Newfoundlander’s film wins award at German festival

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A filmmaker from St. John’s was recognized over the weekend at an international film festival in Germany.

Stephen Patrick Dunn’s short film “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” won the ARTE Short Film Prize at the 2012 Munich International Festival of Film Schools, which concluded on Saturday.

Written and directed by Dunn, the film stars Newfoundland actor Gordon Pinsent as the grandfather of a 13-year-old girl coming to grips with growing up.

According to the festival’s website, the jury found Dunn’s work to be an “amusing, sensitive film,” going on to compliment the performances and the originality of the story.

The film was screened earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as part of a student film showcase. His previous short film, “Swallowed,” earned the RBC Emerging Filmmaker People's Choice Award at the 2010 TIFF.

Organizations: RBC

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Toronto

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    November 18, 2012 - 21:01