William F. White Int’l becomes exclusive equipment sponsor of NSI Drama Prize


The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce William F. White International Inc. is now the exclusive lighting and grip production equipment and technical services sponsor of NSI Drama Prize.

“William F. White is a longtime supporter of NSI and has sponsored NSI Drama Prize since its inception over 20 years ago,” said John Gill, NSI CEO. “We’re grateful they’ve increased their investment in supporting our up-and-coming filmmakers.”

NSI Drama Prize is an ambitious training program providing up to four teams of emerging Canadian filmmakers with a year of support and training in writing, directing and producing as they develop and produce a short film.

“We are thrilled to empower the aspiring filmmakers selected for NSI Drama Prize by providing state-of-the-art equipment and technical expertise which they might not otherwise have the chance to access,” said Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Comweb Group and William F. White International Inc. “Given NSI’s proven track record as industry leaders in training, we see our relationship with them as an investment in the future of Canadian filmmaking.”

William F. White has been the supplier to acclaimed NSI-developed projects including Todd & The Book of Pure EvilLess Than Kind, Fetching CodyOn the CornerWapos BayCashing In, and alumni features such as High LifeNiagara Motel and Black Field. They have also been a dedicated sponsor to NSI Features First and NSI New Voices, and a longtime supporter of the now-retired NSI FilmExchange Canadian Film Festival.

The current NSI Drama Prize students are:

  • The Goodbye Girl by producer Michelle Kim and writer/director Amber Ripley (Surrey and Vancouver, BC)
  • Floodplain by writer/producer Daniel Hogg and director Jeremy Lutter (Victoria and Vancouver, BC)
  • Promise by producer Cory Quinn, writer Holly Marchuk and writer/director Dion Telesky (Winnipeg and Lorette, MB)
  • With Truelove Showers by producer Georgina López, writer Jeremy Beal and director James Musselman (Toronto, ON)

Since NSI Drama Prize began, over 100 short films have been produced with hundreds of festival and broadcast screenings around the world. Highlights include:

  • Oscars®, shortlisted for Best Short Film
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival: Special Jury Mention
  • Genie Awards, nominated for Best Short Film
  • Slamdance
  • Palm Springs
  • Comic-Con International Film Festival, San Diego
  • CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival: Bravo!FACT Award for Best Canadian Short Film

L to R: Lowell Schrieder (Director, Marketing & Communications, WFW), Ed Brando (Vancouver Manager, Client Services, WFW), Louise Clark (board member, NSI), Jeremy Lutter (NSI Drama Prize), Paul Bronfman (Chairman/CEO, WFW), John Gill (CEO, NSI) & Michelle Kim (NSI Drama Prize).

All media enquiries

Lauren MacDiarmid, Communications & Programs Coordinator
tel: 204.957.2999 or email: lauren.macdiarmid@nsi-canada.ca

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

The National Screen Institute is a national training school widely known for its prestigious training programs for Canadian writers, directors and producers working in film, television and digital media. Most programs are part-time so students keep their day jobs while they train. Participants do not have to relocate – intensive training happens in one place and participants return home to work with a mentor for the rest of their program. All training is delivered by senior industry experts.

About William F. White International

William F. White International Inc. (WFW) is a Comweb Group member company. Founded in 1963, WFW is Canada’s oldest and largest provider of motion picture, television, digital media, and theatrical production equipment with offices across the country. The company is the only one of its kind that can service productions of all sizes from coast to coast and has the most extensive inventory of state-of-the-art production equipment in the industry, including the very latest in technological advances. William F. White International Inc. has established a reputation for excellence and is recognized by Canadian and international producers as one of the best production rental and sales firms in the world. WFW is also partners with world-renowned, Oscar® award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond in Sparks Camera & Lighting Ltd., a leading Budapest, Hungary-based provider of motion picture production equipment servicing western and eastern European producers.

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