Developing storytellers. Advancing careers.
Founded in 1986, the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is the only national training organization in Western Canada for writers, directors and producers in film, television and digital media.
We are devoted to developing exceptional storytellers and advancing their careers through world-class training, mentoring and market-relevant programs. We passionately support Indigenous and non-Indigenous creators and strive to change the world for artists and audiences. Excellence in storytelling is at the heart of everything we do.
Excellence in storytelling.
NSI’s mission is to be the leader in developing award-winning content creators and deliver training that is current, relevant and of the highest standard.
About National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI)
NSI’s portable, world-class training for emerging and established Canadian content creators helps develop people and their projects for the global marketplace.
NSI training programs are developed through ongoing, extensive consultation with industry and have led to successful careers by strengthening graduates’ skills and providing a competitive edge. 91% of NSI grads are working in the film and TV industry today (2018 survey).
With traditional funding sources decreasing, important NSI training programs are at risk of disappearing. Your support is more important than ever to ensure unique and transformative training programs continue, allowing Canadian voices to be heard worldwide.
Your donation is an investment in the next generation of Canadian storytellers.
What People Are Saying
"NSI truly champions filmmakers and provides an immersive experience that is practical and thoroughly supportive. "
— Kirsten Carthew - NSI alumna/director of Sun At Midnight
"When NSI came into my life everything changed. I was introduced to possibilities I never knew existed. I believe that the training, mentorship and experience that was offered through NSI provided me with the tools and resources I needed to thrive as a film and television producer."
— Jennifer Podemski - NSI alumna/actor/producer
"As a graduate of NSI, I can speak to the impact it has on a dedicated filmmaker's career. I now mentor emerging filmmakers and I try to remember I'm not teaching a student, but rather giving a future colleague the helping hand they need to become their best."
— Mike Fly - NSI alumnus/faculty
"We applied [to NSI IndigiDocs] after we heard about the injustices Indigenous youth face when they’re forced to leave home to complete secondary schooling. I strongly felt we needed to get this story to a large audience and we knew that NSI IndigiDocs would help us do that."
— Charlene Moore – NSI alumna