The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival is pleased to present The Matrix Awards, presented by Matrix Production Services to the top three BC short films in the festival. 

The Matrix Award-winning films were screened at the Closing Night Awards ceremony on March 10th. The Matrix Awards were presented along with the 'Best of the Festival' Awards, the winner of the VIWIFF International Screenplay Competition, and the winners of the From Our Dark Side Genre Concept Contest.

All awards were chosen by an independent jury of industry professionals. This year's jury included Sandra Ignagni (Writer / Director); Baljit Sangra (Filmmaker / Producer); and Mary Galloway (Writer / Director / Actor).

The three Matrix Award Winning films for achievement in a BC short are:

Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) directed by Amanda Strong


"The message behind this film is a powerful one, telling the story of a young Indigenous person setting out to reclaim the ceremonial harvesting of sap from maple trees.  It was handled with grace and respect.  Beautifully stylized and creative stop motion animation is woven with imagery, metaphor, movement and a unique a soundscape. Biidaaban takes you on a haunting journey that won’t soon be forgotten."

 Ochiskwacho directed by Jules A Koostachin


"This artful film creates and sustains suspense as it explores the idea of family and the ghosts that haunt our individual and collective histories. Brilliantly executed, Ochiskwacko poetically speaks to universal themes such as acceptance, family, and relationships. The film encourages us to love boldly and with integrity." 

Good Girls Don't (directed by Ana de Lara)


"Ana De Lara’s immensely entertaining, comedic film tackles growing up female in a conservative Filipino family, reflecting challenges many young, diverse women face. The spirited young protagonist captured our hearts. We enjoyed the humour the magical realism and, of course, the animated Jesus. The acting, cinematography and editing were all well executed and the story is heartwarming and impactful. It really is a film for everyone!"