This investment benefits current NSI IndigiDocs participant Jiah Dzentu from Liidlii Kue, Northwest Territories.
“We are always looking for opportunities to assist in the careers of Northwest Territories storytellers,” says film commissioner and promotions manager Camilla MacEachern of the Northwest Territories Film Commission. “There are so many talented filmmakers with endless stories to tell. It’s really great to have a program like NSI IndigiDocs to walk with our emerging producers through from concept to completion.”
Jiah’s project, These Tools of Mine, is a documentary following Jiah as they immerse themselves in cultural reclamation through the making of hide tanning tools, searching for independence, community, and meaning in abstraction while exploring the intersection of queerness and Indigeneity.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Northwest Territories Film Commission for this year’s edition of NSI IndigiDocs,” says NSI CEO Joy Loewen. “Jiah and their project represent the impactful stories coming from the territory, and we are proud to amplify their voice and nurture their gifts as a filmmaker.”
NSI IndigiDocs is a two-phase, part-time program offering customized training for Indigenous filmmakers who have an idea for a 10-minute documentary film.
NSI IndigiDocs 2021 is funded by Program Partners APTN, Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and RBC Emerging Artists Project; Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Strategic Sponsors documentary Channel, CBC Gem; Supporting Sponsors Telefilm Canada, Super Channel, A&E Networks; Provincial / Territorial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music, Ontario Creates, Northwest Territories Film Commission, Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA), Yukon Media Development, Government of Alberta; Industry Partner the National Film Board of Canada; Industry Supporters imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and Service Sponsors Line 21 Media, iSplice Films. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.
About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)
Since 1986, the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) has supported creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media. Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute is the only national training institute in Western Canada for writers, directors, and producers. Many of Canada’s top creators got their first break at NSI.
NSI is committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.
About Northwest Territories Film Commission
The Northwest Territories (NWT) Film Commission takes pride in promoting the NWT as a prime film location. As the film and media sector in the NWT continues to grow, it is essential that marketing and promotion efforts are innovative to enhance engagement with local and global producers, industry influencers, and enthusiasts.
The NWT Film Commission is responsible for fostering and promoting the development and growth of the film and media sector in the territory and always looking for partnership opportunities to advance the support to local producers.