Author Archives: Laura Friesen

About Laura Friesen

Communications & Alumni Manager

Clean Ice

Director: March Mercanti ·

The legacy of a run-down hockey arena is at stake as peculiar events unfold.


Director: Suri Parmar, Nevin Douglas ·

An obsessed gamer and his friend build the perfect virtual city but can’t escape their less-than-perfect relationships.

Billy’s Behemoth Blast

Director: Josh Owen ·

Nova Scotia gets blasted by accident while baby Billy is in his crib during the infamous Halifax Explosion.

National Screen Institute announces Directors Guild of Canada as Indigenous Training Programs Partner, part of three-year agreement


DGC’s commitment supports programs including NSI New Northern Voices, NSI IndigiDocs and CBC New Indigenous Voices.

Opportunity: APTN issues RFP for short stories, deadline December 20


APTN is looking for unique, creative, edgy, scripted or unscripted short stories between five and 22 minutes in length from Indigenous producers.

Producer Michele Mundy on the support she received through NSI IndigiDocs


Program grad and Leave it on the Water producer Michele shares her thoughts about the nurturing environment within the program.

A Typical Fairytale

Director: Annette Reilly ·

A young couple have a romance fit for a storybook – told entirely in rhyme.


Director: Corey Shurge ·

A sex toy mishap leads to a night in the emergency room.

NSI alumni: get fest and industry pass discounts for Blood in the Snow Film Festival


Toronto’s Blood in the Snow genre film fest runs November 21 to 26, 2019.

Sonya Ballantyne and Sage receive Harold Greenberg, MFM short film funding


They receive $20K for their short Broken Glass about a young poet and his junky ex-lover.

Films from NSI alumni screen at Whistler Film Festival 2019


World premieres from NSI grads include Canadian Strain (pictured) from Geordie Sabbagh and Ashleigh Rains and Queen of the Morning Calm from Gloria Ui Young Kim.

Feature thriller Ice Blue now available to stream on VOD


A psychological thriller from writer Jason Long, director Sandi Somers and producer Scott Lepp.