NSI celebrates five years of partnership with RBC Emerging Artists Project

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to celebrate five years of support from RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Since coming onboard as an NSI IndigiDocs (formerly NSI Aboriginal Documentary) program partner in 2013, RBC has been an enthusiastic supporter of NSI IndigiDocs participants, both during their time in the program and after it.

“We’re proud to celebrate this partnership milestone with NSI,” said Aaron Martyniw, Vice President, Commercial Financial Services. “At RBC we believe in the power of arts to encourage a culture of creativity, inclusion and innovation and that’s why we’ve supported NSI in various capacities for 20 years.

“They are an invaluable support for up-and-coming artists. The work they do through NSI IndigiDocs and all of their programming continues to be vital to the industry and our community.”

With RBC’s partnership, films made through NSI IndigiDocs have gone on to premiere at festivals and win awards around the world, including those highlighted in the clip above:

  • Cree Code Talker, from Alexandra Lazarowich and Cowboy Smithx, won the Gil Cardinal Documentary Award at the 2017 Dreamspeakers Film Festival;
  • From Up North, from Trudy Stewart and Janine Windolph, won the International Indigenous Award at the 2017 Wairoa Maori Film Festival;
  • 7 Minutes, from Tasha Hubbard and Marilyn Poitras, won the Best Short Subject (Non-Fiction) Award at the 2016 Yorkton Film Festival;
  • Mia’, from Amanda Strong and Bracken Hanuse Corlett, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2015.

“The success that NSI IndigiDocs grads have enjoyed is due in no small part to RBC’s support of their work and the learning process,” said John Gill, CEO of NSI. “RBC’s commitment to the development of Indigenous filmmakers is invaluable.”

Previously RBC featured their partnership with NSI in the 2017 Aboriginal Partnership Report, A Chosen Journey [PDF].

NSI IndigiDocs is a development training launch pad for producer/director teams looking to produce a short documentary film. Each team is paired with an industry mentor to help with the development and production of a documentary film.

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 VoicesNSI Features FirstNSI Business for ProducersScript to ScreenNSI Diverse TV DirectorNSI IndigiDocs, 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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