Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Call for applications: NSI Totally Television 2011

The National Screen Institute in Winnipeg has put out a call for applications for its NSI Totally Television program. It's a ten-month training program for television writers and producers. It's structured in a way that allows you to continue working while training -- part-time instruction without requiring you to relocate.

The program accepts up to five teams to participate in the mentoring and workshops. The most advanced projects will get to pitch their projects at the Banff World Media Festival 2012.

The only cost for the program is the application fee. Those accepted will pay no additional fees.

The deadline to apply for the NSI Totally Television program is Tuesday, May 3 at 4:30pm Central Time.

Apply now for NSI Totally Television, deadline May 3, 2011

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is seeking applications from writer / producer teams for its NSI Totally Television training program. Teams receive training in the development of a TV series using mentoring and intensive workshops delivered by leading industry experts. You keep your day job while you train. The program features a week-long boot camp in Toronto in the fall. The rest of the training can be coordinated while you are actively working in the industry.

NSI Totally Television gives you ten months of market-driven training including the opportunity to work with story editors, showrunners, mentors and executive producers to develop and shape your project. Up to five teams are accepted for the initial phase of training; only the teams with the top market-driven projects will continue to Phase 2 to attend the Banff World Media Festival 2012. Your team will get the tools you need to develop your TV show and pitch it to broadcasters with the ultimate goal of getting it made.

Apply for the program by Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 4:30 p.m. Central Time.

Recent shows developed through NSI Totally Television include Less Than Kind (season 3 just wrapped and will air on HBO Canada), Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (season 1 aired on SPACE), ‘da Kink in my Hair (seasons 1 & 2 aired on Global and are now available on DVD), and Wapos Bay (5 seasons on APTN). 50% of Phase 2 projects have gone into development with a broadcaster and 50% of those have gone into production.

“NSI has been training storytellers for 25 years,” said Brandice Vivier, Manager, Programs and Development, NSI. “We help participants bring their stories to life. Our participants have the tools to create compelling characters and sustainable storylines that appeal to a broad number of audiences. Our training has helped countless alumni continue to build successful careers in the industry.”

Brandice Vivier, Manager, Programs and Development, National Screen Institute - Canada

As manager, programs and development, Brandice develops and delivers many of NSI’s training programs. In addition to managing NSI Totally Television, she is currently working with the NSI Online Short Film Festival and Featuring Aboriginal Stories Program. Previous programs of which she was part include NSI Drama Prize, NSI Storytellers, NSI Pitch to Win!, NSI Global Marketing, Telefilm Canada Spark Plug and DiverseTV. Brandice has worked in the film and television industry for 15 years, including at CTV and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC.

Samantha Linton – Program Advisor, NSI Totally Television

Award-winning producer and director Sam Linton currently works as acting director of Factual Content for History Television. She was previously Head of Factual Programming at Cineflix with Simon Lloyd and oversaw the company’s complete slate of factual programmes including Mayday, Cold Blood, Austin Stevens, Eaten Alive, Cooler Facts, Final 24, Mad Labs and Trapped. Previously Sam worked as Head of Development for RTR Media and as Head of Original Production for Discovery Channel Canada.

NSI Totally Television 2010-11 was made possible by Presenting Sponsor CTV and the CTV/CHUM Benefits; Program Partner Telefilm Canada, Strategic Sponsors Rogers and Women in Media Foundation (WIMF); and Provincial Sponsor MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC.


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