The Nickel Independent Film Festival will be live July 19-25

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The 21st Nickel Independent Film Festival goes virtual July 19-25, showcasing the best and brightest films Newfoundland and Labrador has to offer. Watch over 100 new and classic independent films – all for free and in the comfort of your home.

The festival, which is usually held at LSPU Hall in St. John’s, will take place in line until July 25. Like last year, all films will be shown and accessed using virtual tickets, with new films being offered every 24 hours. Films from several genres are represented, including short films, animated films and documentaries.

Devin Shears is the Programming Director of the Nickel Independent Film Festival. (SRC)

We caught up Devin Shears, Festival Programming Director, and asked him a few questions about this year’s festival:

BIGGEST ONLINE CHALLENGE FOR YEAR 2:
“I think connecting the filmmakers directly with an audience is one of the things I miss the most; however, thanks to the live broadcast, we are able to do daily Q&A during the festival, which brings not only local filmmakers to our audiences, but filmmakers from all over the world. “

Roger Maunder’s Booth for Hannah, Hell or Clean Water by Cody Westman, MerBy by Jamie Miller are showing at this year’s Nickel Independent Film Festival. (Photos courtesy of Devin Shears)

EXCEPTIONAL FILMS THAT WILL REMAIN THE PUBLIC FOR A LONG TIME AFTER THE FESTIVAL:
“We have some amazing local documentaries that I think will give people new perspectives on our community, like the one by Roger Maunder Stand for Hannah, by Jamie Miller MerBy’s, or that of Cody Westman Hell or clean water.
The Uninhabitable Ones, directed by Brazilian filmmaker Anderson Bardot, is a magnificent poetic celebration of queer, Black and Latinx transgressive existences. This is the opening film of the Nickel Festival on July 19. (Courtesy of Devin Shears)

THIS WOW FACTOR: THE ONLY FILM THAT WILL MAKE YOU ‘WOW’:
“One of the great joys of the festival is bringing in incredible talent from all over the world. One film in particular, that of Brazilian filmmaker Anderson Bardot The Uninhabitable, is a beautifully poetic celebration of queer, Black and Latinx transgressive existences, and I’m so excited for our audiences to see it. “

THE UNSUCHED NICKEL FEST HEROES:
“We couldn’t do much of what we do without the support of our Board of Directors, a group of volunteers who are passionate about bringing independent film culture to Newfoundland and Labrador. They all do a lot of work, but Tim Conway in particular, who has been with the festival since its inception in 2001, spends a lot of time on it as the head of our programming committee. “

Book your vvirtual tickets for Nickel Fest now. Each virtual screening will be available for 48 hours, with new screenings released each day.

CBC Newfoundland and Labrador is proud to present the opening day films on Monday, July 19 – The Uninhabitable Ones and Experimental Shorts.


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