Everything You Need to Know and Do Before You go to Film School 

VANCOUVER, February 19, 2019 – 21st CENTURY FILM STUDENT PRIMER: Everything You Need to Know and Do Before You go to Film School, the straight-forward new book by award-winning filmmaker and educator John Pozer, reframes film education for the next generation of filmmakers. PRIMER lays out a practical approach for creative success and scholastic achievement in an easy-to-read format.  

Based on years of research and interviews with educators and former students, PRIMER relates challenges faced by Pozer’s many students and offers a slate of easy-to-follow exercises to help navigate them, including valuable strategies on how to choose the right school, create a strong portfolio, and arrive with clear ideas on how to maximize the opportunities of any film program.

Pozer has taught scores of emerging filmmakers at leading film schools and launched his own career by shooting his debut feature while a university student. That film, The Grocer’s Wife, was showcased by both the Cannes and Toronto festivals and won a slate of international awards. 

Pozer says, “I wanted to write a no-nonsense guide that is educational, entertaining and, most of all, useful. Pursuing a post-secondary film education requires a major investment of time and money. I think it’s imperative for students to know what they’re getting into and be as prepared as possible. Film school is like filmmaking: the more prepared you are, the better your chances of having a successful and rewarding experience. No matter which program one plans to attend or what kind of films one wants to make, readers will find comprehensive exercises and techniques on how to develop their voice, accomplish their best work, and make the most out of their creative efforts.”

21st CENTURY FILM STUDENT PRIMER: Everything You Need to Know and Do Before You go to Film School is now available in paperback and ebook and can be ordered on-line through all major book retailers.



John Pozer is a Vancouver-based filmmaker, author and educator. He wrote, directed, edited and produced The Grocer’s Wife, which was selected to the Cannes Film Festival as Opening Film for the International Critic’s Week in 1992.  The film garnered numerous accolades including the prestigious Prix Georges Sadoul (French Critic’s Award) and Pozer won the inaugural Claude Jutra Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for Best Direction of a First Feature Film. 

Pozer returned to Cannes as an executive producer and editor with the independent feature Kissed.  He also executive produced After Eden, which premiered in the New Directors section at the San Sebastian Festival. Pozer has also directed a slate of network television, including drama, comedy, animation and documentary.

Pozer’s career began at a young age as an actor. He went on to study film and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal. Over the years, he has taught film as a senior directing instructor at Vancouver Film School and adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University, The Art Institute, LaSalle College, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the University of British Columbia.

            21st CENTURY FILM STUDENT PRIMER: Everything You Need to Know and Do Before You go to Film School is his first book.