NSI Features First

Presented by the National Screen Institute in association with Telefilm Canada

Application deadline

Applications are closed.

What is NSI Features First?

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NSI Features First is a renowned development training launch pad for producer/writer teams looking to produce their first or second feature film with strong commercial appeal. It is NOT necessary to have a director attached to the project. Teams meet with top-level experts throughout the program and receive $7,500 towards the final development and packaging of their feature film project.

Success stories

The course gets results: 19 feature films have been produced since the course launched in 1997.

  • The Sun at Midnight – writer/director: Kirsten Carthew
  • Two 4 One – writer/director: Maureen Bradley
  • The Dark Stranger – writer/director Chris Trebilcock; producer Glen Wood
  • Bang Bang Baby – writer/director: Jeffrey St. Jules
  • I Declare War – writer/director: Jason Lapeyre
  • Every Emotion Costs – writer/director: Darlene Naponse; producer Joseph Mansourian
  • Foodland – writer/director: Adam Smoluk
  • Love and Other Dilemmas – producer: Clare Hodge; director: Larry Di Stefano; writer: Deborah Peraya
  • Fetching Cody – producer: Carolyn Allain; writer/director: David Ray
  • 7 Times Lucky – producer: Liz Jarvis; writer/director: Gary Yates
  • On the Corner – producer: Wendy Hyman; writer/director: Nathaniel Geary
  • Goldirocks – producer: Lisa Hayes; writer/director: Paula Tiberius
  • Flower and Garnet – producer: Trish Dolman; director/writer: Keith Behrman
  • Leaving Metropolis – producers: Ken Mead and Paul Stiles; director/writer: Brad Fraser
  • Inertia – producer: Brendon Sawatzky; director/writer: Sean Garrity
  • Turning Paige – producer: Carolyn McMaster; director/co-writer: Robert Cuffley; writer: Jason Long
  • My Father’s Angel – producer: David Bouck, co-executive producer: Trevor Hodgson; director: Davor Marjonovic; writer: Frank Borg
  • Violet – producer: Mary Sexton; director/writer: Rosemary House
  • The Bend – writer/director: Jennifer Kierans (developed in part through NSI Features First)

How much does it cost?

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

When does it take place?

NSI Features First is a 10-month training course. The week-long, phase one training session takes place in Toronto in January 2017.

Teams that successfully move on to phase two will attend a second four-day training session in March 2017.

Who are the NSI Features First faculty?

Melissa Kajpust and Shelly Quade.