NSI Drama Prize call for applications now open

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is now accepting applications for its NSI Drama Prize course. Applications must be received by Tuesday, November 27, 2012.

NSI Drama Prize is an ambitious short film training course that provides up to $10,000 in cash, $20,000 in services and mentoring from Canada’s industry leaders for up to four writer/director/producer teams to develop and produce a short film.

The year-long, three-phase course kicks off in Winnipeg with an intensive boot camp in writing, directing and producing. Topics include script writing, film budgeting and financing, working with actors, blocking and shooting scenes and social media marketing.

NSI’s Elise Swerhone serves as program manager. Sean Garrity is program advisor and director facilitator during boot camp. Shereen Jerrett is the writer facilitator and Brendon Sawatzky is the producer facilitator.

“NSI Drama Prize provides budding filmmakers with the chance to make a quality short film and get their foot in the door through to a national stage,” said NSI Director of Programming Melissa Kajpust. “The connections and experience obtained through this course are priceless.”

Read our guidelines and download the application form. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.

2011 NSI Drama Prize grads Danis Goulet, Christine Kleckner, Ashley McKenzie, Martha Cooley and Nelson MacDonald screened their films Barefoot and When You Sleep at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

About NSI Drama Prize

Since its launch in 1990, 104 short films have been produced, 226 writer/director/producers have graduated from the program, and NSI Drama Prize films have screened at hundreds of film festivals around the world. Notable graduates include Mike Dowse (Goon, F Word, Fubar, It’s All Gone Pete Tong), Gary Yates (7 Times Lucky, High Life), Danishka Esterhazy (Black Field) and Tracey Boulton (Flashpoint, Young People F**king).

NSI Drama Prize 2012 was made possible by Presenting Sponsors Telefilm Canada and Shaw Media; Program Partner The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation; Strategic Sponsors Rogers and the Women in Media Foundation; Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Award Sponsors The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, Rogers Group of Funds and Telefilm Canada; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Service Sponsors William F. White International (exclusive lighting and grip sponsor), Deluxe, Kodak, Eastern Script, Line 21.

All media enquiries

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


  1. Tagert Wilson

    Has any of the shorts went on to win any awards?

    • LaurenMacDiarmid

      Thank for your comment, Tagert. Our NSI Drama Prize films have screened at hundreds of festivals around the world and won many awards, too numerous to mention here. :)

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