NSI Drama Prize

Application deadline

Applications are closed.

What is NSI Drama Prize?

NSI Drama Prize is an ambitious course that provides emerging filmmakers with training in the various stages of filmmaking, $10,000 in cash support; over $20,000 in services; and mentoring from established industry leaders while teams develop and produce a short film (up to 10 minutes).

Past mentors have included Paul Haggis (Crash), Sheri Elwood (Call Me Fitz), Rob Merilees (Hard Core Logo 2), Gary Harvey (Arctic Air) and Damon D’Oliveira (The Law of Enclosures).

Success stories

119 short films have been produced and screened at hundreds of festivals winning awards around the world including:

  • Oscars®, shortlisted for Best Short Film
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival: Special Jury Mention
  • Genie Awards, nominated for Best Short Film
  • Slamdance
  • Palm Springs
  • Comic-Con International Film Festival, San Diego
  • CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival: Bravo!FACT Award for Best Canadian Short Film
  • Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent at Cannes
  • TIFF’s Short Cuts Canada Program

How much does it cost?

  • $100 application fee per team.
  • $1,500 tuition per team member if your team is selected.

Who are the NSI Drama Prize faculty?

Elise Swerhone, Danishka Esterhazy, Shereen Jerrett and Brendon Sawatzky. Read about the faculty.