For the Creative Industry Arts


Fostering Diversity & Inclusion in the Creative Media Arts Industries


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 are 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. In support of the continued growth of Indigenous artists, Vancouver Film School is offering up to $162,000 in scholarships to Indigenous students looking to enrol in select VFS production programs.


Applications open: June 21, 2022

Application deadline: July 20, 2022

Winner announcement: August 31, 2022

Scholarship Details

VFS is excited to offer the following Indigenous Peoples Scholarships for the Creative Industry Arts to the most deserving Indigenous student applicants:

  • 2 full-tuition scholarships towards the VFS full-time program of choice
  • 2 partial-tuition scholarships of $15,000 towards the VFS full-time program of choice
  • 3 partial-tuition scholarships of $8,000 towards the VFS full-time program of choice

*Applicants must identify as First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit, or Métis, and must be at least 18 years of age at the time of your program’s start date.

*The application fee will be waived for the scholarship application process. However, all scholarship winners will be required to pay the application fee to enrol at VFS.

*The VFS Indigenous Peoples Scholarship for Creative Industry Arts will be applied towards eligible program tuition and has no redeemable cash value.

About VFS

Established in 1987, VFS is Canada’s premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution, offering an immersive curriculum in film, animation, design, and beyond. VFS is known for providing high-quality education in accelerated time frames and offers 15 industry-integrated programs in which students graduate in 12 months as an in-demand, industry-ready creative professional.

In 2021, alumni were credited on 8 of the 12 best-selling games, 5 of the 15 top-rated TV shows, and all 10 of the highest-grossing films (including Spider-Man: No Way Home, Shang-Chi, and Black Widow) which grossed over $2.3 billion.

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Application Process



The application process is simple, and is broken into two very important parts:

Part 1 – Official Scholarship Application
Part 2 – Official Application to Enroll at Vancouver Film School

*The application fee will be waived for the scholarship application process. However, all scholarship winners will be required to pay the application fee to enrol at VFS. During Part 2 of the process select 'Alternative Payments - Pay By Phone' in the payment section. This will ensure you pay only if you win.

No official application will be considered or reviewed unless both parts are successfully completed by the applicant.

Application Process will require applicants to provide general contact and background information and provide the following information for review and consideration by VFS:



Link to your portfolio. Show us your artistic talent! Do you have any creative or artistic work samples that might relate broadly or specifically to game design? Include links to anything you might want us to consider.

3D Animation & Visual Effects / Animation Concept Art / Classical Animation

You will be required to submit a visual art portfolio of your work.

Send us samples of your work that can include still-life drawings, life drawings, character or environment sketches, and 3D computer artwork (e.g., Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, etc.). Maximum 12 pieces. Specific to the 3D Animation & Visual Effects program, we expect that you have some prior 3D experience.

Acting for Film & Television

You will be required to demonstrate post-secondary acting experience and a recorded audition that meets Department standards.

Department Standards

Upload your audition to a video hosting site (YouTube, Vimeo, a personal website, etc) and send a link to the school.

Please note that the audition must be specifically created for VFS according to the Content Requirements provided below and must be clearly identified as such.

Content Requirements

The tape must be a maximum six minutes in length and must be in the following format:

  1. State your name on camera
  2. Demonstrate a contemporary monologue in less than one minute
  3. Demonstrate a short contemporary scene (applicant should be on camera and the reader off camera) in less than one minute
  4. If desired, provide a maximum one-minute demo of a special skill (i.e., singing, dance, physical action, etc.)
  5. Provide answers to the following questions in a maximum of two minutes:
    1. Why did you choose your audition pieces?
    2. How long have you wanted to act?
    3. Who inspired you to want to pursue an acting career?
    4. What are your strengths & weaknesses as an actor?
    5. If you can't be an actor, what would you choose to be?

See this video on How to Submit a Self Tape

Acting Essentials

All you need is a passion for acting and the arts, a strong desire to express yourself and tell stories through performance, and a willingness to collaborate with peers and instructors. Acting Essentials is ideal for those who feel a need to expand their foundation as an actor and for those without a portfolio sufficient to gain entrance into VFS's one-year Acting for Film & Television program.

Digital Design

You will be required to submit a portfolio of your digital and visual work. Your portfolio should demonstrate your familiarity with a range of visual work (e.g., print design, web design, etc.).

Film Production

You will be required to submit 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.

Alternatively, 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.

Foundation Visual Art & Design

There are no program-specific entrance requirements. The Foundation Visual Art & Design program is ideal for those needing to develop a portfolio required to enter one of VFS's professional programs.

Game Design

You will be required to submit a synopsis of a game that you are passionate about creating. Explain the concept, vision, or idea. Include the genre of game you would utilize. Make references to other games to explain how you would make your game (one page maximum).

In addition, provide an outline detailing your story, possible levels, and characters (one page maximum). Finally, provide diagrams explaining any features or game mechanics (one to two pages maximum) and a simplified map of the game world described in your synopsis.

Makeup Design for Film & Television

You will be required to submit a maximum 500-word letter of intent and a portfolio. Be encouraged to communicate what you feel best conveys your background, your potential, and why you have a profound desire to attend VFS.

A portfolio consisting of photographs that best illustrates your artistic vision in makeup. These should be done mostly on a model and not on yourself (one or two samples on yourself is acceptable). Regardless of your experience level, please include a range of make-ups such as beauty, injuries, & character that are done on a variety of faces (preferably not all on the same model). Don’t be intimidated; this gives us a good idea of your current skillset! Portfolio may have a maximum of 12 pieces, 3 of which may be be sketches, paintings, or sculpts.

Programming for Games, Web & Mobile

You will be required to submit a technical portfolio that contains 1-3 examples of programming work. Include a 1-2 page excerpt of source code you want to show off, and a 1–2-page descriptive summary for each project. You must also have intermediate PC computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Familiarity with HTML is an asset.

Sound Design for Visual Media

You will be required to submit a letter of intent (maximum 500 word) on why you wish to take the Sound Design program. This should detail your passion for Sound, and why you feel you would be successful in the industry. Detail any previous experience in music or sound recording, sound mixing, etc. Outline why you feel you can be successful in sound design. If you have examples of audio work you have done, this should also be provided. You can send a weblink to a sound file or a compressed audio file (mp3 etc).

VR/AR Design & Development

You will be required to submit a portfolio of your digital and visual work that includes at least 1 example of source code along with a one-page document that describes the code, and 2-3 of 3D animation or modelling. You must also be at least 19 years old and have successfully completed high school or GED equivalent. Prior learning in computing and/or digital media preferred. Familiarity with Javascript, C#, C++, and Unity and/or Unreal engines an asset.

Writing for Film, Television & Games

You will be required to submit a one-page (maximum) synopsis of an original feature film, television, or video game project that you are passionate about making. Provide the genre and use references to other movies, television shows or games to explain how you would write the project. Explain the concept, vision, or idea. In addition, provide a minimum of two and a maximum of four other creative writing samples in their original form (maximum 20 total pages).


We recommend Dropbox or Google Drive for easy review by our scholarship selection committee. Upload your files then “share” using the share link. When sharing, set the sharing permissions to “public” or “anyone with the link can view the file/document.

If we cannot view your files your scholarship application will be considered incomplete.

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Personal Submission PT. 1

  • Q1 – In 100 words or less, tell us why you want to be an animator and what your dream project would be?

Personal Submission PT. 2

  • Q2 – In 100 words or less, tell us about how you plan to use your VFS education to bring awareness to your Indigenous culture and stories within our country’s multidimensional creative landscape.

Personal Submission PT. 3

  • Q3 – When in-class instruction is allowed, we inform every applicant that Vancouver is considered one of the best cities in the world to live, but it’s also an expensive city compared to many others. It can cost you at least C$25,000 a year for basic food, travel, and accommodations. This scholarship will only cover partial school tuition costs. Tell us in your words how you plan to be able to make this opportunity work for you financially for 12 months.

Upon successful completion, applicants will be given a confirmation of completion notification email.

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Upon successful submission of application, a VFS Admissions advisor will contact you to connect personally, and provide you with an introduction of the school, online learning options, and life in Vancouver.

Winners will be notified by August 31, 2022 and will be announced publicly by VFS shortly thereafter.






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Header artwork by Digital Design student: Austin Day - Follow The Way
Scholarship Details artwork by Foundation for Visual Art & Design student: Natalie Pelletier - Ursa Major - The Great Bear