Whistler Film Festival wraps up with record attendance

Amid skiers and sleet, the eighth annual Whistler Film Festival reported a record 7,596 people in attendance. It finished its four-day run on December 7 with an awards brunch hosted by Terry David Mulligan.

Quebec’s 3 Seasons, directed by Jim Donovan, garnered two awards, one for best actress (Carrine Leduc) and the $15,000 Borsos Competition for Best New Canadian Feature Film. “This is a film that was done in an alternative way,” Donovan told the Straight afterward. “We did it all with borrowed money and people pitching in their time and energy just for the film, so it’s a very great honour to be the recipient of this prize”¦” He added that it was a collaborative effort, with a lot of improv acting and contributions from the cast.

RiP: A Remix Manifesto, Brett Gaylor’s edgy documentary about the conflict between copyright and creativity, garnered an honourable mention in the best documentary category and also won the people’s choice award.

Writer-director Steven Denault’s “The Gray Matter” was chosen from among five finalists for the MMPIA Short Film Award.

Producer Josh Miller and director Mitch Miyagawa’s Apologies beat out nine other competitors at Pitch Fest West to win the National Film Board of Canada’s $2,000 development prize and the Audience Choice Award. Miyagawa said by phone from Whitehorse that the film will explore his doubts about government apologies by intertwining the stories of his Japanese, Chinese, and aboriginal family with others.

A full list of the winners is at www.whistlerfilmfestival.com/.