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Maudie Wins Coveted VIFF Super Channel People's Choice Award
Spirit Unforgettable, Human and I, Daniel Blake also lauded as audience favourites
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VANCOUVER, B.C. (October 14, 2016) – After a successful 16-day run, the 35th Vancouver International Film Festival wrapped up on Friday evening with the screening of Terrence Malick's Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience and the presentation of four audience awards VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary, VIFF Most Popular International Documentary, VIFF Most Popular International Feature and the overall Super Channel People's Choice Award.

With more than 300 films from 73 countries, VIFF audiences were treated to narratives and documentaries that entertained, informed, inspired and left viewers in awe of the filmmaking talent that exists here in Canada and from creators around the world.

The VIFF Audience Awards were determined based on audience voting with post-screening ballots on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest. The following films took home the top spots at this year's festival:

Super Channel People's Choice Award
Winner: Maudie (dir. Aisling Walsh)

VIFF Most Popular International Feature
Winner: I, Daniel Blake (dir. Ken Loach)
Runner up: The Salesman (dir. Asghar Farhadi)

VIFF Most Popular International Documentary
Winner: Human (dir. Yann Arthus-Bertrand)

VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary
Winner: Spirit Unforgettable (dir. Pete McCormack)

Also announced at the award ceremony was the Women in Film and Television Artistic Merit Award, presented to a Canadian feature film at VIFF written and/or directed solely by a woman. This year's award winner is Nettie Wild for KONELĪNE: our land beautiful.

New this year, VIFF launched a 'film plus' model that saw the introduction of stream-based programming including films, talks, events and awards, giving audiences a more rounded festival-going experience. The streams will continue to grow and evolve through VIFF's year-round programming at the Vancouver International Film Centre. More details on the year-round stream-based programming will be available in the coming weeks.

Founded in 1982, the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural society and federally registered charitable organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. VIFF produces screenings, talks and events that act as a catalyst for a diverse community to discover, discuss and share the creativity and craft of storytelling on screen. In its 35th year, the Vancouver International Film Festival welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 29-October 14, 2016 as it showcases the top BC, Canadian and international films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe. viff.org

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