The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI), and an independent jury, have selected four filmmakers to advance to phase 2 of the NSI IndigiDocs training program.
Whitney Horne (Teslin, YK), Brandon Wilson (Calgary, AB), Marsha Knight (Winnipeg, MB) and Kim Stadfeld (Toronto, ON) will each receive a cash award of up to $16K and approximately $10K of in-kind services towards the production of a 10-minute documentary film. They will each be paired with an industry mentor to guide them through the production process.
NSI IndigiDocs provides up to eight Indigenous filmmakers with customized training and mentorship to develop an idea for a short documentary film.
Phase 1 began in late February 2021. Eight filmmakers participated in six weeks of online classes to learn about writing, directing and producing. They created a market-ready film proposal which they then pitched to a jury for phase 2 consideration.
The phase 2 filmmakers are:
Whitney Horne (Teslin, YK) – The Longest Canoe Race
The Longest Canoe Race observes canoeing as sport and an Indigenous way of life to address deep inequities present in Canadian society; recognizing an all-Indigenous canoe team who paddled in 1966-1967 canoe races, today facing erasure from history.
Brandon Wilson (Calgary, AB) – Heart of a Nation
Heart of a Nation is a participatory and visual look at the sacred and healing power water and land holds for members of the Fort McKay First Nations, told through the perspective of Cree member Brandon Wilson. Wilson weaves a complex story of loss, identity and struggles of growing up as an Indigenous person in an environment marked by colonial legacy.
Marsha Knight (Winnipeg, MB) – Winnipeg’s Food Desert
In Winnipeg’s North End, a mother endeavours to provide basic and culturally-based food for her family and relatives amid the barriers of transportation, economics and no full-scale grocery stores in the area.
Kim Stadfeld (Toronto, ON) – Flora Bear Story
To understand her family roots, Kim searches for truth and answers about her Indigenous grandmother Flora Bear’s life.
“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to bring my maternal grandmother’s story to the screen with the generous support of the National Screen Institute and the NSI IndigDocs sponsors,” says participant, Kim Stadfeld. “I’m excited to put into practice all that I learned in phase 1. This education has been invaluable, and I’m thrilled to be part of phase 2 to produce and share the Flora Bear Story.”
Phase 2 training focuses on providing firsthand experience in documentary filmmaking from development to pitch, to production, to packaging and delivery. Participants will work in their own community, following their own community’s COVID-19 protocols, as they develop their documentaries.
“We are excited to guide these four filmmakers as they begin the production process of their documentaries,” says Kaya Wheeler, NSI IndigiDocs program manager. “Each filmmaker’s dedication and passion was clear throughout phase 1, and we look forward to seeing the same energy as we move into phase 2.”
Working with mentors and advisors, participants will work through each step of the production process, with post-production services provided by the National Film Board (NFB). The National Screen Institute’s associate faculty, mentors and colleagues contribute their time, expertise and advice to every participant who moves through this course. We are grateful for their support and contribution to the program.
Completed films will feature in an exclusive one-hour special broadcast on APTN. Individual films will appear on documentary Channel, CBC Gem, nfb.ca, nsifilms.ca and APTN lumi. Previous NSI IndigiDocs films including Lost Moccasin, Keep Going My Daughter, When the Children Left, As the Smoke Rises and êmîcêtôsêt: Many Bloodlines are streaming now on CBC Gem.
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, Yukon Media Development and the Alberta Government; 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.