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VIWFF BEST OF THE FESTIVAL AWARDS 2020

The 2020 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF) wrapped six packed and wonderful film-filled days with a sold-out Closing Awards Gala on March 8th, International Women’s Day. The Best of The Festival Awards were presented that night along side the VIWFF International Screenplay Competition, the winners of the From Our Dark Side Genre Contest, and the Matrix Awards present to the top three BC short films. The Matrix award winning films were screened at the Closing Awards Gala. 

VIWFF is especially grateful to our hard-working awards jury: Kat Jayme - Producer/Director; Jules Arita Koostachin - Producer/Director; Jamie Chrest - Actor/Production Designer; Meghan Hemingway - Writer/Actor; Brianna Rayner – Actor; and Marena Dix - Producer/Post Production Coordinator.

BEST OF THE FESTIVAL 2020 

IATSE 891

IATSE Local 891 Award for Best Feature

RED SNOW (directed by Marie Clements)

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"The jury felt that this poignant and beautiful story was both artistically and technically outstanding. The filmmaker’s ability to seamlessly tell a story from more than one cultural perspective was impressive, original, and compelling."

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The PACIFIC BACKLOT Award for Best Documentary

BE NATURAL (directed by Pamela Green)

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"Everybody needs to go watch this film! The jury was stunned that they had not heard of this story"

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The Elevate Inclusion Strategies Award for Best Short

Martina Scarpelli (EGG)

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"The filmmaker's ability to depict the claustrophobia of living within an eating disorder,  while at the same time expressing a general oppression and mental chaos,  blew the jury away. The simplicity of the black and white style of animation is vulnerable yet strong and delivers a strong message and clear artistic statement. Simply stated this is a perfect short film."

Integral

The Integral Artists Impact Award

UNCEEDED CHIEFS (directed by Doreen Manuel)

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"Every settler and first nation person living on these lands, especially at this particular time, cannot ignore the fact that Aboriginal Rights and Title profoundly impacts us all. It is important to understand the history and issues that have led us to this place. By documenting the experience of the First Nations people that came together to fight the 1969 White Paper to abolish the Indian Act the filmmakers have given exactly that."

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The DGC BC Award for Best Direction

Marie Clements (RED SNOW)

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"The jury was struck by the director’s strong creative point of view. It was evident that she was driving the story expertly, employing all of the tools at her disposal. They felt she demonstrated a sure hand and an ability to make choices that were impactful. Her film was a pleasure to watch."

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The UBCP/ACTRA Award for Best Performance in a Feature

Jia-Yin Tsai (HEAVY CRAVINGS)

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"This actor brought a charm and truth to an issue that was natural and empathetic. The jury was taken by the freedom with which she embodied the role and let the audience really feel what the issues of the film were through her performance."

Lucas

The Lucas Talent Award for Best Performance in a Short

Berenice Piñeros (AMALGAMA)

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"The jury was deeply moved by her physical ability to tell the story beyond the dialogue. Her performance is so grounded and natural it does not seem like a performance but a scene from a documentary."

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The SIM Award for Best Cinematography in a Feature

Marie Davingo (BLACK CONFLUX)

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"The jury loved the recreation of the 80’s genre. The use of light and dark was a real play on the eyes."

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The ICG 669 Award for Best Cinematography in a Short

Joanna Kakitek (BORDER CROSSING)

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"A simple story told visually through a stunningly beautiful lens. Every shot is so original, layered with tension, patience, and detail that made this film stand out for the jury."

CCE

The CCE Award for Best Editing in a Feature

Sophie Leblond (BLACK CONFLUX)

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"The timing and pacing of this film put the jury on the edge of their seats. The editor was able to establish emotional reactions that were based on the previous frame. Her ability to create tension based on what was seen and not seen created an anxiety that never relented."

The Ron Heaps

Award for Best Editing in a Short

Sarah Hedar (NOW IS THE TIME)

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"The jury liked the editors skillful ability to integrate archival footage and current footage into a seamless and moving piece. The pacing and transitions held space and supported the structure while never getting in the way of the emotional resonance of the story."

Chandler_Fogden_Aldon.pngThe CFA Award for Best Screenplay 

Marie Clements (RED SNOW)

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"The jury appreciated the screenwriter’s ability to reference culture in a complex and nuanced manner using a combination of flashback, language and text. This is a difficult story told with an ease that is inspiring."

CFM

The CFM Award for Best Musical Score

Ella van der Woude (TAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICE)

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"The jury enjoyed that the score seamlessly complimented the pacing and emotion of the piece."

 

The Ken Hayward

Award for Best Screenplay in the 2019 VIWFF Screenplay Competition

 Small Fires Written by Fiona Curtis

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