WIFTV announces #VIWIFF2016 Festival Awards

The exhilarating week that marked the 11th Annual Vancouver Int’l Women in Film Festival (#VIWIFF2016) kicked off with a bang on International Women’s Day, March 8. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) chose our venue to announce its groundbreaking initiative that 50 per cent of future NFB productions will be directed by women.

The festival week that ensued featured a plethora of films created by women from all over world, and offered numerous opportunities for networking and professional development.

The festival came to a close on Sunday, March 13, with the annual awards gala.

We would like to thank this year’s jury: film editor Fabiola Caraza, producer/cinematographer Amy Belling, writer/director Carleen Kyle, Screen Siren producer Trish Dolman and Susan Curran, Executive Director of Marketing and Acquisitions at Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada

These are this year’s winners:

The inaugural Matrix Awards, provided by MATRIX PRODUCTION SERVICES to the top three BC short films in the festival, went to (in alphabetical order):

Bruised, by Jennifer Campbell (Canada/BC, 2013)
One Last Ride by Caitlin Byrnes (Canada/BC, 2015)
Rebel (Bihttoš) by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Canada/BC, 2014)

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Jennifer Campbell and partner Brian Minato of Bruised

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Team One Last Ride From left: Agent Esther Cohen, lead Colleen Rennison, producer Paul Armstrong and director Caitlin Byrnes

The Festival Awards went to:

IATSE LOCAL 891 AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE

Café Derby by Lenny Van Wesemael (Belgium, 2015), produced by Dirk Impens

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Filmmaker Lenny Van Wesemael thanked the audience in a video message

UBCP/ACTRA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE

Colleen Rennison in One Last Ride

SIM DIGITAL AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

in a short film: Pierre Tanguy, Heliopsis (Directed by Sandra-Jessica Koban, France 2015)
in a feature: Ruben Impens, Café Derby

CANADIAN CINEMA EDITORS AWARD FOR BEST EDITING

Thomas Pooters, Café Derby

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Leslie Griffith receives the award from Kelly Maxwell

DGC AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
Lenny Van Wesemael, Café Derby

LINE 21 AWARD FOR BEST DOC

When Giants Fall, by Leslie Griffith (USA, 2015)

Special Mention

The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon, by Walaa Al Alawi (Jordan, 2015)

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Carla Custance

FINALÉ AWARD FOR BEST SHORT
The Chicken, by Una Gunjak (Croatia/Germany, 2014)

UBC CREATIVE WRITING AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY

Resurrecting Jane Doe, by Carla Custance.

In addition, the five winning screenwriters of the FROM OUR DARK SIDE genre concept contest and mentorship were present to receive their awards, provided by Creative BC, Super Channel and Telefilm Canada. 

As announced earlier this year, the From Our Dark Side winners and their stories are:

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from left: writers Gada Jane, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Ana de Lara, Jennifer Krukowski, Ashley Lynch and John Dippong of Telefilm Canada

Ana de Lara, Victoria, BC — The Chosen One
Elisabeth de Mariaffi, St. John’s, NL — Fly Girls
Gada Jane, Kitchener, ON — Video Star
Jennifer Krukowski, Toronto, ON — Right Hand Rule
Ashley Lynch, Burnaby, BC — Suicide Girl

WIFTV wishes to thank all of this year’s festival sponsors (in alphabetical order):

ACFC West Local 2020 UNIFOR – British Columbia Arts Council – Heritage Canada – Canadian Cinema Editors – CMPA/Canadian Media Production Association BC Producers’ Branch – City of Vancouver – Creative BC – Directors Guild of Canada, BC Chapter – Finalé – Iatse Local 669 Cinematographers Guild – Iatse Local 891 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts – Line 21 Media Services – Matrix Production Services – Sandman Hotels – SIM Group – The Georgia Straight – Telefilm Canada – UBCP/ACTRA Union of BC Performers – UBC Creative Writing Program.

 

 

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