NSI Drama Prize

Submission deadline

We are not currently accepting applications for NSI Drama Prize.

What is NSI Drama Prize?

NSI Drama Prize is an ambitious course that provides emerging filmmakers with training in the various stages of filmmaking, $10,000 in cash support; over $20,000 in services; and mentoring from established industry leaders while teams develop and produce a short film (up to 10 minutes).

Past mentors have included Paul Haggis (Crash), Sheri Elwood (Call Me Fitz), Rob Merilees (Hard Core Logo 2), Gary Harvey (Arctic Air) and Damon D’Oliveira (The Law of Enclosures).

Success stories

111 short films have been produced by 241 writer/director/producer graduates and have screened at hundreds of festivals and won awards around the world including:

  • Oscars®, shortlisted for Best Short Film
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival: Special Jury Mention
  • Genie Awards, nominated for Best Short Film
  • Slamdance
  • Palm Springs
  • Comic-Con International Film Festival, San Diego
  • CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival: Bravo!FACT Award for Best Canadian Short Film
  • Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent at Cannes
  • TIFF’s Short Cuts Canada Program

How much does it cost?

  • $100 application fee per team.
  • $1,500 tuition per team member if your team is selected.

When does it take place?

The course is one year long. You will be at home for the majority of the course apart from a week-long training session in Winnipeg in March 2014.

Specific dates for the training sessions are subject to change but, tentatively, the writers’ boot camp will be from March 4 to 9, 2014.  The directors’ and producers’ boot camps will run simultaneously from March 9 to 16, 2014.

Who are the NSI Drama Prize faculty?

Elise Swerhone, Danishka Esterhazy, Shereen Jerrett and Brendon Sawatzky.