NSI Features First project Wisteria wins Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary

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NSI Features First project Wisteria – from writer/director A.J. Bond (Toronto, ON) and producer Amy Belling (Vancouver, BC) – is the latest winner of the Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary.

The $2,500 bursary is presented annually to a filmmaking team going through the NSI Features First training program with an inventive and creatively-integrated marketing plan for their feature film. Jim was the NSI Features First program manager but passed away in April 2007.

NSI Features First is a training program for writer/director/producer teams working on their first or second feature film.

Wisteria is a psychological mystery-thriller about a troubled young woman who is tormented by a mysterious child while stationed alone at an isolated 100-foot-tall fire tower in the remote wilderness.

“Getting your film noticed starts with a solid marketing plan that needs to be integrated into the project development from the very early stages,” said Will Pascoe, NSI Features First program co-manager. “Amy and A.J. put together an innovative and feasible plan that impressed the jury.”

“We are honoured to be awarded this year’s Jim Murphy Bursary,” said Bond and Belling. “This opportunity really galvanized us to start thinking about our marketing strategy as early in the filmmaking process as possible. We were inspired by Jim’s love of technology to imagine new platforms for promotion and we hope Jim would be as excited as we are to put these new ideas into action. We would like to thank everyone at NSI for this great opportunity and their continued support.”

“We are happy to participate in this initiative,” said Dan Lyon, a close friend of Jim’s, one of the founding members of the bursary and a member of the jury. “This award keeps Jim’s memory alive and helps a new generation of filmmakers.”

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