NSI announces industry experts to mentor TELUS Optik™ Local projects

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the industry experts appointed as mentors to five TELUS Optik Local projects. NSI and TELUS Optik Local have partnered to offer a pilot program to filmmakers in BC and Alberta that supports original storytelling.

“We are passionate about supporting filmmakers in BC and Alberta to tell compelling, original stories through funding and mentorship,” said Kim Guise, director of TELUS Optik Local. “Strong mentorship can lead to refined filmmaking and powerful storytelling, so we’re thrilled to partner with NSI to guide five Optik Local producers.”

“This partnership between NSI and TELUS Optik Local is an exciting development as we continue to explore opportunities in digital media and multiplatform storytelling,” said Angela Heck, NSI digital media programs and development manager. “The experts matched to the TELUS Optik Local teams represent the best of Canadian film and television talent who are lending their talents to help guide these web series to completion.”

The series and their project leads:

  • Cowtown from Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi

Mentorship from producer Kim Todd (Fargo, Falcon Beach) and writer Neil Grahn (The Irrelevant Show)

  • Ollie and Emma from Leslie Bland

Mentorship from writer/director Maureen Bradley (Two 4 One) and producer Peter Lhotka
(Trick ‘r Treat, Wind Chill)

  • Sunnyhearts CC from Sonja Bennett

Mentorship from attorney and producer Allan Krasnick and writer Garry Campbell (Young Drunk Punk, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Less Than Kind)

  • Youth on Earth from Terri Wynnyk

Mentorship from producer Ava Karvonen (The First Kiss and Other Rites of Passage, The Lie Detective) and documentary story consultant Don White

  • Young & Reckless from Brianne Nord-Stewart

Mentorship from Andrew Williamson (Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH, Motive) and writer Mark Farrell (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Seed)

The teams are also working with digital media and marketing strategist Annelise Larson whose groundbreaking online course Becoming a Storypreneur is being taught across Canada and Europe.

The five projects are currently in development, with series delivery planned for July 2016 and public distribution slotted for autumn 2016 on TELUS Optik Local platforms – TELUS Optik TV on Demand and the TELUS Optik Local YouTube channel.

About TELUS Optik Local

TELUS Optik Local supports compelling, original stories told by filmmakers from BC and Alberta by providing production funding, training and exposure to new audiences. Programs are distributed for free on TELUS Optik TV on Demand and online.

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 TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features FirstMovie Central Script to ScreenShaw Media Diverse TV DirectorNSI Aboriginal Documentary and TELUS STORYHIVE.

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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