2016 NSI New Voices students announced

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the students selected 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 2016 NSI New Voices students are:

  • Justin Kehler – Winnipeg, MB
  • Cody Halcrow – Winnipeg, MB
  • Shannon Bear – Winnipeg, MB
  • Olly King (aka Kenneth Burns) – Winnipeg, MB
  • Jordan Wagner – Winnipeg, MB
  • Zachary Harper – Winnipeg, MB
  • Phoenix Campbell – Winnipeg, MB
  • Janelle Gossfeld – Thompson, MB
  • Darcy Waite – Edmonton, AB

“With 100 NSI New Voices graduates since the course launched in 2005, we continue to see the demand and positive results of this foundational program,” said Ursula Lawson, NSI New Voices program manager. “I look forward to welcoming this year’s students and seeing their storytelling skills grow.”

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 25. 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.

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 Aboriginal programs & administrative assistant Kaya Wheeler, 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; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper Channel, Corus Entertainment, Breakthrough Entertainment and imagineNATIVE; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partners Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and the Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor William F. White. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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 TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features FirstMovie Central Script to ScreenShaw Media Diverse TV DirectorNSI Aboriginal Documentary, TELUS STORYHIVE and TELUS Optik™ Local.

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, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email: laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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