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Canwest confirms its support of the Canadian production community with $1.5 million commitment to the National Screen Institute

by NationTalk on April 6, 2008632 Views

Media Release
April 4, 2008

Canwest confirms support for NSI

Winnipeg – Canwest has asserted its commitment to help sustain and develop training programs in the media and broadcast industry with a contribution to the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) of $1.5 million over the next seven years. This meaningful contribution marks a continuation of the longstanding partnership between Canwest and NSI – one focused on funding and delivering training programs for Canadian writers, directors and producers.”Our partnership with NSI is a natural extension of Canwest’s mandate to support and nurture the growth and success of the Canadian arts community and our film and television industry,” says Lynne Munro, Vice President, Community & Public Relations, Canwest. “We are proud to continue our relationship with this leading training organization as it aids the next generation of content creators in the advancement of their careers on both a domestic and international level.”

“NSI has enjoyed a fruitful association with Canwest for many years, beginning with their support of NSI Global Marketing” says Susan Millican, National Screen Institute CEO. “We are pleased that they have chosen to expand their affiliation beyond that program across many of the NSI training platforms. Canwest’s support provides NSI with the stability we need to ensure that training continues for the next several years.”

Canwest’s $1.5 million commitment to NSI will benefit the following initiatives:

NSI Global Marketing provides training and professional development opportunities for established producers. An essential foundation for independent Canadian producers moving into the international marketplace, the program is designed to increase their ability to develop, promote and market their projects for national and international broadcast and distribution.

NSI Drama Prize offers promising filmmakers one year of professional support, in-kind services and training to make a quality short film. Up to five Canadian teams each receive $10,000 in cash support and $30,000 in services, customized training in writing, directing, producing and access to professional contacts and mentors.

NSI Features First is an intensive training program for emerging filmmakers working on their first or second feature film. The curriculum includes training in script and story development, market research, legal requirements, pitching, financing, distribution, marketing and sales.

NSI Storytellers 2007/08 provides training for emerging Canadian Aboriginal writers, directors and producers during the development of a scripted television serial for possible broadcast on APTN.

NSI New Voices is a full-time program for young Aboriginal adults aged 18 to 35, and offers skills development training and a paid internship in an industry setting.

NSI Online is currently in development and will complement NSI’s offline training initiatives. The cornerstone of the redeveloped website will be the launch of an online industry centre and online film festival in 2008 to showcase Canadian short films, deliver exclusive professional development opportunities and offer a suite of social networking tools to connect content creators across the country.

For more information on all of the programs offered at NSI, visit www.nsi-canada.ca.

About the National Screen Institute
The National Screen Institute is a national training school widely known for its prestigious training programs for Canadian writers, directors and producers working in film and television. Most programs are part-time so students keep their day jobs while they train. Participants do not have to relocate – intensive training happens in one place and participants return home to work with a mentor for the rest of their program. All training is delivered by senior industry experts.

About Canwest
Canwest Global Communications Corp. (www.canwest.com), (TSX: CGS and CGS.A,) an international media company, is Canada’s largest media company. In addition to owning the Global Television Network, Canwest is Canada’s largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio stations and networks in Canada, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The National Screen Institute — Canada operates with ongoing funding from Telefilm Canada through Canadian Heritage, and Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism. Additional support provided by Patrons: CTV, CBC Television and The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation. Also, financial assistance provided by the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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Canwest media enquiries:
Lauren Wilson, Manager, Community Relations & Public Affairs
Telephone: 416-967-2485
Email: lawilson@canwest.com

NSI media enquiries:
Glynis Corkal, Marketing & Communications Manager National Screen Institute
Telephone: 204-957-2995
Email: glynis.corkal@nsi-canada.ca

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