Want to develop your career in film, TV and digital media? Apply for CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI

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The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is accepting applications until March 21 from Indigenous adults aged 18 to 35 for CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI.

CBC New Indigenous Voices is a 14-week, full-time, culturally-sensitive training course offering exposure to a variety of creative and challenging employment opportunities in film, TV and digital media. Minimum wage is paid throughout.

A free webinar (below) was held earlier this month with associate program manager Kaya Wheeler and program grads Erica Daniels, Adeline Bird and Andy Lown who shared their knowledge, tips and advice about the course.

“CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI offers training that jumpstarts exciting careers. With exposure to influential industry execs and practical skills, the program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to enter the film and TV industry while being supported with wages and mentorship,” said program manager Ursula Lawson.

During the course, students:

  • get inspired to pursue training and work in film, TV and digital media;
  • learn skills like story development, directing, producing, production design, casting and more;
  • pitch, write, shoot and edit their own short films;
  • experience a variety of creative and challenging job options with industry internships;
  • meet writers, directors, producers and broadcasters; and
  • learn Indigenous history and Anishinaabe spiritual traditions.

Up to nine students are selected by program faculty, in consultation with an Elder and industry representatives. Selections are based on a candidate’s strength, suitability and experience relating to the film and television industry and a commitment to fully participate in the course.

CBC New Indigenous Voices is led by program manager Ursula Lawson with associate program manager Kaya Wheeler and Indigenous programs and administrative assistant Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill. NSI’s Indigenous training programs advisor is Lisa Meeches.

The program gets results: 73% of CBC New Indigenous Voices grads work in the media industry, arts sector or are pursuing further education.

Short film Forgotten, made through the program in 2017 by Jesse Spence, Alexis Leask and Andrew Lown, has screened at festivals through the US and Canada, including LA Skins Fest and Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival in Ottawa.

You Will Go Home, made through the program in 2018 by Rhonda Lucy, Damian Frazee and Cynthia Murdock, has screened at festivals including the 2018 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto.

CBC New Indigenous Voices is funded by Title, Presenting and Tuition Sponsor CBC; Program Partners Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage, the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) and Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Corus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partner the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Industry Supporters IATSE Local 856 and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival; and Service Sponsor William F. White. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. Additional partners to be confirmed.

All media enquiries

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

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