June 21, 2021
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Announcements

Hollywood Suite and WIFT Toronto Launch Indigenous Creator Program

Applications for Career Accelerator Program for Indigenous Writers Open August 9

Toronto, June 21, 2021 – Today, Hollywood Suite is pleased to announce a partnership with Women in Film & Television Toronto (WIFT Toronto) to launch the WIFT Indigenous Writers Program. This career accelerator program is designed specifically for Indigenous writers at the mid-stage of their careers to provide them with networking, industry insight training and mentorship opportunities.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with WIFT Toronto on this important initiative to support and amplify Indigenous creators as they take the next steps in their careers,” said Julie Kumaria, SVP, Marketing & Content Distribution at Hollywood Suite. “We are proud to support Indigenous storytellers and help them bring their unique perspectives to the screen.”

“Over the past number of months, we have been listening and learning in dialogue with our Indigenous colleagues and collaborators to identify ways to be a further ally to champion Indigenous voices”, said Karen Bruce, Executive Director, WIFT Toronto. “We are grateful to Hollywood Suite for their support in the creation of this crucial program and are thrilled that this new initiative will support our ongoing commitment to identifying and supporting Indigenous artists in Canada.”

The free, intensive four-day program will include two full-time mentors, industry guest speakers, case studies, writing and pitching workshops, and peer-to-peer mentorship. By engaging key partners including industry leaders, experienced creators, writers, broadcasters, funders and more, the program aims to bring the best education and career opportunities to Indigenous creators whose stories need to be heard.

The application portal will open on August 9, 2021 and all WIFT Toronto members who are First Nations, Métis, or Inuit are encouraged to apply. Applicants who are First Nations, Métis, or Inuit who do not currently have a WIFT Toronto membership may still apply. Anyone chosen for the program that is not a member will be granted a one-year complimentary membership thanks to donations made to the Foundation for WIFT Toronto.

Detailed information on the program including the application process and deadlines will be available shortly.

ABOUT WIFT TORONTO
Women in Film and Television Toronto is a member-based, not-for-profit organization made up of passionate individuals who are dedicated to the education, engagement and empowerment of all women at every stage of their careers in the screen-based media industry. It is WIFT Toronto’s mission to build and advance the careers of their members by providing professional development, peer support, and mentorship in collaboration with industry partners. For information on membership and programming visit https://www.wift.com/

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION FOR WIFT TORONTO
The Foundation for Women in Film & Television Toronto is a registered charity that plays a critical role in funding and increasing access to WIFT Toronto programs and events. Please consider making a donation here

SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook: WIFT.Toronto
Twitter: @WIFT  
Instagram: @wift.toronto
Vimeo: WIFT
Website: wift.com

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD SUITE
Hollywood Suite owns and operates four exclusive HD channels featuring the iconic movies that defined the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s, plus essential Hollywood classics from the Golden Age, always uncut and commercial-free. With hundreds of movies every month on four HD channels and Hollywood Suite On Demand, Hollywood Suite provides an unparalleled value to consumers.

Hollywood Suite is available to over 10 million households across Canada, exclusively through Canadian television service providers and Amazon Prime Video Channels. Visit hollywoodsuite.ca for more information.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook: HollywoodSuite
Twitter: @hollywoodsuite
Instagram: @hollywoodsuite
YouTube: HollywoodSuiteTV
Website: hollywoodsuite.ca

For more information regarding WIFT Toronto & the Foundation for WIFT Toronto, please contact:

Karen Bruce

Executive Director, WIFT Toronto
kbruce@wift.com
416.949.3311

For more information regarding Hollywood Suite, please contact:

Angie Power

ROUTE 504 PR
angie@route504pr.com
647.969.6025