For your holiday viewing pleasure, please enjoy a roundup of this year’s award-winning films in the NSI Online Short Film Festival, selected from over 1,000 submissions. We’ll get back to our regular schedule of new weekly films on January 12, 2015.
A&E Short Filmmakers Award* ($1,250) for best film
They Wore Pink
They Wore Pink | Drama, 9:55, English, BC, 2014 | Director: Terry Miles
Nothing is as it appears when a young woman meets a young man at a wedding.
Produced with a grant awarded by bravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent), a division of Bell Media Inc.
The Island | Comedy, 5:26, English, AB, 2009 | Director: Trevor Anderson
Trevor considers, with the help of animation, a piece of fan mail he received.
The Sandwich Nazi
The Sandwich Nazi | Documentary, 9:50, English, BC, 2012 | Director: Lewis Bennett
[MATURE CONTENT / NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN / NOT SAFE FOR WORK]
Deli owner Salam Kahil is an art collector, former male escort, amateur musician and sandwich maker to the homeless in Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhood but his true passion is talking about blow jobs.
Clear Blue | Drama, 20:41, English, ON, 2011 | Director: Lindsay MacKay
Simon, a young lifeguard, is working his first few days at a community pool when he notices a mysterious older woman who swims every morning. What follows is a story of temptation, pursuit and impossible love.
Clear Blue also won the Shaw Media Fearless Female Director award this year.
Bite Comedy Award* ($750) for best comedy
Pop Switch | Comedy, 19:00, English, BC, 2009 | Director: Jason R. Goode
Frank is almost 50 and feels too old to become a father for the first time. His wife Estelle forces the issue on her 40th birthday when she secretly puts them back on the adoption wait list.
The Last Video Store
The Last Video Store | Sci-fi/Horror, 9:00, English, AB, 2013 | Directors: Cody Kennedy, Tim Rutherford
When Josh discovers the only remaining video store after a brutal format war, he finds more than just strange movies and a grumpy clerk.
The Last Supper
The Last Supper | Drama, 7:17, English, ON, 2012 | Director: Jonathan Eagan
Over dinner, two couples debate the cultural phenomenon of the belief in an impending apocalypse. When things get heated, the evening takes an unexpected turn.
The Seder | Comedy, 12:16, English, ON, 2012 | Director: Justin Kelly
When openly gay Leo brings his boyfriend home for the first time during his family’s Passover Seder, the boundaries of love and understanding get a little strained.
Brian Linehan Actors Award* ($1,000) for best lead actor
Late | Drama, 8:00, English, BC, 2012 | Director: Jason R. Goode
Sarah Deakins and Ben Cotton shared this award for their portrayal of two strangers struggling for an honest connection during a chance encounter at a café.
Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award* for best film by a female director
When You Sleep
When You Sleep | Drama, 12:00, English, NS, 2012 | Director: Ashley McKenzie
A teen couple faces a rodent infestation in their slum apartment.
The Path | Comedy, 15:00, English, ON, 2013 | Director: Emily Jenkins
When people stop dying from cigarettes, a marketing prodigy rebrands the nicotine patch to become the new death drug.
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*Films, filmmakers and actors from Quebec are not eligible for these awards.
The NSI Online Short Film Festival is made possible through the support of Presenting Sponsor Shaw Media; Festival Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Netflix, Entertainment One and Super Channel; Award Sponsors Blue Ant Media, A&E Television Networks and The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation; and Industry Partner Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.