VFS Partners with Blackbird Interactive, East Side Games and Timbre Games for $200,000 Indigenous Scholarship in Video Games Fund

The four scholarship recipients will receive full tuition to study at VFS and will also receive mentorship and a paid internship from Blackbird Interactive, East Side Games or Timbre Games.

Vancouver, BC –News Direct– Vancouver Film School

Announcement Highlights:

  • The fund includes three full-tuition scholarships for the Game Design program at VFS and one full-tuition scholarship for the 3D Animation and Visual Effects program at VFS. The total fund is valued at over US$200,000.

  • Scholarship winners will be selected by Blackbird Interactive, East Side Games, and Timbre Games.

  • Winners will also receive monthly mentorship from VFS instructors and design professionals from Blackbird Interactive, East Side Games, or Timbre Games, as well as a four- to six-month paid design contract at their respective game studio. after graduation.

  • The submission process is currently open and closes on June 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM PDT.

(Vancouver, BC) May 9, 2022 – The Vancouver Film School (VFS), in partnership with Blackbird Interactive, East Side Games and Timbre Games Studio, is pleased to present the 2022 Indigenous Fellowship in Video Gamesincluding mentoring and a paid internship.

The Vancouver Film School is committed to fostering and increasing Indigenous representation in the video game industry.

The scholarship fund, valued at over US$200,000, is open to applicants 18 years of age or older who identify as First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit or Métis and who are looking to enter the gaming industry as developers. The deadline to apply is June 8 and the winners will be announced on June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day.

The Indigenous Video Game Fellowship is a collaborative initiative between VFS and Blackbird Interactive video game studios (Homeworld 3, Hardspace: Shipbreaker), East Side Games (The Office: Somehow We Run, RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstar, Trailer Park Boys: Fat Money) and Timbre Games Studio (belonging to the Sumo group).

Three full-tuition scholarships for the Game Design program at VFS and one full-tuition scholarship for the 3D Animation and Visual Effects program will be awarded and can be applied to admissions on October 24, 2022 or January 3, 2023. Winners will be selected straight from top AAA studios Blackbird Interactive, East Side Gamesand Stamp setsthe latter will also select the winner who will enroll in the 3D Animation & Visual Effects program.

Additionally, all winners will receive private mentorship from design professionals from Blackbird Interactive, East Side Games, or Timbre Games, as well as their instructors from VFS. Upon graduation, these winners will also receive a four to six month paid employment contract in their respective studio.

Finally, each of the winners will be given a laptop to use during the program and to keep. The winner chosen by Blackbird Interactive will also receive a housing allowance of $5,000 while studying at VFS.

“Blackbird Interactive (BBI) is honored to partner with local game studios and VFS on the Indigenous Video Games Scholarship. We are working to create impactful opportunities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to explore, responding to their creative tech aspirations in meaningful ways. A VFS education helps open the door to careers in film, games, 3D animation, and VR/AR design, among other fields. We believe actions speak louder louder than words and that young people are the future. There is still a lot to be done, but this is an important small step for one of our many local industries.” -Rob Cunningham – CEO and Co-Founder, Blackbird Interactive

“Communities thrive on diversity. Whether it’s games, entertainment, or movies, we need to make sure we include voices and perspectives that are representative of the community around us. The Indigenous Scholarship in Video Games from the Vancouver Film School can simply As a member of the Métis community, it is an honor to be able to support a program that is taking a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive creative landscape. have a lot of work to do, it’s a good start. -Josh Nilson – Co-Founder, Head of Studio and Managing Director, East Side Games

“At Timbre Games, our mission is guided by the idea that “culture fuels creativity”. The opportunity to support and collaborate with VFS, Blackbird Interactive and East Side Games on the Indigenous Video Games Scholarship is a small first step towards breaking down systemic barriers to entry into the gaming industry for Métis, Inuit and First Nations. We at Timbre are all excited to be part of creating space in the gaming industry for these communities. I believe these students will play an important role in the world of interactive entertainment for years to come and we are grateful for the opportunity to support their careers along the way. There is still hard work to be done in this space and Timbre is committed to listening and learning as we embark on our own journey. -Joe Nickolls – President and Co-Founder, Timbre Games

“It is a pleasure for VFS to partner with three outstanding Vancouver studios to offer the 2022 Indigenous Video Games Scholarship. This scholarship aims to foster greater diversity and inclusion in the gaming industry with the goal of having more Indigenous developers actively designing the next generation of games. At VFS, we are proud of the many Indigenous graduates of our programs who now have successful careers in Vancouver and around the world, and this scholarship is the privilege and opportunity of the Vancouver Film School to play a role in emerging Indigenous developers who are building their creative careers. -Christopher Mitchell – Head of Game Design and Programming for Games, Web and Mobile, VFS

The Vancouver Film School is committed to fostering and increasing Indigenous representation in the video game industry. Indigenous artists, performers and storytellers are a common thread in the fabric of the Canadian narrative, continuing to strengthen as key voices in our country’s multidimensional creative landscape.

For more information on the 2022 Indigenous Fellowship in Video Games, or to apply, visit

https://vfs.edu/scholarships/indigenous-scholarship-2022.

About Vancouver Film School

In 1987, the Vancouver Film School launched the world’s first true immersion film program. Today, VFS is Canada’s premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution, offering an immersive curriculum in film, animation, design and beyond. VFS is known for providing high-quality education in an accelerated timeframe and offers 15 industry-integrated programs where students graduate in 12 months as in-demand, industry-ready creative professionals. VFS alumni are regularly credited on the world’s highest-grossing movies, TV shows and games, in a global industry expected to generate $2.1 trillion in revenue in 2022.

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