This morning the Calgary International Film Festival revealed that once again, audience numbers surpassed the previous year’s attendance. With exact numbers still to be verified, at this point we are projecting an attendance of 40,400 people, well above the number of film fans we welcomed last year: 36,693 – a 10% increase.
The festival also announced this year’s awards winners, including GREGOIRE, directed by Cody Bown, winner of the new Best Canadian Narrative Feature presented by RBC – and a $10,000 cash prize. For this prize, the jury considered films with an emphasis on emerging directors and those who don’t have a history of major theatrical distribution. Meanwhile, the three winners of Best of Shorts presented by Minimax, Copyseis and Jerilyn Wright will each receive a $2,500 cash prize. The winner of the Best Overall Short, SKIN FOR SKIN, directed by Carol Beecher and Kevin Kurytnik, will also qualify for Academy Award consideration.
“The quality of the films we received this year – from 54 countries around the world – was tremendous,” said Steve Schroeder, Executive Director, Calgary International Film Festival. “And receiving a festival award often helps a filmmaker move forward with their next project. This year, in addition to our audience and jury awards, we have a new honour for Best Canadian Narrative Feature, worth $10,000 to the lucky winner.”
Also new this year at the festival was the Fan of the Year, presented by Evans Hunt and Stone- Olafson. The person who saw the most films during the festival, which was 37 films this year, won more than bragging rights – they also received a $1,000 Delta Airlines voucher. Anyone who saw more than 10 films is eligible to vote for the festivals Fan Favourite Award. The winner of that will be announced in mid-October 2017.
Congratulations to all the winners! Please find the entire list of below.Jury Award Winners
Best Canadian Narrative Feature – GREGOIRE, directed by Cody Bown
Special Jury Mention – MAN PROPOSES, GOD DISPOSES, directed by Daniel Leo
Best Overall Short (Live Action or Animated) – SKIN FOR SKIN, directed by Carol Beecher and Kevin
Best Alberta Short – BREATHING THROUGH A STRAW, directed by Leigh Rivenbark
Best Documentary Short – AFTER LIFE directed by Prisca Bouchet and Nick Mayow
Audience Award Winners
Best Alberta Feature (Narrative or Documentary) – LIVING PROOF, directed by Matt Embry
Best Narrative Feature – INDIAN HORSE, directed by Stephen Campanelli
Best Documentary Feature – MIGHTY GROUND, Directed by Delila Vallot
Best Alberta Short – SKIN FOR SKIN, directed by Carol Beecher and Kevin Kurytnik
Best Narrative (Live Action or Animated) Short – LA MADRE BUENA, directed by Sarah Clift
Best Documentary Short – STATE OF (THE) ART, directed by Chris Dowsett
Fan of the Year
Malu Celli saw 37 films during the festival