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The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) announces the world premieres of two, one-hour short documentary specials on APTN, featuring films made through the 2019 and 2020 editions of NSI IndigiDocs.
NSI IndigiDocs is a part-time, online program offering customized training for Indigenous filmmakers to transform a film idea into a short documentary.
The four films from 2019 and 2020 will air as part of a showcase on January 16 and 23, respectively. Check your local listings for times.
NSI IndigiDocs has helped develop the skills of over 60 Indigenous storytellers over eight editions. Documentaries created through the program have screened at prestigious festivals like imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Wairoa Māori Film Festival (New Zealand), LA Skins Fest (Los Angeles) and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Many of these films have received accolades including selection to TIFF Top 10 shorts list (êmîcêtôsêt-Many Bloodlines), Audience Choice Short Film and Manitoba Best Short Film, Reel Pride Film Festival (Gift to Give) and Best Documentary Short Film, Screen Power Film Festival (As The Smoke Rises).
January 16, 5:30 p.m. CT / films from the 2019 edition of NSI IndigiDocs
êmîcêtôsêt-Many Bloodlines – produced by Alex Bailey, directed by Theola Ross
Don’t Panic We Still Have Bannock – produced by Troy Watts, directed by Chantell Shaw
My Mother, My Rock – produced and directed by Kelly Roulette
As The Smoke Rises – produced by Jennifer Ille, directed by Sharon Heigl
January 23, 5:30 p.m. CT / films from the 2020 edition of NSI IndigiDocs
Gift to Give – directed by Erica Daniels
ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht) Dugout Canoe – directed by Steven Davies
Tails on Ice – directed by Miranda Currie
Indigenous Dads – directed by Peter Brass
These students were generously supported through NSI IndigiDocs by: Program Partners APTN, Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and RBC Emerging Artists Project; Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Strategic Sponsor documentary Channel, Supporting Sponsors Telefilm Canada, Super Channel, CBC Gem, Corus Entertainment and A&E Networks; Provincial / Territorial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music, Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund, Northwest Territories Film Commission, Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA), Industry Partner the National Film Board of Canada; Industry Supporters imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Service Sponsors Line 21 Media and iSplice Films. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.
APTN launched in 1999 as the world’s first national Indigenous broadcaster, creating a window into the remarkably diverse mosaic of Indigenous Peoples. A respected non-profit and charitable broadcaster, it’s the first of its kind in North America. The network is Sharing Our Stories of authenticity in English, French and a variety of Indigenous languages to nearly 10 million Canadian subscribers. With over 80% Canadian content, APTN connects with its audiences through genuine, inspiring and engaging entertainment on multiple platforms.
About National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)
Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, the National Screen Institute supports diverse creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, NSI students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.
The National Screen Institute is 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.
Manager of Communications, APTN
Alumni Outreach Coordinator, National Screen Institute