Cowboy Smithx and Alexandra Lazarowich win first place at Hot Docs BravoFactual short pitch competition

Above: Cowboy and Alexandra during their pitch

Congratulations to current NSI Aboriginal Documentary students Cowboy Smithx and Alexandra Lazarowich whose documentary project Cree Code Talker won first place at the Hot Docs BravoFactual short pitch competition yesterday.

The $30,000 prize goes towards the short documentary that Alex and Cowboy are developing and producing through the NSI course.

Cowboy and Alexandra were among six Canadian filmmaking teams who pitched their short documentary project to a live audience and panel of judges including Fredric Bohot, Bob Culbert and Angie Driscoll.

Cree Code Talker explores the role of WWII code talker Charles ‘Checker’ Tomkins, who used the Cree language to assist allied forces in winning the Second World War.

NSI Aboriginal Documentary is a development launch pad for producer/director teams looking to produce a short documentary. Teams are paired with an industry mentor to help with the final development and production of a 10 minute documentary.

The course starts with a two-week bootcamp in Winnipeg. Travel and accommodation is paid for by NSI. Teams receive a cash award of up to $16,000 to put towards production of their documentary, attend the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto and do post-production and receive mentorship at the National Film Board’s Montreal headquarters.

The documentaries will air nationally on APTN and stream on and

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NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2015 is supported by Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport & Consumer Protection and RBC Emerging Artists Project; Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Bootcamp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One; Super Channel; Corus Entertainment; Telefilm CanadaimagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival and Hots Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Industry Partners National Film Board of CanadaAcademy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media.

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