Apply now for CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI

CBC New Indigenous Voices 2017 / About CBC New Indigenous Voices

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is now accepting applications for CBC New Indigenous Voices (formerly known as NSI New Voices). Applications must be received by Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI is a culturally-sensitive training course that exposes young Indigenous people aged 18 to 35 to a variety of creative and challenging employment opportunities in film, TV and digital media. The course is led by program manager Ursula Lawson with Indigenous programs & administrative assistant Kaya Wheeler and NSI Indigenous training programs advisor Lisa Meeches.

Workshops and seminars in the classroom phase are led by industry experts. Students intern with a broadcaster or independent production company giving them firsthand knowledge of the business. Training also includes the production and screening of three short films. Minimum wage is provided throughout the course. 73% of graduates are working in the arts sector or pursuing further related education.

Find out how to apply. Apply by 4:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

The CBC New Indigenous Voices faculty, in consultation with an Elder and industry representatives, select up to nine students. Selections are based on a candidate’s strength, suitability and experience relating to the film and television industry and a firm commitment to fully participate in the course.

109 students have graduated from the course since 2005.

CBC New Indigenous Voices is funded by: Title, Presenting and Tuition Sponsor CBC; Program Partners Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and Telefilm Canada; NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper ChannelCorus Entertainment, Breakthrough Entertainment and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival; and Industry Partner the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC). NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. Additional partners to be confirmed.

NSI New Voices 2016 was funded by Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage; Program Partners Telefilm Canada and the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD); NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super ChannelCorus EntertainmentBreakthrough Entertainment and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partners Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and the Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor William F. White. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.

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 TelevisionCBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSINSI Features FirstNSI Business for ProducersMovie Central Script to ScreenCorus Diverse TV DirectorNSI IndigiDocs, 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

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Tel: 204.957.2999 or email:

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