New in this week’s NSI Online Short Film Festival: Deliveries and Good Expectations

Two films in this week’s NSI Online Short Film Festival from directors James Anthony Usas and Daniel D’Alimonte.


Deliveries is directed by James Anthony Usas.

A 20-something delivery worker, disillusioned by the seeming meaninglessness of his life, is confronted by a stranded car on a backcountry road. He discovers that life’s meaning is not the consequence of action, but immanent within choice itself.

James Anthony Usas says, “Deliveries was shot sporadically over a four-week period. We had no budget, our crew was very small and all support was in-kind.

It was my first film since finishing studies in architecture and I wasn’t sure I still knew how to tell a story through cinema.

The inspiration for the narrative evolved from a piece of music Obersun had produced years earlier, and hadn’t found a place for. The challenge became telling a story entirely in images: creating a silent film that would give equal weight to both the pictures and score without compromising the effect of either.

The process of making Deliveries was a way to discover new roles and relationships with artists and performers that will continue to evolve through future projects. Filmmaking is a collaborative act and without a solid core of dedicated and creative individuals the prospect of completing a film is virtually impossible.”

Good Expectations

Good Expectations is directed by Daniel D’Alimonte.

A teenage couple struggles to lose their virginity.

Daniel D’Alimonte says,  “Two lovers with no idea of what it’s actually like to get to the next level – I think we’ve all been here before.

While the anxiety, clumsiness and embarrassment of the situation [runs] through everybody’s mind at the time, in hindsight, it’s a scenario ripe with comedic potential.

That was my goal with this movie – finding the humour in the otherwise heavy situation.”

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Throughout December, we’re celebrating Shaw Media Fearless Female Director month with a collection of films from our favourite female directors.

This week we’re highlighting Choke by Michelle Latimer and Doll Parts by Karen Lam. Read more.

The NSI Online Short Film Festival is made possible through the support of Presenting Sponsor Shaw Media, Program Partner Telefilm Canada, Comedy Award Sponsor Blue Ant Media, Female Director Award Sponsor Shaw Media, Overall Best Film Award Sponsor A&E Television Networks, and Supporting Sponsor Netflix.

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