Director/producer teams: apply for NSI Aboriginal Documentary and get training, mentorship and up to $16K towards your short doc

NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2016 / About NSI Aboriginal Documentary

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is accepting applications for the fifth year of its NSI Aboriginal Documentary course.

The course 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 2017 with a two-week boot camp in Winnipeg and includes a trip to Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto.

Students complete post-production at the National Film Board in Montreal and completed short documentaries from the course will air nationally as a one-hour special on APTN and stream on and

Films made through the course have screened and won awards nationally and around the world. Most recently, 7 Minutes, from Tasha Hubbard and Marilyn Poitras, won a Golden Sheaf award at the 2016 Yorkton Film Festival for best short subject (non-fiction).

Cree Code Talker, from Alexandra Lazarowich and Cowboy Smithx, celebrates its world premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival this month.

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

Applicants must read the course guidelines.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Apply here.

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NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2015-17 is funded by Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners APTN, Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and RBC Emerging Artists Project; Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Telefilm Canada, imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs and Breakthrough Entertainment; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Provincial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music and Creative Saskatchewan; Industry Partners National Film Board, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and the Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage 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 TelevisionNSI New VoicesNSI Features First, NSI Business for ProducersMovie Central Script to ScreenCorus Diverse TV DirectorNSI Aboriginal Documentary, TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts, and TELUS Optik™ Local.

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 industries at

All media enquiries

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Tel: 204.957.2999 or email:

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