William F. White International Inc. signs multi-year deal with NSI Drama Prize

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is proud to announce William F. White International Inc. (a Comweb Group member) has extended their commitment as the exclusive lighting and grip production equipment and technical services sponsor of NSI Drama Prize through 2016.

“Whites is a big international company and they’ve contributed to some of the most beloved films and television series of our generation,” said NSI CEO John Gill. “Yet they take the time to mentor, support and advise emerging talent like our NSI Drama Prize students. They are investing in the future storytellers in our country.”

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.

“This year is William F. White’s 50th anniversary, and our priority to nurture and train the next generation of Canadian screen professionals is unwavering,” said Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Comweb Group and William F. White International Inc. “Working with NSI on this program and providing state-of-the-art equipment and technical expertise to the teams is a great way of giving back to the industry.”

From the 2012 NSI Drama Prize – year one of Whites’ exclusive support – Floodplain by writer/producer Daniel Hogg and director Jeremy Lutter was selected to the 2013 Telefilm Not Short on Talent initiative at the Cannes Film Festival.

The current NSI Drama Prize students are:

  • Given Your History – producer Laura Perlmutter and writer/director Molly McGlynn (Toronto, ON)
  • Mine – producer Inga Dievulyte and writer/director Gerald Patrick Fantone (Toronto, ON)
  • Some Things Won’t Sleep – producer Andre Pettigrew and writer/director Leah Johnson (Truro, NS)
  • The Underground  – producer Kerry Swanson and writer/director Michelle Latimer (Toronto and Hamilton, ON)

The program has had incredible successes. Over 110 short films have been produced. One film was shortlisted for an Oscar®; another received a special jury mention at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ghana, Berlin, Slamdance, Comic-Con, Toronto International Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival and so many more – NSI Drama Prize films have screened at festivals all over the world.

For over two decades NSI and William F. White have partnered on initiatives.  They were a dedicated sponsor to NSI Features First and NSI New Voices, and a longtime supporter of the now-retired NSI FilmExchange Canadian Film Festival.

NSI-developed projects including Todd & The Book of Pure Evil, Less Than Kind, Fetching Cody, On the Corner, Wapos Bay, Cashing In, and alumni features such as High Life, Niagara Motel and Black Field have all chosen William F. White for their equipment.

NSI recently nominated William F. White for their contribution in the Winnipeg industry, for the Arts Champion Award, which will be awarded June 6 at the annual Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts.


L to r: Holly Marchuk (NSI Drama Prize), Elise Swerhone (NSI Drama Prize Program Manager), Dion Telesky (NSI Drama Prize), Paul Bronfman (Chairman/CEO of Comweb Group and William F. White International Inc.), Melissa Kajpust (NSI Director of Programming), Steve Morrisson (General Manager, William F. White International Inc., Winnipeg), Cory Quinn (NSI Drama Prize)

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

The National Screen Institute is renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, and for providing 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 and NSI Aboriginal Documentary.

NSI also offers national 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.

About William F. White International Inc.

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.

NSI Drama Prize 2013 is made possible by Presenting Sponsors Telefilm Canada and Shaw Media; Program Partner The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation; Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Award Sponsors The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, Rogers Group of Funds and Telefilm Canada; Provincial Sponsor Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia; Service Sponsors William F. White International (exclusive lighting and grip sponsor), Deluxe, Kodak, Eastern Script, Line 21; Actors Support Sponsor The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.

Media enquiries

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

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