Saturday, October 11, 2008

VIFF 2008: Awards Wrap-Up...

Click image to enlarge...

Director Kari Skogland's "Fifty Dead Men Walking" won the Western Canada film award at the 27th Vancouver Film Festival aka VIFF 2008, wrapping a 16-day run on Friday with a gala screening of director Laurent Cantet's "Entre les murs" (The Class) .

Nine other awards were handed out, including the nonfiction feature award to Mexican doc "Born Without," directed by Eva Norvind, about Mexican actor/musician Jose Flores.

The film "Mothers & Daughters" won the audience award for the most popular 'Canadian' film.

The inaugural 'Intl. Film Guide Inspiration' award went to director Cameron Labine for his "Control Alt Delete".

The award for most promising director of a Canadian short went to Vancouver's Drew McCreadie for "The Valet."

French director Philippe Claudel's "Il y a longtemps que je t'aime" (I've Loved You So Long) won the overall audience award for best feature film.

An inaugural doc award was presented to "Throw Down Your Heart," directed by Sascha Paladino, about Bela Fleck's musical journey to Africa.

The National Film Board's award for most popular Canadian doc went to "Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action" by director/writer Velcrow Ripper.

The VIFF 2008 audience award for best 'environmental' film was given to director Sam Bozzo for his festival debuting doc "Blue Gold: World Water Wars"...