In May 2022, students from Canada, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands came together in Muonio, Finland on the first exchange module in the Bridge the Ocean project. The program focused on culinary, hospitality and entrepreneurship and students were able to enjoy the natural environment and learn how to use locally sourced products in food preparation and entrepreneurial ventures.
The Nova Scotia Community College was also able to send two film students and one instructor participants and creating stories about the life-changing experiences had by all involved.
“The BTO program allowed me to take all the skills I had learned in school and put them into practice in a fast-paced, real-life environment. This experience not only made me a better filmmaker but also gave me life-long friendships,” says Nick Highmore, NSCC Screen Arts student.
The two students each produced a short film featuring highlights of the program (BTO Promo, Voices).
“It was great to watch the students look for and find the stories as they were filming in Finland and then, through the editing process, discovering which stories were important for them to tell. The program was a great learning experience for these young filmmakers and a great way to launch their professional and creative journey,” says Janet Hawkwood, NSCC Screen Arts Faculty.
A third short film produced by Janet Hawkwood has recently been submitted to a film festival and hopes to be screened there in the fall of 2023.