NSI announces new funding for NSI Aboriginal Documentary from RBC Emerging Artists Project

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) welcomes RBC Emerging Artists Project as a 2013 Program Partner for the NSI Aboriginal Documentary training course.

The NSI Aboriginal Documentary course launched in 2012. The course provides up to four Aboriginal director and producer teams with training, mentorship and up to $16,000 in cash towards the production of a short documentary. Teams also attend the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

“RBC is a longtime supporter of our Aboriginal training courses,” said John Gill, NSI CEO. “We’re thrilled to welcome them as a program partner to our NSI Aboriginal Documentary course as we launch it nationally.”

“Like NSI, RBC believes in the power of the arts to enrich our lives and enhance our communities,” said Glenn Crook, VP Commercial Financial Services, RBC. “We’re pleased to support the NSI Aboriginal Documentary course and help young Aboriginal filmmakers take their careers to the next level.”

The call for applications opens Monday, September 23, 2013.


l-r: NSI’s John Gill and Ursula Lawson with RBC’s Mark Schollenberg and Glenn Crook

About the National Screen Institute

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 Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, NSI Aboriginal Documentary, NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer and Movie Central Script to Screen.

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 RBC and the Arts

RBC sponsors a wide-range of grassroots and local initiatives that contribute to the cultural fabric of our communities. Proud to support programs and events that resonate with our clients, RBC provides opportunities for up-and-coming artists through programs including the Gimli Film Festival, REEL Pride Film Festival, imagineNATIVE, RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Toronto International Film Festival® and many more.

NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2012 was made possible by Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and Manitoba Culture, Heritage & Tourism; NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Community Investor MTS TV Stories From Home; Strategic Sponsors Frank Digital/Mid Canada Production Services Inc. and The Winnipeg Foundation; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Supporting Sponsors The City of Winnipeg and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media Services Ltd.

Media enquiries

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

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