Best of the NSI Online Short Film Fest 2017: winners of the A&E Short Filmmakers Award

As 2017 comes to a close, we look back at the winners of this year’s A&E Short Filmmakers Award for best film in the NSI Online Short Film Festival.

Chosen by an independent jury, these films are some of the most outstanding from our 2017 slate. Each filmmaker wins a cash prize courtesy of our long-standing festival sponsor A&E Television Networks and a complimentary Friend membership to the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Thank you to all our festival sponsors for supporting great Canadian talent.

Regular festival programming returns with new films on January 8. And we’ll be issuing a call for films later in the month. Until then, enjoy the best of the fest.

90 Days

Watch 90 Days in the NSI Online Short Film Festival

90 Days | Drama, 18:37, English, ON, 2014 | Director: Timothy Yeung

On a Chinese girl’s first night in Hong Kong, she is brought into the world of prostitution while trying to make a single phone call.

She Stoops to Conquer

Watch She Stoops to Conquer in the NSI Online Short Film Festival

She Stoops to Conquer | Comedy, 15:00, English, ON, 2015 | Director: Zachary Russell

An aspiring performer struggles to breathe life into a new character she’s created.

Suddenly, she sees him: the real-life version of the man she’s been playing. Where’s the line between inspiration and theft?

A gender-bending romantic comedy about a man and her double.


Watch Bound in the NSI Online Short Film Festival

Bound | Drama, 11:06, English, NS, 2015 | Director: Daniel Boos

When a group of foreign workers appear at his brother’s sawmill, a struggling shopkeeper must face a troubling decision.

Set in rural Nova Scotia, Bound is a story of empathy, brotherhood and the bonds that compel and constrain us to act on our conscience.

The Suitcase

Watch The Suitcase in the NSI Online Short Film Festival

The Suitcase | Drama, 10:57, Mandarin with English subtitles, ON, 2016 | Director: Philip Leung

A mother from rural China must calm her daughter over the phone as she is smuggled to Canada in a suitcase. As her daughter confronts airline attendants, guard dogs and baggage handlers from within the suitcase, the mother paints a rosy picture of her daughter’s surroundings in order for her not to panic.

This live action/animated film deals with the resilience of immigrants and the lengths they go through to establish a better future for their family.

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The NSI Online Short Film Festival is made possible through the support of Festival Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Blue Ant Media, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Breakthrough Entertainment; Award Sponsors A&E Television Networks, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Blue Ant Media; and Industry Partner the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

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