British Columbia


British Columbia Film Schools



Art Institute of Vancouver, The;


The Digital Film & Video Program is an intensive hands-on program of study that prepares self-starting, motivated students for entry-level positions in the digital film and television industry. Emerging grads are equipped with the skills and knowledge to seek positions with production houses, production companies, television stations, documentary ventures, and corporate and commercial video production companies. Throughout the program, students will be encouraged, through an ever-expanding curriculum that reflects the changing needs of industry, to write, shoot, and edit their own projects in a safe, creative, and productive environment. Students will learn to confidently navigate the evolving digital landscape with guidance from an experienced, qualified team of industry professionals, while learning the strategies necessary to survive in one of the most competitive industries in the world.

Total Credit Hours: 75
25 courses – 15 months – 5 quarters

We are here to make sure that your college experience is the best it can be. Call us at 1.800.661.1885.

British Columbia Institute of Technology;



If you have a vision but don't know how to "reelize" it, this program could be for you. Do you have an idea for a film or television program, or do you want to learn more about the production process? The FilmFLEX program at BCIT will teach you the basics of production and post production using the latest in digital technology. You'll also learn about all the business aspects of the film industry so that once you have completed the program, you will know how to market your vision.

Every student receives a brand new technology equipment package at the start of the program that they keep upon completion. This enables our students to learn the best and newest digital filmmaking techniques on state-of-the-art equipment that they can continue to use once they have completed the program.
The film industry in British Columbia was involved in the development of the FilmFLEX program. Our mandate from that industry is to develop a new generation of independent producers for our province, capable of driving the growth of BC’s indigenous film productions.

British Columbia Institute of Technology
3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, V5G 3H2, 604-434-5734

Bush Pilot Film School;


If you have any questions, feel free to call or email.

Please look over my website very carefully, from start to finish.


Highlights of The Bushpilot Filmmaking Course:

Full time, 6 weeks long.
Only 4 students in each class.
Low cost. Introductory price of only $3200.
Lots of hands on experience.
You will come away with a graduation project/demo reel.
A framed certificate and reference letter.
Membership in a filmmakers organization, with ongoing access to shooting and editing equipment.
You will be put "in the loop" regarding networking and work opportunities, with weekly emailings.
Access to a large network of actors, makeup artists, producers, writers, set decorators and other help.

B. C. Film Commission;


Created in 1978 with a mandate to market the services of B.C. production, post-production and ancillary service companies to the international film and television industry, and to promote the province as a filming location. Spending by the motion picture industry in the province has grown from $12 million per year in the late 1970s to nearly $808 million in 1998. The B.C. Film Commission has been an integral part of maintaining this 21% per annum growth rate.

In 1998, more than 90% of the 250 feature films, television series,
movies for television, pilots and commercials shot in the province received location
scouting, production and/or library support from the B.C. Film Commission.
Branch of the Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture. Employs a staff of ten.


British Columbia Film;


British Columbia Film was established by the provincial government in 1987 as a privately managed, nonprofit society to administer funding intended to expand and diversify the cultural industries of independent film and video production in British Columbia.


Capilano College;


Capilano College

2055 Purcell Way

North Vancouver, BC,

Canada V7J 3H5

Professional Film Studies Department

The Professional Film Studies department at Capilano College offers full-time credit programs in professional film studies, professional development courses and part-time courses evenings and weekends in Continuing Education.

Developed specifically to meet the needs of the film industry, Professional Film Studies at Capilano College focuses on training needs identified through consultation with unions, professional organizations and College faculty.

Full-time Professional Film Studies

Professional Film Studies Program
Professional Acting for the Camera Program
Entry Level Craft Training Programs:

Costuming for Theatre and Film
Basic Make-up for Film and Television
Film Electrical Training Course

For more information or to request a detailed brochure on full-time programs call 990-7868.

For more information contact the Film Studies coordinator, Bob Morris, by email: bmorris@capcollege.bc.ca.
For a copy of the new Continuing Education or Professional Film Studies calendar
call (604) 984-4901.
For a copy of a full-time Film Studies brochure or more information about the full-time
programs call (604) 990-7868.


Capilano College Digital Animation Program;


E-mail: toons4lcapcollege.bc.ca

Contact: Don Perro Classical animation training specifically for creative careers in the traditional and computer animation industry.

"Located in Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada we offer a 32 week intensive computer animation training program. Bring your imagination to life in 3D!"


Capilano College the Commercial Animation Program;


"In the past ten years, animation has become a growth industry in Vancouver. The success of animation television series and major film productions has created an increasing demand for skilled animation artists."

"In British Columbia, the commercial animation industry has been limited by a shortage of trained commercial animators. The Commercial Animation Program prepares students for employment in the animation industry, specifically in the area of classical (character) animation."

"The program focus is on drawing skills and studio procedures in the production of animated commercials, television series, computer game design, and production of feature films. The program works closely with producers of traditional and computer animation to meet the industry's need for skilled animators and animation designer.


Capilano College Professional Film Studies;


"The Professional Film Studies department at Capilano College offers full-time credit programs in professional film studies, professional development courses and part-time courses evenings and weekends in Continuing Education.

Developed specifically to meet the needs of the film industry, Professional Film Studies at Capilano College focuses on training needs identified through consultation with unions, professional organizations and College faculty."


Capilano College FilmWorks 2000;


"FilmWorks combines a series of courses to give students an understanding of the film-making process from concept to completion.

Courses are offered throughout the year and may be taken in any order. A completion certificate will be issued to participants at the end of each course."


Centre for Arts and Technology - Kelowna;


Centre for Arts and Technology;
email: kelowna@digitalartschool.com

Suite 100 - 1632 Dickson Avenue
Kelowna, BC, Canada, V1Y 7T2
Phone: 250-860-2787 or toll free at 1-800-653-4216
Fax: 250-712-1083

Where Talent Meets Creativity
Centre for Arts and Technology is an industry leading and respected Digital Arts School in Canada with industry designed diplomas in Animation for Game, Film & Visual Effects, Digital Filmmaking, Digital Photography, Audio Engineering, Electronic Music Production, Studio Production, Event and Promotions Management, Graphic Design & Web Development, 2D Animation, Fashion Design & Merchandising, Interior Design, Web Programming, Network Security and other emerging entertainment industry and information technology careers. In the Centre's Digital Filmmaking program you'll gain a foundation in film production techniques, theory, and procedures of modern film and video production including equipment, crew positions and protocols necessary to work as crew members on film, video, or TV location shoots.

Our program also prepares you for work as a non-linear digital editor or for the pursuit of individual creative or entrepreneurial visions as an independent filmmaker, corporate/commercial production, and documentary filmmaking. Training includes non-linear editing, compositing and visual effects techniques with industry quality software technology. You will gain real-world experience by working on various projects that cover the entire production process, acting as a crew member on a number of shoots, in studio and on location. In the post-production process you will edit and composite on professional non-linear stations. Upon graduation of the program you will demonstrate traits shared by all independent filmmakers: personal drive, a passion for filmmaking, and a strong work ethic. Earn your Digital Filmmaking Professional Diploma in only 12 months.


Cinema Bootcamp;


Cinema Bootcamp;
email: cinemabootcamp@gmail.com

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Please send all Vancouver Video Class inquiries using our Register Contact Form.

Class locations
We currently use multiple studios in Vancouver area, we are never more than 10 minutes outside of downtown by transit.

Cinema Bootcamp is a DSLR film school. We are an affordable alternative to the traditional film school institution. Our Vancouver video classes are part time, low cost and high impact. Film industry professionals, photographers, film school students, and general hobbyists have all benefited from our intensive DSLR diploma curriculum.

All courses are designed and updated by the Dean Corey Ogilvie, 2 time Leo Nominee for Best Cinematography in a Documentary (2011 – A Requiem for Che, 2012 – Nash: A Documentary).

The cost-effectiveness of HD has entered a new era where anyone can become a great cinematographer. Two or three years ago, the Cinema Bootcamp curriculum would not have been viable. Today, you can own an DSLR camera, tripod, hard drive, pro lens and accessories for under $2000 (see DSLR Kits). Cinema Bootcamp can teach you how to master that camera for a little under $1000 (see Diplomas).
Join the DSLR Revolution, it has just begun.


Columbia Academy;


Columbia Academy
1295 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C.  V6H 3X8
Phone: (604) 736-3316 or Toll-Free in North America: 1-800-665-9283
Fax: (604) 731-5458

E-Mail: administration@columbia-academy.com

FAST TRACK Video & Film Production Program
A one-year, Hands-On intensive training program covering all aspects of video and film production.  Students work on a minimum of six real projects: Commercial, Music Video, Corporate Video,  Documentary, Short Film, and Multi-Camera Event in order to gain experience in a broad range of production forms and graduate with an outstanding demo reel.

Students choose their own specialty training area: Director, Producer, Production (camera, lighting, sound), or Post-Production, and obtain a high level of skill in their chosen field by working not only on class projects, but on their own projects, on other students’ projects, and on client projects.  At Columbia Academy, students learn by doing.

Columbia Academy is locally owned and has been in continuous operation since 1967, launching the careers of thousands of successful graduates.


Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design;


1399 Johnston St.

Vancouver, BC

V6H 3R9

(604) 844-3800

Fax: (604) 844-3801

Media Ads: film / video / sound/ film & computer animation / media history / / photography / special effects / broadcast design / story boarding


Gateway to media in B.C.;


"Vancouver, British Columbia is the third largest film production area in North America. This growth has lead the Canadian Government to introduce tax incentives for production outside of the lower mainland and the Vancouver area. The southwest tip of Vancouver Island is primed to become the film production place to take advantage of this tax break.

On this site you'll find information and resources for productions of any type. This is an open website with links to Film Commissions, Associations, Societies and Councils throughout BC.

This site is located on Vancouver Island, a member of the Vancouver Island Film Association (VIFA). It has extensive listings for: Victoria, Metchosin, Langford, Esquimalt and Sooke. This area has a populace with high technical capabilities in the fields of animation, pre and post production. Add to this the "best weather in the world" and it makes Sooke and surrounding areas of Vancouver Island some of the most spectacular locations on earth!"


Gulf Islands Film and Television School;


Gulf Islands Film and Television School

C-12, S-43

Galiano Island BC



Toll Free



Mailing Address
S-43, C-12, RR#2, Galiano Island, BC CANADA V0N 1P0


Project Development



The Gulf Islands Film & Television School is more than a school - we are a film, video & animation production hub. Located on beautiful Galiano Island, BC, Canada, we offer intensive live-in programs throughout the year for youth and adults. Under the close mentorship of award-winning media professionals, our students are immersed in all aspects of the production process. Every student comes away from the program with a well-rounded set of creative skills and an original video to add to their portfolio. Our mission is to give students the means to fulfill their vision and talent, then sit back and watch as they astound us.


Langara Digital Film Production Program;


Langara College
100 West 49th Avenue
Vancouver, BC Canada V5Y 2Z6 Conatct Information:
Annat Kennet, Program Coordinator

E-mail: akennet@langara.bc.ca

Tel: 604.323.5561

The Digital Film Production Program is a unique comprehensive professional training program offering 2 outstanding programs, a 14 week accelerated learning full-time certificate program and a part-time evening and weekend certificate program.

The full-time program has three intakes a year and is limited to 12
students. Sessions begin: September 12th 2005
January 9th 2006
May 8th 2006

The part-time program is flexible and runs on evenings and weekends. Students can choose individual courses or take the complete certificate. However, the certificate program has been designed to ensure that students wishing to enter the film industry will be fully prepared to do so with comprehensive training and a portfolio. Students are encouraged to meet with the program coordinator and plan which courses are best suited for them.


Langara College Film Arts Program;


Langara College
100 West 49th Avenue
Vancouver, BC Canada V5Y 2Z6 For more information please:
Call the Department Chair at 604.323.5024
Call the Counselling Department at 604.323.5221

or send us an email;


"Film Arts is an eight-month intensive, collaborative and comprehensive program for students with previous experience or education wishing to work in film as actors, writers, and/or directors. The development and inspiration for the Film Arts Program grew out of Langara's Theatre Arts/Studio 58 Program and its successful conservatory approach to training actors and production personnel in theatre.

The Film Arts Program offers three streams of study: Acting, Writing and Directing.

Students collaborate on projects and engage in intensive study in their own craft area. Courses in film studies, industry practices, the principles and business of film production, and career preparation will give students in all streams the knowledge to embark on creative film careers.

Instructors are working professionals who bring their expertise and experience into the classroom. The Film Arts Program is for dedicated students committed to imaginative exploration and to honing and upgrading their skills and knowledge in film.

Students graduate with a high degree of proficiency in their chosen stream and are equipped with a wide range of knowledge and practical skills to ensure success"


Pacific Audio Visual Institute;


Pacific Audio Visual Institute
34 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 1M7
Canada Call Toll Free 1 800 601.PAVI

Phone Number:  604.873.4853
Toll-free: 1-800-601-PAVI
Fax Number:  604.873.4295
General Email: info@pacificav.com

Film & Digital Arts Diploma Program

PAVI’s Film & Digital Arts Program has become a leading Vancouver film program.  Our comprehensive curriculum covers film production & financing, screenwriting, directing, lighting, editing, cinematography, contracts & union law, guilds and unions, film set and TV set skills, new media, film history, and more.  The depth and range of course content, combined with the dedication and enthusiasm of our industry professional instructors and guests, have made PAVI a top choice for film industry education.

Film & Digital Arts is a one-year, three-semester program consisting of 948 hours of hands-on and classroom instruction.  The program includes 12 courses, with 79 hours per course, and four courses taught per semester.  Students may take advantage of 2250 hours of lab time over and above their classroom hours.  Career management is an integral part of the curriculum; the objective is for graduates to leave the program with a professional portfolio, and a network of industry contacts already in place.  Qualified students may apply for an industry internship while in school, and PAVI refers top graduates for industry positions as they become available.


Praxis centre for Screenwriters;


Praxis Centre for Screenwriters is located in the SFU Woodward's Campus at W. Hastings and Cambie St. Suite 3305, 149 W. Hastings St.

Vancouver, BC

V6B 1H4

Ph: 778 782-7880

Fax: 778 782-7882

Email: praxis@sfu.ca

"Praxis originated in 1987 as a program of Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts, with core funding from the government of British Columbia. Our signature program is our Fall and Spring workshop series for feature film scripts, which bring together screenwriters from across the country to work with key film industry personnel in private and group sessions to develop both creative skills and marketing opportunities for their projects. Praxis Fellows have come from all ten Canadian provinces and the Yukon, and their advisors have covered a range from Hollywood screenwriters and directors to independent Canadian filmmakers such as Atom Egoyan and Don McKellar. Over thirty Praxis scripts have been produced most recently Jacob Tierney's The Trotsky.


Pull Focus Film School


Come visit us at:

5-306 Abbott Street (Buzz Code: #8)

Vancouver, BC


E-mail: info@pullfocusfilms.com

Phone: (604) 767-4306

Send mail to us at:

Pull Focus Film School

209-1215 Pacific Street

Vancouver, BC

V6E 3W6

"We are a Vancouver-based a non-profit film school that offers a part-time documentary film education as well as shorter courses focused on short dramas, film editing, storytelling, screenwriting and more. A key component of our Documentary Film program is matching aspiring filmmakers with local charity organizations in need of film content."

"Our mission is to offer the highest caliber of artistic film education through accelerated, hands-on learning that prepares students for employment in the film industry. We encourage aspiring filmmakers to realize dream projects, to form community partnerships and to create social change through film. More information and examples of student films are available on our website: www.pullfocusfilmschool.com"


Selkirk College International Digital Film Program;


Selkirk College
820 Tenth St.,
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
V1N 3J1
Phone: 250-365-1282
Fax: 250-365-5410


International Education Department & School of
Digital Media, Music and Information Technology
Program Summary

The International Digital Film Program is an intensive two-semester advanced diploma program offered on the 10th Street campus. It addresses the growing trend toward, independent film-making, and increased interest in cross-cultural film content, approaches and experiences. The program provides training in digital film planning, creation and production, with an emphasis on documentary and independent film. Internationalization of course content and delivery is integral to the program. Students have the option of participating in a study abroad experience as part of their final project.

Program Objectives
The International Digital Film Program primarily prepares graduates to work in the steadily growing area of independent film. Graduates of the program also have varied career opportunities according to their areas of specialization and expertise. There are opportunities for graduates to pursue entry-level positions within the Canadian film industry.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must have successfully graduated from a degree or diploma program from a recognized institution, or have completed at least two years of post-secondary education. Prior coursework, and/or work experience in the area of multimedia production, fine arts, photography and/or video is required. Applicants without the required pre-requisites will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants lacking sufficient technical knowledge will be required to complete a technical orientation session prior to the beginning of the fall semester and/or additional coursework.

Screenwriting, Systems and Logistics, Global Film Studies, Beginning Editing, Advanced Editing, Sound for Film, Technical Fundamentals, After Effects, Directing and Cinematography, Business for Film.

Canadian Students: $4,500/semester International Students $5,500/semester

Cara Weston, International Education
Phone: 250-365-1282 email: cweston@selkirk.ca
Jason Taylor, School of Digital Media, Music and Information Technology
Phone: 250-505-1305 email: jtaylor@selkirk.ca


Simon Fraser University;


School for the Contemporary Arts

Burnaby, BC


(604) 291 3363

Fax: (604) 291-5907

Director: Owen Upderhill Instructors: Colin Browne, Rob Groeneboer, Patricia Gruben, Jacqueline Levitin, Mark Smith, Chris Welsby.

"The major in Film is designed to develop the skills that students need to become independent film makers, with an emphasis on the writing and production of original work, informed by a familiarity with film history, criticism and theory.

We approach technical training as a necessary component of film making. We also endeavor to teach professional skills which will give the students some foundation for work in the film industry. All three goals are served by film production courses in first, second and fourth year, and by elective courses at the third-year level in cinematography, screenwriting, film sound, directing and acting, and production management. We also have three video production courses."


University of British Columbia, Department of Theatre and Film


(604) 822-6037

UBC Film Mandate
At the UBC Film Production Program, our objective is to develop the student's intellectual, creative and technical skills as they prepare to embark on professional careers in the film industry. Courses provide students with core disciplines and filmic knowledge as well as practical experience in filmmaking. BFA and Diploma students produce and work on several films while in the Program. As their thesis, MFA students make an original film.
The Film Production faculty is made up of dedicated working professionals who maintain strong connections to the Vancouver film, television and new media industries.
Degrees offered: BFA, DIPLOMA, MFA in Film Production, MFA Film/Creative Writing

BFA:  Students learn the techniques, practices and theory of 16mm and digital filmmaking in lectures, technical seminars and through working on collaborative film projects. There are options to study more deeply in the areas of documentary filmmaking, alternative cinema, screenwriting and producing.  

MFA: The MFA in Film Production Program focuses on the areas of directing, screenwriting and producing for students who already have a comprehensive background in filmmaking and wish to pursue a specific creative or intellectual vision in an academic environment.

UBC Theatre-Film Production Program
6358 University Blvd
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4


Vancouver Film School;


VFS Administration & Admissions Office
2nd Floor - 198 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 1H2
Phone: 604-685-5808 or toll free in North America 1-800-661-4101
Fax: 604-685-5830

Making Films With Purpose
Film is the universal cultural experience of our times. Because of its beauty and capacity to weave together visual, intellectual, and aural experiences, we rely on filmmakers to interpret the meaning of events in our own lives, and in the world. Making films is a collaborative process which unites cinematography, directing, producing, scriptwriting, post-production, and design. As a studio that teaches, VFS houses all the departments to produce films at a professional level.

We integrate student productions with Sound Design, Acting, Writing, and Makeup departments, so that you graduate with a quality of practical expertise and professional skills most students of film wait years to experience.

Victoria Motion Picture Film School;


Victoria Motion Picture School Ltd.
751 Discovery Street
Victoria, BC., V8T 1H1, CA
ph: 250.381.3032 / Toll Free 1.888.522.FILM
www.vicfilm.com / vmps@vicfilm.com

THE PREVIEW - In 2002, British Columbia film industry revenues have well exceeded the billion-dollar mark. This growth has created more career opportunities than ever before. But working in the trenches of the film industry is not a career for everyone. If you think you can handle a constantly changing work environment, long hours and often demanding work, then this is the career for you!

THE FIRST STEP -to a career in motion picture production or performance on the screen is professional training. There are many training facilities offering programs in production or performance...so why choose Victoria Motion Picture School (VMPS)?
The Picture -VMPS understands the depth of your time and financial investment, so we keep it simple. We operate on one basic principle...

Real World Motion Picture Training
leads to
Real World Motion Picture Jobs

Entry level positions in the film industry have very specific requirements. Our goal at VMPS is not only to meet these requirements, but to exceed them. Successful graduates are extremely well equipped for their first job in the fastest growing industry in British Columbia.

The Credits - VMPS has gone to great lengths to ensure you receive a professional and thorough education in motion picture production and performance for the screen. The instructors and staff come from a variety of backgrounds, experience, training and education. Their mentoring approach to instruction help guide our students in developing the necessary attitudes, skills and practical experience required by the Motion


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