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.

- Husam Alaghbari | 2019 MTP Participant

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.

- Ladan Siad Filmmaker | Graphic Designer POV Alumni 2018

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 team

Biju Pappachan

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Biju Pappachan

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

By fostering and facilitating an environment of creativity and learning, Biju Pappachan has spent the last decade leveraging resources and expertise to form sustainable collaborations that provided economic and social benefits for underrepresented groups across Canada. Committed to systemic change, Biju is focused on innovating sustainable solutions and impact by convening business, government, and community to tackle complex social issues across the GTA. Through this work, Biju hopes to contribute to the growth of the collaborative culture within the public space, offering insights, ideas and evidence-based practices that can help to shape future policies and programming.

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Gabrielle Zilkha

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Gabrielle Zilkha

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Born to a family of funny people in Montreal, Gabrielle’s career has always married humour, creativity and a healthy dose of social responsibility.  An award-winning filmmaker, Gabrielle’s films and transmedia projects have been screened and exhibited around the world. Her work has been covered by media outlets like CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, TO Grid, Elle Magazine and the Canadian Jewish News as well as popular digital publications like Indiewire. Most recently, her short film Stop Calling me Honey Bunny was shortlisted for the Iris Prize.

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