NSI Aboriginal Documentary: call for applications

Alice and Kevin short film

Above: Alice and Kevin from Sam Vint and Christopher Read

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is now accepting applications for its NSI Aboriginal Documentary course. Applications must be received by Friday, November 7, 2014.

The course, open now for the second year to applicants from across Canada, 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.

Training begins in February with a two-week boot camp in Winnipeg and includes a trip to Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto.

Completed short documentaries from the course will air nationally on APTN and stream on aptn.ca.

NSI staff members Ursula Lawson and Elise Swerhone serve as co-program managers.

Applicants must read the course guidelines to find out what the program entails. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. CT on Friday, November 7, 2014.

Eight films have been made in two years of the NSI Aboriginal Documentary program so far.

The 2013 projects are Traditional Beats directed by Cameron Courchene and produced by Crystal Greene; An Ecstatic Professional directed by Rhayne Vermette and produced by Damien Ferland; Alice and Kevin directed by Sam Vint and produced by Christopher Read; and Finding Sergeant Partridge directed by Gabriel Constant and Neil Bignell and produced by Gabriel Constant.

Alice and Kevin will screen at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival next month in Toronto.

The 2014 projects (currently in post-production) are Curl as One directed by Jenna Neepin and produced by Justina Neepin; The Spirit of Birth directed by Rebeka Tabobondung and produced by Michelle St. John; Through the Eyes of the World directed by Amanda Strong and produced by Bracken Hanuse Corlett; and Released directed by Chantal Rondeau and produced by Jennifer Bowen-Allen.

NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2014 is supported by Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection and RBC Emerging Artists Project; NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Bootcamp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Provincial/Territorial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music and Yukon Film & Sound; Industry Partner Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT); and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media Services Ltd.

NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2015 is supported by Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)RBC Emerging Artists Project, and Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport & Consumer Protection; Bootcamp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneimagineNATIVE and Hots Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partner Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media Services.

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 and Movie Central Script to Screen.

NSI also offers 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.

Media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Communications Coordinator
tel: 204.957.2999 or email: laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca