RBC Emerging Artists Project continues investment in NSI IndigiDocs, NSI New Northern Voices



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The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is proud to announce RBC Emerging Artists Project is supporting NSI IndigiDocs for the eighth straight year and NSI New Northern Voices for year two.

“RBC Emerging Artists Project is an incredible partner to the National Screen Institute,” said Joy Loewen, NSI CEO. “They provide valuable financial support to develop underrepresented Indigenous voices and storytellers from northern Manitoba, and RBC team members personally invest their time and talent getting to know NSI participants, staff and faculty, and celebrate their achievements.”

This summer RBC’s 2020 Indigenous Partnership Report A Chosen Journey highlighted both programs, program manager Kaya Wheeler and NSI IndigiDocs participant and NSI New Northern Voices mentor Erica Daniels. Additionally, they published a feature about NSI IndigiDocs film As the Smoke Rises by Jennifer Ille and Sharon Heigl in recognition of Orange Shirt Day on September 30.

“RBC Emerging Artists Project supports programming committed to helping diverse artists bridge the gap from emerging to established,” said Herb ZoBell, Vice President Commercial Banking, Indigenous Markets & North of 60, RBC. “We look to support artists who are creating the innovative conversations that shape how we see the world and how we engage with our communities. That’s why we’re proud to continue this partnership with the National Screen Institute – graduates from their programs are building careers, winning awards, returning as mentors for the next generation, and becoming leading voices in the Canadian media arts industry.”

In 2020, graduates of NSI IndigiDocs celebrated several significant award wins.

NSI IndigiDocs film êmîcêtôcêt – Many Bloodlines, directed by Theola Ross and produced by Alex Fisher-Bailey, won the Betty Youson Award for Best Canadian Short Documentary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, an award for Documentary Work – Short Format at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Jury Choice Top Short Film at Winnipeg’s Reel Pride Film Festival.

Tasha Hubbard won the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Award at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards for her multi-award-winning feature documentary nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up.

Alexandra Lazarowich was one of the honourees of DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 – an award celebrating emerging talent in the documentary world.

Michelle St. John, producer of the recent documentary TV series Amplify on APTN, returned to NSI IndigiDocs as producer advisor in 2019.

About NSI IndigiDocs

NSI IndigiDocs is a two-phase program offering customized training for Indigenous filmmakers to develop a short documentary.

During phase 1, up to eight students attend an online boot camp to learn about writing, directing and producing a documentary film. At the end of phase 1 all students have a market-ready film proposal.

In phase 2, a jury chooses up to four students to go into production and receive a cash award of up to $16K and approximately $10K of in-kind services. Students are paired with an industry mentor to help with the development and production of their film. Final post-production is completed at the National Film Board.

Films are broadcast as part of a one-hour special on APTN, plus individually on documentary Channel, APTN lumi, nfb.ca and nsifilms.ca.

Phase 2 students attend Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival.

Led by program manager Kaya Wheeler, the call for applications for the next edition of NSI IndigiDocs will be announced this fall.

About NSI New Northern Voices

In fall 2019 NSI launched New Northern Voices – designed to eliminate barriers for northern residents wishing to access creative media arts training.

With the next edition of the program, NSI will further its goal of building workforce capacity by engaging the industry, community and alumni they previously worked with to advance training opportunities for writers and producers in northern Manitoba.

As part of this training framework, NSI New Northern Voices is intersecting with NSI Business for Producers to provide a fast-track for one alumnus who will develop their emerging producing skills alongside experienced industry professionals. Additionally, training for up to three regional writers will be provided. They will work with the producer to develop local stories for production. Production will be scheduled to allow for hands-on experience and training for above- and below-line positions.

Led by program manager Ursula Lawson, more information about the call for applications is expected in the coming weeks.

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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.