NSI Drama Prize and NSI Features First teams announced

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) announces the teams selected to 2014’s NSI Drama Prize and NSI Features First training courses.

NSI Drama Prize and NSI Features First have helped jumpstart the careers of many filmmakers. Floodplain, an NSI Drama Prize film from 2012, most recently screened and won two awards at the Vancouver Short Film Festival in November. Four NSI Drama Prize shorts were chosen for Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent showcase over the past couple of years. Two 4 One and Dark Stranger, NSI Features First projects from 2013, are both scheduled to go to camera in early 2014.

Congratulations to the new NSI Drama Prize teams:

  • Chopin’s Heart – writer/producer Melva McLean and director BJ Verot (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Divorce Photographer – producer Shannon Fewster and writer/director Christine Buijs (Toronto, ON)
  • Throwing Cotton – producer Natalie Urquhart and writer/director Tori Larsen (Toronto, ON)
  • When Fish Fly – producer Lora Campbell and writer/director Lisa Rose Snow (Halifax, NS)

Congratulations to the new NSI Features First teams:

  • Ninja Girl – producer Camille Beaudoin and writer Chris Craddock (Edmonton, AB)
  • Public Schooled – producer Josh Epstein and writer Kyle Rideout (Vancouver, BC)
  • Synapse – producer Matt Watterworth and writer Scott Westby (Calgary, AB)
  • Venus – producer Joe Balass and writer Eisha Marjara (Montreal, QC)

NSI Drama Prize is an ambitious training course which provides emerging filmmakers with $10,000 cash and up to $25,000 in services toward the development and production of a short film (up to 10 minutes).

“This year’s selected teams form a great mix of projects and represent three different Canadian cities,” said NSI Drama Prize program manager Elise Swerhone. “I’m so excited to start working with them and to see them develop over the next year.”

NSI Drama Prize faculty also includes writer advisor Shereen Jerrett, director advisor Sean Garrity and producer advisor Brendon Sawatzky.

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NSI Features First is a 10-month development training launch pad for producer/writer teams looking to produce their first or second feature film with strong commercial appeal.

“NSI pairs teams with experienced story editors who mentor them and help get their scripts polished,” said NSI Features First program manager Brandice Vivier. “They learn how all aspects of a feature film come together – development, pitch, production and release. I’m looking forward to working with these students to get their projects made.”

About NSI Drama Prize

Through the NSI Drama Prize training program, 111 short films have been produced by 241 writer/director/producer graduates. These films have screened at hundreds of festivals and won awards around the world.

NSI Drama Prize 2013 was made possible by Presenting Sponsors Telefilm Canada and Shaw Media; Program Partner The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation; Bootcamp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Award Sponsors The Brian Linehan Charitable FoundationRogers Group of Funds and Telefilm Canada; Provincial Sponsor Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia; Service Sponsors William F. White International (exclusive lighting and grip sponsor), DeluxeKodakEastern ScriptLine 21; Actors Support Sponsor The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.

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 WarEvery Emotion Costs7 Times LuckyTurning Paige and Inertia.

NSI Features First 2013 was made possible by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Program Partners The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Shaw Media; Award Sponsor ZoomerMedia Bursary and Actors Support Sponsor The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Communications Coordinator
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email: laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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