NSI Features First-developed film Venus celebrates English language premiere at Whistler Film Fest

Venus / Link to Whistler Film Fest

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is proud to announce the English language festival premiere of NSI Features First-developed film Venus from writer/director Eisha Marjara and producer Joe Balass. The film, developed through the course in 2014, screens at Whistler Film Festival in December.

This screening follows its French-language fest premiere at the Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal in October.

Venus got its jump start with the NSI Features First program. NSI mentored us throughout the making of the film and championed us as a filmmaking team during the long haul,” said Eisha and Joe. “We owe a lot to the team at NSI for their incredible commitment and support.”

Genders, generations and cultures collide in this comedy about the modern family unit, which follows a transitioning woman who discovers she’s the father of a 14-year-old boy.

Venus is another great example of the ongoing success of NSI Features First,” said John Gill, CEO of NSI. “The course gives participants the development tools to take their films and get them made. It’s exciting to see Eisha and Joe reach this milestone.”

Venus screens at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival on December 2, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. It plays again on December 3 at 6 p.m.

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NSI Features First is a development training launch pad for producer/writer teams looking to produce their first or second feature film with strong commercial appeal.

The course gets results: 20+ feature films developed through the program have been produced since the course launched. Most recently, Josh Epstein and Kyle Rideout premiered Public Schooled at TIFF 2017.

Other films developed through NSI Features First include The Sun At MidnightBang Bang BabyThe Dark StrangerTwo 4 OneI Declare WarEvery Emotion CostsFoodlandLove and Other DilemmasFetching Cody7 Times LuckyOn the CornerGoldirocksTurning PaigeFlower & Garnet, Leaving Metropolis, InertiaMy Father’s AngelViolet and The Bend.

NSI Features First is funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper ChannelCorus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; and Service Sponsor William F. White. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

NSI Features First 2014 was funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Program Partners The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Shaw Media; Supporting Sponsor Entertainment One; Actors Support Sponsor The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation; Bursary Sponsor ZoomerMedia; Industry Partner The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT) and Provincial Sponsor Alberta Film.

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

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 IndigiDocsNSI Business for Producers and TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts.

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 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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