NSI New Voices - Apply

Application deadline

Applications are closed.

Our most recent course information is listed below for reference only. Please note this information is subject to change.


Call Ursula Lawson on (204) 956-7800 or (800) 952-9307 or email newvoices@nsi-canada.ca

You must read the NSI New Voices guidelines below before applying.

Application fee

There is no application fee.

What does NSI New Voices offer?

The overall objective of NSI New Voices is to deliver a culturally-sensitive, well-rounded understanding of industry job requirements and inspire young Aboriginal people by exposing them to a variety of creative and challenging employment opportunities in film, TV and digital media.

NSI New Voices is for Aboriginal people aged 18 to 35 who are interested in a career in film, TV and digital media.

Three spots in the course may be available to a qualified applicant who lives outside Winnipeg and who is able to cover the cost of living in Winnipeg for the duration of the course.

Please note out-of-town applicants must demonstrate they have solid travel and accommodation plans in Winnipeg before being considered for an interview.

What is the course format?

The course runs full time for 14 weeks and takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Phase one  skills development training  April 25 to June 3, 2016

The skills development and industry introduction curriculum includes topics such as story development, directing, producing, digital media, pitching, acting, documentary filmmaking, production design, set orientation, casting, journalism, writing and directing news, camera, lighting, sound, editing and Aboriginal history.

Phase two  production  June 6 to June 17, 2016

Students will shoot and edit three short films.

Phase three  work placement – June 20 to July 27, 2016

Participants who successfully complete phase one will graduate to the internship phase. Participants will be placed as interns in industry sites such as broadcasters and independent production companies.

The course culminates with a celebration and screening of the three short films.

What do I have to do to commit to the course?

You will be expected to attend all sessions and workshops and participate fully in all activities over the 14 weeks.

You’re going to be very busy. If you don’t think you can commit the time, please apply when you know you can.

A contract will be signed with each student outlining personal and NSI commitments.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you fit all of the following criteria:

  • You must be an Aboriginal person who is a North American Indian or a member of a First Nation, Métis or Inuit. North American Indians or members of a First Nation include status, treaty or registered Indians, as well as non-status and non-registered Indians. 
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, able to reside in Winnipeg during the training and be between the ages of 18 and 35 years. 
  • You must NOT participate in any other training course that would conflict with your ability to commit to NSI New Voices. 
  • You must have some industry experience and/or work experience in a related field. This can include working for a school/college or local newspaper and/or radio station, acting in a school/college or community theatre production, making a short film or other audio-visual project at school/college or in your own time and/or post-secondary education.

How do I apply?

You must complete the application online. You must fill out all sections of the application form in full and must include all documents listed below. Your application will be immediately disqualified if any of the sections are incomplete or missing. 

  • One complete copy of the application form. 
  • Resume clearly stating your education and/or industry experience and/or work experience in a related field. 
  • A letter of expectation describing what you hope to gain from the course and areas of interest in the film and television industry.
  • A letter of support or reference (this should be a person who can discuss the qualities you possess that would make you suitable for this course such as your boss or teacher). 
  • If you live outside Winnipeg, you must explain how you will cover the cost of travel and accommodation to attend the course. NSI does not cover these costs.

How will participants be selected?

The NSI New Voices faculty, in consultation with an Elder and industry representatives, will select up to nine students. Selections will be based on each candidate’s strength, suitability and experience related to the film and television industry and a firm resolve to commit the required time to fully participate in the course.

When will I know if I have been selected?

Successful candidates will be notified by March 31, 2016. Only successful candidates will be contacted by phone. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by mail.

Why do I have to submit a travel plan (non-Winnipeg applicants)?

NSI New Voices begins approximately three weeks after the student selection is made. If you would like to be considered for the course it’s important to explore your options for travel and accommodation in advance.

Who are the NSI New Voices faculty?

Ursula Lawson

Ursula, NSI New Voices course manager, has been with NSI since 2004. She has worked on many of NSI’s national training courses. As manager of NSI New Voices and co-manager of the NSI Aboriginal Documentary course she has been instrumental in helping NSI develop and deliver culturally sensitive training.

Lisa Meeches

As one of the most dynamic and respected Aboriginal producers in Canada, Lisa is an executive producer and the president of Eagle Vision Inc. and Meeches Video Productions, two Winnipeg-based production companies, and co-president of Century Street Distribution.

Lisa has executive produced a series of one-off documentaries, television specials and corporate videos. Among her numerous awards and nominations, Lisa produced four-time Canadian Screen Awards nominee and two-time winner docu-drama We Were Children; Canadian Screen Award winning TV movie Jack; and Gemini Award winning TV movie Elijah.

She also received critical acclaim for a number of past projects including The Sharing Circle, Canada’s longest running Aboriginal TV series which she also hosted, and Tipi Tales, a Parent’s Choice award-winning children’s series.

What are the exact dates of the course?

The course runs from April 25 to July 28, 2016. Students will be training and working full time during that period and are expected to work their hardest.

What rights does NSI have on the projects developed in NSI New Voices?

NSI and its sponsors have the right to exhibit completed productions for publicity and promotion purposes only. NSI has the right to stream the project on the NSI website two years following completion.

All copyright in the project remain with the filmmaker.

What financial assistance will I receive?

You’ll get minimum wage throughout the 14 week training course. We provide lunch during the full-time skills development. We provide bus passes during the full-time work placement.

What is the relationship between the National Screen Institute and successful applicants?

The relationship between the applicant and the National Screen Institute shall not be deemed to constitute a partnership or joint venture. The applicant shall not have the right to incur any debts nor to make any commitment of or on behalf of the National Screen Institute.