Windsor Film, Digital Media & Creative Arts Centre Receives Second Grant

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Windsor Film, Digital Media & Creative Arts Centre Receives Second Grant

As part of its “We Grow Talent” initiative, the Windsor Centre for Film, Digital Media and the Creative Arts has been approved for a second grant of $572,610 from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

“Doing what you love doesn’t have to mean giving up a good paycheque,” says Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “The creative industries offer many exciting and well-paying opportunities for young people looking to start an in-demand career. This project will support bright young minds who face multiple barriers and need a leg up, so they can pursue their passion in entertainment and other creative fields.”

The Ontario film industry is booming, and quickly becoming a leader in job creation for direct and in-direct work, with a reported $1.5B contributed to Ontario’s economy in 2020.

The Windsor Centre for Film, Digital Media & the Creative Arts offers programs that grow local talent, with the hope of attracting some of Ontario’s record-breaking investment to Windsor-Essex. Celebrating its anniversary 10th year, the Centre has grown well beyond the ever-popular Film Camp for Kids & Youth, which began as a job training program for university students. It today hosts programs for all ages, including emerging entrepreneurs, second career seekers and retirees.

“The Round 2 Skills Development Fund will be supporting a community-based, curriculum development pilot project offered on a no fee basis. We will be partnering with instructors and job training sites. The pilot will allow qualifying participants to test and validate curriculum development both in the classroom and on the job. The program meets the SDF goal to develop a broader workforce in meaningful employment to facilitate economic recovery since the pandemic.”

Amanda Gellman, President, Windsor Centre for Film and Digital Media

The 2022/23 project will have multiple components, including training in Animation/Gaming, Power Blockchain, Production Design, Music for Digital Media, and Film Production. Special consideration will be given to referred persons with a disability or a mental health concern. Stipends will be offered to employers to hire persons underrepresented in the digital media and media arts sector. Entrepreneur training and networking will be offered in partnership with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. An online Talent Database, which the organization launched in 2018 and shut down in 2020, will be rebuilt as a tool for job seekers and employers. Membership to the database will range from $0 to $100 per year.

In 2021, the Ministry of Labour Training, and Skills Development granted the organization $629,325 to launch several new programs. One was a one-year Storytelling in the Digital Age diploma in partnership with Westervelt College. Another was the MasterShot Summit, which had 40 speakers including, Sir Richard Taylor, best known for his work on the globally acclaimed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and Windsor’s own, Noelle Carbone, executive producer of CBC’s Coroner and screenwriter for Rookie Blue, Cardinal, and Wynonna Earp. A membership event, continuing education classes, and work placements were also offered at no cost to qualifying participants.

To find out more, to offer your services or to register, visit online.

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