Congratulations to the 2016 NSI New Voices grads

Darcy Waite, Shannon Bear, Jordan Wagner, Phoenix Campbell, Zachary Harper, Justin Kehler, Olly King (AKA Kenneth Burns), Janelle Gossfeld and Cody Halcrow

Above from left: Darcy Waite, Shannon Bear, Jordan Wagner, Phoenix Campbell, Zachary Harper, Justin Kehler, Olly King (AKA Kenneth Burns), Janelle Gossfeld and Cody Halcrow

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the graduation of nine students from the NSI New Voices course on Thursday, July 28.

Now in its 12th year, NSI New Voices is a culturally-sensitive training course that exposes young Aboriginal people aged 18-35 to a variety of creative and challenging employment opportunities in the film and television industry. Students train with professionals to develop their industry skills and then undertake a full-time internship to put those skills into practice.

“Now that these nine students have completed the course, their training will open opportunities to them in the film and TV industry and beyond,” said Ursula Lawson, NSI New Voices program manager. “I look forward to seeing them go on to find fulfilling careers and succeeding on their own terms.”

Congratulations to:

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

NSI New Voices 2016 began in April with a traditional feast to bless the students on their journey. Now, 14 weeks later, after class time and internships, we honour the participants, faculty and sponsors with a graduation ceremony and special screening of short films created and produced by the students as part of their training.

The three short films are:

  • Don’t Look Now by Jordan Wagner with Cody Halcrow and Justin Kehler
  • Semiconscious by Phoenix Campbell with Janelle Gossfeld and Darcy Waite
  • Open Mic Night by Olly King with Shannon Bear and Zachary Harper

NSI New Voices is funded by Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage; 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 Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music and Alberta Film; Industry Partners Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and the Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor William F. White Inc. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage 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 ScreenCorus Diverse TV DirectorNSI Aboriginal Documentary, TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts, 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 industries at

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email:

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