2015 NSI New Voices students announced

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the students accepted to this year’s NSI New Voices training course for young Aboriginal adults aged 18-35 with a desire to work in the film and television industry.

The 2015 NSI New Voices students are:

  • Cody Blacksmith
  • Matthew De Paz
  • Kirk Ferland
  • Vince Fontaine
  • Frances Koncan
  • Kyle McCorrister
  • Melissa Raven
  • Kelsey Smoke
  • Nicole Staats

All students are from Manitoba

“We’re so pleased to continue offering this important foundational course to emerging Canadian storytellers,” said Ursula Lawson, NSI New Voices program manager. “With the skills students learn during NSI New Voices, they’re prepared to get a great start in the film and television industry and to share their stories with a wider audience.”

Workshops and seminars in the classroom phase are led by industry experts. Students intern with a broadcaster or independent production company giving them firsthand knowledge of the business. Training also includes the production and screening of three short films. Minimum wage is provided throughout the course.

NSI New Voices begins with a traditional feast on Monday, April 27. The feast is the first of the spiritual components that continue throughout the 14-week course.

Led by Elder Colin Mousseau, it incorporates a pipe ceremony and invokes the spirit of the ancestors who in turn bless the journey of the participants.

94 students have graduated from the course since 2005.

Graduates have gone on to work with companies including Media RendezVous, Animiki See Digital Production Inc., Manito Ahbee and APTN. They have worked on numerous film and television productions, developed their own projects and screened them at national and international film festivals.

NSI New Voices is led by Ursula Lawson with program coordinator Trinity Bruce, NSI Aboriginal training programs advisor Lisa Meeches and Elder Colin Mousseau.

NSI New Voices is funded by Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection; Program Partners Telefilm Canada and the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD); NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Strategic Sponsor Shaw Media; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper Channel, Corus Entertainment and imagineNATIVE; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; and Industry Partners Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and the Directors Guild of Canada.

About the National Screen Institute

The National Screen Institute is renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, and for providing training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features FirstNSI Lifestyle & Reality Series ProducerMovie Central Script to Screen and NSI Aboriginal Documentary.

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 nsi-canada.ca.

All media enquiries

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

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