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CBC TV's Short Film Face-off follies 

Local filmmakers compete for CBC production deal

If you were home last Saturday night, maybe you caught the first episode of CBC-TV’s Short Film Face-off. For the next two Saturdays at 10pm, CBC will air six Maritime short films, three each week, to be judged by a panel of experts: New Brunswick arts journalist Christine MacLean, actor Nigel Bennet and Kelly Davis, executive director of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

For anyone who’s been to the Atlantic Film Festival shorts screenings, many of these films will be familiar, but they’re all worth a second look (and a third or fourth—-view them all at In the first episode, three really strong films duked it out: Cory Bowles’ modern mermaid tale, The Scavengers; Cayman Grant’s charming His Good Will, set in the dusty 1950s American south; and Glamour Guts, Jasmine Oore’s sweet treatise on living stylishly with a bowel disorder. Scores were close but Guts turned the competition over, winning praise for being “bold and brave, beautiful.”

Oore’s film will go on to compete against winners from two more nights. Expect a big “POW! BOFF!” on June 20, when Namir Ahmed’s aging superhero comedy Golden Age competes against Pardis Parker’s Afghan and Jeremy Larter’s Roadside Assistance. On June 27, shitty co-habitants get a hilarious treatment in Eric Duncan’s The Bad Roommate, up against Andrew Bush’s real deal of a film, Pawnshop, and David Armstrong’s animated Wor. Following the June 27 episode, online voting turns over to the public to determine the winner (announced on the July 4 episode), who will receive a CBC production deal towards their next film.


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