July 21, 2017
NSI Features First is a renowned development training launch pad for writer/producer teams working on their first or second feature film. Teams meet with top-level experts throughout the program and receive $7,500 towards the final development and packaging of their feature film project.
“Since the course launched 20 years ago, one in four NSI Features First-developed films have been made – an impressive track record,” said program manager Shelly Quade. “I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s applications and helping the selected teams refine their projects.
“I’d like to thank outgoing program advisor Melissa Kajpust for her enthusiasm and commitment to this course as she departs to focus on her work at Super Channel. And we extend a warm welcome to Al Magee, joining the NSI Features First faculty as program advisor.”
Producer, writer and showrunner Al Magee brings over 30 years’ experience to the role, with over 50 feature film credits as a writer and story editor on independent Canadian feature film breakouts like Roadkill and Highway 61, Rude and Cube.
Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. CT on Monday, September 11, 2017. The selection committee is looking for projects with strong commercial appeal. Apply here.
The course gets results: 19 feature films developed through the program have been produced since the course launched. Most recently, The Sun At Midnight from Kirsten Carthew premiered in Fort McPherson in September and Josh Epstein and Kyle Rideout are in post-production on their 2014 NSI Features First-developed Public Schooled.
Other films developed through NSI Features First include Bang Bang Baby, The Dark Stranger, Two 4 One, I Declare War, Every Emotion Costs, Foodland, Love and Other Dilemmas, Fetching Cody, 7 Times Lucky, On the Corner, Goldirocks, Turning Paige, Flower & Garnet, Leaving Metropolis, Inertia, My Father’s Angel, Violet and The Bend.
NSI Features First is funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; and Service Sponsor William F. White. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.