Near North District School Board students will have the opportunity to take on-the-job training in the film industry.
A new partnership and filming initiative has been launched between the council and Northern Ontario Film Studios (NOFS).
As well as students learning about possible careers in Northern Ontario’s film industry, officials say the hands-on training will give them a foundation to enter the industry upon graduation.
“This partnership is the first step in developing the young talent we have in our region and keeping them home to work and grow in an exciting new industry,” said David Anselmo, President of Production for NOFS. “Twenty years ago, when I chose to pursue my passion as a filmmaker, I never had the opportunity to do so in Northern Ontario. This partnership is just another way for NOFS to fulfill its mandate to create sustainable cinema in the North. “
NNDSB director of education Craig Myles says it’s important for the board to continue to create innovative pathways that help students connect to the workplace and community.
“This exciting new partnership with Northern Ontario Film Studios provides our students with the opportunity to explore the burgeoning film industry and further their education and/or employment in an exciting career in their home communities,” says -he.
Along with sister company Hideaway Pictures, Northern Ontario Film Studios have produced over 60 films.
They have three production studios in North Bay and Sudbury and have created a turn-of-the-century town in Powassan as a filming location.