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Film Hub

About The Chang School Film Hub

The Chang School Film Hub is an Experiential Learning Exchange initiative designed to support emerging talent in The Chang School’s film community. Current learners and recent graduates of the Certificate in Film Studies have the opportunity to submit short documentary film proposals and if selected, they receive funding, access to equipment, and coaching from a film industry professional.


Giiwe: This is Home

Giiwe: This is Home is the first production completed through The Chang School Film Hub.  The documentary chronicles the journey of an indigenous man named Brent who was taken from his home during the “Sixties Scoop,” when an estimated 20,000 indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed into white, middle-class families. The film follows Brent as he attempts to reconnect with his long-lost siblings, home and culture. Giiwe: This is Home was made by Certificate in Film Studies alumni, Merle Robillard and Andrew Lau.

Spring 2017 Selected Filmmakers >>


Call for Submissions: Short Documentary Film Proposals

Attention current learners and recent graduates of The Chang School’s Certificate in Film Studies! Do you have an idea for a short documentary film? The ELX Film Hub can help you turn your vision into reality.

We will start accepting submissions beginning on February 5, 2018.

The selected project will receive:

  • Funding for a short documentary film (up to $10,000 CAD)
  • Access to The Chang School Film Equipment Rental Facility (applicants may request an equipment list by emailing changfilmhub@ryerson.ca)
  • Access to a fully equipped editing suite
  • Promotion of film trailer via The Chang School’s various marketing channels
  • Access to ELX coaching from a film industry professional

Application Requirements

The producer, director, and director of photography must be current learners or recent graduates (Fall 2014 or later) of The Chang School’s Certificate in Film Studies. This includes Summer Film School. The producer and director can be the same person if necessary.

Your application must include:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Outline of Short Documentary Film Project (1-3 pages; please include film synopsis and a brief summary of your production plan and overall vision)
  • Resume/CV of Director, Producer, and Director of Photography
  • Demo Reel or footage of previous work from Director and Director of Photography
  • Ryerson Student ID number or documentation/proof of being active student or recent graduate of Certificate in Film Studies. Contact changfilmhub@ryerson.ca if you require assistance.
  • (Optional) Visual references
  • (Optional) Detailed budget (simplified budget is included in application form)
  • (If applicable) Copy of any necessary legal documents

Voting Criteria

The Chang School Film Hub’s selection committee will use the following criteria:

  • Overall strength of film concept
  • Experience level and past work of key film crew
  • Feasibility of budget and scale of production

Maximum film length: 22 minutes

Duration of production: not to exceed four months

Finalists will be contacted for an interview. Please send application supporting documents and any inquiries about the application process to changfilmhub@ryerson.ca.