Melissa Kajpust joins National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) as the new NSI Drama Prize program manager. Kajpust was previously involved with NSI when she co-developed and co-managed NSI New Voices between 2005 and 2008.
Kajpust is an award-winning writer who has worked on and developed programs for CTV, W, Slice, A-Channel, APTN, Treehouse, Citytv, YTV and Movie Central. Her two books for children, A Dozen Silk Diapers and The Peacock’s Pride were published by Disney’s Hyperion Books for Children.
Kajpust has worked as a development executive for Super Channel and Frantic Films and has worked with emerging and established writers, directors and producers across Canada. Select productions include: Taken in Broad Daylight, the third-highest rated original movie in Lifetime Movie Network’s history, Wrecked, starring Adrien Brody, the feature documentary Tutu Much, the feature film Black Field by NSI alumna Danishka Esterhazy and Guy Maddin’s upcoming Svengali, based on the novel Trilbyby George du Maurier.
“Melissa brings incredible experience and knowledge to this position,” says Derek Luis, CEO of NSI. “We’re thrilled to have her join our team. Melissa’s efforts with NSI Drama Prize will be invaluable to the professional development of filmmaking teams in her program and we hope to leverage her insight and contacts throughout our organization.”
About NSI Drama Prize
NSI Drama Prize is an ambitious program providing emerging filmmakers with a year of professional support and training in the various stages of filmmaking while developing and producing a short film. The teams’ writers undergo a week of intensive training in Winnipeg followed by a week of instruction for producers and directors. After “boot camp,” teams return home to continue their work. Selected teams will be eligible to receive $10,000 in cash support; over $25,000 in services; and mentoring from established industry leaders.