NSI Storytellers

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What is NSI Storytellers?

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Responding to market-need, the National Screen Institute in association with APTN redesigned NSI Storytellers to develop above-the-line broadcast talent. Indigenous writers eager to learn the craft of writing television drama were also encouraged to apply. Working individually and as a group the selected candidates will create six scripts for a half-hour daytime serial. The scripts may go into production for broadcast on APTN.

In phase one up to five writers will be chosen based on experience, the writing samples submitted with the application and a willingness to commit to the program over a seven month period. Writers can work in their home communities but must be available to attend week-long intensive training sessions in Winnipeg at least three times during the seven months. Participants will learn the basics of narrative writing and develop storylines and series arcs for the project.

The second phase provides training for directors and producers. A separate call for applications for this phase will be issued.

As with all NSI programs, training will be intensive and delivered by industry experts.

The original NSI Storytellers history

NSI Storytellers began as an ambitious three-phase training program designed to help mid-level Canadian Indigenous film and television producers advance their projects as international co-productions through guidance and access to new markets.

Formerly known as the Aboriginal Cultural Trade Initiative (ACTI), the program was launched in 2003-04. ACTI concluded with an inaugural trade mission to Australia and New Zealand where participants could advance their projects with Aborigine and Maori producers. In March 2005 Aborigine and Maori producers travelled to Winnipeg to meet with Canadian Indigenous producers. In November 2005 a third session of the program culminated with a 10-day intensive trade mission to New Zealand.