Watch: In the trenches with BIPOC storytellers panel discussion, moderated by Jesse Wente

Jesse Wente, Jennifer Podemski, Jennifer Holness and Nathalie Younglai

Above: Jesse Wente, Jennifer Podemski, Jennifer Holness and Nathalie Younglai

In November 2020, as part of NSI Business for Producers training, students listened in on a candid discussion featuring storytellers from underrepresented communities to better understand the challenges and barriers they have faced.

The panel was moderated by Jesse Wente, executive director of the Indigenous Screen Office, with guest panelists Jennifer Podemski (CEO, Red Cloud Studios Inc.), Nathalie Younglai (founder, BIPOC TV & Film) and Jennifer Holness (president, Hungry Eyes Media).

The panelists and the National Screen Institute felt the importance of the discussion warranted wider availability of the video so we’re releasing it publicly here.

Jennifer Podemski and Jennifer Holness are both alumni of NSI Global Marketing and Telefilm – Canada Spark Plug Program. Jennifer Holness is also an alumna of NSI Drama Prize.

While one panelist experienced technical interruptions during the discussion, this does not affect the important value of the video content.

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NSI Business for Producers is a distance learning and mentorship program designed to help up to 20 emerging producers nurture creative ideas (of all genres) while navigating the logistics and legalities of screen-based storytelling.

Specifically created for emerging producers who want to learn the essential elements of producing, this program provides instruction on the basic skill set producers need in a COVID-19 environment and beyond.

NSI Business for Producers is funded by Program Partner Canada Media Fund (CMF); Strategic Sponsors Telefilm Canada and The Winnipeg Foundation; Supporting Sponsors Corus Entertainment and Super Channel; Industry Consultants Executive Education Centre, Asper School of Business, Facilitated Solutions and People First HR Services. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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