NSI IndigiDocs films premiere on APTN, October 14

About NSI IndigiDocs

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the world premiere one-hour special of four acclaimed short documentary films made through the 2018 edition of training course NSI IndigiDocs. The four films will air as a compilation on APTN, October 14*.

NSI IndigiDocs is a two-phase course offering customized training for Indigenous filmmakers to develop a short documentary.

The NSI IndigiDocs 2018 films are:

  • ahkâmêyimo nitânis | Keep Going My Daughter from producer Chris Ross and director Candy Fox
  • When the Children Left from producer Ryan Cooper and director Charlene Moore
  • Big Momma from producer Damien Eagle Bear and director Caitlyn Pantherbone
  • Path Without End from producer Christine Friday and director Cara Mumford

“The NSI IndigiDocs films from 2018 are important in their own right, as well as representative of the many vital stories that Indigenous filmmakers are empowered to tell through their development in the program,” said Joy Loewen, acting executive director of NSI. “We are grateful for APTN’s partnership, including a national broadcast to showcase these films.”

“APTN is pleased to support the NSI IndigiDocs filmmakers and their work,” said Jean La Rose, CEO of APTN. “The program is an invaluable professional development and mentorship opportunity giving Canada’s next generation of Indigenous storytellers the skills to succeed in the industry.”

Films made through the course have screened at festivals and events throughout Canada. ahkâmêyimo nitânis | Keep Going My Daughter screened at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (2019). When the Children Left won the inaugural Indigenous Spirit Award and the Manitoba Short Film Audience Choice Award at Gimli Film Festival (2019). Big Momma, When the Children Left and ahkâmêyimo nitânis | Keep Going My Daughter all screened at Vancouver International Film Festival (2019). Path Without End screened at a special event in North Bay in March 2019. And ahkâmêyimo nitânis | Keep Going My Daughter and When the Children Left will both screen at imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival later this month.

*Check your local listings for times in your region.

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We’re currently accepting applications for NSI IndigiDocs.

New for this edition: applicants no longer apply as a team. The course is now designed for individual filmmakers who have an idea for a 10-minute documentary film.

During phase 1, up to eight students attend a 12-day boot camp in Winnipeg to learn about writing, directing and producing a documentary film. At the end of phase 1 all students have a market-ready film proposal.

In phase 2, a jury chooses up to four students from phase 1 to go into production and receive a cash award of up to $16K and approximately $10K of in-kind services. Phase 2 students also attend Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto.

To learn more about applying for NSI IndigiDocs and put questions to a live panel of program alumni and faculty, register now for a free Q+A information webinar on October 16, 2019 at 2 p.m. EST.

Apply for the course by November 14, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. EST.

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2018 NSI IndigiDocs films

ahkâmêyimo nitânis | Keep Going My Daughter (12:11)
Produced by Chris Ross, directed by Candy Fox (Regina, SK)

ahkameyimo nitanis | Keep Going My Daughter

A poetic and hopeful film about two young parents, Colby Tootoosis and Andrea Landry, and their dreams for their daughter’s future narrated through the journals they wrote to her before she was born.


When the Children Left (11:01)
Produced by Ryan Cooper, directed by Charlene Moore (Winnipeg, MB)

When the Children Left

For generations, Indigenous children have been forced to leave their communities to finish high school. Angelina’s sister was one of those children but she went missing. Angelina embarks on a healing journey to honour her.


Big Momma (10:48)
Produced by Damien Eagle Bear (Burnaby, BC), directed by Caitlyn Pantherbone (Calgary, AB)

Big Momma

A short film documenting the personal journey of Preston Stimson, a Two Spirited aspiring comedian, musician and dancer who calls himself Big Momma, as he rehearses for his first stand-up comedy gig and reflects on his past body image and identity issues.


Path Without End (10:38)
Produced by Christine Friday (Temagami First Nation), directed by Cara Mumford (Peterborough, ON)

Path Without End

Incorporating dance, archival images, interviews and family memories, Path Without End tells the story of the Friday family and their experiences at Shingwauk Residential School. It focuses on the family’s resilience and empowerment through dancer Christine Friday’s exploration of the body as archive and land as memory.

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NSI IndigiDocs is funded by Program Partners APTN, Manitoba Sport, Culture & HeritageRBC Emerging Artists Project; Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Strategic Sponsor documentary Channel; Supporting Sponsors Telefilm Canada, Super Channel, CBC Gem, Corus Entertainment; Provincial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music and Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund; Industry Partner the National Film Board of Canada; Industry Supporters imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Service Sponsor Line 21 Media. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. More sponsors to be added as confirmed.

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is a charitable, not-for-profit organization. Renowned for having given many content creators their first breaks, NSI provides customized training, mentorship and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI, NSI Features First, NSI IndigiDocs and TELUS STORYHIVE. NSI also showcases Canadian content through the NSI Online Short Film Festival.

All media enquiries

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

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