NSI Art of Business Management

In association with Founding and Presenting Sponsor, the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO)

NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition

Learn business management, negotiation and leadership skills and receive customized mentorship to develop your project

Through this four-month, part-time online training and mentorship program you will develop essential business management skills while creating a project plan for a feature film or web series you are currently developing.

Program dates: March to June 2021
Location: Online
Application deadline: Applications are closed
Cost: $50 non-refundable application fee; $250 non-refundable tuition fee (installment plan available)

This training is for you if:

  • You’re an Indigenous screen content creator committed to developing a career in producing
  • You have demonstrated experience in production, business affairs, legal, marketing, distribution or development
  • You possess the rights to a feature film or web series currently in development
  • You can commit the necessary time to complete this multi-phase training
  • You want to gain practical, hands-on experience while building your professional network

About NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition

We’ve designed this edition of NSI Art of Business Management to foster the growth of Indigenous producing professionals and increase the network of Indigenous production companies across Canada.

Throughout the program, you will hear from and be mentored by national and international industry professionals, advisors and business experts. You’ll get structured mentorship for your project and will expand your producing skills.

NSI sought program and curriculum guidance from an advisory that included Tyler Hagan of Experimental Forest Films (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open), Jason Brennan of Nish Media (Rustic Oracle), Lauren Grant of Clique Pictures (Sugar Daddy), Lori Lozinski of Violator Films (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open), NSI co-founder and international consultant Jan Miller and Catherine Bainbridge of Rezolution Pictures (Mohawk Girls).

We will select up to eight emerging to mid-career Indigenous creative entrepreneurs for this program.

Phase 1 (March to May)

You will attend up to 24 online mandatory sessions ranging in length from one to two hours that take place Monday to Friday. You will attend three to four sessions each week. You will be involved in interactive group discussions, round tables, peer reviews, presentations and masterclasses. There are homework assignments with program advisors available to assist you.

Topics will include business affairs/contracts; labour and employment law; fundamentals of running a workplace; principles of human resources and effective people management skills; financial planning and modelling; production finance and distribution (understanding tax credits, finance structures and cash flows); negotiation as well as case studies.

Phase 2 (May to June)

We will match you with an industry mentor who will coach you through the development of your project plan – from beginning stages to exhibition. Your mentor will assess your skills and help you to cultivate a successful career in producing (independently and working for others). You’ll get advice on long-term goal setting and how to establish and maintain industry connections.

For more information, read about applying.

On-Screen Protocols and Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories will be used to guide all decisions and actions. The document is mandatory reading for all students, faculty, subject experts, presenters and mentors.


Program advisors are Tyler Hagan, Lauren Grant and Lori Lozinski. Program manager Cheyenne Bruneau manages delivery of the program and provides administrative support. She is available if you have any questions about your application prior to submission. Read more about the program faculty.

NSI’s commitment to underrepresented voices

At NSI we serve and help develop the gifts of Indigenous creators.

The inaugural edition of NSI Art of Business Management is exclusively for Indigenous content creators.

Indigenous is defined as a First Nations, Inuit and Métis person residing in Canada.

The program will address specific barriers which prevent Indigenous storytellers from getting their stories made.

NSI is committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas, and various religious groups.

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NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition is funded by Founding and Presenting Sponsor the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO); Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Super Channel, Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage; Industry Scholarship Sponsor Documentary Organization of Canada; NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge the private donors whose gifts support this program.