NSI Features First 2018 training boot camp kicks off in Toronto

About NSI Features First

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is proud to announce the start of its week-long 2018 NSI Features First training boot camp, which kicks off today in Toronto.

“I’m so excited to welcome all of this year’s guest faculty members to the NSI Features First boot camp. The knowledge, experience and market intelligence these pros pass on to the students will serve them now during their training and throughout their careers,” said program manager Shelly Quade.

The 2018 NSI Features First associate faculty are:

  • Justin Rebelo, Entertainment One
  • Christina Kubacki, Entertainment One
  • Michael Paszt, Raven Banner
  • Andrew Hunt, Raven Banner
  • Leah Jaunzems, Darius Films
  • Chad Maker, Agency 71
  • Warren P. Sonoda, director
  • Bern Euler, Canadian Film Festival
  • Paul Gratton, Whistler Film Festival
  • Steve Gravestock, TIFF
  • Brad Pelman, Fremantle Corporation
  • Mehernaz Lentin, CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund
  • David Barlow, writer, producer & story editor
  • Dan Lyon, Telefilm Canada
  • Lynn Burshtein, Interalia Law
  • Brendon Sawatzky, NSI Director of Programming
  • Glenn Cockburn, Meridian Artists
  • Greg Jeffs, William F. White

NSI Features First training takes place over the next 10 months. The course is managed by Shelly Quade alongside program advisor Al Magee. Al will also conduct story editing and pitch sessions with the participants.

The 2018 NSI Features First projects and teams are:

  • 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 Irifrom producer Scott Lepp (Okotoks, AB) and writer Sandi Somers (Calgary, AB)

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NSI Features First 2018 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.

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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