SCA Fall 2019 Orientation

Friday August 30, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
2nd floor, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Please join us for an introduction to the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU. With dance, film, music, theatre, visual art, and all of the other resources and opportunities in the school, we have a lot of interrelated parts to cover and get to know.  

Our Keynote presenters for the event will be SCA film alumni Gloria Mercer and Aidan West, who together are also the production and development group See Horse Films. Mercer and West's recent co-produced project, Hekademia, which Mercer also wrote and directed, has been awarded support from the National Film Board of Canada's Filmmaker Assistance Program, and will be ready to submit to Canadian and international film festivals this fall.

SCA’s Orientation is also presented with the assistance of the school’s Student Unions, who will be holding a panel discussion at the end to give you a firsthand student perspective on the SCA. We will then all "break out" for snacks and conversation.


And feel free to bring your folks or friends if you want. All are welcome!

Please note: this is a different event than the main SFU Orientation on August 29 at the Burnaby Campus. If you have time to attend both, that’s great, but this event is highly recommended for all new SCA students.


2:00 p.m. — Main Presentation, 2nd floor, Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
4:00 p.m. — Break-out/Meet and mingle, 4th floor, Rm 4390


Gloria Mercer was born and raised in East Vancouver. She is a writer/director/editor who finished the SFU film program in 2016. Her award-winning thesis film Bombing screened at over 30 festivals worldwide, and won best in its category at the 2016 Whistler Film Festival. In 2018 she wrote and directed the independently-produced All Happened Before, shot on 16mm film. She is currently in post production on Hekademia, a short film made with support from the National Film Board and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is a co-founder of See Horse Films.

Aidan West is a writer and filmmaker. He is an alumnus of the SFU undergraduate film program. He is currently enrolled at the MFA screenwriting program at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television. His film, Ellen Infinity, produced through SFU’s film program, screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival, and other festivals across North America. His screenplays have placed in the second round at the Austin Film Festival, and have won awards through the California Film Awards, Canada International Film Festival, and placed as a quarter-finalist at the Fresh Voices Screenplay competition. Recently he was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation screenwriting fellowship. He is a frequent producing partner and collaborator of Gloria Mercer, and a co-founder of See Horse Films.


August 30, 2019