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The Tournament

Sam Vint
2020 | 22 min 04 s
Original English version

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Sam Vint
Photo : Thomas Fricke

Sam Vint

A life-long Winnipegger and a proud Métis, Sam Vint has performed various roles in the film and television industry, including research, sound, and camera. Sam’s work is deeply immersed in the issues facing Indigenous Canadians. He researched the NFB docudrama We Were Children, the APTN show The Medicine Line, and Going Native, a new production airing soon on APTN.

Sam is currently focusing his attention on writing and directing documentaries, including Alice & Kevin, the story of a mother fighting for services for her disabled son on a remote reserve; and The Ken Ploen Way, about the life and career of one of the greatest players in CFL history.

Sam’s new documentary short, The Tournament, represents the intersection of his greatest passions—his children, the life-affirming power of sports, and telling a great story with an incredible team.

Alicia Smith

Alicia Smith

Alicia Smith is a producer in Winnipeg with the North West Studio, where she works with creators across the country on docsanimation and interactive works. Her NFB credits include Katherena Vermette and Erika MacPherson’s this river(Best Short Documentary Film, Canadian Screen Awards), Kevin Lee Burton’s God’s Lake Narrows (Best Use of Photography, Webbys) and Guy Maddin’sSeances, which premiered at Tribeca. She recently wrapped production on Kevin Settee’s multi-year, community-based The Lake Winnipeg Project. 

David Christensen
Executive Producer (NFB)
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David Christensen

David Christensen is the executive producer of the NFB’s North West Studio, which looks after documentary, animation and interactive production in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Recent films from the studio include Tasha Hubbard’s nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, WALL, directed by Cam Christiansen, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’sAngry Inuk, The Tournament, directed by Sam Vint, and Supreme Law, directed by Katerina Cizek.


Written and Directed by
Sam Vint

Isaac Vint
Alyssa White
Paul  Hamm
Cooper Vint
Evan Hesom
Logan Johnstone
Natalia Debbo
Elijah Armbruster
Tucker Olson
Bill Muloin
Trish Cooper
Danny Lilya

Alicia Smith

Executive Producer
David Christensen

Picture Editor
John Gurdebeke

Director of Photography
Tyler Funk

Location Sound Recordist
Kevin Bacon

Sound Design
Christine Fellows

Original Music Composed & Performed by
Christine Fellows
John K. Samson
Jason Tait
SOCAN 2019

Vocal Performance by
Christine Fellows

“Hash Marks”
Composed by Jason Tait
SOCAN 2019

Production Assistant
April Dunsmore

Assistant Editor
Marcel Kreutzer

Slate Design
Galen Johnson

Patricia Garry

Tony Wytinck

Sound Mix
Bruce Little

Online Editor
Bruce Little

Studio Operations Manager
Darin Clausen

Studio Administrator
Devon Supeene

Production Coordinator
April Dunsmore

Production Supervisor
Esther Viragh

Marketing Manager
Leslie Stafford
Kelly Fox

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis

Executive Director English Program
Michelle van Beusekom

Filmed February 2019 in Blaine Minnesota
at the Schwan Super Rink

Dedicated to Larry Hendrickson,
founding father of the Hendrickson Foundation


A production of The National Film Board of Canada – North West Studio

@2020 The National Film Board of Canada




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