Vancouver Short Film Festival awards: Everything's Coming Up Rosie, Empire City

Congratulations to the short film "Everything's Coming Up Rosie" for scooping up six awards at the Vancouver Short Film Festival on October 29.

The short, a mix of live-action and animation, won the following awards in the professional film categories:
Ӣ the William F. White Award for Best Professional Short Film
Ӣ $1,000 Directors Guild of Canada BC Award for Best Director: Jereme Watt
Ӣ Best Screenplay Award: Jereme Watt
Ӣ Best Actress Award: Jodelle Ferland
Ӣ PS Vancouver Best Cinematography Prize: Steven Deneault
Ӣ Macinhome Award for Best Editing: Greg Ng

The film, about an autistic teenager, stars Ferland (Case 39, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and Ian Tracey (Da Vinci's Inquest).

The $500 George McNeill Columbia Academy Audience Choice Award (for a professional short film) went to "Death Wish", about a little girl who outwits the Grim Reaper who arrives on Christmas Eve.

Meanwhile other winners in the professional film categories included Brianne Nord-Stewart, who won the WIFTV Best Female Director Award for "Trolls", a humourous short about two kids debating what "doing it" means. Dawson Dunbar, who played Billy in the short, also won the best actor award.

The animated short "Tales From the Afternow: Little Rocks", about a man broadcasting a warning from a dystopian future, won the Audio Coalition Award for Best Audio Design.

In the student short film categories, the sci-fi thriller "Empire City" won four awards:
Ӣ the $500 Capilano University Audience Choice Award for a Student Short Film
Ӣ the Columbia Academy Award for Best Director (SFU student David McDonald)
Ӣ PS Vancouver Best Cinematography Prize (Graham and Nelson Talbot)
Ӣ MVCC Award for Best Editing (David McDonald)

Also in the student short film categories, two other films won two awards.

Ryerson University grad Tara Mahoney's documentary "Forgive", about National Chief Phil Fontaine's visit to Pope Benedict XVI regarding the Catholic Church's involvement in Indian Residential Schools, won the William F. White Award for Best Student Short Film and the City of Burnaby Award for Best Use of Locations.

SFU student Jung-Sun Song's "The Letters" won the VSFF Best Screenplay Award (Jung-Sun Song) and Best Actress Award (Jadyn Wong).

The Best Actor Award went to Thomas Orr-Loney for UBC student Kathleen Jayme's "Little Big Kid" while the Columbia Academy Award for Best Sound went to SFU student Julia Hutching's "Irradiate".

A complete list of winners can be found at the VSFF website.