Learn about special courses and initiatives led by The Shine Network Institute.
Designed for Indigenous producers and content creators to support them in accelerating their careers, this live, 4-day virtual course focused on Show-running, Producing, Writing, Directing & Narrative Sovereignty.
Hosted by Jennifer Podemski, 25 emerging & mid-level Indigenous producers from across Canada were selected and received an honorarium. Participants acquired knowledge to support them on their emerging career paths and empower them to imagine what they can create through an Indigenous lens.
Seminars were customized and facilitated by seasoned, industry professionals, providing engaging, skill-enhancing insight into producing, directing, show running, and writing. With a special focus on best practices, proven strategies, and methodologies each session will include active participation, visual references, and other innovative tools to inspire the learning process, leaving each participant with practical tools they can apply in the workplace.
Meet The Speakers
Sharing their knowledge, experience, and best practices when bringing a show to life, running a writer’s room, working with networks, leading the creative vision, and running the show.
Focus on tax credit calculations (all provinces) financing, legal, and license agreement breakdown with a goal of understanding the role of the producer in the execution and delivery of a TV series.
Director master classes with seasoned Indigenous directors sharing wisdom, trade secrets, and best practices on how to manage the television series apparatus, mastering a visual style, casting, directing actors, and bringing a vision from script to screen.
Experienced Indigenous television writers discuss the process; troubleshooting, best practices, and the writer’s room. Using a mock writers room as an example, writers will interact with the participants throughout the session as they lead them, step by step through the writing process.
Pathways & Protocols
Sharing of Indigenous governance practices and strategies for shifting industry standards to become culturally safe and self-determining environments in the screen sector and for protecting narrative sovereignty.
Interactive discussions on Indigenous Narrative Sovereignty, what it is, and how Indigenous creatives and producers can work towards achieving it.
Recordings Coming Soon!
The sessions were recorded and edited together so we can offer them to Indigenous peoples seeking this knowledge. Individuals will be able to access them password protected on our website, so sign-up for our newsletter to receive access—scroll to the bottom of this page to do so.
Our philosophy at TSNI is that Indigenous producers, writers, and directors bring a specific lens to the work they create. Many, not all, but many of the stories we tell are culturally specific and require us to approach the work, our community, and each other differently. At TSNI we endeavour to cultivate safer spaces, foster talent, and build capacity within the screen sector for Indigenous people, with a special focus on women.
PACT (Pledge | Activate | Cultivate | Thrive)
Online Learning Course, Coming Soon!
The National Screen Institute and The Shine Network Institute have partnered to build an online learning course titled PACT (Pledge – Activate – Cultivate – Thrive) designed to provide non-Indigenous people in the film and television sector with cultural humility and competency training to prepare them for working with Indigenous productions and content.
Spearheaded by industry veteran Jennifer Podemski, founder and CEO of The Shine Network Institute, PACT is created by a collective of Indigenous women and is a feminine response to address barriers to success for Indigenous producers, content creators and screen sector professionals. Program consultants include Tasha Spillett, Tanya Brunel, Gladys Rowe, Selena Mills and NVision Insight Group.
The course is funded by the Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) and has a fixed purpose of improving outcomes for Indigenous people by creating safer, more culturally informed spaces and empowering non-Indigenous producers with the tools, resources and best practices that align with Indigenous values and ways of knowing.
The certified course will be offered for free. Join our mailing list below for more updates.
Business Affairs & Line Producing Career Accelerator Intensive: April 2021
An intensive career accelerator for Indigenous women content producers in the film, television and media space. Indigenous women in pursuit of careers in the film, television and media space experience disproportionate barriers to success. We provided Indigenous women with the tools, skills and resources they need to succeed in this field.
This project brought together 18 Indigenous women content producers working in the film, television and media space, living in GTA, for a four day virtual training program with a focus on Business Affairs. The group gathered via Zoom and worked with professional mentors and special guest speakers who will lead the participants through a variety of topics including: IP (intellectual property), Financing, Budgeting, Development and Tax Credits and Incorporating your Company.
The Business Affairs & Line Producing Career Accelerator Intensive was brought to you by Shine Network and The Fund for Gender Equality. The Fund for Gender Equality is supported by a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada, and the Equality Fund, with Support from the Government of Canada.