DFNDRS International is a multi-platform project ranging from experimental youth workshops to internet series to live action TV, film, animated features, video games, virtual reality and theatre. These are in various stages of development and all of them relate to protection of the environment – and to the art and culture of the First Nations, starting with the tribes of the Pacific Northwest in British Columbia, Canada.
In August 2017, the first DFNDRS of the Environment Action Camp took place on Denman Island. Young adults age 12–15 from various parts of B.C. joined forces for one intense week to create original material aimed to get audiences thinking about the environmental issues that matter to them.
Mentored by a highly experienced team of film-makers, educators and environmental activists, the camp members spent the week writing, shooting and editing original short films that hit the screen on the seventh day of the camp. Whether it was collaborating on script ideas, jamming out musical scores, or providing a crew for a shoot, the campers took on multiple roles to do whatever it took to get their messages out. And they had loads of fun!
Etc (Educating Towards Change) Society is a registered charity founded in 1979. Its mandate is to facilitate the production of educational media that promotes social justice and healthy communities. Etc is the producer of the Eco Dfndrs Summer Camp and oversees the funding, staffing, legal and insurance that keeps the camp running safely.