Our mission is to provide a superior film education through accelerated, hands-on learning. InFocus instructors mentor students through multiple assignments that culminate in a polished student portfolio. We encourage students to grow as visual storytellers; to realize their personal artistic visions, and to maintain creative autonomy.
Our Teaching Philosophy
The age of two-hour powerpoint presentations is over. Our classes provide an interactive experience that includes theory, instructor-led demos, and follow-up assignments. Weekly labs solidify knowledge in a real life setting.
Because no two students have the same aptitude, smaller class sizes allow us to provide more individualized training. In addition, a tutorial assistant is on hand every day to help students apply what they have learned in class.
In storytelling, we push our students to take risks. Film isn’t supposed to be safe or easily defined. It’s about developing a unique voice that avoids mainstream formulas. It’s also about taking artistic risks and seeing what unfolds.
Seizing the Digital Age
Films inspire, provoke, entertain and inform. With the rapid growth of digital storytelling, creative professionals with artistic and technical know-how are in high demand. Visual literacy is as important as textual literacy in the 21st century. As images and videos are increasingly becoming our primary form of communication, it is essential for filmmakers to remain on the cutting edge. Our programs incorporate new media streams including web series and crowdfunding.
InFocus is committed to helping grads with their future goals, whether that is making their own feature film or getting their foot in the industry door. We hire alumni to collaborate on films with partner organizations and provide ongoing mentorship from InFocus Film School’s instructors.
Study in a creative space located in Vancouver’s historic Gastown.
Located in a heritage building in the heart of Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, InFocus Film School is the ideal location to study film. Gastown is central to Vancouver’s position as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Gastown offers a thriving fashion district, impeccably curated décor boutiques, one-of-a-kind galleries and some of the best culinary fare in the city. But step up from street level and you’ll also find a collection of the city’s most creative enterprises, from graphic designers and architects to film students and photographers.
Hollywood North: the film capital of Canada.
Located at the Pacific Rim gateway of Canada’s west coast, in beautiful British Columbia, Vancouver is a dynamic hub for media creators and storytellers from all walks of life. Nicknamed ‘Hollywood North’, Vancouver boasts a thriving film and television production industry – the third largest in North America after New York and Los Angeles – and is the proud host to some of the world’s greatest film festivals including the Vancouver International Film Festival and DOXA Documentary Film Fest.
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