Ryan J. Smith, a student in the film and video production program at the College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, has become the first student to have an independent film accepted to the Nickel Independent Film Festival. Smith, who has lived from Triton to Mount Pearl to Corner Brook, has created a film “The Gagalon” which separates itself from other entries in that it is produced from acrylic prints to paper maches. Founded in 2001 in St. John’s, the Nickel Independent Film Festival is in its 11th year and will screen films from Canada and around the world. This year’s festival begins on May 11.