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APPLY NOW FOR NSI ABORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY, DEADLINE NOV. 2

APPLY NOW FOR NSI ABORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY, DEADLINE NOV. 2

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is now accepting applications for the fourth year of its NSI Aboriginal Documentary course.

The course provides up to four Aboriginal director and producer teams with training, mentorship and up to $16,000 in cash towards the production of a short documentary.

Training begins in February 2016 with a two-week boot camp in Winnipeg and includes a trip to Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto.

Films made through the course have screened around the world.

Mia’, from Amanda Strong and Bracken Hanuse Corlett, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015.

Alice & Kevin, from Sam Vint and Chris Read, screened at the Maoriland Film Festival in New Zealand and has streamed on-demand in Australia.

Mia’, Released from Chantal Rondeau and Jennifer Bowen-Allen, and Spirit of Birth from Rebeka Tabobondung and Michelle St. John are screening at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival which takes place from October 14 to 18.

Completed short documentaries from the course will air nationally as a one-hour special on APTN and stream on aptn.ca.

NSI staff members Ursula Lawson and Elise Swerhone serve as co-program managers.

Applicants must read the course guidelines to find out what the program entails. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. CT on Monday, November 2, 2015.

2015 marks the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report. This year, NSI Aboriginal Documentary applicants must submit ideas that will tell stories that reflect (an) aspect(s) of what the report covers – painful pasts, hopeful futures, and the journeys in between.

These themes can be explored in limitless story ideas. If you have questions about whether your story idea qualifies, please contact program managers Ursula or Elise at (800) 952-9307 (toll free) or (204) 956-7800 to discuss your idea.

NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2015-17 is supported by (with more to be confirmed): Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection and RBC Emerging Artists Project; NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Bootcamp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel and Corus Entertainment; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2014-16 is supported by: Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection and RBC Emerging Artists Project; NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Bootcamp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Telefilm Canada, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Industry Partners National Film Board of Canada, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media Services Ltd. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

About the National Screen Institute

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer, Movie Central Script to Screen, Shaw Media Diverse TV Director and NSI Aboriginal Documentary.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television and digital media industry at nsi-canada.ca.

For more info:
www.nsi-canada.ca/2015/09/apply-now-for-nsi-aboriginal-documentary-deadline-nov-2

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