The Vancouver International Film Festival continues until Friday (October 14), but it has already handed out some major awards to Canadian filmmakers.
One of the big winners at a weekend gala was B.C. director Ann Marie Fleming for Window Horses. She took home the B.C. Film Award, which came with a $10,000 bursary from the Harold Greenburg Fund and a $15,000 credit in postproduction services from Encore.
Fleming was also honoured for Best Canadian Film, which was accompanied by a $10,000 award. It was presented by the Directors Guild of Canada.
Another B.C. filmmaker, Kevan Funk, was honoured with the B.C. Emerging Filmmakers Award for Hello Destroyer. Funk, who was on the cover of the Georgia Straight the day before the festival began, received a $7,500 cash prize from the Union of B.C. Performers and ACTRA Fraternal Benefits Society. He also collected an equipment credit worth $10,000 from William F. White.
Cabbie won the Ignite Award from Telus. Directors Jessica Parsons and Jennifer Chiu received $20,000, which can be applied to future productions or training. Honourable mention went to Here Nor There director Julia Hutchings.
Here Nor There won the prize for Best B.C. Short Film, which came with a $5,000 prize. It was presented by Creative B.C. Honourable mention went to Srorrim, which was directed by Wayne Wapeemukwa.
The Best Canadian Short Film was presented by Lexus to Ceux qui restent/Those Who Remain, which was directed by Mathieu Vachon. He collected a $2,500 prize. Honourable mention went to Heather Young's Fish.
The Best Canadian Documentary went to Living With Giants, which was directed by Sebastien Rist and Aude Leroux-Lévesque. This prize from the Rogers Documentary Fund came with a $15,000 cheque.
The Directors Guild of Canada presented a $2,000 award to Sofia Bohdanowicz in the Emerging Canadian Director category. She directed Never Eat Alone—flagged by the Straight as one of the best debut feaures at this year's fest.
The Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film went to Roman Tschjen, director of Parent, Teacher. This also came with a $2,000 cheque. Alicia Eisen's Old Man received honourable mention.
The VIFF Impact Award, which came with a $5,000 prize, went to Power to Change/The Energy Rebellion, which was directed by Carl-A. Fechner.