Congratulations to Sophie Nguyen, from Little Flower Academy in Vancouver who is the winner of 2021’s Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award!

Sophie’s video Kind for our Community was judged by Actsafe and the Directors Guild of Canada British Columbia as part of the WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest.

Actsafe’s Aspiring Filmmaker Award gives aspiring filmmakers a unique opportunity to get a kickstart on their careers in B.C.’s motion picture production industry. The award provides one filmmaking team exposure for their project, the opportunity to have lunch with a prominent Canadian filmmaker, and a behind the scenes tour of a local production. In this edition, the fourth year of its campaign, student filmmakers will have the added challenge of producing their films under the restrictions in place to combat COVID-19.  Discover our previous winners and award prize list below.

2018 Winner
2019 Winner
2020 Winners

Actsafe’s Aspiring Filmmaker Award prize list 

The winner of Actsafe’s Aspiring Filmmaker Award will receive: 

  • 2 passes to the 2022 Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference, including passes to the 2022 Actsafe Awards Night Ceremony in February 2022. 
  • Screening of their film at the 2022 Actsafe Awards Night Ceremony in February 2022. 
  • Lunch with a prominent Canadian filmmaker.
  • Behind the scenes tour of a local production.
  • A screening of their video at a 2021 DGC event, with an opportunity to network with other industry professionals. 
  • A crystal trophy to take home. 

The Rules: 

In addition to WorkSafeBC’s Student Safety Video Contest rules and regulations: 

  • Actsafe will determine three videos to be shortlisted and announced as the finalists for the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award.  
  • WorkSafeBC will determine the shortlisted videos for all categories of the WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest. The winning video selected by WorkSafeBC may not necessarily be the same video selected by Actsafe for the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award. 
  • Submissions for the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award must be from students in WorkSafeBC’s Student Safety Video Contest – Grade 11–12 category. 
  • Entries for this award must be a live-action production. No animation, no stop motion. 
  • All safety rules and regulations must be adhered to. Resources for safety in motion picture production can be found at actsafe.ca. 
  • The Director plus one other creative contributor (producer, writer, designer) from the production will be deemed the winner of the prize.
  • There is no cash value for this prize.

For complete contest details and to download the entry form, visit http://worksafebc.com/studentvideocontest 

Entries are now closed for 2021. Please check back for 2022 submission dates

Judging Criteria: 

  • Is WorkSafeBC’s theme addressed appropriately? 
  • Does the writing and direction use imaginative and creative ways to convey the theme? 
  • Does the video exhibit originality?  
  • Does the video display innovative ideas or storytelling techniques?  
  • What is the production value of this entry?
    • Is the camera steady and are the shots framed and focused? 
    • Are close-ups and camera angles used to add meaning to the story? 

2020 Winner

Congratulations to Eamon Ryan and Isaac Keen, from Brentwood College School, who were the winners of the third Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award!

Their video “Young Eddie”, judged by Actsafe and the DGCBC as part of the WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest.

2019 Winner

Congratulations to Reid MacTaggart, from Walnut Grove Secondary School, who was the winner of 2019’s Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award!

Drew’s video Kitchen Safety With Drew Bennett. Judged by Actsafe and the DGCBC as part of the WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest.

2018 Winner

Congratulations to Ethan Eigenfeldt, from Walnut Grove Secondary School, who was the winner of 2018’s inaugural Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award!

Ethan’s video No Buts – Listen To Your Gut was a humorous, well shot, well written, well acted and on-message production. Judged by Actsafe and film industry professionals at the WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest.

A Brief History

Actsafe Safety Association, in partnership with The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), established the Actsafe Aspiring Filmmaker Award in 2018. Actsafe is proud to award aspiring filmmakers with the unique opportunity to get a kickstart on their careers in B.C.’s motion picture production industry.