The exhilarating week that marked the 11th Annual Vancouver Int’l Women in Film Festival (#VIWIFF2016) kicked off with a bang on International Women’s Day, March 8. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) chose our venue to announce its groundbreaking initiative that 50 per cent of future NFB productions will be directed by women.
The festival week that ensued featured a plethora of films created by women from all over world, and offered numerous opportunities for networking and professional development.
The festival came to a close on Sunday, March 13, with the annual awards gala.
We would like to thank this year’s jury: film editor Fabiola Caraza, producer/cinematographer Amy Belling, writer/director Carleen Kyle, Screen Siren producer Trish Dolman and Susan Curran, Executive Director of Marketing and Acquisitions at Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada
These are this year’s winners:
The inaugural Matrix Awards, provided by MATRIX PRODUCTION SERVICES to the top three BC short films in the festival, went to (in alphabetical order):
Bruised, by Jennifer Campbell (Canada/BC, 2013)
One Last Ride by Caitlin Byrnes (Canada/BC, 2015)
Rebel (Bihttoš) by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Canada/BC, 2014)
The Festival Awards went to:
IATSE LOCAL 891 AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE
Café Derby by Lenny Van Wesemael (Belgium, 2015), produced by Dirk Impens
UBCP/ACTRA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE
Colleen Rennison in One Last Ride
SIM DIGITAL AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
in a short film: Pierre Tanguy, Heliopsis (Directed by Sandra-Jessica Koban, France 2015)
in a feature: Ruben Impens, Café Derby
CANADIAN CINEMA EDITORS AWARD FOR BEST EDITING
Thomas Pooters, Café Derby
DGC AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
Lenny Van Wesemael, Café Derby
LINE 21 AWARD FOR BEST DOC
When Giants Fall, by Leslie Griffith (USA, 2015)
The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon, by Walaa Al Alawi (Jordan, 2015)
FINALÉ AWARD FOR BEST SHORT
The Chicken, by Una Gunjak (Croatia/Germany, 2014)
UBC CREATIVE WRITING AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY
Resurrecting Jane Doe, by Carla Custance.
In addition, the five winning screenwriters of the FROM OUR DARK SIDE genre concept contest and mentorship were present to receive their awards, provided by Creative BC, Super Channel and Telefilm Canada.
As announced earlier this year, the From Our Dark Side winners and their stories are:
Ana de Lara, Victoria, BC — The Chosen One
Elisabeth de Mariaffi, St. John’s, NL — Fly Girls
Gada Jane, Kitchener, ON — Video Star
Jennifer Krukowski, Toronto, ON — Right Hand Rule
Ashley Lynch, Burnaby, BC — Suicide Girl
WIFTV wishes to thank all of this year’s festival sponsors (in alphabetical order):
ACFC West Local 2020 UNIFOR – British Columbia Arts Council – Heritage Canada – Canadian Cinema Editors – CMPA/Canadian Media Production Association BC Producers’ Branch – City of Vancouver – Creative BC – Directors Guild of Canada, BC Chapter – Finalé – Iatse Local 669 Cinematographers Guild – Iatse Local 891 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts – Line 21 Media Services – Matrix Production Services – Sandman Hotels – SIM Group – The Georgia Straight – Telefilm Canada – UBCP/ACTRA Union of BC Performers – UBC Creative Writing Program.