The Vancouver Film School (VFS) has launched the largest scholarship competition in the history of the institution. Open to residents of Canada and the United States, the VFS 2000 Scholarship Competition will award 12 scholarships, for a total value of more than US$174,000. Established in 1987, VFS focuses on portfolio development and production-based education. "We are basically a production house that teaches; our students learn by doing," said director of registration Daniel Craig. "When they graduate, they have the skills and practical experience necessary to get that first job in the industry." The 12 full tuition scholarships will be awarded in six of Vancouver Film School's production-based, full time programs. Two scholarships per program will be awarded in New Media (40 weeks, $18,725 each); Film (40 weeks, $18,725 each); 3D Animation & Digital Effects (40 weeks, $18,725 each); Classical Animation (48 weeks, $13,500 each); Acting for Film & Television (48 weeks, $12,500 each) and Writing for Film & Television (16 weeks, $4,995 each). Entry deadline is Wednesday, May 31, 2000. One can obtain applications, rules and regulations and further information by contacting the Vancouver Film School at: Tel.: (800) 661-4101; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Web: www.vfs.com.