William F. White Int'l Becomes Exclusive Equipment Sponsor of NSI Drama Prize
The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce William F. White International Inc. is now the exclusive lighting and grip production equipment and technical services sponsor of NSI Drama Prize.
"William F. White is a long-time supporter of NSI and has sponsored NSI Drama Prize since its inception over 20 years ago,” said John Gill, NSI CEO. “We’re grateful they’ve increased their investment in supporting our up-and-coming filmmakers.”
NSI Drama Prize is an ambitious training program providing up to four teams of emerging Canadian filmmakers with a year of support and training in writing, directing and producing as they develop and produce a short film.
"We are thrilled to empower the aspiring filmmakers selected for NSI Drama Prize by providing state-of-the-art equipment and technical expertise which they might not otherwise have the chance to access,” said Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Comweb Group and William F. White International Inc. “Given NSI’s proven track record as industry leaders in training, we see our relationship with them as an investment in the future of Canadian filmmaking.”
William F. White has been the supplier to acclaimed NSI-developed projects including Todd & The Book of Pure Evil, Less Than Kind, Fetching Cody, On the Corner, Wapos Bay, Cashing In, and alumni features such as High Life, Niagara Motel and Black Field. They have also been a dedicated sponsor to NSI Features First and NSI New Voices, and a long-time supporter of the now-retired NSI FilmExchange Canadian Film Festival.
The current NSI Drama Prize students are:
- The Goodbye Girl by producer Michelle Kim and writer/director Amber Ripley (Surrey and Vancouver, BC)
- Floodplain by writer/producer Daniel Hogg and director Jeremy Lutter (Victoria and Vancouver, BC)
- Promise by producer Cory Quinn, writer Holly Marchuk and writer/director Dion Telesky (Winnipeg and Lorette, MB)
- With Truelove Showers by producer Georgina López, writer Jeremy Beal and director James Musselman (Toronto, ON)
Since NSI Drama Prize began, over 100 short films have been produced with hundreds of festival and broadcast screenings around the world. Highlights include:
- Oscars®, shortlisted for Best Short Film
- Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival: Special Jury Mention
- Genie Awards, nominated for Best Short Film
- Palm Springs
- Comic-Con International Film Festival, San Diego
- CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival: Bravo!FACT Award for Best Canadian Short Film