After five years, Joy Loewen, NSI Drama Prize program manager, has advised the National Screen Institute of her intention to step down from the position to pursue other opportunities in the industry. She will remain in place until a search for her successor has been completed. She has agreed to act in an advisory capacity through her replacement’s transition.
“I’m proud to have played a role in developing the careers of promising Canadian filmmakers and providing professional support for them to develop their films and establish themselves as professionals in the industry,” said Loewen. “I’m looking forward to exploring further opportunities to market and increase exposure of Canadian films and filmmakers nationally and internationally.”
Said Derek Luis, CEO of NSI, “Joy has been a pleasure to work with. The filmmakers she has worked with praise her passion and commitment, and have expressed how much she has helped their career growth during their NSI Drama Prize training. She will be missed here at NSI, and we wish her well as she continues to champion the Canadian film industry here and around the world.”
During her tenure, Loewen:
- Successfully managed 21 producer, writer and director teams through a series of intensive training workshops and the development and production of short films. These films have screened at festivals worldwide and won numerous awards including CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Many of the films have received television broadcasts nationally;
- Created partnerships with CFC’s Worldwide Short Film Festival and Reel Asian International Film Festival in Toronto to program and present panel sessions about NSI at their annual festivals;
- Facilitated workshops featuring well-known filmmaking guests including Roberta Munroe, Jon Reiss and Sheri Candler;
- Developed a strong network of industry professionals who provide training, guidance, facilities and cash resources to support emerging film professionals;
- Attended festivals across the country and internationally to promote NSI, NSI alumni and NSI Drama Prize films;
- And most recently, Loewen worked with the office of Canada’s High Commission in Ghana to present 10 NSI Drama Prize films at the opening night of the first Canada Film Week in Accra.