2013 Nickel Independent Film Festival

A Sweet Release...

The 13th Annual Nickel Independent Film Festival “We’re Off To See The Nickel!” from June 18-22, 2013

The Nickel Independent Film Festival’s program celebrates independent creation with 47 films featuring Canadian films from Vancouver, Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick and 21 shorts from filmmakers in Newfoundland and Labrador. Films from the United States, China, Sweden, Spain, Ireland, France, Afghanistan, and the UK show a strong international selection.

The chance to see independent art, it’s so refreshing.

It’s an incredible festival.
Andy Jones

From our continuing partnership exchange between the Nickel and Samhloacht Kerry Film Festival, we will see 2 films from their 2012 festival. With a reputation for presenting quality films from established and emerging artists, our young and energetic festival is building partnerships to increase the lifespan of local films here and abroad.

In June, we present local filmmakers including Stephen Dunn, Emily Bridger, Ruth Lawrence, Ian Foster, Mark O’Brien, Eva Madden, Justin Simms, Mark Hoffe, Kenneth J Harvey, Michael Fisher, Morgan T. Lee, Elsa Morena, Ross Moore, Paul Butt, Frank Barry, Mike Fardy, Stephen Bernard Gosse, Blair Downey, Elling Lien, Melanie Oates, Roger Maunder, and Martine Blue. The College of the North Atlantic Stephenville returns with a short by James Grace and David Martingale from the Digital Animation students. 2012 Super 8 filmmakers were Emily Bridger and Michael Fisher who teamed with Ian Foster and Bill Brennan. From Los Angeles is a horror film featuring Bob Joy.

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The five evening screenings start at 8 pm. The horror films return on Thursday at 10:30 pm. Throughout the week, there will be special event parties, workshops, and lots of opportunities to mix with local and visiting filmmakers. We are excited to work with Don-e Coady and DC Design House this year, the creative team behind our new look and simple but strong marketing approach for our 12th year.

Many excellent workshops are offered throughout the week. This year, the Nickel has seven offerings for local filmmakers and film lovers. Avi Federgreen, a Toronto based producer, will lead a masterclass Producing Bootcamp for 20 local aspiring producers. Writer/director Mark Hoffe leads 3 Acts in 3 Minutes and the Nickel Screenplay Series returns for its ninth year led by Lois Brown. The Super 8 Series, will be facilitated by Brad Gover. Along with our Filmmakers Panel & Luncheon, Elsa Morena presents Digital Non-Linear Storytelling, and Justin Simms and Michael Crummey will host a Q&A post screening on Wednesday night.


Following festival week, we’ll move directly to the outdoor screening series, The Big Bannerman Blowup, in partnership with Movies In Motion. This series drew over 1400 viewers to see local shorts and features on a huge blowup screen in Bannerman Park. Due to construction at Bannerman we are looking at moving the series to Victoria Park for 2013. In August, our Nickel Roadshow visits summer festivals around the island including the South Coast Arts Festival and The Feller from Fortune as well as the Woody Point Writers Festival. Based on last years sold out success, we’ll present Bust A Gut Again, an evening of comedy films, in August. In November we will again present a screening at Festival du Vent, a francophone arts festival, for our spotlight on Quebec filmmakers.

Tickets cost $15 taxes in for regular screenings, $12 taxes in for the Late Night Horror Show.

For all 6 screenings, a pass costs $50. As well, Early Bird Registration for the workshops means big savings for interested participants.

For full schedule and workshop details visit www.nickelfestival.com

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