Animal Control, Patti Allan and Foam Drive Renegades win awards in NSI Online Short Film Festival

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) handed out the latest round of awards in its NSI Online Short Film Festival last week.

Animal Control, directed by Kire Paputts, won the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award for best film; Patti Allan won the $1,000 Brian Linehan Actors Award for her work in Mimi and Me; and Foam Drive Renegades, directed by Adam DeViller, won the $750 Bite Comedy Award for best comedy. All winners also receive a complimentary Friend membership to the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

The award selection was made by an independent jury: industry professional Sonya Davidson; programmer Karrilyn Thompson; and filmmaker Terry Miles, the most recent winner of the A&E Short Filmmakers Award.

Our jurors had this to say about the films:

A&E Short Filmmakers Award for best film: Animal Control

Sonya Davidson: “A beautiful and intimate film that is so well executed it captivates the audience with only minimal dialogue.”

Karrilyn Thompson: “A well-crafted and unique take on friendship and love that is unexpected, superbly acted and darkly disturbing.”

Terry Miles: “Beautifully and very skillfully put together. From the set dec to the lighting, the tone is note-perfect. Kire Paputts direction and Julian Richings performance were outstanding.”

Director Kire Paputts said, “Winning the A&E Short Filmmakers Award is a welcome surprise. I’ve seen a lot of great shorts over the years on the NSI Online Short Film Festival and it’s truly an honour to be recognized among all the other great Canadian films that take part in the festival.”

Brian Linehan Actors Award for best actor: Patti Allan as Mimi Dash in Mimi and Me

Sonya: “Patti Allan stood out as this unconventional character. Her performance is engaging, hilarious and, yet, believable as this foul-mouthed, chain-smoking grandmother.”

Karrilyn: “Patti Allan plays a very unique grandma with a gruff and well-acted lack of tact. You can just feel the years of cigarette stained fingers, poker and booze but, also shining though, a love for her granddaughter.”

Terry: “Patti Allan stood out for her dynamic performance, moving from beat to beat and moment to moment with perfection.”

Patti Allan said: “It’s so inspiring that NSI honours filmmaking in such an active and significant way. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have been cast by our amazing director, Marly Reed, and am so very happy that her obvious talent, skill and storytelling have been recognized. Actors can often feel isolated and insecure in our roles and this kind of acknowledgement is extremely uplifting. Thank you to Brian for his visionary desire to inspire and encourage people. What a truly amazing value and legacy to have left us very fortunate recipients.”

Bite Comedy Award for best comedy: Foam Drive Renegades

Sonya: “A film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a clever comedy that challenges the crime genre in an unusual way.”

Karrilyn: “Absolutely quirky, laugh-out-loud funny and unforgettable when the foam starts to fly!”

Terry: “Smart, stylish, fast-paced and visually compelling, but most of all it was funny – really really funny.”

Director Adam DeViller said: “Winning the Bite Comedy Award is a huge honour and we’re grateful for being recognized and stoked that people are into puppet crime movies. We’d also like to dedicate this award to the memory of Matt Chisholm, our collaborator and friend, without whom this film would have never been possible.”

About the jury

Sonya Davidson manages programming and acquisitions for several television networks in Canada including Channel Zero Inc.’s flagship over-the-air station, CHCH-TV and a growing bouquet of specialty channels that includes Rewind and Silver Screen Classics.

Karilynn Thompson is the short film programmer for the Calgary International Film Festival, and has programmed previously for the Calgary Underground Film Festival and GIRAF Animation Festival.

After a career in music and studies in creative writing, Terry Miles turned his hand to film. His first feature, When Life Was Good (2008), made while Terry was in university, premiered at TIFF and went on to screen around the world. He returned to TIFF in 2010 with A Night for Dying Tigers and again in 2013 with Cinemanovels. Terry is the most recent winner of the A&E Short Filmmakers Award for his short They Wore Pink.

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, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, The Brian Linehan Charitable FoundationBlue Ant Media, Overall Best Film Award Sponsor A&E Television Networks, Actors Award Sponsor The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, Comedy Award Sponsor Blue Ant Media and Industry Partner Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

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