Creative Saskatchewan supports NSI Aboriginal Documentary and NSI Features First

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce Creative Saskatchewan’s support of its NSI Aboriginal Documentary and NSI Features First training courses.

This commitment benefits NSI Aboriginal Documentary team Janine Windolph and Trudy Stewart and NSI Features First participant Hugh Patterson, all based in Regina.

“We are grateful for Creative Saskatchewan’s support of their region’s filmmakers in NSI programs,” said John Gill, CEO of NSI. “NSI Aboriginal Documentary and NSI Features First are well-respected training programs that will give Trudy, Janine and Hugh the skills to further their careers and enrich the province’s filmmaking community.”

Janine and Trudy’s NSI Aboriginal Documentary project is called Statement Gatherers Reflections. Janine serves as producer while Trudy is directing. Previously they were selected as the 2016 ZoomerMedia Bursary recipients.

Statement Gatherers Reflections is a 10-minute documentary on the reflections, observations and lessons from statement gatherers with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The documentary will offer an inside look at what it’s like to record some of the most painful and uplifting stories of resilience of the Indian residential school legacy.

Hugh is producer on NSI Features First project SuperGrid alongside writer Todd McCauley. SuperGrid follows Deke Campbell, a young smuggler who has a haul turn tragic on the Super Grid, a road running through Canada from the US Border to the Northwest Territories. Loss of cargo, his vehicle and his younger sister have put him in deadly debt to the crime syndicates who employ the smugglers and own the very road itself.

NSI Aboriginal Documentary is a development launch pad for producer/director teams looking to produce a short documentary. Teams are paired with an industry mentor to help with the final development and production of a 10 minute documentary.

NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2016 is supported by Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage 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; Provincial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music and Creative Saskatchewan; Industry Partners National Film Board of CanadaAcademy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media.

NSI Features First is a development training launch pad for producer/writer teams looking to produce their first or second feature film with strong commercial appeal.

NSI Features First is funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Program Partner The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper Channel, Corus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; Provincial Sponsors Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)Innovation PEI and Creative Saskatchewan; and Industry Partner Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

About Creative Saskatchewan

Creative Saskatchewan is dedicated to the growth and commercial viability of Saskatchewan’s creative industries: visual arts and craft, publishing, music and sound recording, live performing arts, and screen-based and interactive media. The agency facilitates the expansion of a business environment advantageous to the growth of the creative industry and to the growth of new employment, investment and production opportunities in Saskatchewan, and encourages and supports innovation, invention and excellence in the creative industry by stimulating creative production and new models of collaboration. For more information, visit

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

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 First, Movie 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

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

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