News & Updates

Here is where you can find out the latest goings-on with the project

Touch Co-Winner of A&E Award | Dec 20 General Release

Touch a 15-minute drama starring Krystin Pellerin and Darryl Hopkins has been selected as the co-winner of the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)’s A&E Short Filmmakers Award for Best Film.

Touch on US Movie Streaming Service

After more than 2 years on the festival circuit, and over thirty nominations/wins, Touch has finished its film festival run. Thanks again to the crew, cast, and supporters who have helped to make this such a wonderful ride. Our distributor, Network Ireland Television,...

Touch to Screen at Bucharest Film Awards

Touch has been selected to screen in competition at the Bucharest Film Awards, Nov. 1-3, 2018. The iconic city of Bucharest is the capital of Romania and the centre of Romanian media, culture, and art. Romanian filmmaker Ramona Aristide, a friend of Noel...

Darryl Hopkins Nominated for Best Actor at Italian Film Festival

DARRYL HOPKINS has been nominated for Best Actor at the 2018 Social World Film Festival in Naples, Italy. The Social World Film Festival is an Italian film festival that screens socially relevant films; the 2018 festival is dedicated to screen legend...

Touch Wins at U.S. Film Competition

"The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal" -- Kurt Vonnegut A panel of respected filmmakers and scholars in Pittsburgh has selected Touch for the 2nd Prize at the 2018 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival – Short Film Competition. The festival’s 2018...

Chris Darlington Wins Award in Milan

Touch editor Chris Darlington has won the Best Editing Award at the Reale Film Festival in Milan, Italy. The mandate of the Reale Film Festival is to "promote film as an encounter between people, paying attention to those works that speak of...

NTV to Air Special on Touch Saturday Jan 6

NTV will air a ‘Touch’ Entertainment News Special, with Amanda Mews. The 1/2 hour show will air at 12:30 pm on Sat. Jan. 6, and will repeat at 12:30 am, just before Saturday Night Live. Posing with some of the 28 Awards/Nominations garnered by 'Touch' are:...

Touch wins Fifth Award in December along the Mediterranean

Touch won the 1st Official Jury Prize at the 2017 Solidando Film Festival, in Cagliari, Italy. The SFF is a film festival dedicated to screening films with a social theme. Jury Statement: TOUCH by Noel Harris - With extreme delicacy, in a short...

Touch Receives Special Jury Mention Award

"A well written story that takes us down path which we all assumed to predict the ending, then went to surprise us all with a delightful twist". These are the words read by juror Basil Khalil (Academy and Palme d'Or nominated, Ave Maria) during the awards ceremony at...

Touch Mediterranean Tour Updates

Touch won Best Film at another Italian festival, the Solindando Film Festival, on the island of Sardinia. This goes along with the Special Jury Mention Award from the Pentedattilo Film Festival. Two of the three jurists at this festival were Basil Khalil and Daniel...

Darryl Hopkins, Best Actor in Monaco

Darryl Hopkins has been chosen by an international jury as Best Lead Actor, Short Film, at the Monaco International Film Festival. Jurist Vasalisa Kuzmina stated of Hopkins' screen presence; “We knew everything that he felt, despite the fact that he didn’t...

Touch to Screen in Monaco!

Touch is one of 12 short films selected from submissions across the globe to screen at the 2017 Monaco International Film Festival. The festival takes place in Monte Carlo from Dec. 4-7. The MIFF is a celebration of peace love and the art of making movies....

Touch to Screen at Three More International Film Festivals!

The International Izmir Short Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Turkey, and the first to award prizes to international short films. Since its inauguration in 2000 this has become one of the country’s most prestigious film festivals, drawing...

Darryl Hopkins to represent Touch in Milan

Darryl Hopkins ("Uncle Paul") will be in Milan to represent Touch  at the Reale Film Festival. Touch was one of eighteen films selected as a finalist for the festival, which takes place November 2 and 3. The festival promotes film as an encounter between...

TOUCH takes Two Wins at Italian Film Festival!

Krystin Pellerin - Best Actress  |  Touch - Best International Film The Artistic Director of the 2017 Visioni Corte International Short Film Festival, Gisella Calabrese, in her Italian-to-English translation. KRYSTIN PELLERIN For the ability to...

Touch Selected for Västerås Festival in Sweden

Touch has been selected to screen at the Västerås Film Festival in Sweden. The Västerås Film Festival aims to establish Västerås as a place of film culture by recognizing creative, qualitative, and unique films.   [button...

Touch on Short Film FaceOff this Saturday!

Don't forget to catch the television premiere of Touch this Saturday on CBC! Showing at 8 PM EST, 8:30 pm NST; check local listings to be sure.

Touch to Screen at VisioniCorte Festival

Touch has been selected to screen at the Visioni Corte International Short Film Festival 2017, taking place from September 11 - 16, 2017, in Minturno, Italy. Touch will screen in the International Fiction Section Click here for more about the...

Touch – Film Festival in Columbia

Honoured that the jury selected Touch as one of eight short films to screen in competition, International Section, at the 2017 Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes.

Short Film FaceOff Schedule

Short Film FaceOff begins screening on CBC Saturday July 8, at 8:30 PM NST. The show will run for four weeks. Touch will be screened and judged on the July 22 episode. Be sure to tune in to the show!!

TV Broadcast Date Announced + Three More International Film Festivals!!

On Sat. July 22, Touch will be be shown on television across Canada on CBC's Short Film Face Off. Hosted by Steve Patterson. Panelists: Eli Glasner, Nadia Litz, and Mohit Rajhans, will screen Touch and then discuss the film. Check local listings. Touch also will...

Touch To Screen On National Television!

Touch was picked as one of nine short films from across Canada for the CBC television show Short Film Face-Off. Writer/Director Noel Harris will be in Halifax next week to film his segment of the show. More details on air dates to follow. Click here to visit the Short...

Krystin, Mark & Noel off to Newport Beach

Touch actor Krystin Pellerin, writer/director Noel Harris & producer Mark O'Neill, leave this Sunday to attend the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival.  We would like to extend a sincere thanks to our sponsors ERCO Homes and Cox and Palmer.

Touch Goes Big Apple!

On the heels of screening on the U.S. west coast at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival, the selection jury of the 2017 New York City Independent Film Festival has chosen Touch to screen at their festival. The screening date is Friday, May 5. The venue is The...

Touch Finalist for Best Film at Maryland Festival

We are thrilled to announce that Touch has been selected by the jury of the Maryland International Film Festival as a finalist for Best Film. The festival takes place in Washington DC from Mar. 31- Apr. 2.  Joe Carnahan, Executive Producer of The Blacklist and...

Touch to Screen at 2017 Maryland International Film Festival

Touch has been selected for screening at the 2017 Maryland Film Festival! Hollywood director Joe Carnahan is the Creative Director of the MIFF. Situated just outside of Washington D.C., Hagerstown boasts many recreational and cultural events. The festival is...

Touch is going to Orange County!

Touch will be screening at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival, in Newport Beach, California. The NBFF will celebrate its 18th anniversary with an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe. Scheduled to take place from April 20th -...

Touch Signs International Distribution Deal

We're thrilled to announce that Touch producer Mark O'Neill has signed a distribution deal with Network Ireland Television (NIT). The deal will see Dublin-based NIT act as the international sales rep for Touch. Cable networks, airlines, and specialty Internet channels...

Greg Hawco to Attend Festival International du Film d’Aubagne

Touch composer Greg Hawco will represent the film at the 2017 Festival International du Film d'Aubagne in Aubagne, France. The festival takes place March 20-25. The Festival focuses on film, music and professional meetings. Touch is in the Short Film Competition, in...

Krystin Pellerin Interview with Overcast

The Overcast, a Newfoundland newspaper, did an interview with Krystin Pellerin while she was attending the Dieciminuti Film Fest in Italy. Krystin talks about preparation for her role as Connie in Touch, as well as the experience of attending the festival in Italy and...

Jorja – Behind the Scenes

For anyone who has seen Touch, they know Jorja King as the little girl made old by poverty.  But oh boy, when the cameras were not rolling...

Touch Selected for Show Me Justice Film Festival

Touch has been accepted into the 2017 program for the 7th Annual Show Me Justice Film Festival, April 5 & 7, 2017 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. The Show Me Justice Film Festival strives to raise awareness about...

Touch wins Best Film Award at Italian Film Festival

Touch lead actor Krystin Pellerin received the award at the Dieciminuti Film Festival, in Ceccano, Italy, on Jan. 28, 2017. Festival director Alessandro Ciotoli: “Krystin Pellerin is amazing in her role of single mother in Touch, a heartwarming short film that leaves...

Sending out a Big Hug to all Our Supporters

As 2016 comes to an end, we’d like to send out thanks for all your support...and here’s a big hug. Click the arrow (at bottom left) to watch the video.

Honourable Jury Mention for Best Production House

The cast and crew of Touch extend big congratulations to Mark O'Neill and his company Panoramic Pictures Inc for the Honourable Jury Mention for Best Production House at the 2016 Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival. Special shout out to NIFCO as they were a big...

Touch Goes Bollywood!

Touch has been selected by a jury in India to screen at the 2016 Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival. Click here to visit the festival website.

Touch Nominated at Dieciminuti Film Festival

Touch has been selected as a finalist at the Dieciminuti Film Festival in Italy. Under the rules and regulations, Touch is eligible for award consideration in the categories: Hercules Award: Best Film Best Actor: Darryl Hopkins Best Actress: Krystin Pellerin, Jorja...

Touch wins Best Narrative Short at US festival

Touch has been selected as Best Narrative Short at the 2016 Directors Circle Festival of Shorts. The DCSF receives more than a thousand submissions annually. Click here to visit the festival website

Touch to Screen at International Short Film Festival – In The Palace

Touch will screen in another European capital. International Short Film Festival - In The Palace Situated in the centre of Sofia, Bulgaria, the National Palace of Culture is spiritualized by more than one hundred works of monumental painting, sculpture, woodcarving,...

Touch a Finalist at Director’s Circle Festival of Shorts

Touch has been nominated as Best of Genre at the Director's Circle Festival of Shorts (US). The Directors Circle Festival Of Shorts was founded by a group of industry professionals to showcase the best and the brightest films of new and veteran filmmakers of all...

Touch Shortlisted at Cutting Edge Film Festival

The producers of Touch are pleased to announce that Touch has been shortlisted for Best Drama at the 2016 Cutting Edge Film Festival. The Cutting Edge Film Festival (US) is internationally recognized as a premiere showcase for creative, inspiring, and influential...

Touch named as Finalist in El Ojo Cojo Film Festival

We're proud to announce that Touch has been named as a finalist at the El Ojo Cojo International Film Festival, in Madrid, Spain.   El Ojo Cojo International Film Festival is devoted to fiction, documentaries and animation short-films and full-length films, in order...

Touch to Screen at Bucharest Short Film Festival

Touch will screen at the Bucharest Short Film Festival, running from November 1 - 5 2016. Humbled that Touch will screen in a city renowned for its culture and art. Click here to visit the BSFF website.

Toronto International Short Film Festival!

We are thrilled to announce that Touch has been chosen to screen at the Toronto International Short Film Festival. Click here to visit the TISFF website.

Touch accepted for Sulmona Film Festival

TOUCH has been selected to be part of the Official Selection of SULMONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF) in the INTERNATIONAL SHORT CATEGORY.

Touch to Screen at Charlottetown Film Festival

We are thrilled to announce that Touch will screen at the 2016 Charlottetown Film Festival. Click here to visit the CHFF Website Note that donations are being used for the global film festival submission campaign. Interested in helping sponsor? If you’d like to find...

Thanks to a New Sponsor

BIG THANKS to our latest Touch sponsor, who prefers to remain anonymous! This person is a Newfoundlander now living away who has a great love for the arts back home. Here's what our sponsor had to say about Touch; I love the story....powerful,  impactful, and...

Touch to Screen at San Jose International!

We are thrilled to announce that Touch is screening in Silicon Valley! Our Newfoundland and Labrador-made film will screen at the San Jose International Film Festival.

Selections, Nominations, and…Awards!

Touch continues to be selected for festivals, nominated, and is compiling an impressive list of awards! Click the link to view the full list of festivals we’re proud to participate in.

Touch Receives Three Nominations!

Touch received THREE nominations at the Short Stop International Film Festival, including; Best Film Best Cinematographer - Nigel Markham Best Director - Noel Harris Short Stop International Film Festival (Short Stop IFF) is an online film festival that runs every 6...

Darryl Performs at Castalleneta

Darryl Hopkins ("Uncle Paul") is also well known as an accomplished singer/songwriter as Avalon Stanley. Here's a clip of his live performance at the Castellaneta Film Festival. He performs his original song Balcony (alt version) at the Palazzo Baronale. To find out...

Touch wins Best Short Fiction at Castellaneta!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Touch for winning Best Short Fiction, in Italy, at the 2016 Castellaneta Film Festival - Urra applausi! Touch actor Darryl Hopkins was there to accept the award. Click here to visit the Castellaneta website

Le Gaboteur Article about Touch

Le Gaboteur published an article about Touch and the Diversity in Cannes award in its June 2016 edition. Click here to read the article Click here to visit Le Gaboteur  website.

Best Shorts Award – Times 3!

Best Shorts has recognized Touch with a total of 3 awards! Touch was recognized for the following; Darryl Hopkins (Paul) received an Award of Excellence: Leading Actor Krystin Pellerin (Connie) received an Award of Merit Special Mention: Leading Actress Touch received...

Best Independents International Films: Award Nomination

Congratulations to Touch director of Photography, Nigel Markham. Touch was nominated for the Best Camera Award at the 2016th summer edition of Best Independents International Films (Germany). Click here to visit the festival website.

Touch Accepted at Lisbon!

Touch got accepted at the Lisbon International Film Festival, Summer Edition. Many thanks to the jury of the Lisbon International Film Festival of making Touch an official selection. Click here for more on the festival.

Short Stop International Film Festival Review

Touch was reviewed by the Short Stop International Film Festival, and they had some great things to say about the film. What makes 'Touch' an amazing short is the unexpected. After the first five minutes of the film you don’t know what to expect, there are so many...

Touch Wins Two Awards at Nickel Festival

A great experience to have the Canadian premiere of Touch in the city/province that inspired the story. We were honoured to receive two awards at the Nickel Film festival; the Best NL Film, and the Audience Choice award. Click here to view the Nickel Film Festival...

Trailer for Touch Released!

With the Canadian premiere of Touch coming up June 18 at the LSPU hall to close out this year's Nickel Film Festival, it's a perfect time to release the film trailer. The producers and crew are excited to announce that Toronto-based Darryl Hopkins will be at the...

Largo Film Awards Update

Touch was submitted to the Largo Film Awards, receiving a nomination for best film in April 2016. Click here to view the Largo Film Awards website. The reviewers had some nice things to say about the film. Below are some of their comments. Suggestion: Award worthy...

Cannes Update

Touch producer Mark O'Neill and writer/director Noel Harris were fortunate enough to have Touch chosen for two separate platforms in Cannes.  It was part of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival - Short Film Corner.  Touch was also one of fifteen short films selected...

Cannes – Touch News!

2016 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase - After the select fifteen films from around the world had been screened for an audience, an international panel of judges convened and unanimously chose Touch for the Jury Choice Award. 2016 Cannes Film Festival - Director...

Touch – On TWO Platforms at Cannes!

Touch, a short film by writer/director Noel Harris, producer Mark O’Neill - starring Darryl Hopkins and Krystin Pellerin, introducing Jorja King & Benjamin Harris, IS AN OFFICIAL SELECTION FOR THE 2016 DIVERSITY IN CANNES SHORT FILM SHOWCASE. Click here to read...

Festival News!

Now that Touch is complete, we're submitting to film festivals. Here are some of the festivals we've submitted to recently; Cannes Film Festival (FR) Chicago International Film Festival, Raindance International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival...

Special Thanks

Special thanks go out to the following; without your support this film would not have been made!

Touch is Finished!

There is an old saying in the film business; "A film is never completed, just abandoned." We initially thought we had picture lock.  However, we decided to put Touch under the proverbial microscope - the test audience.  For the past two months Touch has been...

Poster for Touch Released!

Noel Harris and the production team are excited to release the poster for Touch. Click the image at right to view the full-size version.

Update on Post-Production

Sound editing using the Foley studio at NIFCO, with Foley Recordist Mark Neary & Foley Artist Hilary Thomson

Touch Music Production

The music production for Touch is in full swing, with Wayne Warren (Music Supervisor) bringing all the pieces together to finalize the film.

Touch – Music Score

Touch composer Greg Hawco and writer/director Noel Harris working on the music score at Greg’s Toronto studio.

Editing of the Final Film

Touch is now in the editing phase. Chris Darlington (editor) and Noel Harris are busy turning the raw footage into the final film.

“Fun”draiser Fun!

“Fun”draiser Fun!

Some of the cast, crew and supporters gathered at the Duke of Duckworth to help support the film, and have a little fun!

Krystin Pellerin on Sea and Be Scene

Krystin Pellerin on Sea and Be Scene

Krystin Pellerin gave Touch a shout-out during her recent appearance on BellAliant's Sea and Be Scene. The segment with Krystin starts at about the 15 minute mark.

Hawco & Pellerin Together Again…Kinda

Hawco & Pellerin Together Again…Kinda

Krystin Pellerin, Noel Harris (writer/director) and the rest of the cast & crew of the short film Touch are pleased to announce that Greg Hawco has joined the crew as composer.

Shout-out to our Supporters!

Jorja and Darryl send a video shout-out to (some of) the people who have supported the film so far.

Set Construction

Set Construction

Set construction is one of the sides of film-making that viewers don't always get to see. Creating a set that complements the story is a challenge and an art, and Touch's experienced crew are some of the best. In these photos, Production Designer Glenn Barrett,...

How to Make Art, Lesson #712

How to Make Art, Lesson #712

Well, art isn’t always glamorous. On a limited budget, sometimes you need to cut corners wherever you can.

Krystin and Jorja

Krystin and Jorja

Jorja was excited about meeting Krystin Pellerin, and drew a picture to give her.

Touch – Intro Video

Touch – Intro Video

Noel and crew have prepared a short video to introduce people to the film, and to explain the fundraising effort underway to raise the remaining funds necessary.

How We Will Shoot

How We Will Shoot

We will shoot Touch with an anamorphic lens. This is a lens that horizontally squeezes a wide screen image into a standard 35 mm frame.