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Call for Indigenous filmmakers: get customized training to develop a short documentary through NSI IndigiDocs





The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is now accepting applications for the 2020 edition of NSI IndigiDocs – a two-phase course offering customized training for Indigenous filmmakers to develop a short documentary.

New for this edition of NSI IndigiDocs: applicants no longer apply as a team. NSI IndigiDocs is now designed for individual filmmakers who have an idea for a 10-minute documentary film.

In phase 1 up to eight students will attend a 12-day boot camp in Winnipeg to learn about writing, producing and directing, and develop a script for their documentary idea. At the end of phase 1 all students will have a market-ready film proposal.

In phase 2, a jury will choose up to four students from phase 1 to go into production. Students receive a cash award of up to $16K and approximately $10K of in-kind services. Phase 2 students will work in their own community for the majority of the time and will be paired with an industry mentor to help with development and production. Phase 2 students also attend Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto.


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Spoken Word | Literary Arts







Banff Centre’s Spoken Word program is the first of its kind, offering an unrivalled setting for artists to explore and develop their voices and career paths. 

This intensive residency provides space to write and time to develop strong performance dynamics. Participants will benefit from mentoring, performance opportunities, studio recording time, access to special events, and engagement with a vibrant network of international artists – all amidst the breathtaking Canadian Rockies.

World-class faculty present challenging workshops on topics from the spoken word tradition such as history, composition, performance, multimedia, production, business, musicality, orality, sound, spirit, language, body, and theatre. 

What does the program offer?

The two-week program offers dedicated time to develop a specific project with guidance from faculty mentors, as well as a place to connect with other artists in the field of spoken word. 

Daily workshops explore a vast array of topics from writing techniques and elocution to project funding and tours. One-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers supports project development and long table discussions address current topics in spoken word. 

Each participant works from a private studio hut nestled in the forest and has access to writing and audio equipment. In addition, there is the option to work closely with an audio engineer on studio basics and individual recording leading to a takeaway demo. There are also opportunities for performance practice, peer feedback, open mic, and a final public performance at Banff Centre. 

The most powerful benefits of this residency are the networking and profound camaraderie that emerge among the artists, as well as the instilled confidence that can lead to a higher level of professionalism in the arts.

Who should apply? 

The program is open to emerging, mid-career, and established spoken word artists seeking a professional and artistic development opportunity to take their creation, production, and performance skills to the next level.  

We welcome applications from artists working in any form of performative writing including poetry, storytelling, theatre, hip hop, dub, or interdisciplinary work. Please submit your most accomplished print, audio, and video support material; it does not need to relate to your project proposal. Applications from artists working in English, French, or other languages are welcome.

Application Deadline: January 09, 2019

Date : April 01 - April 13, 2019

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17th Feb - Free Drama/ Storytelling Workshop




Image of the Complete Commedia Company telling tall tales


Sat 17th February, 10am - 5pm

Come and help us animate the story of Tilbury life at this exciting drama and storytelling workshop at Tilbury Cruise Terminal, led by Ali Pretty from Kinetika and Bernadette Wakeling of the Complete Commedia Company.

There will also be a free tour of the historic cruise terminal building followed by a bus tour of the Port at 11.30am.

Suitable for all ages, children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult.

Free, but booking required:

Fairytales for Grownups: The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos





Monday 19th December / 8pm / Soho Theatre

French poet and surrealist, Robert Desnos, was locked up in Auschwitz in 1944. Within those bleak walls Desnos had to find ways for his mind and heart to survive the blows of fate. In doing so, he saved the bodies, minds and hearts of a lot of others too.

Daniel Morden and Clare Murphy tell tales that ask is our fate setor is there no fate but that which we make? The remarkable tale of Robert Desnos is an exploration of fate, resilience & the power of the imagination.


Clare Muireann Murphy cant help but make friends with her audiencesits just the way she is. Born in Dublin, Clare has lived in Spain, America and Galway, and currently resides in London. A dynamic and witty performer, she has performed in festivals and theatres across the world, and her repertoire extends from her beloved Irish mythology to world folklore, anecdotes, fables, personal and original stories.

Daniel Morden is one of Europes most popular storytellers. He has been telling tales for a living since 1989. He is known for his duo performances of Greek myth with Hugh Lupton, and his dynamic fusion of spoken word and music with The Devils Violin.

Running Time: 110 mins (including interval)

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