Opportunity for Training in Film and TV


THUNDER BAY – NSI New Voices, run by Canada’s National Screen Institute (NSI), is looking for nine talented Canadian Aboriginal adults aged 18 to 35 who are seeking careers in film and TV. This training program will connect students with industry professionals through skills development training and an eight week full-time industry work placement.

The program begins the last week of April and takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba. There are a limited number of openings for non-Winnipeg residents; out-of-town program participants are responsible for covering the costs of their accommodation and travel. Participants will receive minimum wage during the program.

Apply by Thursday, March 31, 2011, 4:30 p.m. Central Time.

“NSI New Voices is entering its seventh year,” says Ursula Lawson, NSI New Voices program co-manager. “Sixty Aboriginal students have graduated from the program and are now working in various capacities including as production assistants, editors, and crew members. The program continues to grow and develop each year to meet the changing needs of the marketplace and the changing skill sets of the young people applying.”

Phase 1 (skills development training) begins with ‘Spirit Day.’ Spiritual leaders and participants come together for a sharing circle and talk about personal goals. The day includes a Traditional Feast and pipe ceremony. The next six weeks of skills training takes place in the classroom and is designed to deliver a well-rounded understanding of industry job requirements.

Phase 2 (work placement) provides an opportunity for students to put their new knowledge to work in a film or TV setting, exposing them to a variety of creative and technical opportunities. The contacts made with industry professionals during skills development and work placement are invaluable to students starting their careers.

NSI New Voices program co-managers are Ursula Lawson and Sam Vint, and program advisor is Lisa Meeches. Ursula Lawson is Manager, Program Support and has been with NSI for seven years. Sam is an alumnus of NSI New Voices. For the last four years he has worked in various departments in the film and television industry, including production, development, camera, and post-production. Lisa has more than 20 years of experience in film and television and brings an essential Aboriginal perspective to the program.

For more information visit www.nsi-canada.ca

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