The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the teams selected to 2015’s NSI Features First training course.
Congratulations to the newest NSI Features First teams:
- Choo Chew – producer Mark Cutforth and writer Lee Hoverd (Toronto, ON)
- Hidden Star – producer Greg Jeffs and writer Colette Jeffs (Calgary, AB)
- Little Kings – producer Harry Cherniak and writer Dusty Mancinelli (Toronto, ON)
- The Danish Ambassador’s Wife – producer Shauna MacDonald and writer Andrea Stewart (Toronto, ON)
NSI Features First is a 10-month development training launch pad for producer/writer teams looking to produce their first or second feature film with strong commercial appeal.
“I’m so excited to start working with this year’s talented participants,” said NSI Features First program manager Shelly Tyler. “We’ve got four very unique scripts – it will be great to start polishing and developing them for the feature film market.”
The course gets results: 18 feature films have been produced since the course launched. More recently, five features have been produced in the last three years, including Two 4 One, The Dark Stranger and Bang Bang Baby, all of which completed principal photography this spring, plus the already-released I Declare War and The Bend (developed in part through NSI Features First).
Bang Bang Baby also won best Canadian first feature this year at TIFF.
Other films developed through NSI Features First include 7 Times Lucky, Flower & Garnet, Every Emotion Costs and Inertia.
The NSI Features First program advisor is Melissa Kajpust. Training is provided by top names in the industry such as Martin Katz, Dan Lyon and Paula Devonshire and takes place over 10 months, concluding with selected teams attending the Toronto International Film Festival in support of their projects.
NSI Features First is funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Program Partners The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Shaw Media; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel and Corus Entertainment; and Industry Partner Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
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