VFS honours Mexican actor Damián Alcázar with 2021 acting scholarship.


In 2018, Vancouver Film School announced it's inaugural Legacy Scholarship with Magda Guzmán. Magda Guzmán was an actress from the golden age of Mexican television and cinema. Now in 2021, as part of The Actor's Expo, VFS is proud to continue this tradition with the notable legacy of Damián Alcázar - an acclaimed, award-winning actor and producer.

Vancouver Film School (VFS) is offering multiple scholarships to Latin American students interested in studying our intensive one-year Acting for Film & Television program. VFS offers a world-class faculty of industry professionals dedicated to perfecting your craft and preparing you for a variety of careers that include film, television, commercials, voice acting and VFX/performance capture work.



  • A maximum* of three (3) full-tuition scholarship (100%) for Acting for Film & Television (12 months)
  • A maximum* of six (6) half-tuition scholarships (50%) for Acting for Film & Television (12 months)


*One (1) full-tuition and two (2) 50% scholarships will be awarded per every 30 applicants up to the maximum outlined above.


Eligible start dates: June and October 2022

Application deadline – EXTENDED: July 15, 2021 at 11:00 p.m. CDT

Pre-selected finalists announcement: August 9, 2021

Live/Hybrid auditions (Mexico, Colombia and Brazil): August 20, 2021

Winners will be notified on August 21, 2021.

About Vancouver Film School

VFS’s signature programs and facilities are at the heart of a creative economy worth $3.4 billion in B.C. alone. From film production and 3D animation to game, digital, and VR/AR design, VFS is helping shape the entertainment and media industries’ transformation. In 2021, VFS alumni were credited on 8 of the 15 highest grossing films and on 5 of the 10 best-selling video games worldwide, in a global industry set to generate US$2.1 trillion in revenues in 2021.

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Damián Alcázar Legacy

Damián Alcázar is a multi-award winning actor whose legacy is undeniable in modern Mexican cinema. He has appeared in more than sixty films, has been nominated for 30 international awards and has received numerous accolades in the span of his career, including 8 Ariel awards.

Some of his most recognized works include: La Ley de Herodes by Luis Estrada, Crónicas by Sebastián Cordero, Satanás directed by Andrés Baiz, García by José Luis Rugeles, El Infierno by Luis Estrada, Eddie Reynolds and Los Angeles de Acero by Gustavo Moheno, El Plot Mongol by Sebastián del Amo, Miss Bala: Merciless by Catherine Hardwicke, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian directed by Andrew Adamson.

Damián also appeared in the political satire La Dictadura Perfecta, directed by Luis Estrada, one of the ten highest grossing Mexican films in history, co-starred in La Delgada Línea Amarilla, produced by Guillermo del Toro and nominated for 14 Ariel Awards, and co-starred in the Peruvian film Magallanes, directed by Salvador del Solar and winner of 15 international awards. Damián also co-starred in the Gloria, with Gina Rodríguez, and was part of the Rubirosa trilogy where he played the character of Trujillo.

On television, he has worked on such series as The Dandy, Kdabra and Capadocia, produced by HBO, and has starred in the Netflix original series Narcos, now in its third season. He can also be seen playing a reporter on the Netflix series Tijuana. He has several brand new projects in production including the series The Substance of Evil, where he plays a priest consumed by the temptations of the flesh.

Scholarship Information



Vancouver Film School (VFS) is offering Latin American students the opportunity to earn a scholarship and study at Canada’s premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution.


  • A maximum* of three (3) full-tuition scholarship (100%) for Acting for Film & Television (12 months)
  • A maximum* of six (6) half-tuition scholarships (50%) for Acting for Film & Television (12 months)


*One (1) full-tuition and two (2) 50% scholarships will be awarded per every 30 applicants up to the maximum outlined above.

You must complete the following to apply:

  1. Submit a videotaped audition that meets our department standards, according to the Content Requirements Please note that the audition must be specifically created for VFS and must be clearly identified as such. Submissions will remain the sole property of the applicant and will be deleted 30 days after the scholarship closes. Upload your file then “share” using the share link. We recommend Dropbox or Google Drive.

    Note: When sharing, set the sharing permissions so anyone with the link can view the file/document. If we cannot view your files your scholarship application will be considered incomplete.

    Content Requirements:

    The tape must be a maximum six minutes in length. In the video, you must:

    • 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 (i.e. singing, dance, physical action, etc.).
    • Provide answers to the following questions in a maximum of two minutes:
      • Why did you choose your audition pieces?
      • How long have you wanted to act?
      • Who inspired you to pursue an acting career?
      • What are your strengths & weaknesses as an actor?
      • If you couldn’t act, what other profession would you pursue?


    • All components of the audition must be on one tape – no additional tapes or recorded material will be considered.
    • Applications will not be judged based on the production quality of the tape.
    • We suggest using a simple digital camera or handycam to shoot your audition video. No editing is required.
  2. A completed application form.
  3. A clear copy of a government-issued photo ID indicating your date of birth and legal name.
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation that include the contact information (phone number and alternate phone numbers, e-mail address, and relationship to you). References should include comments on your creative ability, work ethic, ability to take criticism, ability to work in a team environment, and previous accomplishments. They can be anyone that can vouch for your character, as long as they are not a family member. This could include an employer, teacher, colleague, etc. 
  5. A resume detailing your work history and education.
  6. Transcripts from any institution you attended within the past five years (copies are acceptable).
  7. Proof of your proficiency in English (if English is not your native language), which can include any of the following:
    1. IELTS Band 6.5 – Academic level
    2. TOEFL – score of 80 internet-based (iBT), or 550 paper-based (PBT)
    3. PTE - score of 58 – 64
    4. TOEIC – score of 785
    5. B2 First (formerly Cambridge English: First (FCE)) – Grade A
    6. C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) – Grade C
    7. LPI – Level 5
    8. Duolingo - score of 105 or higher (The Duolingo test is accepted 5 to 7 business days before the contest closes.)
    9. International Baccalaureate (IB) – A final grade of 5 or higher on IB English A1 (English A: Language & Literature) or A2 (English A: Literature) course
    10. Transcripts from an English-speaking high school or an accredited English-speaking post-secondary institution.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Scholarship winners must pay 100 CAD application fee if they accept the scholarship.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These requirements are mandatory, without exception. All documents (except transcript) must be in English and total files cannot exceed 10MB.

  • The deadline to apply is July 15, 2021 at 11 p.m. CDT. Late submissions or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • All scholarships are eligible only for our June 2022 or October 2022 intakes.
  • Applicants must be at least 19 years old and have graduated from high school.
  • Pre-selected finalists will be notified in August 9, 2021 and must present themselves in person or remote to the Live/Hybrid Audition Tour that will be held in August 20, 2021 in Mexico City, Bogota, Colombia and Brazil (*in-person meetings subject to change, pending COVID-19 restrictions).
  • All materials supplied with the application will not be returned.
  • If selected, applicant must cover their flights, accommodation, meals, international insurance and any additional living expenses.
  • If selected, applicant must complete and pay an online VFS application (you will be assisted by a VFS advisor).
  • If any selected winner(s) cannot commit to attending VFS for any reason within a week of being notified that he/she/they has been selected, another scholarship winner(s) will be chosen.
  • Applicants who have already been accepted into a VFS program can apply for this scholarship; however, this scholarship must be used singularly and cannot be used in combination with any other bursary or scholarship already received. Previous applicants must re-submit their application with a completed scholarship application form.
  • In accepting this scholarship, applicant agrees to become a social ambassador for Vancouver Film School. This includes social media posts and possible video testimonials of your experience during your time at VFS and your successes as a VFS alumnus/alumna.
  • All committee decisions are final and irrefutable.
  • Winners will be notified on August 21, 2021
  • VFS reserves the right to cancel the full scholarship if there are less than thirty (30) total applicants.
  • One (1) 100% scholarship and two (2) 50% scholarships will be awarded per every 30 applicants, up to a maximum of three (3) full and six (6) 50% scholarships.
  • All committee decisions are final and irrefutable.

Vancouver Film School reserves the right to cancel this competition at any time, at its sole discretion, in the event of any administrative conflict or error. Vancouver Film School reserves the right to modify the rules of this contest in any way or at any time as long as reasonable notice is given. This competition is void where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable Federal, Provincial, State, and local laws and regulations.

Acceptance of a scholarship allows Vancouver Film School to use your name, photograph or likeness and testimonials in print, broadcast or online media in perpetuity, in any manner in which VFS may deem appropriate in connection with promoting this competition or any other competition or promotion sponsored by VFS, without further compensation.

By participating in this competition, you agree that Vancouver Film School, members of the Selection Committee and those involved in the development, production, implementation and distribution of this competition and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, service providers, and agencies and their directors, officers, agents, employees, attorneys, and any other person or entity associated with such entities and/or this compassion (hereafter collectively called the “Sponsors”) are not liable for any claims, damages, losses or injuries, including third party claims, arising from or relating to, in whole or in part, this competition, including your entry and participation in this competition, the submission of your application package, the evaluation of your application package, acceptance, use or misuse of the scholarship or any injury to you or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from downloading or receiving via return e-mail any part of this competition information.

You further agree that you will not hold Vancouver Film School, their affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, agents, employees, attorneys, and any other person or entity associated with Vancouver Film School liable for any claims, losses, damages or injuries, arising from or relating to their use of your name or address for mailing and any other promotional materials. You also agree that in the event of any third-party claims, damages, losses or injuries arising from or relating to this competition, you will indemnify Sponsors from any and all such claims, including the attorney’s fees related thereto. Sponsors shall not be liable for applications that are delayed, lost, misdirected, mis-delivered, marked postage-due, illegible, mutilated, incorrect or incomplete and such entries will not be eligible for this competition.

This scholarship has no cash value.

Thank you for taking the time and effort to apply to VFS. The amount of effort demonstrated in submitting this application tells us that you are dedicated. We wish you the best of luck!

If you have any questions regarding this scholarship announcement, please contact:

Lizbeth Araujo Salas
Business Development Specialist-Mexico
Vancouver Film School

WhatsApp: (52) 55 2668 9646
Tel. (52) 55 5661 3875
E. Lsalas@vfs.com


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