BIO

Born in Wellington, New Zealand and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Nnett Rhys is an independent filmmaker whose work has been described as “quiet and upfront, honest, real, rich, fertile, built on characters with depth and complexity.” In 2018, his short film Peak Oil was selected to be a part of Telefilm Canada’s Canada: Not Short On Talent program and screened at the Marché Du Film Court at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France. Peak Oil also received an Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association award for Best Narrative Short and the A&E Short Filmmakers Award for Best Film at the National Screen Institute. His documentary Lifetimes Of Snow, a portrait of musician Jom Comyn and the hometown they share, was named the most outstanding Albertan short documentary at NorthWest Fest in 2016. His one-minute silent film A Brief Portrait Of A Northern Summer In Progress received 1st Place at Edmonton’s Gotta Minute Film Festival in 2015. In the commercial sector, Nnett has created work for a diverse range of clients including the Government of Alberta, ATB, and Explore Edmonton; his work for WestCan Bulk Transport’s “You’re Meant For the Road” campaign as director/editor earned an Ad Club of Edmonton award for outstanding video production. He sat on the Board of Directors at the Film And Video Arts Society – Alberta from 2016 to 2019 and has served on the Metro Cinema Society’s Programming Committee since January 2018. His debut broadcast effort, Digging In The Dirt, a one- hour documentary about depression and suicide in Alberta’s oil and gas sector, co-directed with Omar Mouallem, premiered on CBC Television in September 2019 and was featured in Hot Docs’ Spotlight Alberta series in early 2021. Nnett continues to live and work in Edmonton.