Live and breathe filmmaking in an industry environment, where you’ll learn from the experts.
You are a natural storyteller who measures moments in frames-per-second and sees stories unravel themselves through changes in lighting and camera angles. You’d embrace unforgiving schedules, last-minute changes, tight budgets, and tough markets for the chance to create an indie film that challenges the norm, or a big budget feature that blows audiences’ minds. You are a filmmaker.
STORYTELLING + TEAMWORK. Explore the possibilities of storytelling, giving you both the narrative craft and visual techniques necessary to bring a story to life on the screen.
TECHNIQUE + COLLABORATION. Expand your range of filmmaking techniques while you learn to work on larger sets and co-create with outside writers.
INNOVATION + COMPETITION. Combine cutting edge techniques, like green screen and visual effects, with the ingenuity to solve production challenges, as you take on productions of rapidly increasing technical sophistication.
SPECIALIZATION. Specialize in two of five key creative streams to build yourself into a multitalented professional.
PRODUCTION. Dedicate your time and energy to Final Projects, high-quality short films that will form the basis of your professional reel.
PROFESSION. Complete the filming of all Final Projects, and focus squarely on the employment preparation and advanced electives.
Directing / Cinematography / Producing / Production Design / Post-ProductionSee program breakdown and full course descriptions for more information.
Our Film instructors come right from the industry, and offer an unparalleled education based on decades of real-world experience, designed to give students the skills, contacts and confidence to kick start their careers.
The city-block sized Film Campus opened in 2014 in the heart of Gastown, surrounded by coffee shops and restaurants, beautiful brick buildings, and many of Vancouver’s film studios and production companies. The new campus is equipped with a giant 280-degree green screen studio, nine fully independent shooting studios, multiple editing suites, and a 72-seat surround-sound screening theatre.
As a graduate of Film Production at VFS, you’ll be trained to perform in a variety of roles across the industry, and you can choose to follow a number of different career paths.
You start out with an entry level position on set, typically in the Locations Department or the Production Office. This gives you an opportunity to develop connections, learn more about the industry, and start the process of joining a union in a craft position.
As an Independent Filmmaker, you’ll take a more significant role on a film by working as a volunteer for credit or a nominal amount of money. This can also give you the credits you need to apply to the Cinematography Union, if that is your path.
Take control over your future, and make your own films with the scripts and people you choose to work with, by starting your own Production Company. You can also offer your services making videos for corporate clients as an additional revenue stream.
Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful professionals in the film industry. Take a moment to browse some of their accomplishments and achievements. The Alumni Success Stories feature tales of triumph and fame, and will open in another window to take you to the VFS Blog page. Grad Career Highlights offers a glimpse at some of our amazing alumni credits and contributions to the industry.
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CAD $35,250For more information on payments and financial aid, go to Finances.
CAD $53,250For more information on payments and financial aid, go to Finances.
Courses start every two months.
You will be asked to submit one of the following along with your application. Your advisor can help with selecting the best option.
Write a synopsis of a film project that you are passionate about making (no longer than one page). Provide the film genre and utilize references to other movies to explain how you would make the film. Explain the concept, vision or idea. In addition, provide a 1-page (maximum) outline of the story.
If you have made a film before, please submit a copy or a link to the film online (no more than two films). Ensure that you specify your involvement in the film, as well as any screenings or awards.
You'll find information on how to send your projects in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.
When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.
You also have the option of submitting any previous films you've worked on. Please submit a copy or a link to the film online (no more than two films). Ensure that you specify your involvement in the film, as well as any screenings or awards.
We’re here to help you submit an application that best reflects your abilities, and gives you the best chance of being accepted. We've helped thousands of people complete a successful year at VFS by answering questions like these: