Whistler Film Festival 2016: Before the Streets nabs best Canadian film prize

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      The Whistler Film Festival said goodbye for another year with its usual round of awards on Sunday (December 4).

      Thanks to a jury composed of filmmaker Deepa Mehta, actor Tzi Ma (recently seen in Arrival), and actor-writer-director (and more) Ingrid Veninger, the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature went to Before the Streets. 

      Chloé Leriche also took the Best Borsos Director honours for her feature debut, the tale of violence and spiritual redemption set in Quebec’s Manawan Reserve and featuring Atikamekw nonactors (one of whom, Rykko Bellemare, received an honourable mention in the Best Performance category.)

      Here's the full list of winners, but don't forget to check out Amanda Siebert's review of Before the Streets, here.

      Before the Streets, Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature
      Chloé Leriche Best Borsos Director, Before the Streets
      Kawennahere Devery Jacobs Best Performance in a Borsos Film, The Sun at Midnight. (Honourable Mention for Performance to Rykko Bellemare in Before the Streets)
      The Cyclotron, Borsos Award for Best Screenplay
      The Cyclotron, Best Cinematography in a Borsos Film
      Sled Dogs and The Will to Fly tied for World Documentary Award (Honourable Mention for World Documentary to Mr. Zartisky on TV)
      The Will to Fly, Best Mountain Culture Film
      "Mutants", Canadian ShortWork Award
      "Timecode", International ShortWork Award 
      The Head Vanishes, Best Canadian Screenplay Award
      "Bombing", ShortWork Student Award goes to BOMBING
      "Good Girls Don't"
      , MPPIA Short Film Award 
      Before the Streets, AWFJ EDA Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature Award 
      Sled Dogs, AWFJ EDA Best Female-Directed Documentary Award