New in this week’s NSI Online Short Film Festival: an adventurous turtle and an office love affair

We’ve added two more films to the NSI Online Short Film Festival this week.


Above: Pardis Parker in The Dance

The Dance, directed by Pardis Parker, has no dialogue (a pretty major feat to pull off in this engaging 10 minute film). In the film, Alex (played by director, Pardis) wants to be what he thinks his co-worker Jenny wants him to be. It’s only when he’s himself that they finally connect.

Pardis Parker says, “I grew up watching shows like The Looney TunesSpy vs Spy, and Mr. Bean and what always impressed me with those programs was their universality: their ability to tell a story that anyone in the world could follow and understand because they contained little to no dialogue. I loved that. I loved the idea that people from all walks of life and all corners of the globe were able to share an experience together in the exact same way.

This was my attempt to create that sort of film. The type that everyone could enjoy regardless of their background or age or mother tongue and it was made possible by the tremendous talent of Evany Rosen, the beautiful cinematography and camera work of Christopher Porter and Alastair Meux, the pitch-perfect original music composed and performed by Asif Illyas, Shehab Illyas, and Meaghan Smith, the original costumes of designer Anna Gilkerson, and the awesomeness of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Many thanks to everyone who made this film what it is – you’re all legends.”


Above: Tommy

In Tommy, directed by Theodore Bezaire, tension fills the air as a man and young boy drive out to the country to say goodbye to the boy’s first pet. When they reach their destination things don’t go as planned.

Theodore Bezaire says, “Losing a pet for the first time is a fairly universal coming-of-age experience. My first pet, Newton, a hamster, died during the summer between grades five and six. I was devastated but dealing with the loss was an essential part of growing up. Tommy is a look back at the common, yet delicate, moment in youth when we are faced with heartbreak and loss.”

The NSI Online Short Film Festival is made possible through the support of Presenting Sponsor Shaw Media, Program Partner Telefilm Canada, Comedy Award Sponsor Blue Ant Media, Female Director Award Sponsor Shaw Media, Overall Best Film Award Sponsor A&E Television Networks, and Supporting Sponsor Netflix.

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