Strong cohort of local flicks at this year’s Nickel film fest

The province’s top cinematic event will feature a strong contingent of local works when it runs June 18-22 in St. John’s.

The program for the 13th Annual Nickel Independent Film Festival was announced Tuesday in St. John’s and includes some of the province’s most exciting filmmakers’ latest works.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s seminal film event, held over five days in the third week of June each year in St. John’s, will feature more than 40 independent films of various lengths and genres, almost half of them local. It will also include a workshop series for emerging and experienced filmmakers.

Among this year’s most anticipated local works are Stephen Dunn’s award-winning short film co-starring Gorden Pinsent, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, Justin Simms’ Hard Light, a 55-minute feature that uses Michael Crummey’s seminal piece of Newfoundland literature by the same name to “examine cultural change and modern relationships,” Nickel founder Roger Maunder’s short film Cracker Barrel, and Nickel alumnus Ruth Lawrence’s Two Square Feet, and Mark Hoffe’s The Needle and The Damage Undone, a 45-minute documentary that explores “how harm reduction impacts the lives of people who use injection drugs in Newfoundland and Labrador”.

The Nickel Independent Film Festival runs June 18-22 at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s. For more information, including the full schedule and ticket information, visit

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