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7 Sessions starting on

January 20, 2021

7:00 - 8:30PM

The Empowered Filmmaker Masterclass is an official program to take individuals with no prior knowledge in filmmaking and shape them into self-sufficient, nimble and powerful media content creators.


You have a great local story you want to share, and we want to help you bring it to the small screen.

We’re offering training and mentorship to complete a short documentary film to residents of BC and Alberta.

Beginners welcome. No film degree? No problem.

In collaboration with TELUS STORYHIVE, VoVo Productions is offering a program to train, mentor and support residents of British Columbia to each make a locally reflective short video documentary, with the filmmaking tools they have available.


Completed video documentaries will be made available on TELUS Optik TV On Demand.

This program has been created to provide professional support and instruction to first-time-documentary filmmakers in B.C. who have a story about their community which they are passionate to share.


JAN 20 (Wed evening, 7:00 - 8:30pm) - Welcome & Introduction

JAN 27 (Wed evening, 7:00 - 8:30pm) - Your Voice Matters + Storyboarding + Project Launch

JAN 31 (Sun evening, 7:00-8:30pm) - How are Films Made + Camera Clinic + Pitch Presentations

FEB 3 (Wed evening, 7:00 - 8:30pm) - The Empowered Filmmaker + Messaging + Interviews

FEB 7 (Sun evening, 7:00-8:30pm) - Working through our storyboards + File Management

FEB 10 (Wed evening, 7:00 - 8:30pm) - Anatomy of a Film + Film Project Mentoring

FEB 13 (Sat evening, 7:00-8:30pm) - Film Project Presentations + Festival

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Farhan Umedaly is an award-winning filmmaker best known for his films about social causes.


Farhan has a background in neurobiology and has worked as a consultant for renewable energy developments before establishing VoVo Productions in 2009. The original focus of the company was to produce videos that enable clean-tech and renewable energy companies to realize their business objectives. Since then, VoVo Productions has diversified, having produced more than 200 promotional videos and commercials for leading companies and non-profits such as the David Suzuki Foundation to help create positive change. Farhan works alongside groups such as  ISSofBC, Vancouver Foundation, and Access to Media and Education Society to provide mentorship in filmmaking to marginalized communities such as Syrian refugees and indigenous communities. He is best known for his indigenous focused documentaries - ‘A Last Stand for Lelu’, and more recently ‘The Sun on Top of the House’. He recently was a Producer, Assistant Director and Director of Photography for the acclaimed Hollywood feature ‘Best F(r)iends’ which was recently purchased by Lionsgate Films. In 2017, founded the Empowered Filmmaker Masterclass which has trained more than 200+ indigenous participants to be self-sufficient filmmakers. He is also an instructor at Simon Fraser University within the Beedie School of Business and a guest lecturer on the topic of Human Rights - International Studies program.

The son of refugees to Canada from Uganda, Farhan is committed to building alliances with indigenous communities through providing professional training and mentorship in filmmaking - an area of great opportunity as well as a powerful tool to give voices to those who have important stories to tell.  

Secwepemc & Syilx Nation
The Empowered Filmmakers
Masterclass Workshop with Farhan was absolutely necessary and valuable not only to me as an Indigenous woman and mother, to all those that attended but even more importantly to our peoples collectively.
Lower Nicola Indian Band
Our group went from idea concept, storyboarding, shooting, editing and post production, daunting for a newbie. However, our diverse group experienced the thrill of completing our short film.
Skidegate Band Council
We need to create a visual platform to assist youth to be more informed about choosing to live healthy, drug-free lives… We need to strengthen the youth with the power to achieve their own social awareness.
November 12, 2020: INTAKE OPENS (12 noon)
December 10, 2020: INTAKE CLOSES (12 noon)
December 18, 2020: Announcements to notify successful applicants
January 20, 2021: Workshops begin
April 2, 2021: Final delivery of films