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

You Will Survive Doomsday

Director: Kyle McDougall ·

Bruce Beach’s unconventional journey to building his infamous underground bunker, the Ark Two.

Keep Coming Back!

Director: Brendan Brady ·

An unrecovered alcoholic, Patty, shows up at her local AA meeting ready to share her latest relapse story.

Love Undivided

Director: Clare Clovechok ·

The perspectives of three people living ethically non-monogamous lives.


Director: Erik Anderson ·

Erik discovers he’s descended from the King of the Franks.

10 Minute Time Machine

Director: Charles Wahl ·

George nervously waits for Lori to show up for their date, but she arrives with news that she’s found a time machine.

Masters in Crime

Director: Devin Knowles ·

A small-time thief assembles a crew of accomplices and devises an intricate heist.

Royal Blood

Director: Benjamin Rouse ·

A young woman tries to find the compassionate higher ground when she’s torn between her former beauty queen mother and a homeless woman who puts on regal airs.

Curbside Haute Cuisine

Director: Kate Weiss ·

An upbeat, tasty documentary on the west coast food truck industry.

Creative Futures

Director: Scout Windsor, Dylan Paré ·

People think trans kids have no future. But by immersing us in their VR art, we see that another world is possible.

Dreams of the Dead

Director: Marlene Rodgers, Franco Pante ·

When the filmmaker’s grandmother dies a sudden death, the farm that had been the emotional hub of the family becomes a portal to the past.

A Short Documentary About People Fighting

Director: Solmund MacPherson ·

Strangers pair up to fight on camera. Consensual violence is, bizarrely, quite intimate.

The Drop In

Director: Naledi Jackson ·

Joelle, a hair stylist living in Toronto, has a challenging day when a mysterious visitor from her past arrives for a drop-in appointment.

Mariah Qué Baile

Director: Anita Abbasi, Martin Baena ·

A Latina teen fears being edged out by her closest friends while she trains for a coveted ballet audition.


Director: Amanda Sage ·

A series of moments between a dysfunctional couple reveals their hidden turmoil.

Bait and Switch

Director: Phil Moniz ·

A young woman’s perception of beauty is challenged when she discovers her Tinder date lied in his profile.

The Artistic Process

Director: Mandy May Cheetham ·

A blocked artist seeks creative inspiration.


Director: Angela Besharah ·

In the wake of yet another disappearance at work, Marcus arrives at Jaime’s for a date they’ve both been working up to for months.

Watching Karla Homolka

Director: Jordan Steinhauer ·

After serving only 12 years in prison, infamous Canadian criminal Karla Homolka was released and is now living in Quebec, Canada. But is she really free?

Keeper of Bees

Director: James Frislev ·

Albertan apiarist Eliese Watson shares her beekeeping philosophy and provides us with an introspective look into why people connect with these tiny creatures we call bees.

A False Sense of Security

Director: Grace Lynn Kung ·

Two women on opposing sides of the security sign-in desk, meet.

Giant Child

Director: Camila De Guzman ·

A deceased child refuses the call into the afterlife in hopes of comforting her grieving mother.


Director: Sarah El Bakkouri, Cross Li ·

Unworldly – adj; not seeming to belong to this planet; strange.

Living by the Drum

Director: Hanwakan Blaikie Whitecloud ·

Hit the trail with Hanwakan Blaikie Whitecloud as he explores one of our nation’s most sacred celebrations, the Pow Wow.

The Tufts

Director: Lara Cassidy ·

In the 1980s, The Tufts created a hit sketch comedy show in Canada. Now they’re coming together again.