NSI IndigiDocs

Application deadline

Applications are closed.


New for this edition

There are exciting changes to the course this year.

Applicants no longer apply as a team. NSI IndigiDocs is now designed for individual filmmakers who have an idea for a 10-minute documentary film.

The course will be delivered in two phases.

  • Phase 1: students attend a 12-day boot camp in Winnipeg to learn about writing, producing and directing a documentary film, and develop a script for their documentary idea. At the end of phase 1 all students will have a market-ready film proposal.
  • Phase 2: a jury will choose up to four students from phase 1 to go into production and receive a cash award of up to $16K and approximately $10K of in-kind services. Phase 2 students also attend Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto.

What is NSI IndigiDocs?

Read the full course information.

NSI IndigiDocs is a two-phase course offering customized training for Indigenous filmmakers to develop a short documentary.

During phase 1, up to eight students will attend a 12-day boot camp in Winnipeg to learn about writing, directing and producing a documentary film (travel and accommodation is paid for by NSI). At the end of phase 1 all students will have a market-ready film proposal.

In phase 2, a jury will choose up to four students from phase 1 to go into production and receive a cash award of up to $16K and approximately $10K of in-kind services. Phase 2 students also attend Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto (travel and accommodation is paid for by NSI).

During phase 2, students are paired with an industry mentor to help with the development and production of their film.

How much does it cost?

  • $100 non-refundable application fee per team.

There are no tuition costs for students.

When does it take place?

Phase 1 (all students): intensive, mandatory 12-day training session in Winnipeg from February 3 to 14, 2020 (subject to change).

Phase 2 (up to four students): mandatory attendance at Hot Docs in Toronto in April/May 2020 (four days); production of a short documentary (May 2020 to February 2021); post-production services from NFB; delivery of your film (March 2021). NSI IndigiDocs is a one-year course but you will work in your own community for the majority of the time to produce your documentary story.

Who are the NSI IndigiDocs faculty?

Lisa Meeches, Elise Swerhone, Ursula Lawson, Lisa Jackson, Shane Belcourt and Brendon Sawatzky. Read about the faculty.

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NSI IndigiDocs 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 and Corus Entertainment; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partner the National Film Board of Canada; Industry Supporters imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. More sponsors to be added as confirmed.