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Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story wins VIFF Impact Award

The Cut wins Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film

Violent wins Best Canadian Film Award

Sitting on the Edge of Marlene wins BC Emerging Filmmaker Award

Violent wins Best BC Film Award

Everything Will Be receives an Honourable Mention for BC Spotlight

(Vancouver, BC / October 4, 2014) – Winners of the 2014 VIFF Canadian Images Awards, BC Spotlight Awards, and VIFF Impact Award were announced at the BC Spotlight Awards Gala this evening on Saturday October 4, 2014 at The Playhouse Theatre in Vancouver, BC.


This year’s BC Spotlight Gala film and winner of the Audience Must See Award (#mustseeBC) was Grant Baldwin’s Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. Attempting to live waste-free, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer subsist on discarded food for six months.


The BC Spotlight Awards jury commented, "Canadians should be very proud, this year’s line-up of BC filmmakers was outstanding. From docs and narratives to emerging and established filmmakers, BC is a hot bed of talent in the Canadian film industry."


BC Spotlight jurors included Joel Bakan (Co-creator, The Corporation), Cathy Chilco (Producer/Director, Sesame Street), and Bruce Sweeney (Director, Live Bait and The Dick Knost Show).


Both the awards for Best BC Film and Best Canadian Film went to Andrew Huculiak’s Violent. The Canadian Images Awards jury had this to say about the film: "Marked by strong performances, this ground-breaking and emotionally mature film has audacious ambitions and more than delivers. The story inhabits a very unusual space for contemporary cinema. A film about loneliness in an ordinary life, it had the jury rapt for the duration as its profound storytelling resonated throughout the film and long after."


The Canadian Images jurors included John Cassini (Co-Artistic Director, Railtown Actors Studio), Peter Machen (Manager, Dublin International Film Festival, Film Columnist, Sunday Tribune), and Gaylene Preston (Director, Hope and Wire).


The VIFF Impact Award also went to Grant Baldwin for Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. Jurors for the award included David Rummel (Assistant Professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism), Lynne Fernie (Senior Canadian Images Programmer, Hot Docs), and Julia Ivanova (Director, Family Portrait in Black and White).


Here are the awards that were presented this evening:


VIFF Impact Award went to Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (Grant Baldwin)
$5,000 cash sponsored by Agentic Digital Media + $5,000 in marketing and strategic in-kind services provided by Agentic and Story Money


Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film was The Cut (Geneviève Dulude-Decelles)
$2,000 cash


Best Canadian Film Award went to Violent (Andrew Huculiak)
$8,000 cash prize sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada


BC Emerging Filmmaker Award went to Ana Valine (Sitting on the Edge of Marlene)
$7,500 cash sponsored by UBCP and ACTRA Fraternal + $10,000 equipment credit provided by William F White


Best BC Film Award went to Violent (Andrew Huculiak)
$10,000 cash bursary provided by The Harold Greenberg Fund + $15,000 credit towards post production by Encore Vancouver



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The Greater Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Society is a well-established not-for-profit cultural society with year-round programing at the Vancouver International Film Centre in addition to the 16-day International Film Festival and the four-day VIFF Industry Conference. The mandate to which our programs and services are built upon is: to encourage the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, foster the art of cinema, facilitate the meeting of cinema professionals from around the world in BC and stimulate the motion picture industry in BC and Canada. In its 33rd year, VIFF welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 25 – October 10, 2014 as it showcases the top BC, Canadian and international films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe. 


VIFF gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our major partners: Rogers Communications, Fidelity Investments Canada, and Telefilm Canada. VIFF also extends its thanks and appreciation to the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development's Community Gaming Grants program, as well as the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Building Communities through Arts & Heritage.



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September 25 - October 10, 2014

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