Top row, L-R: Ryan Moccasin, Dana Solomon, Jay Cardinal Villeneuve, Kerriann Cardinal, Glen Reid. Bottom row, L-R: Keisha Erwin, Roger Boyer, Dustin McGladrey, Siku Allooloo, Tanis Parenteau.
In April, 10 Indigenous creators embarked on their first days of training through NSI IndigiDocs and NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition.
NSI IndigiDocs is an intensive, online training program where four Indigenous filmmakers develop a short documentary idea into a 10-minute finished film. Participants receive a cash award of up to $20K and approximately $10K of in-kind services towards production.
NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition, presented in association with the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), is a 10-week, part-time online training and mentorship program designed to help Indigenous screen content creators develop essential business management skills while creating a project plan for a feature film or web series currently in production.
The National Screen Institute is proud to announce the selected participants in both programs:
- Dustin McGladrey (Vancouver, BC), Woven Resistance
- Glen Reid (Toronto, ON), Restoring My Health
- Jay Cardinal Villeneuve (Vancouver, BC), Confluence – The Warrior Manuel
- Keisha Erwin (Spiritwood, SK), pî-kiwîk (Come Home)
Read more about this year’s NSI IndigiDocs participants.
NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition
- Dana Solomon (Mississauga, ON), Between the Lines
- Kerriann Cardinal (Denman Island, BC), Red Power: The Deb Mearns Story
- Roger Boyer (Winnipeg, MB), Coffee Express
- Ryan Moccasin (Saskatoon, SK), The Feather News
- Siku Allooloo (Bowser, BC), Indígena
- Tanis Parenteau (Peace River, AB), Jason
Read more about this year’s NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition participants.
Both programs are currently running alongside each other, giving participants the opportunity to meet and expand their network through several joint sessions.
“Our goal is to provide these creators with the tools they need to further develop their careers and help build a community of Indigenous storytellers who uplift and support each other,” says National Screen Institute program manager, Cheyenne Bruneau. “We hope the lessons learned and relationships formed help strengthen the Indigenous film and production community across Canada.”
Both programs begin with a series of online group discussions, round tables, peer reviews, presentations and masterclasses where participants will build their skills and learn from industry professionals. Using these skills, they will be matched with industry mentors who will guide them as they further develop their projects.
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NSI IndigiDocs 2021-23 is funded by Program Partners APTN, Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and RBC Emerging Artists Project; Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Strategic Sponsors documentary Channel, CBC Gem; Supporting Sponsors Telefilm Canada, A&E Networks; Provincial / Territorial Sponsors Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund, Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA); Industry Partners National Film Board of Canada, IATSE Local 856; Industry Supporters Entertainment Partners, Final Draft, Documentary Organization of Canada, imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Service Sponsors Line 21 Media and iSplice Films.
NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition 2022 is funded by Founding and Presenting Sponsor the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO); Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage, RBC Emerging Artists Project; Provincial / Territorial Sponsor Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA); Industry Supporters Entertainment Partners, Documentary Organization of Canada.
NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. More sponsors will be added as confirmed. We gratefully acknowledge the private donors whose gifts also support these programs.