• Applicants must be 18 years of age by January 1st, for enrolment; and

  • Applicants must submit a one-page essay outlining why they want to take a specific program.

Applicants who meet the posted admission requirements are not guaranteed admission into a particular program. Admission to WFI is a competitive process.

In some instances, if a participant fails to meet certain admission criteria for a program, WFI has discretionary power to recommend probationary admission. If you are a probationary students, you may be required to withdraw should you fail to meet probationary requirements.

An Offer of Admission to a program of study at WFI is an offer for that program. Admission to a program or to a specific semester of a program is not guarantee a subsequent admission to another program or semester of study.

WFI is unable to store, retrieve or return documents that were submitted previously. You may be required to resubmit documents, if you decide to reapply at a future date outside of the academic-year cycle, of your original application.

Note: Entrance to the Certificate Program is based on consent of the department.

Full-Time Programs

Weengushk Film Institute is located just outside of M'Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. The island is the largest freshwater lake island in the world, surrounded by Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and the North Channel. The natural beauty of the island and the cultural history, make WFI's location a prime spot for media production.

Filming in the North

Manitoulin Island is approximately two-hours southeast of Sudbury - a prime location for the film industry in Northern Ontario. With ties to the Northern Film Industry, WFI students have successfully transitioned into industry professionals. 

WFI Values

Our strategic vision builds upon the values and strengths that define WFI and our unique characteristics. 


WFI provides a low instructor to participant ratio. In the classic academic model of high capacity classrooms, many students experience difficulty. WFI understands many youth learn better in a low ratio environment, because they are given the individual time they require, and are more likely to take risks and grow. A strong feature of our methodology is that no participant should be left behind.


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


At WFI, youth are surrounded by others who are engaged in speaking about their life through art and their struggle to retain their identity and heritage. It is our intent to focus on strengths rather than weaknesses, to be respectful of cultural values, and to build upon existing personal, familial, and community resources.

Commitment to Excellence

Through one-on-one mentorships, and a focus on the individual needs of students, WFI helps youth to realize their dreams by putting tools in their hands, opening doors to new possibilities, and fostering involvement within the creative community.

Student Testimonials

"Weengushk Film Institute has helped me turn my life around. I have gained so much experience and made so many new friends and set out a whole new life"

—  Joshua Yesno, WFI Alumni