Daunted by online learning, the CBC New Indigenous Voices class of 2020 met the challenge and formed meaningful friendships

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On December 10 students graduated during a special online ceremony. In their final writing assignments, we find out that learning online made the experience even more interesting.

Darren Anthony: NSI inspired me to be become a better storyteller

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Darren completed his Totally Television training earlier this year and is already in development with CBC on his show, Dwayne Has Issues.

Jeffrey St. Jules: NSI helped me learn how to navigate the Canadian film industry

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Jeffrey’s Features First film, Bang Bang Baby, was fully produced in 2014 and won the award for best Canadian first feature film at TIFF.

Todd McCauley: NSI Features First was a welcoming environment where all participants were seen as equal

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Todd’s Features First film, SuperGrid, went on to receive the award for best feature film at the Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards.

Sandi Somers: NSI helped develop my confidence as a screenwriter

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Sandi’s NSI Features First film, Hailey Rose, is slated to begin production in spring 2021.

John Barnard: NSI was instrumental in helping me find my own filmmaking path

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Director and co-founder of Farpoint Films, John says NSI equipped him with knowledge and understanding of the film industry.

Marlene Kendall, NSI board chair: NSI provides high-quality training to underrepresented and diverse participants

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Marlene is inspired by the courage NSI students have in telling their stories.

New season of NarcoLeap premiering December 20

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The premiere starts with a virtual red carpet on Instagram, followed by a livestream Q & A with the cast after the show.

David Ray: With NSI, I felt like anything was possible

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David directed his NSI Features First film, Fetching Cody, in 2005. His NSI Totally Television show, The Last Nation, is currently in development with CTV.

Crave set to release French version of Corner Gas Animated

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An all-Quebecois cast voiced seasons 2 and 3, which will be available to stream starting December 18. 

Gemma Holdway: I’ve been a full-time writer ever since my NSI Totally Television training

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Gemma was given the tools to improve her project and challenge herself to take her work to the next level. 

Brad Pelman: NSI’s impact can be seen throughout the industry

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Brad, vice-chair of the NSI Board of Directors, marvels at the amazing work created by alumni.