We celebrate and inspire independent film in Newfoundland & Labrador.


#Nickel2019 • June 17-23, 2019


Founded in 2001, the Nickel Independent Film Festival is a celebration of local and international independent film. Our annual festival happens in June in St. John’s, and other workshops, screenings and film challenges take place throughout the year and across the province. See below for some examples of what we do.


Filmmaking in Schools

First Take teaches filmmaking to youth across the province.

Nickel’s First Take program brings filmmakers into schools across the province to screen short documentaries made by youth, and then lead hands-on documentary filmmaking workshops with the students. Made possible by ArtsNL and the NL Department of Education and Early Childhood Development through its Cultural Connections Strategy.

This year filmmakers Ruth Lawrence, Brad Gover, Andrea Dunne, Lian Morrison, and Devin Shears lead the workshops, taking the program from home in St. John’s to Roddickton, Corner Brook, Gros Morne, Makkovik, Codroy Valley, Pollard’s Point, and Musgrave Harbour.

Telus New Voices Project

A project to foster more diversity in local filmmaking

This new project made possible with funding support from Telus will help four beginner filmmakers of diverse cultural backgrounds create short films on the subject of belonging.


Pop-Up Film Screenings

The Nickel screens films across the province and throughout the year.

We team up with organizations and events across the province to hold screenings of independent films that people would not otherwise have the opportunity to see. To stay up-to-date, like us on Facebook at nickelfestival.


Creative Film Challenges

We give filmmakers a creative push, and help beginners see themselves as filmmakers.

Make a movie on a time limit because it’s fun! Every year we hold multiple DIY film challenges where participating filmmakers write, shoot, and edit a short film in a short amount of time. We now host the 48-Hour Horror Challenge, the 48-Hour Comedy Challenge, the Definitely Not Faked Paranormal Challenge, and the One-Minute Film Weekend.

Just as with the RPM Challenge, NaNoWriMo, or the Global Game Jam, creators of all experience levels use time constraint challenges as an excuse to try new things and have fun making things. You can do it!