Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Evan Rachel Wood, star of the Canadian film A WORTHY COMPANION, was the recipient of this year’s Best Performance in a Borsos Competition Film Award. The jury noted that “Evan gives a brave, raw nuance performance that explores the grey areas between predator and victim”.The Borsos Award for Best Screenplay went to Grayson Moore, writer and co-director of CARDINALS, which presents a fresh take on the psychological drama that unfolds with the unpredictability of a great novel.Best Cinematography in a Borsos Film, presented by I.A.T.S.E. Local 669, went to cinematographer Sara Mishara for A WORTHY COMPANION, with an honourable mention to Nicolas Bolduc for HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS. The jury wanted to acknowledge the work of a director of photography that managed to create a rich and detailed visual universe through a very subtle crafting of the light. The honourable mention is for a stunning composition from Nicolas Bolduc and a major visual achievement that the jury felt compelled to acknowledge.WFF’s Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature jury was made up of a diverse group of Canadian storytellers, all of who have had films at the festival. This year’s jury included Montreal born producer Sylvain Corbeil, whose credits include the award-winning films of Denis Côté and Xavier Dolan such as IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD and MOMMY, which both received the 2016 and 2014 Grand Jury Prize at Festival de Cannes, as well as FÉLIX AND MEIRA which dominated the WFF Borsos Competition in 2014; B.C. based actress and WFF Star to Watch Alumni Camille Sullivan, who attended Whistler in 2015 as the lead in THE BIRDWATCHER, as well as in 2014 with ALLY WAS SCREAMING and won the UBCP/ACTRA Award for both performances. She most recently starred alongside Peter Coyote and Aden Young in the hit television show, The Disappearance; and lastly celebrated Canadian director Charles Officer whose early feature NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY premiered at Whistler in 2008 and garnered 10 Genie nominations. His latest documentary UNARMED VERSES premiered to major acclaim at Hot Docs 2017 where it won Best Canadian Feature Documentary award and most recently won the Best Canadian Documentary award at Vancouver International Film Festival.The 20 feature films eligible for the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature included:8 MINUTES AHEADA WORTHY COMPANIONALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHABECOMING BURLESQUETHE CANNONCARDINALSTHE DEFINITESHOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULSJUGGERNAUTMOBILE HOMESNEVER SAW IT COMINGNOBODY FAMOUSPORCUPINE LAKEPRODIGALSTHE PRODIGAL DADSANTA STOLE OUR DOG: A MERRY DOGGONE CHRISTMASSOMEONE ELSE’S WEDDINGTRENCH 11TULIPANI: LOVE, HONOUR AND A BICYCLEVENUSThe World Documentary Award is being presented to THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ directed by Kate Novack. The jury stated: “The winner of the world documentary award delivers a fascinating portrait of a larger-than-life personality, but admirably escapes the trappings of simple biography by revealing how a towering, influential figure still thrives in an imperfect world.”The jury also gave an honourable mention to Alan Zweig, director of THERE IS A HOUSE HERE, which is a film that explores the harsh realities of a fractured community and yet it discovers, in fact, that society can gather together and create a strong and supportive community for those in perpetual need.The World Documentary jury included Vic Sarin, one of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers, earning recognition as one of Canada’s premier cinematographers. As a director, Sarin has won recognition for feature films such as PARTITION, A SHINE OF RAINBOWS and COLD COMFORT and documentaries SUCH AS; BOY FROM GEITA, HUE: A MATTER OF COLOUR, DESERT RIDERS and most recently KEEPERS OF THE MAGIC. Also on this year’s jury are two Americans Jill Friedberg, a Seattle-based documentary filmmaker who has produced and edited the award-winning documentaries, THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE, SWEET CRUDE and UN POQUITO DE TANTA VERDAD; and Michael Dougherty, Head of Acquisitions at Radiant Films International in Los Angeles, who is also any associate programmer at AFI Fest and Head Programmer for the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.The Best Mountain Culture Film Award presented by Whistler Blackcomb went to DEPTH PERCEPTION directed by Chip Taylor and Chris Murphy. The jury stated that “DEPTH PERCEPTION was a clever and awesome representation of mountain culture, pure entertainment. It was able to tie in the full ‘story’ with a simple well thought out concept. Beautifully shot with exceptional snowboarding. The writing had the perfect balance of edge, accessibility, and meaning. It was able to transport the judges to a place of imagination just outside of realism but staying grounded in themes of the sport, environmentalism, and spiritualism.”The Mountain Culture jury included BC-based filmmakers and athletes, Jeff Thomas, Director of Video Production at Origin Design & Communications and a producer of multiple award-winning outdoor and adventure films, beloved Whistler local, comedy, writer, director, editor, and actor Kyle Killeen who is a three time finalist for the 72 hour Filmmaker Showdown, and Katie Burrell, a stand-up comedian and filmmaker with one filter – satire.The ShortWork Jury included director and WFF Alumni Grayson Moore(winner of WFF’s 2014 Best Canadian ShortWork Award for RUNNING SEASON and co-director of CARDINALS, receiving its Western Canadian Premiere at WFF 2017), Founder and Executive Director of First Weekend Club Anita Adams, and Jeremy Torrie, Director/Writer/Producer and President of High Definition Pictures Inc.The $1,000 Canadian ShortWork Award went to WE FORGOT TO BREAK UP, directed by Chandler Levack. The jury stated that “this cinematically stunning short film delivers at every turn. It’s beautifully written with wonderfully naturalistic dialogue, it’s poetic, stylish and superbly performed, most notably by our lead. Captivating from start to finish, this first time director is extremely deserving of this recognition.”The jury mentioned that there were so many wonderful films to review and it took the jury a long time to come to our final decision. As such, it would be remiss of us not to mention another very accomplished film. The jury has given an honourable mention to CYPHER by Lawrence Le Lam.The International ShortWork Award went to FEAR US WOMEN directed by David Darg. The jury stated: “Compelling from the opening minute, this honest and raw documentary is an unflinching look at the fearless women on the battle front in Syria. It’s a gritty and honest story with an amazing message – one that needs to be told.”The $500 ShortWork Student Award went to FLOATING LIGHT, directed by Natalie Murao. The jury stated: “The future of BC filmmaking is in very good hands. This was a very impressive lineup of student shorts, so to standout amongst this group is a major accomplishment. For its impressive performances, dreamy aesthetic, and for the assuredness and subtly in its directorial vision, the jury is pleased to give this award to a stunningly accomplished and inventive film that uses a quiet voice to speak loudly. This is a filmmaker with an extremely bright future.”The MPPIA Short Film Award, presented by MPPIA and Creative BC, was awarded to Veronika Kurz for 20 Minutes to Life. The award consists of a $15,000 cash award plus up to $100,000 in services. The completed project will have its world premiere screening at the 2018 Whistler Film Festival. The 2017 MPPIA jury included Writer and Director Eisha Marjara (attending with VENUS, WFF’s 2015 Power Pitch winning project which received it’s Western Canadian Premiere at WFF 2017; Jameson Parker, Director of Development at Brightlight Pictures (Producer, Actor in PRODIGALS, which received its World Premiere at WFF 2017); and Producer, Peter Harvey (attending with THE CANNON which received its World Premiere and MOBILE HOMES, which received its Western Canadian Premiere at WFF 2017.The Alliance of Women Film Journalists presented this year’s EDA Award for Best Female-directed Feature to Eisha Marjara’s VENUS, a film that tells the tale of a woman in transition. The jury stated: “VENUS is both a touching drama about the hardship of transition and how it affects family, friendships, and relationships but it’s also a really lovely and reaffirming story of love and the strength of friends and family. And we enthusiastically applaud the brilliant performance from Debargo Sanyal, who moved us to new understanding. Brava Majara and Sanyal.”The Alliance of Women Film Journalists presented the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Short Film to Sharren Lee’s THE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING. The jury stated: “At its center is a person you don’t often get to see on the screen: Sean, a burn survivor and amputee who re-enters the world of dating. In a bar, he meets with Caleb, an able-bodied and appealing man who appears to take a romantic interest in him. And while, despite having no hands, Sean has managed to master getting around with great agility and some panache, his next roadblock is himself and being able to overcome his fears, insecurities, and trust issues — something that’s probably familiar to all of us. Ultimately, at the heart of the film are two people looking to make a human connection. And we found that we connect with them, too.”The Alliance of Women Film Journalists presented a Special Jury EDA Award to Kyra Sedgwick for her directorial debut STORY OF A GIRL. The jury stated: “A well balanced, timely and beautifully crafted film about a teenage girl dealing with the fallout of modern-day bullying. Anchored by a wonderful lead performance from Ryann Shane and memorable turns from Kevin Bacon and Sosie. We take special pleasure and pride in presenting the EDA Award to Kyra because as a young actress she actually played the granddaughter of the Eda for whom the awards are named, activist actress Eda Reiss Merin, the mother of AWFJ president, Jennifer Merin. We look forward to seeing more from Kyra!”Eligible female-directed films are being screened for the EDA Awards as part of the festival’s regular program, and are being nominated for EDA Awards consideration by Whistler Film Festival’s administration and programmers. The Narrative feature jury included: Marina Antunes – Row Three, Vancouver, Nikki Baughan – Screen International, London, Betsy Boszdech – Commonsense Media, San Francisco, Jennifer Merin (Chair) – Cinema Citizen, New York, Gill Pringle – The Independent, Los Angeles; Short Film Jury included: Katherine Brodsky (Chair) – Variety, Vancouver, Lexi Feinberg – Big Picture, Big Sound, Berkeley, Karen Martin – Arkansas Online, Little Rock, Diana Saenger – East County Gazette, San Diego, Susan Wloszczyna – RogerEbert.com, Washington, DC.Variety’s Vice President and Executive Editor Steven Gaydos acknowledged the Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch, five of whom were present: Variety’s class of 2017 screenwriters and notable credits include: Liz Hannah (“The Post”), Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan (“Chappaquiddick”), Hallie Meyers-Shyer (“Home Again”), Maggie Betts (“Novitiate”), Tracy Oliver (co-wrote “Girls Trip”), Daniel Steipleman (“On the Basis of Sex” about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which starts filming in September with Mimi Leder directing), Gersh Dorothy Blyskal (Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris”), Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl (adapting Gloria Steinem’s memoir “My Life on the Road” with Julie Taymor confirmed to direct), Samuel V. Franco and Evan Kilgore who most recently sold their spec screenplay “Keeper of the Diary” to Fox Searchlight in a six figure bidding war, with Weimaraner Republic producing and Ansel Elgort attached to star), and John Whittington (“Lego/Batman”).The winner of the Audience Award presented will be announced in the festival’s wrap-up announcement. The award is a non-cash prize presented to the highest-rated film as voted by the WFF audience. The complete festival wrap-up will be announced on Tuesday, December 5.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada and Western Economic Diversification, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, The Harold Greenberg Fund, the Canadian Media Producers Association, Cineplex, SW Event Technology, Remax Sea to Sky Real Estate, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Whistler, B.C. (December 3, 2017): The votes are in! Winners of the 2017 Whistler Film Festival were announced at the Awards Celebration this morning on the final day of the 17th annual Festival. Ian Lagarde’s first feature ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA, and Jason and Carlos Sanchez’s A WORTHY COMPANION tied for the $15,000 cash prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and the $15,000 post-production prize sponsored by Encore Vancouver in the 14th edition of the coveted Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film. The jury states “each in their own way convey unique visions and creative storytelling the jury believes have made and will make powerful contributions to the world of cinema.”A WORTHY COMPANION takes a fresh and new perspective that explores the complexity and humanity within the predator, victim relationship. This film questions how we perpetuate manipulative power dynamics between adult and child through the inner struggle of our female protagonists. ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA is a movie that pushes the boundaries of image and sound and proposes an unusual, and assured cinematic narrative that juxtaposes dream and reality in a lost paradise.In addition, the jury awarded Ian Lagarde with the Best Borsos Director Award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia. Ian presents an innovative voice in filmmaking that writes its own rules through a free spirited vision forcing the viewer to rethink their expectations of narrator cinema.