NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2016 students announced

About NSI Aboriginal Documentary

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the teams selected for the 2016 NSI Aboriginal Documentary course.

The course, now in its fourth year, provides Aboriginal director and producer teams with training, mentorship and cash towards the production of a short documentary. Students also travel to Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto and have their short films broadcast nationally on APTN and on aptn.ca.

The National Film Board’s Alanis Obomsawin will spend a day with students and share her experiences as a documentary filmmaker. Lisa Jackson returns as director advisor, with NSI staff member Brendon Sawatzky serving as producer advisor. Ursula Lawson and Elise Swerhone are the program co-managers. Lisa Meeches is the NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Advisor.

Boot camp speakers include industry experts like Sturla Gunnarsson, Elizabeth Klinck and Shane Belcourt. The two-week training boot camp kicks off February 8 in Winnipeg with a pipe ceremony and traditional feast.

2015 marks the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report. This year, NSI Aboriginal Documentary applicants submitted ideas that tell stories reflecting aspects of what the report covers – painful pasts, hopeful futures and the journeys in between.

“NSI Aboriginal Documentary has been gaining momentum over the past year with student successes at imagineNATIVE, Hot Docs and TIFF,” said Ursula Lawson. “We look forward to welcoming a new group of students and helping them tell their stories.”

The selected projects and students are:

  • Nosisim by director Sonya Ballantyne and producer Sage Daniels (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Indian in the Child by director Amanda Kindzierski and producer Luther Alexander (Winnipeg, MB)
  • The Underground by director Courtney Montour and producer Roxann Whitebean (Kahnawake, QC)
  • Statement Gatherers Reflections by director Trudy Stewart and producer Janine Windolph (Regina, SK)

NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2016 is supported by Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport & Consumer Protection and RBC Emerging Artists Project; NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Bootcamp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One; Super Channel; Corus Entertainment; Breakthrough EntertainmentimagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival and Hots Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Industry Partners National Film Board of CanadaAcademy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media.

About the National Screen Institute

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, Movie Central Script to Screen, Shaw Media Diverse TV Director and NSI Aboriginal Documentary.

NSI also offers national 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, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
tel: 204.957.2999 or email: laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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