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.

A visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff fuel the National Screen Institute, which 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 programs are funded by generous individuals, businesses, foundations, governments and agencies.


Storytellers create a culturally equitable world.


Through inclusive, customized training and mentorship, the National Screen Institute supports creators to change the world through the power of story.


The following values guide the work we do.


Space to encourage learning and growth: We believe every storyteller should be given the space to learn, grow, and make mistakes in a supportive and safe environment.

Underrepresented voices matter: The National Screen Institute 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 outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

Passionate about stories: Stories have the power to change the world.

Power in partnerships: We recognize the power in partnerships to build bridges and foster growth, success and development.

Others drive us to serve: We work in service of others and commit to doing so with honesty, integrity and a drive to do better.

Responsive to market trends: We are responsive to and in tune with domestic and international market trends to deliver relevant, market-driven programs.

Training that’s accessible: We provide accessible, world-class training to storytellers who represent true creative diversity through gender, race, ethnicity, geography and experience.

Our programs are developed through ongoing, extensive consultation with industry and have led to successful careers by strengthening graduates’ skills and providing a competitive edge. In a 2018 alumni survey, 91% of respondents reported working in the industry.

  • 200+ associate faculty are working professionals.
  • Courses are intensive, and students do not have to move away from home. High-level, professional training takes place in many Canadian cities and communities and via digital technologies to reach people in every region – urban, rural and remote.
  • Leader in the design and delivery of training programs that serve and help develop the gifts of Indigenous screen professionals in Canada.
  • Advances careers to help grow the Canadian industry and contribute to regional and national economies, stimulating employment for the long term.

Business structure

A board of directors oversees operations.

Funding sources

For fiscal 2019-20, the National Screen Institute derived 71% of its total revenues from corporate sponsorships demonstrating the industry’s support of our initiatives. Another 3% came through earned revenues from our programs and the remaining 26% resulted from various governments, private sector, agency sources and foundations.


Read about our evolution over the years.