2017 NSI Features First students announced

NSI Features First 2016 / About NSI Features First

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the teams selected to the 2017 NSI Features First training course.

Congratulations to the newest NSI Features First teams:

  • All-In Madonna from producer Arnold Lim (Victoria, BC) and writer Susie Winters (Edmonton, AB)
  • Hunting Season from producer Mark Wolff (Saskatoon, SK) and writer Shayne Metcalfe (Petrofka, SK)
  • We Came From the Sea from producer Jeremy Lutter (Victoria, BC) and writer Ryan Bright (Vancouver, BC)
  • Smash Smash Revolution from producer Jennifer Liao and writer Stephanie Law (Toronto, ON)

NSI is also happy to welcome back Shelly Quade as NSI Features First program manager.

“I’m excited to welcome these four new teams to the program and begin their training,” said Shelly. “Their stories have a lot of potential, and the story editing and refinement process over the next 10 months will prepare their projects for the feature film market.”

NSI Features First is a 10-month development training launch pad for producer/writer teams looking to produce their first or second feature film with strong commercial appeal.

The NSI Features First program advisor is Melissa Kajpust. Boot camp takes place in Toronto over a week in late January.

The course gets results: 19 feature films have been produced since the course launched, including the three most recent projects The Sun at MidnightTwo 4 One and The Dark Stranger.

Josh Epstein and Kyle Rideout’s Public Schooled, a project from the 2014 edition of the course, is currently in production, while Eisha Marjara and Joe Balass’s Venus, also from 2014, is in post-production.

NSI Features First 2016 was funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Program Partner The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper ChannelCorus 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 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 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 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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