NSCAD University Film Festival

NSCAD University and the NSCAD Alumni Association announce second annual film festival

NSCAD University Film Festival will be back for a second year April 24 – 26, 2023 at Cineplex Park Lane. By popular demand, the event will feature one night of juried short films made by NSCAD alumni. 


Tickets go on sale February 15, 2023.




Do you have a film you would like to see on the big screen? Please send a digital file or link, your name, your year of graduation (or time attended), the name of the film, the run time, and the year it was made to alumni@nscad.ca with “Film Festival Entry” in the subject line by Thursday, January 26, 2023, 9 p.m. AST.


Films must be 18 minutes or less to be considered. All genres welcomes.



April 24 – Student Films (live stream option)

April 25 – Feature Film —  Wildhood (2018) by Bretten Hannam (BFA 2008)

April 26 – Juried Alumni Shorts (live stream option)

Organizing Committee:

Sunil Sarwal (BDes 2002), Sam Fisher, Marco Chiarot, Dean Leland, Kathryn Toope.



Rashun Robinson

Rashun Robinson graduated from NSCAD University 2020 with a Major in Film. Since then, Rashun has been a production manager on documentaries shot in his home in Bermuda and has served on the Jury for the Bermuda Youth Film Festival. He is currently leading the initiative to build a state-of-the-art film studio in Bermuda.

Samira Eblaghi

Samira Eblaghi is a 2020 NSCAD graduate with a BFA in film studies. Since graduating, she has worked with the production sound team on season 3 of Diggstown and has collaborated as cinematographer and picture editor on documentaries with local filmmakers; most notably, Solomon Nagler and Sobaz Benjamin. She has also created content and music videos for local musicians like Behrooz Mihankhah and Ostrea Lake. In 2022, Samira directed her first short film, SABA , with co-producer Max Flint, which will be submitted to a handful of film festivals for 2023/24. Samira is currently in pre-production as co-producer for two more films, one short and one feature length.

Charles Bishop

Charles Bishop is a 30-year veteran of the international film and television industry. He produced the Palme D’Or and Academy Award winning feature documentary, Bowling for Columbine.

In 2004 Charles co-founded and became President of DHX Media, which went public in 2006. In his tenure with the DHX he was responsible for almost half a billion dollars of production and distribution revenue from shows he co-created and produced.

Charles has produced dozens of kids, comedy, docs and drama series – all going multiple seasons for BBC, CBC, PBS, Universal Kids, Netflix, Family Channel, Disney Channel, ABC Australia and ZDF, to name a few. In addition to multiple projects in various stages of development, currently, Charles is Executive Producer of the series Moonshine, which he set up at CBC, with eOne co-producing and distributing. The 2020 Nova Scotia shot one-hour dramady premiered September 2021, season 2 will air September 2022 and the series is greenlit to shoot season 3 in July 2022.

Charles has won numerous Gemini Awards as well as multiple international awards. In his spare time Charles shows his abstract art Polaroids (#charleswbishop) in various galleries across North America.

Spencer Clerk

Spencer Clerk is a NSCAD film graduate. As part of his thesis year in 2019, Spencer wrote and directed the short, Take Out. Spencer now lives in Toronto and works at Sound Dogs Toronto as a first assistant sound editor. You can hear some of his recent work on the Netflix show, Ginny and Georgia Season 2.