Every year the Vancouver International Women In Film Festival presents awards for achievement in a variety of categories.
This year, we presented these awards at the Closing Night Award Ceremony, on March 13th, along with the awards for the winner of the VIWIFF International Screenplay Competition, the winners of the From Our Dark Side Genre Concept Contest, the Matrix Awards winning films and the screening of the Matrix Award winning short films.
All awards were chosen by an independent jury of industry professionals.
We would like to thank this year’s jury: Fabiola Caraza, Amy Belling, Susan Curran, Trish Dolman and Carleen Kyle. To read their bios, click here.
BEST OF THE FESTIVAL AWARDS:
IATSE LOCAL 891 AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE
Winner: Café Derby, directed by Lenny Van Wesemael (Belgium, 2015)
UBCP/ACTRA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE
Winner: Colleen Rennison in One Last Ride
SIM DIGITAL AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Winner: 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
Winner: Thomas Poorters, Café Derby
DGC AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
Winner: Lenny Van Wesemael, Café Derby
LINE 21 AWARD FOR BEST DOC
Winner:When Giants Fall, directed by Leslie Griffith (USA, 2015)
The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon, directed by Walaa Al Alawi (Jordan, 2015)
FINALE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT
Winner: The Chicken, directed by Una Gunjak (Croatia/Germany, 2014)
UBC CREATIVE WRITING AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY
Winner: Resurrecting Jane Doe, by Carla Custance.
Read more about the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition here.
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:
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