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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

The National Screen Institute invites Indigenous screen content creatives, committed to developing a career in producing, to apply for NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition.

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 (due one week after acceptance into the program; installment plan available)


If you have questions or concerns regarding your application, or you need assistance completing the application, please reach out to program manager Cheyenne Bruneau who will do all she can to help (cheyenne.bruneau@nsi-canada.ca). Additionally, if paying the application or tuition fee is a concern, contact Cheyenne and we will work with you to discuss a payment arrangement.

Important dates

  • Applications open: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
  • Application deadline: Friday, February 12 at noon CT
  • Successful participants notified by: March 1, 2021
  • Non-successful applicants notified by: March 1, 2021
  • Phase 1 (online training sessions): March to May 2021
  • Phase 2 (mentorship): May and June 2021


How much time do I have to commit to the program?

This is a part-time program. While the curriculum will be carefully designed and created with maximum flexibility, during the online boot camp training all mandatory sessions will take place during the day, Monday to Friday. You will attend up to 24 online mandatory sessions ranging in length from one to two hours. You will attend three to four sessions each week.

Who can apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be First Nations, Inuit or Métis, aged 18 or over
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada
  • have one, on-screen producing credit; or
  • have demonstrated experience in production, business affairs, legal, marketing, distribution or development. Writers and directors who wish to develop their producing skills are eligible but must explain why they want to be a producer
  • apply with a feature film or web series which has at least one source of confirmed funding
  • maintain creative and financial control over the project. This includes ownership of, or option on, all underlying rights (if any). NSI reserves the right to disqualify any participant who does not fully own the rights in and to the project
  • not be a participant in any other training course that would conflict with your ability to fully commit to NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition

I’m a creative professional (ie: writer or director) but would like to expand my business management skills. Is this program right for me?

Yes. If you are a writer and/or director, you must:

  • have demonstrated experience in production, business affairs, legal, marketing, distribution and/or development
  • explain why you want to become a producer
  • describe the skills you hope to learn

Can a two-person team apply?

No. Only one person is eligible to apply as this program is custom-designed for emerging to mid-level screen-based professionals with an active project in development.

What projects are eligible?

Feature films and web series – fiction, non-fiction or documentary screen-based projects in all genres and formats with at least one source of confirmed funding are eligible.

NSI will not accept any project that contains excessive violence, sexual violence or sexual exploitation.

How are participants selected?

An independent industry jury together with NSI staff will review applications and select participants.

Participants are selected based on a combination of factors including relevant industry experience, the project’s creative and commercial viability, and a participant’s readiness to take full advantage of the training and mentorship opportunities.

All applications will be assessed for eligibility and completeness.

Jury decisions are final.

When is tuition due?

Tuition payments and a signed NSI agreement are required one week following notification of acceptance into the program.

What rights does the National Screen Institute have on the project?

All copyright in the project remains with the applicants. NSI reserves the sole right to disqualify any participant who does not fully own the rights in and to the project.

NSI and the Indigenous Screen Office require a tail credit on the feature or web series project as well as a credit on all publicity and promotional materials developed with respect to the project.

A contract will be signed outlining the commitments and responsibilities of the participant and NSI under the program.

What is the relationship between the National Screen Institute and the successful applicant?

The relationship between the applicant and NSI shall not be deemed to constitute a partnership or joint venture. The applicant shall not have the right to incur any debts nor to make any commitment of or on behalf of NSI.

Does NSI provide feedback on my application package after I’ve submitted it?


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.