Acclaimed NSI IndigiDocs films premiere on APTN


Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

Still from Erica Daniels’ film, Gift to Give

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) announces the world premieres of two, one-hour short documentary specials on APTN, featuring films made through the 2019 and 2020 editions of NSI IndigiDocs.

NSI IndigiDocs is a part-time, online program offering customized training for Indigenous filmmakers to transform a film idea into a short documentary.

The four films from 2019 and 2020 will air as part of a showcase on January 16 and 23, respectively. Check your local listings for times.

NSI IndigiDocs has helped develop the skills of over 60 Indigenous storytellers over eight editions. Documentaries created through the program have screened at prestigious festivals like imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Wairoa Māori Film Festival (New Zealand), LA Skins Fest (Los Angeles) and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Many of these films have received accolades including selection to TIFF Top 10 shorts list (êmîcêtôsêt-Many Bloodlines), Audience Choice Short Film and Manitoba Best Short Film, Reel Pride Film Festival (Gift to Give) and Best Documentary Short Film, Screen Power Film Festival (As The Smoke Rises).

January 16, 5:30 p.m. CT / films from the 2019 edition of NSI IndigiDocs

êmîcêtôsêt-Many Bloodlines – produced by Alex Bailey, directed by Theola Ross

Don’t Panic We Still Have Bannock – produced by Troy Watts, directed by Chantell Shaw

My Mother, My Rock – produced and directed by Kelly Roulette

As The Smoke Rises – produced by Jennifer Ille, directed by Sharon Heigl

January 23, 5:30 p.m. CT / films from the 2020 edition of NSI IndigiDocs

Gift to Give – directed by Erica Daniels

ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht) Dugout Canoe – directed by Steven Davies

Tails on Ice – directed by Miranda Currie

Indigenous Dads – directed by Peter Brass

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These students were generously supported through NSI IndigiDocs by: Program Partners APTNManitoba 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 CanadaSuper ChannelCBC GemCorus Entertainment and A&E Networks; Provincial / Territorial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music, Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship FundNorthwest Territories Film CommissionCreative SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA), Industry Partner the National Film Board of Canada; Industry Supporters imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts FestivalHot 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.

About APTN

APTN launched in 1999 as the world’s first national Indigenous broadcaster, creating a window into the remarkably diverse mosaic of Indigenous Peoples. A respected non-profit and charitable broadcaster, it’s the first of its kind in North America. The network is Sharing Our Stories of authenticity in English, French and a variety of Indigenous languages to nearly 10 million Canadian subscribers. With over 80% Canadian content, APTN connects with its audiences through genuine, inspiring and engaging entertainment on multiple platforms.

Media enquiries

Joëlle Saltel
Manager of Communications, APTN
(431) 557-9909

Rachel Young
Alumni Outreach Coordinator, National Screen Institute

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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.

Media enquiries

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.