The 2021 Vancouver International Film Festival ended on Monday (October 11) after presenting 283 screenings of 192 films to more than 36,000 virtual and in-person attendees.
“It was an incredible feeling to celebrate the 40th edition of VIFF back in cinemas, watching films with our community,“ says festival executive-director Kyle Fostner in a press release. “Drawing inspiration from our long-standing patrons and our new members alike, we’ve overcome a challenging year through adaptation and innovation."
Today the festival announced its full list of 2021 award winners:
In the BC Spotlight Awards category, winner for Best B.C. Film was Handle With Care: The Legend of the Notic Streetball Crew (Jeremy Schaulin-Roux and Kirk Thomas); winner of B.C. Emerging Filmmaker was Trevor Mack (Portraits From a Fire); and Best B.C. Short Film was The Horses (Liz Cairns).
In the Canadian Awards section, Best Canadian Film went to Sin La Habana (Kaveh Nabatian); Emerging Canadian Director went to Caroline Monnet (Bootlegger); Best Canadian Documentary went to Returning Home (Sean Stiller); and Best Canadian Short Film went to Together (Albert Shin).
In the International Awards, the Impact Award went to Blue Box (Michael Weits); and the Rob Stewart Eco Warrior Award went to Coextinction (Gloria Pancrazi and Elena Jean).
For the VIFF Audience Awards, Galas & Special Presentations went to Official Competition (Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat); Contemporary World Cinema went to The In-Laws (Kuba Michalczuk); True North went to Handle With Care: The Legend of the Notic Streetball Crew (Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Kirk Thomas); Gateway went to Time (Ricky Ko); Impact went to Little Palestine: Diary of an Occupation (Abdallah Al-Khalib); Insights went to The Six (Arthur Jones); M/A/D went to Charlotte (Eric Warin and Tahir Rana); and Altered States went to Saloum (Jean Luc Herbulot).
And in the VIFF Immersed Awards, Cinematic Live Action Category went to Symphony (Igor Cortadellas); Documentary Category went to Inside COVID19 (Gary Yost and Adam Loften); Augmented Reality Category went to Mission to Mars AR (Piotr Baczyński and Bartosz Rosłoński); Animation Category went to Beat (Keisuke Itoh); VeeR Audience Award went to Red Eyes (Sngmoo Lee); and XR Market Grant went to Memory Place (Zeynep Abes).
"VIFF is immensely proud to be a film festival that fosters the creative vision of both emerging and established filmmakers," added Fostner in the press release, "offering them a platform to experiment, to explore, and to share their stories. We look forward to the next 40 years of supporting bold storytelling, diverse expression, and daring voices.”