NSI Online Short Film Festival 2014: your holiday lineup

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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