Nikolay Michaylov | Filmmaker

February 12, 2019 — HAUS international premiere at Clermont-Ferrand!

HAUS had it’s International premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival on February 2. Watch director Joseph Amenta speak about the film below:


October 25, 2018 — OLD WOUNDS wins UKMVA!

OLD WOUNDS has won a UK Music Video Award for Best Interactive Video!

September 5, 2018 — VICE releases new TROJAN “The First Time” ads

I shot some ads for “Trojan’s “The First Time” series. Check them out on VICE and watch below:



August 22, 2018 — HAUS and GWW @ VIFF!

HAUS and GLITTER’S WILD WOMEN will both be playing at the 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival this October!

Trailer for HAUS below:

August 1, 2018 — GLITTER’S WILD WOMEN to premiere at TIFF 2018!

GLITTER’S WILD WOMEN will premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival as a part of the Canadian Shorts Program.

Trailer below:

July 24, 2018 — HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER month long run on MUBI

HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER will be part of a screening series on MUBI called CANADA’S NEXT GENERATION. The film is part of a collection of other really amazing films.

Watch the film here

Streaming service Mubi offers a new wave of Canadian filmmakers some much deserved exposure, The Globe and Mail, 2018
Kazik Radwanski Introduces His Film “How Heavy This Hammer”, MUBI, 2018

July 3, 2018 — JIANTS – PLAN released today!

A music video I shot for the band JIANTS was released today.
Check out PLAN below:

NOW TORONTO – How former pro skateboarder Jesse Landen ended up in Jiants
INDIE88 – Local Indie Rockers Jiants Share Video for “Plan”


CANADIAN BEAT – Five Questions with Jiants

June 6, 2018 — FAIL TO APPEAR Toronto Premiere June 7!

FAIL TO APPEAR will have its Toronto premiere tomorrow at the TIFF Bell Lightbox as a part of the MDFF Selects series. This will be followed by a week long run also at the Lightbox. Info here.

Related press below:
The Globe and Mail Review – Fail to Appear is an utterly watchable piece of experimental Canadian film
TIFF Review – Call of Duty: A Film Critic Goes Before the Camera
NOW – Review: indie film Fail To Appear is simple yet powerful
Toronto Film Critics Association – An Interview With: Antoine Bourges

Trailer below:

June 5, 2018 — SCAFFOLD to play in Hamburg and Palm Springs

SCAFFOLD will be playing this week in Hamburg as a part of the 34th Hamburg International Film Festival in the International Shorts – Sore Losers program.

It will also be playing later this month as a part of the 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest in the Same Planet, Different Worlds program.

May 22, 2018 — CHERRY COLA playing at 2018 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival

CHERRY COLA will screen on May 31 at the 2018 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival as part of the LOCAL HEROES shorts program!

Watch the trailer below:

April 25, 2018 — FAIL TO APPEAR @ BAFICI and SCAFFOLD in LA

This past month FAIL TO APPEAR had it’s South American premier in Buenos Aries at BAFICI.

Locarno Festival brought a selection of films to Los Angeles and SCAFFOLD was included in their shorts program!

March 30, 2018 — FAIL TO APPEAR at Art of the Real!

FAIL TO APPEAR will have it’s American premiere at Art of the Real at the Lincoln Centre in New York!

March 27, 2018 — OLD WOUNDS shortlisted for 2018 Prism Prize !

Pup’s “OLD WOUNDS” has been shortlisted for the 2018 Prism Prize. The winner will be announced on May 13!

March 7, 2018 — FAIL TO APPEAR European premiere at Cinéma du Réel

FAIL TO APPEAR will have its European premiere at Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Pompidou in Paris!

January 12, 2018 — (rough cut) on Short of the Week

(rough cut) was chosen for SHORT OF THE WEEK!
Watch below:

January 10, 2018 — The Argument (with annotations) at First Look 2018

The Argument (with annotations) had it’s U.S. premiere at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York on Friday, January 5th (playing before Blake Williams’ PROTOTYPE) and will be showcased in the First Look Shorts program on January 15th!

December 13, 2017 — OLD WOUNDS #1 Canadian music video of the year according to EXCLAIM!

Pup’s “OLD WOUNDS” has been named #1 Canadian music video of 2017 according to EXCLAIM! magazine!

Adventure below:

December 13, 2017 — The Argument part of The 17th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival

The Argument (with annotations) will be playing at the 17th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival on January 14th!

Watch the trailer below:

November 23, 2017 — HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER plays Acropolis in LA

HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER will be playing a double feature with Ashley Mckenzie’s WEREWOLF at the Acropolis Theatre in LA on December 12!

November 22, 2017 — IT’S NO REAL PLEASURE IN LIFE plays Kaunas IFF

IT’S NO REAL PLEASURE IN LIFE will be playing at the 2017 Kaunas International Film Festival along side SCAFFOLD in the shorts program “REVELATIONS”.

October 28, 2017 — (roughcut) Vimeo staff pick!

(rough cut) has been featured on Vimeo Staff Picks!
Watch below:

September 26, 2017 — IT’S NO REAL PLEASURE IN LIFE playing at FNC!

My short film IT’S NO REAL PLEASURE IN LIFE will be playing at the 46th annual Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in the FOCUS QUÉBEC/CANADA section.

SCAFFOLD also plays this festival in the INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION!

September 21, 2017 — FAIL TO APPEAR profiled in the Globe and Mail

I was interviewed by The Globe and Mail and was asked to talk about shooting FAIL TO APPEAR.

This is their wonderful piece on the film, myself, and it’s collaborators.

Fail to Appear, screening at VIFF, showcases a new wave of Toronto talent

It is a fool’s game to crown any film a surefire buzz generator going into an event as large as the Vancouver International Film Festival, but here goes anyway. Fail to Appear, the debut feature from Canadian director Antoine Bourges, is a quiet gem that draws the viewer in from its opening frame – a long, steady shot of office equipment in an aesthetically challenged basement.

August 28, 2017 — SCAFFOLD at NYFF and BFI LONDON!

SCAFFOLD will play in competition at both the 55th New York Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival in October!

August 24, 2017 — PUP “OLD WOUNDS” video out now!

Check out the latest interactive music video I helped create!
(best played on desktop or on Youtube mobile app)

Full Credits here.

August 24, 2017 — Two new shorts at VIFF

Two short films I shot – CHERRY COLA and LET YOUR HEART BE LIGHT – will both have their world premiere at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival!

Press release here.

Cherry Cola Trailer from Joseph Amenta on Vimeo.


August 16, 2017 — FAIL TO APPEAR at VIFF!

A feature I shot – FAIL TO APPEAR – will have its world premiere at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Press release here.

August 9, 2017 — TIFF!

SCAFFOLD and THE ARGUMENT (WITH ANNOTATIONS) will both be playing at the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival.

Scaffold [dir: Kazik Radnwanski] will open before Denis Côté’s TA PEAU SI LISSE in the Wavelengths section.

The Argument (with annotations) [dir: Daniel Cockburn] is part of a selection of shorts called Short Cuts. Watch the trailer here.

August 3, 2017 — Locarno

A short I shot – SCAFFOLD – has it’s world premiere at the 70th LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL today!