Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Month: When You Sleep, In a While + Stalled

The Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award ($1,000) recently returned to the awards offered by the NSI Online Short Film Festival.

The award is presented to the best film by a female director four times a year.

To celebrate the return of the award, we’re programming a month of our favourite films by talented female directors. They’ve all been in the NSI Online Short Film Festival and some have won awards but all are totally worth seeing again.

When You Sleep previously won the Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award. The film was also produced through the NSI Drama Prize course.

When You Sleep

Watch When You Sleep in the NSI Online Short Film Festival

When You Sleep | Drama, 12:00, English, NS, 2012 | Director: Ashley McKenzie

A teen couple faces a rodent infestation in their slum apartment.

In a While

In a While | Drama, 15:20, English, ON, 2009 | Director: Jenna MacMillan

A man sees his grandfather in a different light through the fresh perspective of his engaging homecare nurse.


Watch Stalled in the NSI Online Short Film Festival

Stalled | Drama, 15:36, English, BC, 2013 | Director: Shannon Kohli

The script for Stalled is composed entirely from quotes found in public washrooms. Writer Meghan Gardiner plays all the characters.

The story centres on a janitor cleaning a women’s washroom. As she enters each stall, she becomes the woman who wrote the words.

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The NSI Online Short Film Festival is made possible through the support of Presenting Sponsor Shaw Media; Festival Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors NetflixEntertainment 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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