Back Story Filmmaking Workshop for Members of the IBPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ Communities

Register for Back Story: Filmmaking Workshop by October 18th!

SAW Video Media Art Centre is excited to launch the 2019 edition of Back Story, a month long, eight session filmmaking program empowering Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPOC) who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ to share their stories, running from November 2nd to 24th, 2019 in Ottawa, in partnership with Kind Space.

Under the guidance of 2SLGBTQ+ and Queer-friendly instructors and mentors, who are professionals in the field of audio/visual production, Back Story participants will learn to conceive, shoot, direct, and edit, short videos. 

Filmmaking often tends to be a white and cis-male-dominated field, and this program seeks to encourage aspiring filmmakers that are IBPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ to learn about filmmaking and consider it as a potential career choice.  SAW Video also seeks to remove socio-economic barriers to training for IBPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ in the technical fields of video production and, to that end, the Back Story: Filmmaking Workshop is offered free of charge for each participant. 

The deadline to register for Back Story: Filmmaking Workshop is October 18th, 2019. Those interested in participating in the program can register at:


Kind Space is an Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization committed to providing accessible resources, social and educational programming, and events to celebrate and support people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

SAW Video Media Art Centre has been supporting Ottawa's independent film and video community for over 35 years in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. SAW Video is a not-for-profit, artist-run media art centre that fosters the growth and development of artists through access to equipment, training, mentorship, and programming. Our mission is to support a diverse community of media artists empowered by technology, programming and the exchange of ideas.

SAW Video values diversity and actively promotes equity for all artists regardless of race, age, class, gender, sexual orientation, language, or ability. SAW Video is supported by its membership, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Ontario Arts Council.