An 8 day immersive experience encouraging creativity, leadership and communication.
This year’s theme is “Water” – explore what water means to you on a personal, local and global scale.
“It was awesome. I learned so much and it really inspired me to think more about what I could do in my community to help the environment. I definitely want to do it again.”—Kalena
August 10–18, 2019
Denman Island B.C.
Apply by June 15, 2019. Camp is limited to 20 participants. No prior experience in film is required, but you must have a passion for filmmaking, a desire to create change and develop your art in a collaborative environment!
Selected applicants will attend the camp at no charge for activities and accommodation. There will be a fee of $100 per camper to help cover food costs.
Our goal is to align with local groups, organization and communities, in which the short films can be used to help promote, educate and inspire, such as the local south island chapter of the Surf Rider Foundation, the Denman Island Conservation Society, the K'omoks First Nation and the local Denman/Hornby Island kayak and canoe company.
We stand for world peace
From mentors to chaperones to cooks, the staff are dedicated to making the Eco Dfndrs camp a safe and creative environment. Our aim is to make the world a better place, and no better place to do this than Denman Island!
Daniel is an educator with over ten years' experience working in multiple places throughout Canada and around the world. He grew up around film, working as an actor on several TV shows throughout his childhood and has composed music for multiple television and film projects. He teaches Grades 3–8 at Hornby Island Community School and counts himself lucky to live and work in such a beautiful part of the world.
Peter is an award winning documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. He is the president of Gumboot Productions, with 30 years of experience in the film business. He loves phototgrapy, playing drums, and kayaking. He has lots of experience running camps, working with the Sierra Club, The Gulf Islands Film and Television School, Youth in Media and the Intercultural Association.
Peter has produced over fifty films, including films for the CBC, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Film Board of Canada, Bravo! and the Royal BC Museum
Raised between the mountains of Northern India and British Columbia, Eva has always had a love for wild places and the people that inhabit them. With a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a graduate degree in Communications, her filmmaking practice has evolved through curiosity, determination, and saying yes. Her diverse interests have lead her through a wide range of media landscapes – from documentary to ski films to running media programs for youth. She finds inspiration in giving voice to underrepresented peoples and issues, and communicating stories of resilience. Eva currently lives in Vancouver, BC, where she pursues freelance directing and cinematography.
Kerriann Cardinal calls Vancouver home but is originally from Fort McMurray Alberta. When she isn’t back packing in the mountains or practicing yoga she can be found working on various projects that inspire and create discourse on subjects that are socially relevant, educational and empowering.
She is an actor, story teller and creative collaborator. Her first solo work, “A Mile in my Moccassins,” provided the opportunity for her to explore and establish herself as an Indigenous Performing Artist. She believes we all have stories to share and hopes to encourage other young story tellers to discover their own voice.
Her experience working with artists, community members, youth and the public in various capacities and in diverse settings such as festivals, special events, film/tv, opera, dance, theatre and music continues to influence and enable her to engage in relevant and meaningful work.
We are Eco Dfndrs. We create, share and collaborate on ideas to get our message out. We don’t just say we care for our environment, we do more. We make films to open people’s eyes, start conversations and inspire action.
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