Wellington’s Joycey named finalist for film scholarship


WELLINGTON: A film student from Wellington who’s attending Dalhousie University is in the running to earn a full scholarship to a prestigious Vancouver film school, thanks to filmmaker Kevin Smith.

Marc Joycey found out recently about being named a finalist.

“I was getting on the bus and I got a phone call from the executive producer of Vancouver Film School telling me that I was one of the four candidates selected by Kevin Smith to receive the scholarship,” he told NEWS 95.7’s The Sheldon MacLeod Show. “It’s kind of thrown my world completely upside-down.”

The other three finalists are from Brazil, the United States, and South Africa.

All of the finalists qualify for a partial scholarship, with one getting a full-ride to the VFS acting for film and television program this year.

Joycey is currently in his final semester at Dal, studying political science. He said he’s always wanted to be an actor.

“I thought, ‘maybe I’ll go be a lawyer because that’s a safe avenue,’ but the more time I spent in university, the more I realized I didn’t want to be a lawyer,” he explained. “In fact what I wanted ultimately, all this time, was to be a lawyer on television.”

The scholarship received around 1,000 applicants from around the world and the four finalists were personally selected by Smith.

“When I found out about Vancouver Film School and the scholarship, it really has changed my world view on what I want to do upon graduation,” said Joycey.