NSI Features First students announced

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the teams selected to this year’s NSI Features First training course, presented in association with Telefilm Canada.

The 10 month course is a development training launch pad for producer/writer/director teams looking to produce their first or second feature film with strong commercial appeal.

Teams are paired with executive producer mentors and story editors to help with the final development and packaging of their feature film project.

Past trainers include top industry names such as Dan Petrie Jr., Marguerite Pigott, Mark Slone and Jan Miller.

“NSI works with the teams to match them with experienced story editors to polish their script,” said new NSI Features First program manager Brandice Vivier. “We show them firsthand how a feature film comes together from development, to pitch, to production, to release. I’m excited to work with the students to find a place for their projects in today’s marketplace and get their projects made.”

Congratulations to:

  • Daniel Dolphin and the Horn of the Sea Dragon – Carmen Forsberg (producer) and Adam Mars (writer/director), Vancouver, BC
  • The Dark Stranger – Glen Wood (producer) and Chris Trebilcock (writer/director), Toronto, ON
  • Masks – Alex Molenaar (producer) and Peter Genoway (writer/director), Toronto, ON
  • Two 4 One – Kalli Paakspuu (producer) Maureen Bradley (writer/director), Toronto, ON and Victoria, BC

About NSI Features First

Since the course was launched in 1997, 15 features have been produced. Films developed through NSI Features First include I Declare War, Every Emotion Costs, 7 Times Lucky, Turning Paige and Inertia.

Training takes place over 10 months, concluding with teams attending the Toronto International Film Festival in support of their projects.

Teams are also eligible for the Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary in memory of the former NSI Features First program manager. In keeping with Jim’s incomparable film distribution, marketing and promotion knowledge, a $3,000 award is presented to a team in the course that develops an inventive and creatively-integrated marketing plan as part of the program requirements in the first phase of training.

NSI Features First 2012 was made possible by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Program Partners The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Shaw Media; Strategic Sponsor Corus Entertainment Inc.; Award Sponsor Zoomer Media and Territorial Sponsor Yukon Film & Sound Commission.

All media enquiries

Lauren MacDiarmid, Communications & Programs Coordinator
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email: lauren.macdiarmid@nsi-canada.ca