Brendon Sawatzky appointed NSI director of programming

Brendon Sawatzky

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 TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features FirstNSI Lifestyle & Reality Series ProducerNSI Aboriginal Documentary and Movie Central Script to Screen.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television, and digital media industry at

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 RogersThe Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and NBCUniversal; Strategic Sponsors Entertainment One and Super Channel; Friends ZoomerMediaBlue Ant MediaManitoba Liquor & LotteriesAPTN and RBC Emerging Artists Project.

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