Weengushk Film Institute (WFI) is a non-profit, artist-focused film and television-training centre, dedicated to unlocking the creative potential of Indigenous and diverse youth.

While celebrating and sharing their voices, these emerging Indigenous artists learn market leading and life skills, as they begin their path towards inspired and sustainable futures.

Through an understanding of tradition, culture, and identity, WFI envisions the collection, preservation, and representation of new creative voices. The development and recognition of Indigenous youth at WFI supports the important contribution of Indigenous stories to the Canadian arts landscape.

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This introductory program offers instruction and hands-on experience in the core aspects of filmmaking: screenwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, editing, pre-and-post production, composing and marketing. This introductory program is open to individuals with little to no experience.

WFI’s Journey for Knowledge is a land-based 10 month immersion learning program that recognizes physical, mental and spiritual connections to the land, language, culture and food.

The Business of Film is a 4-month online course that is focused on all business aspects of content creation, finance as well as the documentation. Participants learn the ABCs of TV/Film and Digital Media industries in an interactive course that provides essential business information from concept to production to distribution.

This pilot 4 week intensive program creates a venue for Indigenous and Black female-
identifying and non-binary filmmakers to share their stories and return women to their role as cultural carriers and central voices in our communities.

From becoming wards of the Monarch to the creation of the Indian Act to the residential school systems to what remaining rights we have as the First People this course will provide a better understanding of where we are as a country before we begin the Truth and Reconciliation conversation


WFI projects and productions to date:

  • 50+ promotional videos, PSAs and Documentaries Commissioned by Northern Ontario Communities

  • 23 Short films screened at International Film Festivals - 8 of which were award-winning

  • 8 Weekend Workshops per year covering various film trades

  • 7 Award Winning Short Films at International Film Festivals

  • 2 webseries

  • 1 Televised Commercial for a major network

  • 1 Televised Documentary for a major network 

WFI provides an opportunity for students to thrive in a 360-degree learning environment that has a low instructor-to-student ratio that focuses on individual growth. Along with personal growth, students will develop the skills for entry-level positions in all areas of film and television content creation.