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VIWFF BEST OF THE FESTIVAL AWARDS 2019

The Best of the Festival awards were presented at the Closing Night Award Ceremony on March 10th, 2019 along with the award for the winner of the VIWFF International Screenplay Competition, the winners of the From Our Dark Side Genre Concept Contest, and The Matrix Awards (presented by Matrix Production Services to the top three BC short films in the festival). The Matrix award-winning films also screened that evening.

All awards were chosen by an independent jury of industry professionals. The feature film jury included Cari Green (Filmmaker / Educator); Laura Adkin (Filmmaker / Actor); Maja Aro (Writer / Director / Stunt Coordinator).  The short film jury included: Sandra Ignagni (Writer / Director) ; Baljit Sangra (Filmmaker / Producer); Mary Galloway (Writer / Director / Actor)

BEST OF THE FESTIVAL 2019

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IMPACT AWARD

The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (directed by Swati Bhise)

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"The Warrior Queen of Jhansi reminds us that female empowerment isn’t a new phenomenon. It is, in fact, present throughout our history, led by women like the Queen of Jhansi, who is brought to life in this film with passion and style. These women should be remembered and celebrated for their impact on us all."

The director, Swati Bhise, was present to accept her award. 

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 AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE 

The Day I Lost My Shadow (directed by Soudade Kaadan)

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"This gripping film is full of suspense, twists, turns, and surprises. The chaos of war is heart-wrenching and very real. The composition choices are interesting, and lend much to the subtle, intimate style of storytelling. This unconventional film about a woman’s unfortunate path through war draws you in from start to finish."  

Click here to see the director, Soudade Kaadan's acceptance video.    

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 AWARD FOR BEST SHORT

ÉG/(I) (directed by Vala Ómarsdóttir & Hallfríður Þóra Tryggvadóttir) 

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"ÉG/(I) is nothing short of masterful. The gorgeous cinematography, strong performances, and skillful editing make this a film to be reckoned with. Exploring nuances of identity against the backdrop of rural life and bureaucracy, this film creates a contemplative space to ponder gender and acceptance, and does it with elegance and style. Flawless!"

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AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY

Warrior Women (directed by Christina D. King and Elizabeth A. Castle)

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"Women will never leave the patriarchy behind until indigenous women are given the respect they deserve. This culturally important documentary elegantly weaves multiple generations of indigenous stories together in an unconventional form. Warrior Women uses humour, fantastic characters, and mixes in archival footage to tell this essential story. Their inspiring motto is never give up."

Click here to watch Marcella Gilbert and Elizabeth Castle's acceptance video.

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AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY

 

Egle Vertelyte (Miracle

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"Miracle is a comedy/tragedy/drama out of Lithuania. It is a very clever satire told through a very compelling character. The dry humour and just enough political critique make it hilarious and thoughtful. In these trying times, what else is there to do but chuckle (or cry?) at the products of religion, communism and capitalism! A truly engaging script."   

Click here to watch Egle Vertelyte's acceptance speech.

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AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A FEATURE 

 Marziyeh (directed by Dornaz Hajiha)

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"Exceptional choices were made in this film in every aspect. Marziyeh keeps you gloriously engaged every moment. Movement in both physical spaces and gendered spaces is cleverly portrayed. The design of the imagery, characters and story is impressive and works together to achieve something pleasantly different."

Click here to watch Dornaz Hajiha's acceptance speech.   

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AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A FEATURE 

Sawsan Ercheid (The Day I Lost My Shadow)

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"Sawsan Ercheid made very interesting choices in this film which deals with motherhood in a unique way. This subtle and haunting performance draws you into the story of a somewhat ordinary, middle-class women living through an extraordinary experience. She presents captivating subtext hinging on her internal conflict and truly gives this character a soul."

Click here to watch Sawsan Ercheid's acceptance speech.

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AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SHORT

Murry Peeters (Clinch

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"Peeters portrays a pro boxer in a new relationship with her main competitor. She realistically balanced the tension and vulnerability of her character with a raw and engaging presence. A truly brave and powerful performance!" 

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AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A FEATURE 

  Julie Lunde Lillesæter (Thank You For The Rain)

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"The shooting collaboration between cinematographer and subject, who had never used a camera, was compelling. It worked beautifully, from Kenya to Norway. The process of filmmaking inspired the subject to participate fully in the telling of his story, which lends charisma and energy to the film. The imagery used by both filmmaker and subject shapes the story, and sheds light on their relationship, in a very real and relatable way." 

Click here to watch Julie Lunde Lillesæter's acceptance speech.

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AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A SHORT 

Alvilde Naterstad (The Egg and The Thieving Pie)

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"Alvilde Naterstad’s cinematography effortlessly places the audience inside a surreal universe to be explored with the character. The use of a muted palette and light is exquisite, making every single frame a work of art."


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AWARD FOR BEST EDITING IN A FEATURE

Mastaneh Mohajer (Marziyeh)

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 "The editing in Marziyeh is simple and sparse in a way that is difficult to achieve successfully. The choices made seemed completely in line with the story. It gives the impression of being in real time, giving the audience permission and space in which to be in the moment and experience the story."  

 

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 AWARD FOR BEST EDITING IN A SHORT

 

 Reema Sengupta (Counterfeit Kunkoo)  

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"Reema Sengupta’s clear vision brings audiences face to face with a world full of injustice, highlighting the difficulty newly single women face finding a flat in contemporary India. Counterfeit draws you in from the first moment, keeps you until the very end, and leaves you wanting more. The direction is outstanding and the pacing is expert. This is masterful storytelling at work and a joy to watch."

Click here to watch Reema Sengupta's acceptance speech.

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AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL SCORE IN A FEATURE 

Katharina Nuttall (The Feminist)

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"This inspiring, intimate film was a joy to watch. The score, when present, is subtle and melodic, without taking over or being too manipulative. It is a complement to rather than competition with the strong voices of amazing humans in this film. The sounds of real life are seamlessly integrated in this incredible documentary."  

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Award for Best Screenplay in the 2019 VIWFF Screenplay Competition

A Better Place (Katterina Powers)

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Click here to watch Katterina Power's acceptance video.