Justina Neepin makes her mark on Gimli Film Fest

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Above: Justina and Jenna Neepin

NSI New Voices grad Justina Neepin presented the world premiere of her short film Mark at last week’s Gimli Film Festival.

Justina won the inaugural RBC $10,000 Emerging Filmmaker Competition in 2012. She pitched her project last year and this year produced the film along with her sister Jenna. NSI had the pleasure of assisting Justina with her film – both NSI Drama Prize program manager Elise Swerhone and NSI director of programming Melissa Kajpust provided her with advice and mentorship.

The 2013 pitching session on Thursday afternoon marked the end of the industry events at Gimli this year. It was a diverse day of weather – sunshine, howling wind, tornado warnings, downpours and yes … the annual Armageddon-like attack of the Interlake fish flies.

They were everywhere: plastered on cars, covering windows, on outside walls, on inside walls, crunching under foot – on me, on everyone!

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But inside the host hotel the sessions were warm, lively, fun and entertaining. And once we were all seated and enjoying the popcorn and drink provided by RBC, the support for Justina and Jenna was amazing, and paved the way for this year’s battle of the pitches.

And the winner?

Kyle Sanderson – a guy near and dear to NSI – won the $10,000 prize for his film pitch Black Rainbow.

Kyle won the best film from Manitoba prize at the 2007 NSI National Exposure Amateur Movie Contest and two of his films (Lie Down and Die and The Hall) have played in the NSI Online Short Film Festival.

Congrats to the whole Gimli Film Festival team on a great event.

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