Joy Loewen and Jan Miller: the National Screen Institute then and now


Liz Hover

Director of Operations

On April 7, 2021 we celebrated the National Screen Institute’s 35th birthday with the release of new vision, mission and values statements: we believe storytellers create a culturally equitable world.

As celebrations continue, CEO Joy Loewen got together with one of the National Screen Institute’s co-founders Jan Miller for a virtual fireside chat to talk about the origins of the organization, what’s happening there today and the announcement of two new training programs coming later this year.

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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: We are 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.

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