The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) has a long list of program alumni screening films and participating in panels at this year’s imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival in Toronto from October 19 – 23.

M: Stories of Women, new photography and video works by Shelley Niro (FASP) is part of the Exhibitions program. Shelley also directed the short film Robert’s Paintings.

The following films also have their world premiere at the festival: 

  • Inheritance directed by Joe E. Ironstand (NSI New Voices)
  • Astronoobs produced by Cam Lizotte (NSI Storytellers)
  • Paper Dove directed by Cara Mumford (FASP)
  • Last Song directed by Zoe Leigh Hopkins (FASP)
  • Free directed by Laura Milliken (FASP)
  • Pow.Wow.Wow directed by Lisa Jackson (FASP)

Other short films by our alumni include Choke directed by Michelle Latimer (NSI Storytellers) and The Way it Should Be directed by Jennifer Podemski (NSI Global Marketing).

Feature film Every Emotion Costs, directed by Darlene Naponse and produced by Joseph Mansourian, was an NSI Features First project and has its world premiere at the festival.

Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes, the award-winning TV series’ finale movie directed by Dennis Jackson (NSI Totally Television, FASP) is screening as part of the closing night gala events.

NSI grads are also part of the panels at imagineNATIVE: Michelle Latimer moderates the ‘Festival Programming and Strategies for Artists’ panel, Dennis Jackson and Melanie Jackson (NSI Storytellers, FASP) and Lisa Jackson are panelists on ‘A Match Made in Heaven…? How to Make the Director-Producer Relationship Work,’ and Greg Spottiswood (NSI Drama Prize) is among the panel of experts who’ll be pitched at the DRAMA QUEEN! Drama Series Pitch Competition.

NSI alumni – if we missed your film in this list, please let us know!

About the National Screen Institute – Canada:

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Winnipeg. We are Canada’s national film, television and digital media training school for writers, directors and producers. Training is anchored in the philosophy that the best way to learn is by doing.

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Our market-driven training programs have led to employment and successful careers for graduates by giving them a competitive edge. According to the 2008 NSI alumni survey, 96% of respondents are working in the film and TV industry.

  • Training programs are led by experts in film, television and digital media – they deliver workshops and seminars and mentor participants. 
  • Participants do not pay tuition fees or relocate.
  • Training is intensive. Participants train in one centre for a short period and then return home to work with local mentors on their projects under the leadership of the program manager.

Find out about all the training programs provided by the National Screen Institute.

After more than 24 years of training and with over 620 alumni, NSI continues to develop and deliver training to meet the industry’s needs. We produce works that:

  • appeal to Canadians
  • help advance careers that will grow the Canadian industry and contribute to the regional and national economies stimulating employment for the long term.

NSI leads in the design and delivery of programs that provide training to Canada’s visible minority and Aboriginal screen professionals.

NSI also commits to showcasing Canadian short films and providing professional development resources online.

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