June 23 • 6:30pm • LSPU Hall

Cap off the festival with a collection of funny, smart, poignant short films. We’ll be presenting the Nickel Film Awards tonight, too!

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Salaam B’y
Aatif Baskanderi grew up in Newfoundland as a Muslim child of Pakistani immigrants. In a place where not many people looked like him or believed in the same things Aatif learned sincerity and an appreciation for others that would set him up for remarkable life journey. Aatif credits his Muslim and Newfoundlander values for his work around the globe as an engineer with a keen interest in social justice. Currently working as an innovation specialist in Calgary, Alberta, Aatif returns to Newfoundland to share his story of pluralism and tolerance. Despite the current economic troubles of Newfoundland, Salaam B’y hopes to inspire a new generation of Newfoundlanders to work together and live their dreams. Aatif’s story is a reminder of what can happen when a community welcomes outsiders with open arms. Director & Producer: Amar Wala • Runtime: 20 Mins • Newfoundland and Labrador

11-year-old Casey lives alone with her mother in a large, quiet house. Over-protected from the world, a secret is revealed after Casey has a physical altercation with a group of school girls outside her house. Director: Cody Westman • Writer: Cody Westman and Bridget Canning • Producer: Jennifer Hawley • Runtime: 11 Mins • Newfoundland and Labrador

Snowstorm Roulette
It’s 1988 and the biggest snowstorm of the year is about to hit. Tom is a dejected bachelor who tries to get his groove back, but ends up stuck in a tiny basement apartment with his worst nightmare. Director & Writer: Matt Wright • Producer: Ruth Lawrence • Runtime: 9 Mins • Newfoundland and Labrador

Lamenting Pluto
A young woman goes through a breakup at the same time that Pluto loses its status as a planet. Threatening her job and puzzling her friends, she becomes obsessed with having Pluto reinstated as a planet. What begins as a distraction from her heartache grows into a genuine love of astrology and a fulfilling relationship with the astrological community. Director: Emily Bridger • Writer: Monica Walsh • Producer: Christina Steele-Nash • Runtime: 13 Mins • Newfoundland and Labrador

Fresh from his Oscar win for the short film Stutterer, director Benjamin Cleary teams up with fellow director and long-time friend TJ O’Grady Peyton (who also takes up the lead role) for Wave – a funny and moving short about a man isolated by the barrier of an unintelligible language and seeking rescue from the internet. Director: Benjamin Cleary & TJ O’Grady Peyton • Writer: Benjamin Cleary • Producer:
Rebecca Bourke • Ireland

When the government proposes a 700-kilometer highway between two major cities, local authorities and law enforcement must convince farmers of the benefits of selling their land, and have been advised to use force if necessary. Sambhavtaha, which means “probably” in English, tells the story of a farmer who becomes a mutineer in order to save his beloved farmland from becoming a concrete jungle. Director & Writer: Gaurav Madan • Producer: Guarav Madan, Mihir Bhatt, Jignesh Patel, Amir Xi • Runtime: 24 Mins • India

Evelyn And I
Inspired by 1940s documentary filmmaker Evelyn Spice Cherry, a young filmmaker asks what it means to be a Saskatchewan filmmaker today, and ponders the value of films even after they’re long forgotten. Director, Writer, & Producer: Weiye Su • Runtime: 7 Mins • Canada

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