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Director/producer teams: apply for NSI IndigiDocs and get training, mentorship and cash to make your short doc

Director/producer teams: apply for NSI IndigiDocs and get training, mentorship and cash to make your short doc

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is accepting applications for the sixth year of its NSI IndigiDocs course.

Up to four Indigenous director/producer teams are provided with training, mentorship and up to $16K in cash towards the production of a short documentary.

Training begins in February 2018 with a two-week boot camp in Winnipeg. Teams also attend the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto.

Students complete post-production at the National Film Board in Montreal and their short films will air nationally as a one-hour special on APTN and stream on and

Films made through the course have screened and won awards nationally and around the world. Most recently, From Up North by Trudy Stewart and Janine Windolph won the the International Indigenous Award at the 2017 Wairoa Maori Film Festival in New Zealand.

NSI staff members Ursula Lawson and Elise Swerhone serve as co-program managers. Shane Belcourt and Lisa Jackson are the director advisors and Brendon Sawatzky serves as producer advisor. Lisa Meeches is the NSI Indigenous programs advisor.

Applicants must read the course guidelines before applying.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Apply here.

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NSI IndigiDocs 2016-18 is funded by Program Partners APTNManitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and RBC Emerging Artists Project; Indigenous Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors the Directors Guild of Canadadocumentary ChannelEntertainment OneSuper ChannelCorus EntertainmentTelefilm CanadaimagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts FestivalHot Docs Canadian International Documentary FestivalBreakthrough Entertainment and the Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary; Provincial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music and Creative BCthrough the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund; Industry Partners National Film Board of Canada and the Directors Guild of Canada; Tuition Sponsor Super Channel; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

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 TelevisionCBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSINSI Features FirstNSI IndigiDocsNSI Business for Producers and TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts, and TELUS Optik™ Local.

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 industries at

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email:

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