NSI Aboriginal Documentary

Application deadline

We are not currently accepting applications.

What is NSI Aboriginal Documentary?

Read our NSI Aboriginal Documentary course guidelines for full information.

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

Teams are paired with an industry mentor to help with the final development and production of a 10 minute documentary.

The course starts with a two-week boot camp in Winnipeg. Travel and accommodation is paid for by NSI.

Teams receive a cash award of up to $16,000 to put towards production of their documentary and attend the Hot Docs International Canadian Documentary Festival in Toronto.

2015 marks the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report.

This year, NSI Aboriginal Documentary applicants must submit ideas that will tell stories that reflect an aspect(s) of what the report covers – painful past, hopeful future and all the challenges and triumphs in between.

These themes can be found in unlimited story ideas. If you have questions about whether your story idea qualifies, contact program managers Ursula Lawson or Elise Swerhone at 1-800-952-9307 or 204-956-7800 to discuss your idea.

How much does it cost?

  • $100 application fee per team.

There are no tuition costs for students. The NSI Aboriginal Documentary tuition sponsor is NBCUniversal.

When does it take place?

NSI Aboriginal Documentary is a one year course however you will be at home for the majority of the course apart from an intensive 10-day training session in Winnipeg from February 7 to 19, 2016.

Who are the NSI Aboriginal Documentary faculty?

Lisa Meeches, Elise Swerhone, Ursula Lawson, Lisa Jackson and Brendon Sawatzky. Read more.