Christine Kleckner appointed as new executive director of the National Screen Institute

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The National Screen Institute is thrilled to announce the appointment of Christine Kleckner as its new executive director, effective immediately. Following a rigorous selection process that attracted a pool of highly qualified candidates, Christine’s extensive background in media, not-for-profit management and her deep commitment to the Canadian media industry set her apart as the ideal leader for the next chapter of the National Screen Institute.

With over 18 years of experience, Christine brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new role. A proud alumna of the institute, she has a proven track record of success in various industry sectors, including film production, digital media projects and community-engaged research initiatives. Her recent role as director at the DOC Institute showcased her ability to lead with a focus on training, networking and supporting filmmakers across Canada.

“I am honoured to join the National Screen Institute as executive director,” said Christine. “The institute played a pivotal role in my own career, and I look forward to giving back to an institution that stands as a cornerstone of creativity in Canada. My vision is to foster a nurturing environment that supports the creative and professional growth of storytellers across the country.”

Virginia Thompson, chair of the National Screen Institute Board of Directors, speaking on behalf of the board, expressed enthusiasm for Christine’s appointment. “Christine’s appointment comes at a crucial time for the National Screen Institute. Her impressive background, combined with her passion for the industry and commitment to equity and representation, make her the perfect choice to lead the institute. We are confident in her ability to propel the organization forward, ensuring it continues to play a vital role in shaping the creative media landscape in Canada.”

Christine’s career highlights include spearheading successful fundraising campaigns, such as the impactful documentary on intimate partner violence, A Better Man, supporting a national research project evaluating funding awarded to BIPOC documentary creators and collaborating with partners to support policy advocacy. Her commitment to fostering creative growth, connecting stakeholders and supporting emerging voices aligns with the institute’s mission to develop and elevate the next generation of storytellers in Canada.

As Christine transitions back to the prairies after 20 years in Toronto, her established industry ties and personal connections in Winnipeg and the prairie provinces will serve to strengthen the institute’s national presence and impact.

CEO Joy Loewen announced last year her decision to step down and will begin a new role at Canada Media Fund as vice president, growth and inclusion at the end of the month. Joy will collaborate closely with Christine over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition into the executive director role. This partnership underscores the institute’s commitment to leadership continuity and organizational stability.

The National Screen Institute welcomes Christine Kleckner and looks forward to her leadership and contributions to the screen-based media industry.

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About the National Screen Institute

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film and television, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

The National Screen Institute is 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.

 

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About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

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 in regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

Media enquiries

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The National Screen Institute is supported by: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUS, Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund (CMF), Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE); Patrons: CBC, Paramount+, Creative Saskatchewan; Builders: APTN, TikTok Canada, Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), The Winnipeg Foundation; Strategic Sponsors: Manitoba Film & Music, Bell Media, RBC Emerging Artists, documentary Channel, CBC Gem, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD), Alberta Film Commission, Creative BC, Manitoba Arts Council; Industry Partner: National Film Board of Canada; Friends: Ontario Creates, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Bell FundWilliam F. White International, Company 3.