The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Brendon Sawatzky to the programming director position. He comes to NSI most recently from the NFB.
Brendon has had a long association with NSI – his latest work was as a faculty member for the NSI Drama Prize and NSI Aboriginal Documentary courses. Prior to that, he was part of NSI’s staff in the role of NSI Features First program manager.
He started his work with NSI managing Movie Camp, programming the industry centre for the NSI FilmExchange Canadian Film Festival and coordinating NSI Features First with then program manager Shirley Vercruysse.
“The best part of coming back to NSI will be working with the staff who are such a great team,” Brendon said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to the most.”
Brendon is also an experienced film producer, having made four feature films as well as several television projects with his company Inferno Pictures.
“It’s great to have Brendon back on the NSI team,” said John Gill, NSI CEO. “The leadership skills and production experience he brings are huge assets to this organization.”
About the National Screen Institute
Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the Winnipeg-based National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer, NSI Aboriginal Documentary and Movie Central Script to Screen.
National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) operates with ongoing funding from Core Funders Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors Shaw Media and Telefilm Canada; Patrons Bell Media and Corus Entertainment; Builders Rogers, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and NBCUniversal; Strategic Sponsors Entertainment One and Super Channel; Friends ZoomerMedia, Blue Ant Media, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, APTN and RBC Emerging Artists Project.
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