NSI Features First-developed project Cherries (previously She Smiles Back), from writer Matt Sadowski and producer Amelia Wasserman, made the feature screenplay finals in the 2019 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. Three projects in four categories – feature, horror, pilot and short – were recognized.
Cherries follows an anxious and cynical young woman who gets caught up in a high-stakes misadventure on her 16th birthday when her flighty and reckless Irish-twin sister befriends a pretty boy delinquent.
The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and nurturing emerging writing talent, welcoming screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world.
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NSI Features First provides development training for writer/producer teams looking to produce their first or second feature film with strong commercial appeal. Over 20 feature films developed through the program have been produced since 1997.
NSI Features First is funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors CBC Gem, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; Provincial Sponsor Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund; and Industry Supporters William F. White and Deluxe. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.
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