NSI announces new partnership with Shaw Media

WINNIPEG, Feb. 18, 2015 /CNW/ - The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce a new, one year, $200,000 partnership with Shaw Media.

This agreement sees the return of the $1,000 Shaw Media Fearless Female Director award in the NSI Online Short Film Festival and a brand new course, the Shaw Media Diverse TV Director program, which will launch in early March. The course is designed for participants with directing experience who are interested in directing scripted television.

"We're excited to continue our long relationship with Shaw Media and to introduce a new course together," said John Gill, NSI CEO. "Shaw's commitment to developing diverse talent in Canada aligns with NSI's expertise in delivering customized programming to diverse Canadian content creators. It's always great to work with them."

"Shaw Media is committed to representing all Canadians – both on screen as well as behind the camera, and we are very excited to see this initiative with NSI foster a new generation of diverse television directors," said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. "We know from working with NSI for many years that their training style is customized and market-driven, and will deliver graduates ready to direct Canadian television series."

The Shaw Media Fearless Female award is presented to the best film by a female director four times a year. Recent winners include Ashley McKenzie, Emily Jenkins and Lindsay MacKay.

Shaw Media Diverse TV Director Program

This course provides female, Aboriginal and visible minority directors ready to make the leap to TV series direction with development training and job shadowing for up to four participants. The program includes an intense bootcamp in Toronto and a 4-week director job shadowing experience on the set of a series in production.

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features FirstNSI Lifestyle & Reality Series ProducerMovie Central Script to Screen and NSI Aboriginal Documentary.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television, and digital media industry at nsi-canada.ca.

SOURCE Shaw Media

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For further information: All media enquiries: Laura Friesen, Communications Coordinator, Tel: 204.957.2999 or email laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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