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NSI Program to Train Aboriginals in Film and TV

February 16, 2011 6:39 AM | News

Young Aboriginal adults are being sought for film and TV training, part of the NSI New Voices program offered by Canada’s National Screen Institute (NSI).

Adults aged 18 to 35 wanting to work in film and television will connect with industry professionals through skills development training and an eight week full-time industry work placement.

The Winnipeg program will begin in the last week of April, and will offer 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.

Applications will be accepted until Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. CT.

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.