A debut feature took the three big Borsos Awards prizes as the Whistler Film Festival wrapped its 2018 edition on Sunday (December 2).
A Colony collected statues for Best Canadian Feature, Best Director (Geneviève Dulude-De Celles), and Best Performance—the last going to young Emilie Bierre as a troubled 12-year-old.
Director Geneviève Dulude-De Celles previously made a splash at Sundance 2014 with her award-winning short, “The Cut”.
The remaining Borsos Awards were shared between the smalltown Quebec tale The Fireflies Are Gone (Michel La Veaux, Best Cinematography), and the Ethan Hawke/Noomi Rapace period hostage comedy/drama Stockholm, which bagged a Best Screenplay honour for director Robert Budreau.
Rounding out the prizes:
World Documentary Award, Momentum Generation
Best Mountain Culture Film, Free Solo
Canadian ShortWork Award, “Brotherhood”
International ShortWork Award, “Miss World”
ShortWork Student Award, “The Bus Stop”
MPPIA Short Film Award, “B-Side”
AWFJ EDA Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature Award, Honey Bee/Family First (tied)
AWFJ EDA Best Female-Directed Short Film Award, “Brotherhood”