NSI Features First 2016 students announced

About NSI Features First

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the teams selected to the 2016 NSI Features First training course.

Congratulations to the newest NSI Features First teams:

  • A Small Fortune from producer Jason Arsenault and writer Adam Perry (Charlottetown, PEI)
  • Rust from producer Trinni Franke and writer A.J. Demers (Toronto, ON)
  • Judas Priest from producer Kristin Elsley and writer Lee Ventura (Toronto, ON)
  • SuperGrid from producer Hugh Patterson (Regina, SK) and writer Todd McCauley (Vancouver, BC)

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 look forward to welcoming the 2016 students. We’re especially pleased to have NSI’s very first team from PEI,” said NSI Features First program manager Shelly Quade. “The teams’ scripts are relevant to today’s feature market and tell engaging stories.”

The course gets results: 18 feature films have been produced since the course launched including the three most recent projects Two 4 OneThe Dark Stranger and Bang Bang Baby.

The NSI Features First program advisor is Melissa Kajpust. Training is provided by top names in the industry such as Brad Pelman, Dan Lyon and Paula Devonshire. Bootcamp takes place in Toronto over a week in late January.

NSI Features First is funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Program Partner The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper Channel, Corus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; Provincial Sponsors Creative Saskatchewan and Innovation PEI; and Industry Partner Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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, Movie Central Script to Screen, Shaw Media Diverse TV Director and NSI Aboriginal Documentary.

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.

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email: laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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