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New Voices Grant

Presented by VIMFF in partnership with Colour the Trails

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The VIMFF, in partnership with Colour the Trails and with the financial support of the BC Arts Council, are proud to announce two new adventure film grants for emerging BIPOC filmmakers.

These two grants have been created to help amplify underrepresented stories within our community and to give new opportunities to up and coming BIPOC creatives to help kickstart a successful career in adventure filmmaking.

Successful recipients will receive mentorship throughout the process from experienced VIMFF alumni filmmakers. They will help guide and support the project through to completion and the film will premiere on the big screen at the VIMFF!

The recipients of The New Voices Grant 2022:

vimff new voices grant recipient Mahshid Hadi x

Mahshid Hadi

Mahshid Hadi graduated from the drama and fine arts school of Iran. She started her acting journey in theater, performing on stages across Iran and Turkey. In late 2018, she moved to Canada and transitioned to the film industry, working as an assistant director in several productions including. She is currently Associate producer and Radio technician in Canada. As a converted Christian and an outspoken feminist, her home in Iran was subjected to police raids and she was forced to escape. She had to leave her disabled father behind and became a refugee in Turkey. To escape from all the mental pressure, she bikepacked across Turkey through refugee camps and that’s how her cycling journey started.
Mahshid’s film will premiere at the VIMFF 2024.
vimff new voices grant recipient Tadros Eyob x

Tadros Eyob

Tadros Eyob has been living in Vancouver’s historic Strathcona community on the traditional unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. His focus is on making a film about bouldering in the Vancouver/Squamish area. Having parents that immigrated from Eritrea to Canada, visual representation has always been a key factor in his ability to feel like he belongs in a space or sport. He knows that many other Black, Indigenous, and people of colour feel the same way. Coming from a background of filming skateboarding and BMX, seeing other Black people in films and edits was always something that got him excited and eager to get himself out there. Tadros feels like climbing on the west coast is lacking the visual representation in the same way skateboarding and BMX had for him growing up and he’s excited to use this grant to show that there are people of colour out here climbing and enjoying nature and that it can be a safe and accessible space for other BIPOC youth to do so as well.

Tadros’ film will premiere at the 2023 Fall Series, titled “Kid Rock”, Arcteryx Climbing show on Nov 15 at Rio Theatre, Online Nov 14 – Dec 10, 2023.

The VIMFF Initiatives

VIMFF supports the local outdoor community with the following initiatives:
vimff womens summer climbing program xvimff tim jones award x no CTAvimff arcteryx film grant xvimff coast mountain adventure grant arcteryx xvimff new voices grant xvimff photo comp x
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