2018 NSI Features First teams revealed

About NSI Features First

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the projects selected to the 2018 NSI Features First training course.

Congratulations to the newest NSI Features First teams:

  • Must Kill Karl from producer Ryan West and writer Karen Moore (Toronto, ON)
  • She Smiles Back from producer Amelia Wasserman and writer Matt Sadowski (Toronto, ON)
  • The Stars Shine in Temperance from producer Christopher Redmond and writer Jared Young (Ottawa, ON)
  • Wilting Iris from producer Scott Lepp (Okotoks, AB) and writer Sandi Somers (Calgary, AB)

“I’m pleased to welcome these four new teams to the course,” said NSI Features First program manager Shelly Quade. “We received many excellent applications this year, and the four selected projects really stood out. Over the next 10 months of training and mentorship, their projects will be refined even further for the feature film market.”

NSI Features First is a 10-month development training launch pad for producer/writer teams looking to produce their first or second feature film with strong commercial appeal.

The NSI Features First program advisor is Al Magee. An intensive training boot camp takes place in Toronto over a week in late January where students receive training from top names in the industry.

The course gets results: 20+ feature films developed through the program have been produced since the course launched in 1997. Most recently Venus, from writer/director Eisha Marjara and producer Joe Balass, won the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) EDA award for best female-directed narrative feature at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival.

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NSI Features First 2017 was funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper ChannelCorus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; Provincial Sponsors Creative Saskatchewan and Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund; 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 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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