Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association renew commitment to NSI IndigiDocs

Creative SK, SMPIA

Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

Creative Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA) have renewed their commitment of funding support for the National Screen Institute’s (NSI) IndigiDocs program.

This commitment benefits current NSI IndigiDocs participant Lois Standing of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

“Our partnership with NSI IndigiDocs will provide Lois with support as she takes her next steps in the industry,” says Erin Dean, CEO of Creative Saskatchewan. “We are proud to support her, as well as the NSI IndigiDocs program – which is the perfect platform to amplify her voice.”

Lois’ goal in the program is to share the history and language of her community Wahpeton Dakota Nation through her film, Wahpeton Dakota Language Retention Project.

“Creative Saskatchewan and SMPIA’s generous contribution is an investment in the stories told by members of the local community,” says Joy Loewen, CEO of NSI. “This partnership has helped develop the gifts of many Saskatchewan-based creators and we are grateful for the continued support.”

Both Creative Saskatchewan and SMPIA have contributed to multiple projects by NSI alumni, including NSI IndigiDocs 2018 film Keep Going My Daughter from Regina filmmakers Chris Ross and Candy Fox. The film was the first NSI IndigiDocs project to celebrate its world premiere at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in 2019.

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

NSI IndigiDocs 2020-22 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 and A&E Networks; Provincial/Territorial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music; Ontario Creates, Northwest Territories Film Commission, Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association and Yukon Media Development; 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. More sponsors to be added as confirmed.

About Creative Saskatchewan

Creative Saskatchewan supports collaboration, entrepreneurial capacity, innovation and convergence that maximizes leveraged resources, commercial success and market access for Saskatchewan’s creative industries and producers.

About Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA)

Established in 1985, the not for profit SMPIA represents film and television professionals in Saskatchewan. SMPIA works to create and advance opportunities that support the growth of the media production sector in the province through training, advocacy and promotion.

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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 from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

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Rachel Young, Outreach and Engagement Lead

The National Screen Institute is supported by: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUSTelefilm Canada; Patron: CBC; Builders: APTNBell Media; Indigenous Training Programs Partner: Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsors: Manitoba Film & MusicRBC Emerging Artists Projectdocumentary ChannelCBC GemCentre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD)Indigenous Screen Office (ISO)Canada Media Fund (CMF)The Winnipeg Foundation, Super Channel; Industry Partner: National Film Board of Canada; Friends: StantecWilliam F. White InternationalCompany 3.