Lights, Camera, Action
Since 2007, we have trained, placed and kept talented youth in the exciting world of film, television, journalism, photography and new media.
WHAT WE DO
POV programming combines hands-on-technical training, one-to-one mentorship opportunities, and social skills development for the next generation of diverse filmmakers and content creators.
Working with our network of industry partners and employers, we then connect young creatives ages 18-25 with internships and job opportunities across the content production sector. Our industry-led training programs educate emerging filmmakers and creatives through a rigorous process that prepares them for successful entry into the content creation industry.
Upon leaving our programs, POV continues offering support to our alumni and broader community through our digital platforms including POVLabs, POV Talks, and POV Screens.
POV gave me the space to experiment, to fail, to learn from those experiences and to keep moving forward. It was a huge turnaround for me.
Coming from an immigrant family, and living in low-income housing, entering into an industry where you need money to get money was never an option. POV has opened my eyes to the options that someone like me never thought they had.
POV believes that working in the TV & Film production industry should not be a privilege afforded only to those with the means, resources and networks to break in. Since 2007, we have been levelling the field for creative youth from underrepresented communities across the GTA through training, mentorship, and by catalyzing sustainable collaborations that lead to meaningful careers in content production
our work in action since 2007
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Meet the class of 2019
Farhiya Dini is a Somali-Canadian writer and multidisciplinary creative based in Toronto. As someone who believes that film has the ability to revolutionize how we identify, she’s focused on producing stories that center on women of colour and others living on the margins. Her work deals with issues of identity, Black vulnerability, and mental health.
Patricia Gavidia is a visual artist born in Peru, raised in Montreal and currently based in Toronto. She shoots, directs and edits creative content that promotes open discussions about social issues, cultural development, and the empowerment of women. She is fascinated by the human experience and is searching for a deeper understanding of the psychology behind it all. Patricia’s motivation is to inspire through intensely personal stories that others can relate to or learn from.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Stephanie Hanson is a creative director and music advocate. She is a passionate individual in supporting Toronto’s creatives. Through her advocacy on music, and the creative arts scene, she aims to build platforms for exposure. With that, her short documentaries capture underrepresented creatives’ voices in the multimedia spaces that she will continue to develop. For the community and with the community, she has been the foundation for generating strong bonds with countless creatives into furthering their artistry. Stephanie Hanson is quickly becoming the premier outlet for resources and exposure for struggling Toronto creatives.
Paolo Manalo is a Filipino Canadian based in Toronto, Canada. Paolo lends himself entirely to whatever creative endeavor he takes
on. Whether it’s directing plays, hip hop dancing or managing small video shoots he takes every opportunity to showcase his creative audio- visual expertise. After earning a Bachelor’s degree, Paolo chose to step into a whole new journey by chasing his childhood dreams to become a journalist. His main goal in life is to travel the world, influence, and inspire other youth to chase their dreams. Paolo is an action-oriented, and lifelong learner. Through media arts, creativity, and motivation, Paolo seeks more Asian representation to open doors for future generations of Asian youth.
Natalie is a Toronto born and raised creative. Branching out to new adventures in the media industry. Focusing on telling realistic stories and making visions come true in her photography role. Having a vibrant view on youth and women empowerment to build better communities. Learn, inspire and grow.
Nasteexo Muse is a documentary filmmaker of Somali background from Kitchener, Ontario. Nasteexo Muse creates spaces for underrepresented people to be represented authentically in the media by highlighting their many narratives. Nasteexo Muse focuses on the narratives of black and Muslim people and shares the many perspectives they offer through her documentaries. Nasteexo Muse relies heavily on the art of visual aesthetics to accompany her storytelling to share narratives in a compelling and artistic way.
Muna is the lady behind lifetastessour, breaker of bounds, wearer of the seven-league boots, mother of creations, and those don’t even begin to scratch the surface of Muna the looney tune. Not only is she a refugee from Djibouti, but she was also raised in London UK and now she’s ready to share her journey, stories, and talents with Torontonians. Her unconventional method of storytelling will remind you of the hysterical oversharing of Bridget Jones but with a twist.
Kion Flatts is a Black Canadian born and raised in Scarborough. Kion is a creative and a performer who focuses his works on tackling narratives foreign to his upbringing. Kion believes where he grew up naturally pushed boys/men into one path. He aims to find the depth outside of those barriers through film, writing and acting. His tough upbringing mixed with a long battle with his health pushes him to educate, inspire and spark minds to think.
Raised in Africa and The Middle East, Hanfare Mohamed is a 25-year-old social activist, director, and storyteller currently residing in Toronto. While highlighting tales of the global African diaspora and their trials and tribulations, Hanfare creates content that bridges cultures and erases the illusions of division amongst people of all backgrounds.
Minzi Roberta is a young female creative, best known as an aspiring filmmaker and an upcoming DJ in Toronto. Her creative works are inspired by her Japanese heritage and her Afrocentric ethnic background. Her works cater to her experience through storytelling and visual aesthetics. She is also inspired by other women of colour and hopes to use her creativity to empower other women to live authentically. Her recent short film Maji (2019) was premiered at Malvern Film Festival at Carlton Cinema and won an award for “Most Experimental Film.”
Dubbed the voice for a voiceless generation, Husam Alaghbari is a filmmaker/photographer who brings visuals to life. Known for his storytelling methods that are inspirational and engaging, he has the ability to leave viewers in awe! Also known for his thought-provoking and heartwarming poetry; he continues to tour alongside influential speakers and entertainers.
Anthony Meeks uses his platform to bridge the gap between race and sexual identity, through singing, acting, dancing, modeling, and media content creation. Passionate about The Arts and Broadcast Television, Anthony is a multifaceted self-starter who has branched his talents off into, graphic design, producing, directing, screenplay writing, photography, music, and poetry. Through his trials and tribulations, Anthony humbly believes that family, friends, and laughter are the key components that have helped him succeed. Anthony is eager to use the complexities of his past to create a bright and promising future. Through perseverance, dedication, and charm, Anthony continues to push the envelope to create impactful media and express Black Boy Joy.
Anne Vo is a Vietnamese-Canadian multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Toronto. She strongly believes in elevating the representation of the BIPOC community within the entertainment industry. She is currently specializing in photography and cinematography focusing on creating BIPOC-centered content. She strives to push traditional boundaries, encourage social change and promote authenticity, inclusivity, and diversity in her work.
Amira Mahamud is a Queer Somali writer and director from Toronto, Canada. Her work aims to reflect the lived experiences of the Black Queer diaspora. At 17, Amira began writing short stories about her own experience navigating western culture. Amira is dedicated to showcasing the personal narratives of her community and revealing the complexities of mental health for Black and Queer folks.