a final completed video production.

The program seeks to create self-sufficient and self-driven filmmakers who are empowered to bring positive change for the greater community.

“Filmmaking is a powerful tool for cultural restoration and a defence against ongoing exploitation of indigenous communities and their territories,” Umedaly said.

The course is fully booked with 25 participants. Umedaly encourages interested parties to contact him directly or through Facebook (Farhan Umedaly), as he hopes to build future capacity.