Coffee Talk with the NSI

Saturday, April 22
10:15AM – 10:45AM
John Bassett Theatre

NSI will host a complimentary coffee and tea break for TSC delegates.

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is the oldest national training school in the country for writers, directors and producers working in film, television and digital media. In the past six years 12 feature films developed through various NSI programs have been produced, with more on the way for 2017. Close to 150 short films have been supported and mentored by NSI through various TELUS sponsored programs. Twelve short documentaries produced through the NSI IndigiDocs program have been (or will be) broadcast on APTN and screened around the world. And WHAT WOULD SAL DO? developed through NSI Totally Television by Mark Montefiore and Andrew DeAngelis premiered on CraveTV this spring.

Come and visit NSI Director of Programming Brendon Sawatzky and NSI Features First Program Manager Shelly Quade at the NSI booth and around the conference to see how NSI training programs can help you accelerate your career.

Shelly Quade

Shelly Quade

Manager of Programs and Development, National Screen Institute

As manager of programs and development, Shelly runs the NSI Features First course. Shelly comes to NSI from Frantic Films where she was assistant to the CEO & executive producer. More recently, she had a hand in TV development from show creation to research with a special love for casting. She has extensive knowledge of the film and television industry on a national level, great connections and is enormously passionate about Canadian productions.

When she was cast as an extra in the Canadian classic MEATBALLS, she knew film and TV was the industry she wanted to work in. She went on to study broadcasting and worked as a reader and book reviewer and brings those skills and enthusiasm to her current position.

Brendon Sawatzky

Brendon Sawatzky

Director of Programming, National Screen Institute

As director of programming at NSI, Brendon directs the development of all new programs and is accountable for the delivery of all NSI courses. Prior to his current position at NSI, Brendon focused on producing film and television. This resulted in producer credits on six feature films, a television sitcom, two television movies and a number of television specials, short films and music videos. He previously worked for the National Screen Institute as a program manager and before that at the Winnipeg Film Group. A more recent role was as a producer for the National Film Board. He is also the chair of Film Training Manitoba.

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