Northern Manitoba writers: develop web series, short film idea through NSI New Northern Voices

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Chris Vajcner

Director of Partner Support

National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is now accepting applications for the NSI New Northern Voices 2021 writers edition – a part-time, online training program designed to strengthen new and emerging writers’ skills and abilities to craft stories told from a northern Manitoba perspective.

Northern Manitoba writers with a great idea for a short film or web series will learn the essential elements of short-fiction writing for the screen with award-winning writer Jordan Wheeler (Arctic Air, renegadepress.com and North of 60).

“The inaugural edition of NSI New Northern Voices in 2019 was the first time NSI had delivered a program in northern Manitoba. We took the training to the region to meet the needs of local storytellers,” said program manager Ursula Lawson. “Building on that success and NSI’s commitment to growing capacity within the screen industry in The Pas, Manitoba and surrounding areas, the NSI New Northern Voices 2021 writers edition was developed.”

“Due to COVID-19 we’ll be delivering the course online, but we look forward to returning to northern Manitoba to produce one of the scripts developed through the program.”

Up to three participants will be selected for the NSI New Northern Voices 2021 writers edition. The course will be delivered part-time, online over six weeks from February 17 to March 31, 2021 and participants will be required to commit to a total of 6.5 hours of training workshops plus two one-on-one story editing consultations.

Training will cover topics such as story structure, proper formatting, character development and other structural devices.

At the end of the course, participants will have a well-developed script ready to pitch to funders, producers and production companies.

Additionally, one participant will be selected to have their script produced by a producer trainee and the National Screen Institute in a future edition of the program.

NSI New Northern Voices 2021 writers edition faculty are writer advisor and mentor Jordan Wheeler, program manager Ursula Lawson and program coordinator Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill.

Find out more and apply for the course by February 1, 2021 at 5 p.m. Central Time.

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NSI New Northern Voices 2021 is funded by NSI Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Strategic Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors StantecRBC Emerging Artists ProjectTELUS Manitoba Community Board, and Super Channel; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Supporter Final Draft and Native Communications Inc. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. More sponsors will be announced as confirmed.

NSI New Northern Voices is the direct result of the NSI feasibility study and framework for northern training, supported by Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, The Winnipeg Foundation and Manitoba Film & Music.

Our commitment to underrepresented voices

We are committed to selecting 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 from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

Additionally, we are committed to training storytellers from outside large urban centres.

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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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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.