Women in Film Fest ends with awards and a big cash prize
The film Little Black Spiders was awarded three prizes on the closing night of the Vancouver Women in Film Festival, on Sunday (March 10). The Belgian film—much admired by the Straight’s own Michelle Da Silva—was honored for best feature and best screenwriting, with a third award going to Patrica Toye for best direction.
The festival’s governing body, Women in Film and Television (WIFTV), also awarded $120 thousand towards the funding of For the Birdwatcher, written by Roslyn Muir and to be directed by Siobhan Devine. The Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Feature Film Award is given in partnership with the Creative Women Workshop Association (CWWA).
Here’s the full list of last night’s honors, which were chosen by an independent jury of industry professionals:
Best short - "Lessons de Conduit" (Belgium. Director: Elodie Lelu)
Best mid-length - "Aya" (Israel/France. Directors: Oded Binnun, and Mihal Brezis).
Best feature - Little Black Spiders (Belgium/Netherlands. Director: Patrice Toye)
Best doc - Life in Stills (Israel. Director: Tamar Tal).
Cinematographer - Aleksei Kupriyanov for Tenera (Russia. Director: Natasha Novik)
Best performance - Sarah Adler for "Aya"
Screenwriting - Ina Vandewijer for Little Black Spiders
Best sound - Tenera (The Cart)
Best direction - Patrice Toye for Little Black Spiders