NSI Online Short Film Festival archive

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NSI Online Short Film Festival


Note from the festival team:

While this festival is no longer operational, we’re proud to showcase this archive of outstanding Canadian work.

Enjoy over 1,000 curated Canadian short films created by talented artists and brought to you by NSI with love.

Featured films

2 Strangers and a Foosball

Director: Eduardo Soto-Falcon ·

Two unlikely strangers meet at a foosball tournament where the real stakes turn out to be relationships, friendship and love.

All films


Director: Geraldine Carr ·

Mesmerizing kaleidoscopic images captured using one kaleidoscope, three film cameras, three film formats (S8, S16 and 35), finished at the lab and then digitized.

Burnt Toast

Director: Aiden Cardei, Aleksandar Popovic ·

After accidentally destroying his own toaster, Todd ventures out to purchase a used one from Pascal.

A Certain Texture

Director: Matthew Hayes ·

Alex Unger, aka ELMS, lives a double life: he creates haunting music, and farms cattle.

They Eat Your Teeth

Director: Shannon Litt ·

An unusual tooth condition triggers an escalating confrontation with the worst aspects of Mallory’s psyche.


Director: Alex Butt ·

An electrician’s routine house call takes an unexpected turn when the sullen homeowners provide a nightmarish look into his potential future.

Just Another Beautiful Family

Director: Katherine North, Nick North ·

Just an ordinary suburban family, except that Dad’s transgender, Mom’s queer and there are five kids in this minivan.


Director: Bryan Kowalsky ·

A young man searching for solace hires a professional cuddler.

Away Home

Director: Jana Stackhouse ·

A man returns to his childhood home on Canada’s east coast to unite his family and say goodbye to his terminally ill mother.


Director: Joëlle Arseneau ·

Four friends swear a solemn oath.

I Beat Up My Rapist

Director: Katrina Saville ·

A young woman refuses to rely on a system that repeatedly fails sexual assault victims and takes justice into her own hands.

What Does It Mean to Be Happy

Director: Jesse Gotfrit ·

Although he loves Austin, Chris knows he has to make a decision about whether or not to leave him and his unhealthy behaviour behind.

Biggest Things

Director: Micah Henry ·

Two failing East Vancouver artists embark on a road trip to photograph the world’s largest roadside attractions.


Director: Jonathan Eagan ·

Tom, a thoughtful teenager who longs for acceptance, is goaded into committing an act of vandalism by the vindictive older brother of his best friend.

Cleverly Disguised

Director: Kelly Fanson ·

A quirky drama about one man’s destiny, and the sacrifices he makes to be a hero.

Take Me to Prom

Director: Andrew Moir ·

An invitation to revisit an adolescent milestone through intimate, charming interviews with queer Canadians.

Operation Happy Day

Director: Stephen J. Payne ·

Twenty-two dogs, five days and 5,000 kilometres is part of the story behind the extraordinary rescue of 111 dogs.


Director: Noel Harris ·

When a single mom, facing eviction, is offered a night’s work she unsuccessfully seeks a babysitter for her two small children.


Director: Heather Young ·

A young employee of a rural dairy farm is experiencing anxiety regarding her unexpected pregnancy.


Director: Josh Granovsky ·

After receiving a ‘wyd’ text – gen z shorthand for “what you doing?” – Josh tries to craft a low-key response.

Just a Ploughboy

Director: Gina Payzant ·

A film about Canadian writer George Ryga exploring how the land and its people shape the writer, who in turn shapes us.

Métis Femme Bodies

Director: Chanelle Lajoie ·

A visual and sonic exploration into the experiences of what has become a repressed identity in both Indigenous and female(-presenting) forms.


Director: Christina Hodnet ·

The unsexy realities of a sexy selfie.


Director: Pascal Tremblay, Sean Stiller ·

A creative short film on the everyday intimacy of climate change.

The Interrogation M.A.

Director: Alan Wong ·

A steely detective interrogates a cagey woman, but things are not what they seem.