“When I was about ten or eleven I started fooling around with my dad’s camcorder, making a lot of videos and if there was a programme I could have done after I finished school I would have done it.”

Rider Laskin’s love and interest in film started at a young age in Langley, but it wasn’t until studying History in college that his interest become a solid possibility. “I took some film courses in college and I’ve always watched a lot of movies. And I’ve always been interested in making movies and so when I [graduated] I started looking around for different programmes and [InFocus] fit my criteria.” Rider’s passion and desire to become a filmmaker is evident – he always knew filmmaking was his calling, and is eager to learn about every aspect of the filmmaking process.

So what is the biggest challenge he’s faced while studying the dream he always wanted to pursue? “I knew it was difficult to make a movie but being here and thinking about movies all day and speaking with the professionals, has reinforced the idea of how difficult it is. It’s such an expensive art form and requires so many resources…it’s daunting.”

If he feels daunted or intimidated about the entire process of filmmaking, it has not stymied his creativity. Rider’s favourite project that he’s worked on so far is “Waiting Room,” a short film he wrote and directed himself: “the experience of making that movie, and [dealing with] all the stress that came with it was invaluable. InFocus has given me a practical skill set which I can use to put my creative energy into; it was very cool to take something that was an inkling of an idea, and eventually turn it into a finished product.”

Check out Rider’s bio project below:



So you’re thinking of studying film in Canada. Did you know Canada is home to a billion dollar TV and Film industry? And much of the action happens right here in Vancouver, BC.

Whether you’re interested in directing, producing or cinematography,  Vancouver is the place to be. If you want to study film in Canada as an international student, here is what you need to know.


Because InFocus programs are 6 or more months in length, students require a study permit.  Study Permits are issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

InFocus is on the Designated Learning Institutions list, which means we are authorized to host international students. When you apply for your study permit, you will be asked to provide proof of your acceptance from InFocus. You will also need to provide a bank statement or proof of loan to show that you have enough money to live and pay your bills while you are studying in Canada.

You should apply for a Study Permit as early as possible, as it can take several months to process an application, depending on your home country.


International students may seek a work permit after graduating, and can plan ahead to immigrate to Canada as a permanent resident. We recommend you do your research at Citizenship and Immigration Canada or speak to a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). InFocus works with a RCIC that can go over your options with you.


Depending on your country of origin, you also may need a Temporary Resident Visa. Find out if you need a visa here.

*This is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and should not be relied upon in such a manner.