Sign up for the online Manitoba Content Creators Development Accelerator with Jan Miller

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Do you have a story to tell but need expert guidance to shape it into a winning pitch? 

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) has partnered with Film Training Manitoba (FTM) to deliver the Manitoba Content Creators Development Accelerator – an online workshop series with the elite talent of Jan Miller, one of the top international development trainers and consultants in film and television. Jan will offer expert tips and tools to make your story idea sing and ready for pitching to a panel that may include producers, funders and broadcasters.

The accelerator is designed to provide up to eight Manitoba-based members and permits of IATSE 856; DGC Manitoba; ICG 669; ACTRA Manitoba, Winnipeg Indigenous Filmmakers Collective and NSI alumni with an opportunity to develop their story ideas while in isolation due to COVID-19.

Eligible project ideas can be drama or documentary; short or feature length films; television or web series; and podcasts.

The accelerator will culminate in an online forum where participants pitch their projects to a panel that may include producers, funders and broadcasters.

The initiative was developed in response to feedback FTM received from members of the local film community asking what support they would like to further their careers in light of COVID-19. Many expressed a desire to nurture their own projects.

Applications are being accepted until May 4, 2020, 5 p.m., CT. Program partners will cover the $100 participant application fee for this program edition.

Training takes place online between May 10 and May 29, 2020 and includes mentoring / feedback sessions and a final pitch forum. Participants will be assigned work to prepare for the initial workshop, with work in between to perfect their pitch.

The Manitoba Content Creators Development Accelerator is made possible by Program Partner Film Training Manitoba (FTM). NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

For more information, please contact Ursula Lawson, NSI’s manager of programs and development.

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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.