What It's All About
Our Indigenous artists, performers, and storytellers are a foundational thread in the fabric of the Canadian narrative, continuing to grow stronger as key voices within our country’s multidimensional creative landscape. At VFS, we’re proud of the many Indigenous graduates from our creative arts programs working across the spectrum of media industries, finding audiences for their work at home and internationally. Grace Dove is the latest such success story, and as a graduate of our Acting for Film + Television program she is making magic on screens around the world. We’re honoured to have her support in launching the VFS Indigenous Ambassador Scholarship.
VFS is excited to offer the following Indigenous Ambassador Scholarships to the most deserving indigenous student applicants:
- 2 awards of fully paid tuition towards Acting for Film + Television 1-year diploma program, awarded to 1 male and 1 female recipient
- 2 awards of $10,000 towards tuition in Acting for Film + Television 1-year diploma program
- 2 awards of $5,000 towards tuition in Acting Essentials 4-month certificate program
- 1 award of fully paid tuition towards Film Production 1-year diploma program
*The VFS Indigenous Scholarship will be applied towards eligible program tuition and has no redeemable cash value.
At VFS we offer industry-leading programs in Film Production, Acting for Film + Television and preparatory Acting Essentials. Each of our acting programs prepare students for careers that include film, television, commercials, voice acting and VFX/performance capture work. Located in the heart of Vancouver, VFS has a world-class team of industry professionals that will expand your skills, preparing students for screens both big and small.
Eligible applicants interested in either program, you could be our next Indigenous Ambassador Scholarship recipient.
"Our time has arrived for Indigenous artists to lead the way. Art is the medicine, and it saved my life. The future will be filled with our stories and our people."
- Grace Dove
Canadian Indigenous Actor and VFS Acting Grad.
About Grace Dove
Grace Dove is an Indigenous actress and television host, primarily known for her role as Hugh Glass' wife in the 2015 film The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass. Dove is Shuswap from the Canim Lake Indian Band in the Cariboo region of British Columbia. Born and raised in Prince George, British Columbia, she attended Salmon Valley Elementary School and as a child, her father (a filmmaker) took her on visits to Hollywood. At age ten, she landed a role as an on-air correspondent for the Prince George TV children's show, Splatterday. After graduation from high school, she moved to Vancouver to study acting at Vancouver Film School, worked as a co-host on the APTN reality action/adventure TV show UnderExposed, and appeared in the short film These Walls. (2012).
Use the form below to connect with our admissions team, who will walk you through the application process
Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted before midnight on April 30, 2018.
- Complete the online application process for Acting or Acting Essentials and submit all required documents to VFS Admissions.
- Provide two letters of reference, one from a Band representative or Indigenous elder, and one from a high school or post-secondary teacher and/or counselor.
- Must show transcripts (to date) indicating pending or completed graduation from High School
- All candidates/applicants must submit an audition video not exceeding 6 minutes in length using the following format:
- State your name on camera
- Demonstrate a contemporary monologue in less than one minute
- Demonstrate a short contemporary scene (applicant should be on camera and the reader off camera) in less than one minute
- If desired, provide a maximum one-minute demo of a special skill (e.g. singing, dance, physical action, etc.)
- Within two minutes, provide answers for the following questions:
- How did you choose your audition pieces?
- For how long have you wanted to act?
- Who inspired you to want to pursue an acting career?
- Indigenous Ambassador Awards represent tuition credit towards Acting Essentials or Acting for Film + Television program, not monetary awards.
- Recipients must meet all admissions requirements and be accepted into VFS.
- This scholarship covers partial or full costs of tuition and specific program supplies. The recipient is responsible for all additional costs necessary to complete their program of study.
- VFS reserves the right to cancel this initiative at any time, at its sole discretion, should an administrative conflict or error occur. VFS reserves the right to modify this campaign’s rules in any way, at any time, provided reasonable notice is given. This program is void where prohibited by law. It is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, state and local laws and regulations.