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              at the Vancity Theatre

Friday, March 4th - Sunday, March 6th, 2011

followed by the WIFTI Short Film Showcase screening
celebrating International Women's Day on Tuesday, March 8th


FESTIVAL AWARDS

Presented at the Festival Closing Night

Sunday, March 6th, 2011


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BEST ANIMATION AWARD

 

 Oriana

ORIANA | Animation | British Columbia | 4:00 minutes
Directed by Kara Miranda Lawrence
A whimsical 3D animated fairytale adapted from the iconic Portuguese novel “A Fada Oriana” by the late Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. A young fairy named Oriana is entrusted to take care of an Azorean forest and all its inhabitants. However, she becomes mesmerized by her reflection and the forest is destroyed due to her neglect. Will Oriana be able to redeem herself and save the forest in time? Rated: General


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BEST DIVERSITY AWARD 

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CEDAR AND BAMBOO | Documentary | British Columbia | 22:00 minutes
Directed by Diana Leung and Kamala Todd
Recounting the life experiences of four descendants of mixed heritage, CEDAR AND BAMBOO explores the unique relationships shared by early Chinese immigrants and Indigenous people on Canada’s West Coast. Set in British Columbia, their stories reveal the difficult circumstances of Indigenous people and early Chinese immigrants. Rated: General


 BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

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CRY ROCK | British Columbia | 28:43 minutes
Directed by Banchi Hanuse
The wild beauty of the Bella Coola Valley blends with vivid watercolor animation illuminating the role of the Nuxalk oral tradition and the intersection of story, place and culture. Rated: General


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

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LEAVE THEM LAUGHING
Documentary | British Columbia | 88:00 minutes
Produced by Montana Berg
Directed by John Zaritsky
Parental Guidance: Coarse Language

Ninety minutes of songs about life and quips about death from the wheelchair of Carla Zilbersmith who vows to exit laughing. Once a nationally-known singer/comedienne, now fated by ALS, remarkable Carla leaves a teen-aged son, fans who adore her, and this 90-minute pre-mortem retrospective of a life lived fully but too fast.


BEST DRAMA SHORT

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NEAR SILENCE | Narrative | British Columbia | 8:30 minutes
Directed by Ana de Lara
Roger, a former concert pianist debilitated by later stage Huntington's Disease, is cared for by his devastated but loving wife, Fay, who struggles to find meaning in their existence. Rated: General - Violence


BEST DRAMA FEATURE

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BLACK FIELD | Manitoba 2009 | Narrative | 80:00 minutes
Directed by Danishka Esterhazy
Black Field is a dark historical drama set in the wild Canadian prairies of the 19th century. Two sisters find their lives forever changed when a mysterious and charming man arrives at their isolated farm and refuses to leave. Rated: Parental Guidance - Coarse & Sexual Language, Drug Use


BEST EMERGING DIRECTOR - Julia Hutchings

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IRRADIATE | Narrative | British Columbia | 11:35 minutes
Directed by Julia Hutchings
Amidst the isolation of windswept fields, Loretta confronts the oscillating nature of grief and loss as she moves through the formalities of her mother's death. Rated: General


BEST PERFORMANCE - Sara Canning

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BLACK FIELD | Manitoba 2009 | Narrative | 80:00 minutes
Directed by Danishka Esterhazy
Black Field is a dark historical drama set in the wild Canadian prairies of the 19th century. Two sisters find their lives forever changed when a mysterious and charming man arrives at their isolated farm and refuses to leave. Rated: Parental Guidance - Coarse & Sexual Language, Drug Use


 

Moving_Images  DISTRIBUTION AWARD

 

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A WINDOW LOOKING IN
Documentary | British Columbia | 22:00 minutes
Directed by Tara Hungerford and Eric Hogan
General: Coarse Language
 

The profile of 12 BC-based artists, among them writer William Gibson, designer/sculptor Martha Sturdy, photographer Fred Herzog and singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan. Visually bold and captivating, the film peers into the artists' inner world to uncover common truths about creativity, the artistic process and living and working as an artist in BC.

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TORA | Narrative | British Columbia | 29:00 minutes
Directed by Wendy Ord and Glen Samuel
Starring David Suzuki in his first acting role, TORA follows a jaded city woman who inherits a property in BC's Interior and is haunted by a little ghost girl. Jenna discovers through dreams and flashbacks of her new neighbour (Suzuki) that her land was a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII. Rated: Parental Guidance - Drug Use