The 30th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival wrapped up last night at the closing gala following a screening of The Kid With a Bike by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. With the end of the festival comes the awards, both juried and as-voted by the fans.
Shaw Media Award for Best Canadian Feature Film ($20,000 prize)
Anne Émond for Nuit #1
Honourable Mention for Canadian Feature Film
Wetlands by Guy Édoin
Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award ($2,000)
Andrew Cividino for We Ate the Children Last
Audiences had the opportunity to rate the films they watched throughout the festival.
Rogers People’s Choice Award
A Separation by Asghar Farhadi
VIFF Most Popular Nonfiction Film Award
Sing Your Song by Susanne Rostock
VIFF Most Popular Canadian Film Award
Starbuck by Ken Scott
NFB Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award
Peace Out by Charles Wilkinson
VIFF Environmental Film Audience Award
People of a Feather by Joel Heath
Last week the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema was also handed out. The winner of the $10,000 prize was Sonthar Gyal for The Sun-Beaten Path.
Other films that I heard quite a bit of chatter about were Passionflower and Nash, The Documentary. VIFF-goer Rachel Thexton called Miss Representation “One of the best docs I’ve seen,” and Marina Antunes from the Row Three Podcast called Sunflower Hour, “A bit crude and not for everyone but very amusing.”
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