Nicholas Humphries.

Nicholas Humphries.

Sardis grad wins Screamfest award

Chilliwack native Nicholas Humphries was recognized for his outstanding filmmaking at a Hollywood film fest last week.

Chilliwack native Nicholas Humphries was recognized for outstanding filmmaking at a Hollywood film fest last week.

The Sardis secondary grad of 1999 directed the film, Little Mermaid, which captured the Screamfest Horror Film Festival award for best short film.

The awards ceremony was held Saturday, Oct. 22 and Little Mermaid was called “gorgeous” and surprised some critics.

This is a brief synopsis of the short: “In a barren wasteland lies a circus tent. Inside, a ringmaster forces a mermaid to perform for a group of spectators.”

The film was produced by Vancouver Film School students Samantha Jewell, Lindsey Mann, Aliya Tarmo and Justin Simon, directed by Riese: Kingdom Falling director Humphries and stars VFS alumni Trevor Gemma (Gutterballs) and Jovanna Huguet (Smallville). The Little Mermaid production was part of Volume IV of the VFS Compendium series, a suite of high production value short genre films based on literary classics. Compendium is unique in that it brings together students, alumni, and working professionals from all sectors of the entertainment industry – giving students the opportunity to work collaboratively on something incredible.

Check out more: http://anythinghorror.com/2011/09/25/horror-short-little-mermaid-to-premier-at-screamfest-horror-film-festival/