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Vancouver International Film Festival 2020 Awards and Competitions

BC Spotlight Awards

Sea to Sky Award | Winner: Banchi Hanuse for Nuxalk Radio

Special Mention: Meredith Hama-Brown for Cosmic

Presented by TELUS

$20,000 cash prize. This award recognizes the outstanding work of one female key creative on a BC-produced feature or short.

 
Jurors: Harry Cepka, Anthony Shim, Ying Wang

 

Best BC Film Award | Winner: The Curse of Willow Song by Karen Lam

Presented by Creative BC and Company 3

$10,000 from Creative BC and $15,000 in post-production services credit supplied by Company 3.

 
 
Jurors: Harry Cepka, Anthony Shim, Ying Wang

 

BC Emerging Filmmaker Award | Winner: Jessie Anthony for Brother, I Cry

Presented by UBCP/ACTRA & William F. White International Inc.

$5,000 award from UBCP/ACTRA, plus a $10,000 equipment credit supplied by William F. White International Inc.

 
 
Jurors: Harry Cepka, Anthony Shim, Ying Wang

 

Best BC Short Film | Winner: Cake Day by Phillip Thomas

Special Mention: Sunken Cave and a Migrating Bird by Qiuli Wu

Presented by TELUS Storyhive$5,000 award presented by TELUS Storyhive.

 
Jurors: Sandra Ignagni, Jessica Johnson, Lawrence Le Lam

 

Canadian Awards

Best Canadian Film | Winner: Beans by Tracey Deer

Special Mention: Nadia, Butterfly by Pascal Plante

$15,000 award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada.

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Jurors: Igor Drljača, Zach Lipovsky, Amber Ripley

 

Emerging Canadian Director | Winners: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli for Violation

$3,000 award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada.

 
Jurors: Igor Drljača, Zach Lipovsky, Amber Ripley

 

Best Canadian Documentary | Winner: Call Me Human by Kim O'Bomsawin

Special Mention: Prayer for a Lost Mitten by Jean-François Lesage

$15,000 prize presented by the Rogers Group of Funds.

 
Jurors: Teresa Alfeld, Antoine Bourges, Sean Devlin

 

Best Canadian Short Film | Winner: Bad Omen by Salar Pashtoonyar

Special Mention: Moon by Zoé Pelchat

$15,000 in colour grading and/or VFX services credit supplied by Side Street Post and $2,000 award presented by VIFF.

 
Jurors: Sandra Ignagni, Jessica Johnson, Lawrence Le Lam

 

International Awards

VIFF Impact Award | Winner: The Reason I Jump by Jerry Rothwell

$5,000 prize. Presented by the Lochmaddy Foundation

 

Jurors: Michelle Bjornson, Susan Buie, Selwyn Jacob

 

Rob Stewart Eco Warrior Award | Winner: Peter Wohlleben, subject of The Hidden Life of Trees

$5,000 prize. Presented by RBC and Cineplex

 
 

 

VIFF Immersed Awards

Jurors: Jingshu Chen, Valerie Creighton, Larry Cutler, Michael Daut, Jonathan Griffith, Eric Krueger, Dario Laverde, Tony Mugavero, Salar Shahna, Colum Slevin, Loretta Todd

Best in Cinematic Live-Action | Winner: Kowloon Forest by Alexey Marfin

Best in Documentary | Winner: By the Waters of Babylon by Kristen Lauth Shaeffer, Andrew Halasz

Best in Animation | Winner: The Book of Distance by Randall Okita

Honorable Mention in Animation | In the Land of Flabby Schnook by Francis Gélinas

Determined by unanimous decision from the jury

Audience Award | Winner: Ecosphere: Raja Ampat by Joseph Purdam

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