Directors Guild of Canada makes multi-year commitment to NSI IndigiDocs

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The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce a new three-year partnership with the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) in support of NSI IndigiDocs (formerly known as NSI Aboriginal Documentary).

“NSI IndigiDocs has a great track record of training emerging documentary filmmakers that we’re proud to support,” said Tim Southam, DGC President. “Having done training sessions with NSI students previously, I know the skills they’re gaining in storytelling will serve them for the duration of their careers.”

Tim has had a long relationship with NSI, including as a past presenter for CBC New Indigenous Voices and as the director trainer for the NSI Storytellers course.

“We’re grateful to the DGC for their enthusiasm and support for NSI IndigiDocs,” said John Gill, CEO of NSI. “With the help of this partnership, the students will create strong documentaries and receive the opportunity to forge relationships with DGC mentors.”

The Directors Guild of Canada also supports Corus Diverse TV Director in association with NSI and sends members to workshop with students of CBC New Indigenous Voices and NSI IndigiDocs during boot camp.

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NSI IndigiDocs is a development launch pad for producer/director teams looking to produce a short documentary.

NSI IndigiDocs 2016-18 is funded by 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 the Directors Guild of Canada, Entertainment One, Super ChannelCorus Entertainment, Telefilm Canada, imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts FestivalHot Docs International Documentary FestivalBreakthrough Entertainment and the Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partners National Film Board 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 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

About the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC)

The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 4,800 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing. The DGC negotiates and administers collective agreements and lobbies extensively on issues of concern for Members including Canadian content conditions, CRTC regulations and ensuring that funding is maintained for Canadian film and television programming.

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Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email

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