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Debuting This April: The NSCAD University Film Festival

Halifax – March 9, 2022 – A new film festival is hitting the Atlantic film scene, thanks to NSCAD University and the NSCAD Alumni Association. The NSCAD University Film Festival, presented by TD Insurance, will launch both in person at Cineplex Park and online in partnership with FIN April 4-5, 2022, featuring award-winning films from alumni including Heather Young, Christian Sparkes, and more. 

Purple circular design and text that reads NSCAD University Film Festival
Natalie Laurin, NSCAD design student, created the logo for the film festival.

The NSCAD University Media Arts Division has fostered the growth of many talented filmmakers through its film program and looks forward to that talent being showcased to audiences both locally and beyond.  

“We are thrilled to promote and celebrate the amazing work of NSCAD graduates,” said Sunil Sarwal (BDes 2002), president of the NSCAD Alumni Association. “With the help of the Media Arts faculty, NSCAD’s Advancement team, and members of the NSCAD Board of Governors, we’ve been able to put together a fantastic slate of shorts and features.” 

Sarwal noted that with alumni members located in more than 50 countries around the world, the Association is pleased to offer an online streaming option through the partnership with FIN.  

“Many of these amazing films are not available on other platforms so this will be your chance to catch them all!” said Sarwal. 

The Film Festival’s features include: 

 4 April  

Dog Girl  by Heather Young (BFA 2009) 

Alia  by Raghed Charabaty (BFA 2016) 

Carry the Cross  by Jarrett Downey-Shaw (BFA 2014) 

Feature film:  Murmur  by Heather Young (BFA 2009) 


5 April 

Surface Tension  by Devon Pennick-Reilly (BFA 2020) 

Father Like Son  by Anna Kuelken (BFA 2021) 

Arty  by Nathan Boone (BFA 2016) 

Feature film: Cast no Shadow by Christian Sparkes (BFA 2004) 


 “NSCAD University’s film program is one of a kind,” said Dr. Sarah McKinnon, Interim President.  “Our award-winning faculty show students how to shape their vision and create poignant and memorable outcomes. We now have this wonderful event by which we can share some of their stories and celebrate their achievements.”  

Dr. McKinnon’s comments underscore the NSCAD community’s pride in its students and alumni, and their contributions to art, craft, design and media.  

In addition to the screenings, the festival will include a free webinar on “microbudget” films with feature directors Heather Young and Christian Sparkes on Wednesday March 30, at 1 p.m. AST. 

 The NSCAD University Film Festival, presented by TD Insurance, will be held on April 4-5, 2022, in Halifax. Screenings will be offered in person each evening at Cineplex Park Lane at 7 p.m. AST, and the daily program can be streamed anywhere through FIN Stream.  

 More information, including how to buy single tickets and two-day festival passes for Cineplex Park Lane or FIN Stream, is available at   


Bruce DeBaie
Manager, Marketing and Communications
NSCAD University 902-450-4306