7th Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival, March 8-11 2012

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Our festival closed with a celebration of the best of the festival awards. Annex Pro, NFB Animation Award

Dancing_with_the_Moon2_200791.jpg DANCING WITH THE MOON | 5:10 mins
2011, Canada, directed by Katherine Pettit 
Dancing with the Moon is a five minute animated short.  As a child waits to be born, she recounts the struggle her mother endured with infertility.

Chit Chat Productions Inc. Diversity Award

Aydaygooay AYDAYGOOAY | 5:00 mins
2007, Canada, directed by Mary Code
Live-action footage and animation recreate a Sayisi Dene legend told to her by her father. This combination of live action and animation illustrates that ancient legends circle the present like a ghost. New technology has opened storytelling to a contemporary audience. 

NFB Feature Documentary Award

Conceiving_Family CONCEIVING FAMILY | 50:18 mins
2011, Canada, directed by Amy Bohigian
A one hour documentary focusing on gays and lesbians starting a family through adoption through the lens of the filmmaker's own journey to parenthood.

NFB  Short Documentary Award

Ice_Road ICE ROAD TO TUK | 3:47 mins
2010, Canada, directed by Meg Walker
The Arctic winter brings miracles. You can walk on water - even drive on it. Ice Road to Tuk offers a poetically paced, wordless response to being a blip of humanity on the daunting Mackenzie River Delta between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. An ice highway trance in two seasons. 

Sharlene Chartrand  Screenwriting Award

The_House  THE HOUSE | 1:49:00 mins
2011, Canada, written & directed by Desiree Lim
Jean just quit her coveted job as an investment banker on Wall Street.  After a soul-searching journey traveling around the world, she retreats to an empty vacation home owned by a friend's rich family.  She unexpectedly finds herself sharing the place with some former occupants - a cynical college professor, his bitter sister married to a devoted husband, a disgruntled cab driver and a washed-up drifter; all of whom are not even supposed to be there, because they're actually dead.  As Jean reluctantly confronts these souls as tormented as herself, they inevitably end up in an entangled mass of secrets and lies... This imaginative thriller roams in an out of the lives of lost souls, weaving reality with the other side.

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WIFTV Feature Drama Award & Directing in a Feature Drama Award

everything_everyone.jpg EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE | 1:40:34 mins
2011, Canada, directed by Tracy D. Smith
As Rose (Gabrielle Rose, The Sweet Hereafter) demonstrates early signs of dementia, she begins to form a special bond with Ben (Sean Michael Kyer), her bullied grandson.  In the midst of her declining condition, her son Noah (Ryan Robbins, Sanctuary) deals with his own problems culminating with a tragic encounter.  Everything and Everyone is love, laughter, loss and everything in between.  Also featuring Chelah Horsdal and Chad Willett.

Sharon McGowan & Peggy Thompson Short Drama Award & Directing in a Short Drama Award 

 Crossing_Living_Room THE CROSSING OF THE LIVING ROOM | 18:34 mins
(LA TRAVERSÉE DU SALON)
2011, Canada, directed by Geneviève Albert
After a stay in an alcohol treatment center, Celine tries to reinvent her life.                  

Live Your Best Story -  Tina Overbury Performance in a Short Award presented to Sara Brynn Foster of Parkdale

Parkdale PARKDALE | 14:45 mins
2011, Canada, directed by Lisa Jackson
Over the course of a night, two sisters roam the inner-city streets of their neighbourhood as they try to escape another stint in the foster care system.

Barbara Alexandre Performance in a Feature Award presented to Natalie Skye of The House

The House 2 THE HOUSE | 1:49:00 mins
2011, Canada, written & directed by Desiree Lim
Jean just quit her coveted job as an investment banker on Wall Street.  After a soul-searching journey traveling around the world, she retreats to an empty vacation home owned by a friend's rich family.  She unexpectedly finds herself sharing the place with some former occupants - a cynical college professor, his bitter sister married to a devoted husband, a disgruntled cab driver and a washed-up drifter; all of whom are not even supposed to be there, because they're actually dead.  As Jean reluctantly confronts these souls as tormented as herself, they inevitably end up in an entangled mass of secrets and lies... This imaginative thriller roams in an out of the lives of lost souls, weaving reality with the other side.

 Official website                       

Moving Images Distribution Award

Arte  ARTE, ARDORE, ONORE: THE WORLD OF SWORDPLAY | 10:00 mins
2011, Canada, directed by Tatiana Balashova
Arte, Ardore, Onore: The World of Swordplay is a glimpse into the world of swordplay through the eyes of a courageous, decisive girl (Lilly) and Maestro D'Armi (Devon Boorman, director and instructor of the Academie Duello Swordplay Centre). Lilly is a young swordplayer who is participating in the Kids Knight Camp for the forth time. Striving to become a knight she takes her hobby very seriously. Meanwhile Devon shares the main myths about swordplay and some secrets of rapier fighting as well as what inspires his passion for swordplay.

Thunderbird Films International Film Award

presented to Isolda, directed by Kateryna Kucher