NSI Intro to Production – new film and TV training opportunity for Manitoba refugees and newcomers

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The National Screen Institute invites refugees and newcomers in Manitoba, who arrived in Canada within the last five years, to apply for the new NSI Intro to Production pilot program, offering a unique and customized opportunity to learn about careers in film and TV production.

The program is a blend of online and in-person training, designed to provide entry-level knowledge and hands-on experience in film and TV production.

“The NSI Intro to Production pilot program is an important first step for refugees and newcomers in Manitoba to learn about the industry and utilize their unique skills and experiences in film and TV. This program not only offers training but also serves as a platform to connect with industry professionals, laying a foundation for participants’ future careers,” remarked Ursula Lawson, senior programs manager.

The training has two parts:

  1. Online workshops (starting January 29, 2024): Professional screenwriter Jeffrey St. Jules will lead three online sessions focused on scriptwriting and transforming story ideas into film scripts. One of the scripts will be brought to life in part 2 of the program.
  2. In-person training (starting March 15, 2024): Program advisor Lesley Oswald will lead a six-day workshop in Winnipeg. This is where the magic happens. Participants will collaborate to produce a short film, written by one of their peers. Covering various aspects of film production, this part includes scriptwriting, budgeting, problem-solving and job skills. It’s a hands-on experience where participants will learn about different roles on a film set and engage in tasks from location setup to film editing.

At a glance

This program is right for you if you:

Specifically, this training program will:

The program is expertly led by advisor Lesley Oswald and manager Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill. Jeffrey St. Jules will serve as script advisor in part 1 and director mentor in part 2.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to jumpstart your career in the film and TV industry. Apply now and take the first step toward realizing your dreams!

NSI Intro to Production – Manitoba Edition is funded by Program Partner Manitoba Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund, Strategic Sponsors Telefilm Canada and Warner Bros. Discovery Access Canada, Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film and Music, Industry Supporter On Screen Manitoba. Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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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.

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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.