Treat your students to a brand new kind of learning! School classes can come to the Gulf Islands Film & Television School this spring or fall and, in an action-packed creative week, act, shoot, and edit their own short films.
Following very successful pilot programs with White Rock Elementary School, St. Joseph’s from Smithers, Kimberly Independent School, Calgary Arts Academy and École Beairsto from Vernon, GIFTS is offering one-week live-in sessions at our serene Galiano Island facility to school groups. Thanks to generous donations, GIFTS is able to subsidize the standard tuition by up to 65 percent during these programs. Students can take courses ranging from dramatic video production and acting for camera to game design and computer animation. New for 2012/3: we have negotiated a partnership with the Galiano Conservancy Association to bring you the From the Forest to the Sea Watershed Education Program.
Weeks available for school groups in Fall 2012/Spring 2013 are: Sept. 3, Sept. 10, April 29, May 6, May 13 (preliminary booking), May 20, May 27, June 3 (preliminary booking), June 10 (preliminary booking), and June 17.
Creating a film together gives students creative, cooperative, and technical skills. Working in groups of three or four, students will be closely supervised throughout the week by a skilled mentor. Before their session, a professional screen writer will work with students at their school. Students, teachers and chaperones arrive Sunday evening and leave Friday afternoon with polished films. Students can screen their films back at their schools for family and friends, as the White Rock students did to great acclaim.
Want to know more? Click on the links for a letter of support from a White Rock Elementary School teacher and a documentary the students made about their “awesome” week at GIFTS. You’ll also find details on the weekly schedule, costs, menu, and transportation and safety plans.