Passionate Brampton filmmaker, Ivan Ramin Radnik has won runner-up at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for his film The Land of Nod in the live action category.

Radnik graduated from Humber college in the film and television production program in 2016 and originally created the film for his final project. His film screened at Bell TIFF lightbox on Jan. 14. 2017. He never planned on getting into TIFF, but he says it was one of the best experiences of his life.

“The Land of nod is about a boy named Nicholas who comes to terms with being the son of a murderer while searching for one of the dead bodies in the forest with the victims sister,” Radnik told Bramptonist

The film is inspired by true events that happened in Russia where the writer, Natalia Medvedeva, was from. Radnik says that as an interesting twist we get to see how it affects the murderer’s family. 

In the future Radnik would love to make The Land of Nod into a feature-length film, but doesn’t know if there will be a sequel to it. Currently he’s working as a locations Production Assistant at the Directors Guild of Canada in Toronto.

“Go for your instincts, take initiative and take those risks,” says Radnik who explains some advice he would give to aspiring directors.

Watch the trailer below.

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