NSI IndigiDocs

Application deadline

Applications close at 5:30 p.m., ET on December 15, 2020.


New for this edition

This year, due to COVID-19, the phase 1 training boot camp will be delivered online on a part-time basis.


What is NSI IndigiDocs?

Read the full program information.

NSI IndigiDocs is a two-phase, part-time online program offering customized training for Indigenous filmmakers who have an idea for a 10-minute documentary film.

During phase 1 starting in mid-February 2021, up to eight students attend an online, six-week boot camp to learn about writing, directing and producing a documentary film. Up to 12 hours each week will be spent in class and working on assignments. All students will have a market-ready film proposal at the end of boot camp. You will also be given a pass for the online Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2021.

In phase 2, a jury of senior-level industry representatives will choose up to four students to go into production and receive a cash award of up to $16K and approximately $10K of in-kind services. Mentors will be chosen to work with students as they take their films into production. Completed films have to be delivered no later than March 1, 2022 for broadcast on APTN.

How much does it cost?

  • $100 non-refundable application fee.

Program partners have covered the tuition costs.

When does it take place?

Phase 1 (all students) – February 23 to April 1, 2021 (dates TBC) plus online attendance at Hot Docs in April/May 2021. Note: this is part-time and requires up to 12 hours per week.

Phase 2 (up to four students) – May 2021 to February 2022 with film delivery by March 1, 2022. Note: this is part-time. You will be focused on production and post-production and your hours are flexible to allow you to continue with your other life and work commitments.

Who are the NSI IndigiDocs faculty?

Lisa Meeches, Kaya Wheeler and Shane Belcourt. Read about the faculty.

NSI’s commitment to underrepresented voices

NSI is committed to selecting participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women-identifying, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

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NSI IndigiDocs 2020 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 Sponsor documentary Channel; Supporting Sponsors Telefilm Canada, Super Channel, CBC Gem, Corus Entertainment and A&E Networks; Provincial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music and Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund, Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association and Northwest Territories Film Commission; 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 and iSplice Films. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.