Kevan Funk’s short film toys with faith, the Free World and a matchbox budget


A Fine Young Man, directed by Kevan Funk, is a dark comedy that has garnered critical acclaim at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), winning the award for Best Short Film in Calgary.


Director Kevin Funk (second from left) talks with actors on the set of A Fine Young Man.


Set during the Cold War era, the film flirts with the fine line between faith and the danger of personal convictions.

My intention with the film was to start a conversation, rather than giving an answer,” Funk said in a video Skype interview. “Most importantly, it’s about belief. When you have blind faith in something, it can be very dangerous.”

Funk, 24, is a fourth-year student of Film, Video and Integrated Media at  Emily Carr University of Art & Design. He was born in Vancouver and raised in Banff, Alberta.

With an early interest in the performing arts, Funk later developed a talent in photography which lead him to pursue a career in film. Since 2002, Funk has been involved in numerous independent film projects.

Funk is currently seeking an international opening for A Fine Young Man to showcase his talents.

There’s a lot of humour and unexpected things in life,” said Funk. “It seems more of an appropriate fit, dark comedy, in terms of telling authentic stories.”