“Burn My Journal” — Sherry Ryan Dir. Riley Harnett
Produced with support from the Nickel & MusicNL 2017 Music Video Incubator project

Pokey Pokey
A father goes to extreme lengths to protect his son from seeing the darkness and filth around him. Pokey Pokey is an animated black comedy short that contemplates that parental line between protecting and harming our children. Director & Writer: Junjie “Jake” Zhang •  Producer: Zheng Zeng • Country: China • Runtime: 7 Mins

Last Vestiges
A male stripper confronts his fears of fading youth, declining status, and loneliness in an intense encounter with an elderly client. St. John’s actor Clint Butler stars in this moving short. Director & Writer: Seth Poulin • Producer: Mark Peacock • Country: Canada • Runtime: 8 Mins

3-Way (Not Calling)
Mel is secure and a bit bored in her relationship. A milestone birthday prompts a threesome with her semi-reluctant boyfriend, and a Tinder-fatigued barista. In a classic case of grass is greener, this short cleverly exposes the flip-flop of eros and domesticity. Director & Writer: Molly McGlynn • Producer: Matt Code • Country: Canada • Runtime: 10 Mins

Connection Lost (The Tinder Opera)
Swipe right! Our relationship with one of Ireland’s best festivals pairs us up with this award-winning operetta. A highly entertaining operatic tale of a newly single man’s first steps into the unfamiliar world of Tinder dating. Pitch-perfect comedic performances. Winner of Best Score Award at the 2016 Kerry Film Festival. Director & Writer: Adam Taylor • Producers: Scott Joiner, Adam Taylor • Country: USA • Runtime: 12 Mins

Don’t Hang Up the F***ing Phone, Curtis
When Curtis hosts a psychedelic house party, a stoned stranger warns him that the universe’s fourth dimension is unknowable to humans, but not cats. Stuck in a state of paranoia, Curtis begins to suspect his cat can sense his impending death. Director and writer John Yost will be in attendance at the Nickel this year. Come ask him about the cat! Director & Writer: John Yost • Producer: Frank Mosley • Country: USA • Runtime: 12 Mins

Portefeuille
A Nickel 48-Hour Rom-Com Challenge 2017 winner from Team Amy-Lee Kouwenberg NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

Beat Around the Bush
Una, a 75-year old widowed woman living with Alzheimer’s, decides to have her first orgasm. This charming, award-winning comedy takes a fresh look at a long taboo subject by questioning cultural norms, and showing it’s never too late. Winner of Best Comedy Short at the 2016 Arizona International Film Festival.  No one does short, sexy, hilarious and taboo quite like Nord-Stewart. Nickel audiences will recognize her sharp wit from previous films like Trolls and Why I Fired My Secretary. Director & Writer: Brianne Nord-Stewart • Producer: Arielle Boisvert • Country: Canada • Runtime: 12 Mins

Doug & Walter
Doug is an American in his 50s with an outlaw fantasy. Walter, a former co-worker with a shy and awkward disposition, admires Doug for his bold behaviour. The uneven couple takes an adventurous road trip through the hills of Switzerland with fatal consequences. Director & Writer: Samuel Morris • Producer: Nadine Lüchinger • Country: Switzerland • Runtime: 25 Mins

 

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