We received an overwhelming number of applications for NSI Totally Television this year. Thank you to all those who put so much work into their application, and thank you to all those who helped get the word out about the call for applications.
We’re excited to reveal the projects for this year’s shortlist. Congratulations to the following teams – up to four will be selected for the course and announced in December.
- Dwayne Has Issues – producer Eva Thomas (Wallaceburg, ON) and writer Darren Anthony (Etobicoke, ON)
- Edison Doyle – producer Kris Elsley and writer Banner Isaac (Toronto, ON)
- Lupita – producer Eva Colmers and writer Gordie Lucius (Edmonton, AB)
- Nuclear – producer Sahar Yousefi (Dartmouth, NS) and writer Blain Watters (Toronto, ON)
- Reign of Durga – producer Mark Ratzlaff and writer Nimisha Mukerji (Delta, BC)
- The Japanese Photographer – producer Mayumi Yoshida (Burnaby, BC) and writer Hayley Gray (Vancouver, BC)
- The Trafficked – producer Rachel Cairns and writer Brandon Laraby (Toronto, ON)
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NSI Totally Television provides customized, hands-on training for Canadian producer/writer teams to develop story ideas into polished packages to present to buyers in the global marketplace. This 12-month distance learning program consists of two phases, each with an in-person boot camp intensive in Toronto. Two teams advance to phase 2 which includes attendance at Content London.
The program has produced 13 series that have been developed: six went to air, one was piloted and another was produced as a feature film which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Both phase 2 projects from the 2018 edition of the program were picked up by production companies for further development.
This December, phase 2 teams from the 2019 edition of the program will attend Content London – the premier scripted development conference – to market their developed series to industry decision makers.
NSI Totally Television is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Bell Media; Program Partner Telefilm Canada; and Supporting Sponsors Super Channel, Corus Entertainment and CBC Gem. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.