Local filmmaker makes final round of national CBC contest

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For the second year in a row, a Newfoundland and Labrador filmmaker has made the final round of CBC-TV’s “Short Film Face-Off.”

The show pits films from different regions of the country against each other in a public vote.

Stephen Dunn’s “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” will compete for $40,000, having been chosen as a finalist after airing on CBC Saturday evening.

Local filmmaker Jordan Canning’s “Not Over Easy” made the final round on the show last year.

Gordon Pinsent stars in the film as an eccentric man in charge of his 13-year-old daughter, Esther, and his prized pug, King Henry.

“Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” has already won awards at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Tribeca Film Festival and Munich International Film Festival.

Dunn’s latest short film, “We Wanted More,” will screen at TIFF next week.

Short films in the final round of “Short Film Face-Off” will air on CBC-TV Sept. 7 at 8:30 p.m., and public voting will then open up online at www.cbc.ca/shortfilmfaceoff.

Dunn has said if he wins, he will use the prize money to complete his first feature film, “Closet Monster.”

Organizations: CBC

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Toronto, Munich

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  • elizabeth field
    September 03, 2013 - 13:55

    great job Stephen,i saw the film on sat. evening and I voted 5 times,wish they would allow more.There are so many talented people in our province of Nfld&Lab. makes me so proud.