New partnership between National Screen Institute and Film Training Manitoba to bring increased educational resources to Indigenous creators and Manitoba’s northern communities

Adam Smoluk and Joy Loewen

Above: Film Training Manitoba’s managing director Adam Smoluk with NSI CEO Joy Loewen

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) and Film Training Manitoba (FTM) have entered into a partnership to bring a combination of joint educational programming including distance learning, in-class training, career consulting and outreach to Indigenous creators and Manitoba’s northern communities.

The partnership will directly benefit students of CBC New Indigenous Voices, presented by NSI. Students will have access to the required courses for membership of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE Local 856), Director’s Guild of Canada’s Manitoba District Council (DGC-MB) and International Cinematographers Guild of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) ICG 669.

“Film Training Manitoba is honoured to partner with a world-class training organization like the National Screen Institute. This initiative is a significant boost to helping grow Manitoba’s workforce capacity in film,” said Adam Smoluk, FTM’s managing director – and NSI graduate.

“The National Screen Institute places great importance on developing storytellers and advancing their careers. This partnership with Film Training Manitoba will give Manitoba students in the north and south a valuable advantage as they seek employment in the province’s growing film and television industries,” said Joy Loewen, NSI’s CEO.

NSI is currently accepting applications for CBC New Indigenous Voices until Friday, March 20, 2020, at 5 p.m. Find out more and apply.

About Film Training Manitoba

Film Training Manitoba provides workforce and human resource development to build a highly skilled and adaptable workforce to support the activities of Manitoba production companies. FTM collaborates with members of the film and television industry to identify the training needs within the community. With this information FTM offers industry driven, skill-based training that is targeted where labour gaps occur.

About the National Screen Institute – Canada

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, NSI New Northern Voices and TELUS STORYHIVE.

FTM media contact

Mauro Ferritto, Senior Programs & Communications Manager
Tel: 204-989-9669 ext.3 or email:

NSI media contact

Liz Hover, Director, Communications
Tel: 204-957-8481 or email:

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