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Clear Blue wins online film fest award in Canada

Director Lindsay MacKay takes home $3,200 in prizes at National Screen Institute's Netflix-sponsored Online Short Film Festival.
January 23, 2014

Canada’s National Screen Institute has selected the first winners of its 2014 Online Short Film Festival.

Clear Blue, directed by Lindsay MacKay, won the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award for best film, in addition to the $2,000 Shaw Media Fearless Director Award for best film by a female director.

It’s sexy love story about a young lifeguard who falls for a mysterious older woman who swims every morning. The 2011 film premiered at Camerimage and was an official selection at SXSW that year — check out the trailer above, or watch the full release on the NSI website.

Clear Blue was inventive and inspired: the perfect blend of craft and storytelling. Thanks to director Lindsay, there’s a maturity and soulfulness to the film, evident in the wonderful performances and in every scene,” said jury member Cam Bennett, producer with Manitoba Telecom Services TV, in a statement.

The Seder, directed by Justin Kelly, won the $750 Bite Comedy Award for best comedy.

The year-round online film festival presents three awards, four times a year.The festival typically receives about 250 submissions per call period, said Liz Hover, director of NSI Online. Sponsors and partners include Shaw Media, Telefilm Canada, Blue Ant Media,  A&E Television Networks, and  Netflix.

There is currently a call out for submissions for the second set of awards to be given out in 2014.

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