Daniel I. Schacter wins A&E Short Filmmakers Award in NSI Online Short Film Fest


Daniel I. Schacter from Montréal, Quebec is the latest recipient of the A&E Short Filmmakers Award. His film Three Mothers – about a mother who persists in traveling to London for the birth of her grandchild in spite of her daughter’s wishes she stay home – was chosen from over 35 films in the NSI Online Short Film Festival.

The film, about three generations of women, was the unanimous vote of the jury, who lauded it for its engaging characters, outstanding performances, and well-crafted story.

About Daniel I. Schacter


Schachter is a filmmaker and songwriter from Montréal, Quebec.

In 2007, he directed a short documentary about singer/painter David Macleod, a National Film Board production. He followed this with Three Mothers which he wrote and directed.

The screenplay won the Grand Prix at “Cours Écrire ton Court,” a writing competition hosted by the Festival du nouveau cinema in Montreal.

Schachter is currently recording his first solo album, writing a feature film screenplay and developing an animation series for the web.

About the jury

Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo: Agata is a Toronto-based film programmer and writer. She holds an M.A. in Film Studies from York University, has written on cinema for numerous publications, and worked as a programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival from 2005 to 2009.

Vivieno Caldinelli: Vivieno’s award-winning work has appeared on CBC, CTV, CityTV, The Comedy Network, Bravo!, and TMN. He was the creative producer and served as both a writer and director on the Comedy Network/CTV series Hotbox. Vivieno is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab and the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors Lab. His short film, If I See Randy Again, Do You Want Me To Hit Him With The Axe? premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.

Kristine Estorninos: After working in the Philippines in feature film promotion, Kristine quickly gained distribution experience in Canada with companies like CFC Distribution. She now manages all distribution operations at Ouat Media as well as Ouat Media Festival Services where she works closely with her OMFS clients to pick the festivals that hopefully lead the films to a successful festival run. She also represents Ouat Media at international film festivals and markets for Canadian sales and conducts master classes on festival strategies.

The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a year-round 100% Canadian short film showcase with new films uploaded weekly. The festival features works by emerging and established writers, directors, producers and actors, introducing Canadian film to a broad audience across the country. All NSI website content can be accessed for free in Canada 24/7.

NSI is currently accepting films for the festival. Submit by Wednesday, February 10, 2010.

In addition to the NSI Online Short Film Festival, the NSI website also has an Online Industry Centre with professional development resources including blogs, industry articles and video and audio interviews with writers, directors, producers and actors from the film, television and digital media industries.

The NSI Online Short Film Festival has been made possible through the support of Presenting Sponsor Canwest, and A&E Television Networks which has generously funded the A&E Short Filmmakers Award.

The NSI Online Industry Centre has been made possible in part through the support of Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada. We also gratefully acknowledge the ongoing financial contributions of our additional Founding Site Sponsors: RogersCanwestInsight Film Studios, and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC.

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