Above: Shelly Quade (left) and Chris Vajcner
NSI team members John Gill (CEO), Shelly Quade (manager, programs and development), Brendon Sawatzky (director of programming) and Chris Vajcner (director of communications and revenue development) are making the rounds at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). And everywhere they go, it’s an NSI family reunion.
The festival runs from September 10 to 20. Read NSI’s guide to TIFF 2015 for full details on alumni film screenings and industry sessions.
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Clockwise from top left: Brendon Sawatzky with NSI Features First grad Sean Garrity (middle) and John Gill; Shelly Quade and Super Channel’s Melissa Kajpust (middle) with Jane Clarke; Brendon with NSI Features First grad Jason Lapeyre (middle) and Spencer Maybee at the DGC party; Shelly with NSI Totally Television grad Jordan Walker; and Chris Vajcner (middle) with NSI Drama Prize grads Lora Campbell (left) and Lisa Rose Snow (right).
Clockwise from top left: NSI Features First student Shauna MacDonald with Shelly; David Barlow, story advisor for NSI Totally Television, with Shelly; Brit actor Julian Richings with Shelly; Meridian Artists’ Kerry Ball with Shelly; the Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary Committee – back row L to R Shelly, Tony Wosk, Brendon and sitting L to R Jane Gutteridge, Dan Lyon and Chris; and Lowell Schrieder from William F. White with Shelly.
Top: Current NSI Totally Television student Amit Dabrai (left) with program advisor Sam Linton and Shelly; bottom right: Brendon with current NSI Totally Television student Fiorella Grossi; and bottom left: Chris sandwiched by NSI Totally Television grads Chris Sheasgreen and Marvin Kaye.
Clockwise from top left: Winnipeg film czar Kenny Boyce with Chris and Brendon at the Manitoba party; NSI Features First grad Camille Beaudoin with Chris; NSI grad and NSI Aboriginal Documentary director advisor Lisa Jackson with Chris; Q&A for Fire Song; and the world premiere sold out screening of Fire Song.
Fire Song is by writer/director/exec producer Adam Garnet Jones (Featuring Aboriginal Stories Program, NSI Storytellers) and producer/exec producer Laura Milliken (Featuring Aboriginal Stories Program).
Fire Song was accepted to the Telefilm Canada Micro-Budget Production Program in 2014 after being nominated by NSI.