We present the following cash awards* four times a year with the exception of the Blue Ant Media Documentary Award which is presented twice a year.

Following each round of programming, an independent jury meets to judge the selected films.

A&E Short Filmmakers Award* ($1,250)

Presented to the best film

All films* programmed in the NSI Online Short Film Festival are eligible for this award recognizing outstanding works in the festival. Presented four times a year. Read more.

Recipients

Brian Linehan Actors Award* ($1,000)

Presented to the best lead actor

Lead actors starring in films programmed in the NSI Online Short Film Festival are eligible for this award. Presented four times a year.

Recipients

Corus Fearless Female Director Award* ($1,000)

(Formerly the Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award) 

Presented to the best film by a female director

Films by a female director (male/female co-directors are not eligible), programmed in the NSI Online Short Film Festival, are eligible for this award.

Recipients

*Films, filmmakers and actors from Quebec are not eligible for these awards.

Blue Ant Media Documentary Award* ($1,500)

Presented to the best documentary

Documentary films, programmed in the NSI Online Short Film Festival, are eligible for this award. Note that this award is presented twice a year.

Bite Comedy Award*

Comedy films, programmed in the NSI Online Short Film Festival, were eligible for this award.

Past recipients

*Films, filmmakers and actors from Quebec are not eligible for these awards.

Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television membership

All NSI Online Short Film Festival winners from January 1, 2014 onwards receive a complimentary Friend membership for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (Academy) – this membership can be upgraded to voting for $50 (if eligible).

Canadian Screen Award eligibility

The National Screen Institute and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (Academy) have a partnership for our NSI Online Short Film Festival winners.

NSI Online Short Film Festival award winners* selected from the first call for submissions each year (usually February with winners announced in summer) will be eligible to submit to the following year’s Canadian Screen Awards in the live action short drama, short documentary or animated shorts categories, if they meet the CSA criteria.**

All NSI Online Short Film Festival winners throughout the year will receive a complimentary Friend membership for the Academy – this membership can be upgraded to voting for $50 (if eligible).

Winning any non-acting awards does not guarantee a nomination for the Canadian Screen Awards. It is a qualifier only.

Submitting a Canadian Screen Award nomination is the sole responsibility of the winning filmmaker and/or their supporters. NSI is not responsible for making the nomination. Please check the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television website for official nomination info and deadline dates.

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*Films from Quebec are not eligible for these awards.

**If your film is programmed in the NSI Online Short Film Festival and (1) wins any non-acting award and (2) was produced between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, then it will be eligible to be nominated for a 2016 Canadian Screen Award in the live action short drama, short documentary or animated shorts categories.