Open casting call for First Nations males aged 6 to 25

A film version of Richard Wagamese's novel Indian Horse will be filming in the area this fall.

A feature film based on Richard Wagamese’s novel Indian Horse is in the early stages of casting for roles, and is seeking First Nations males: children, youth, and adults aged six to 25 years old, for both speaking and non-speaking roles. This is an open call, and no acting experience is necessary. There is no charge to be in the film, which will be shooting in Ontario, Quebec, and Kamloops beginning in the fall of 2016. People do not have to live in these areas to be considered for a role in the movie, and there will be tutors on set and time set aside so children do not fall behind in their schooling.

The casting search is being conducted via online audition submissions, which must be received by April 17, 2016, and the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission (TNFC) is coordinating with the Tk’emleps te Secwepemc Indian Band and the Citxw Nlaka’pamux Assembly, based in Merritt, to arrange a film crew to videotape auditions in Kamloops and Merritt.

“There is no charge to be videotaped, because we want to help First Nations in the Thompson-Nicola region to have a good chance at being in the film,” says TNFC Chair Robin Smith. “Several First Nations mothers of young children and young actors have expressed a desire to tryout to be in the film but found the process challenging, and we want to help with that,” adds TNFC Film Commissioner Victoria Weller.

Parents of children who wish to audition, and interested young adults, are encouraged to call for an audition videotaping time slot. In Kamloops call the TNFC at (250) 377-8573 or 1-877-377-8673, or e-mail In Merritt please call the CNA office at (250) 378-1864. Applications and videotaped auditions can also be sent in; visit