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VIFF 2019 BC Spotlight Gala Award Winners
38th Vancouver International Film Festival
September 26 – October 11, 2019

VANCOUVER, B.C. (October 5, 2019) – Today, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) held its annual BC Spotlight Gala at the Vancouver Playhouse, honouring exceptional BC and Canadian filmmakers with awards as part of the Gala presented by TELUS. These awards across eight categories will help to support and further the careers of recipients, with prizes totalling $110,000 in cash and in-kind-services from industry leaders.

The award winners were announced before the screening of Anthony Shim's Daughter, this year's BC Spotlight Gala Film. Starring John Cassini, Teagan Vincze, and a host of Vancouver talent, Daughter tells the story of Jim (Cassini) as he finds solace in the wake of a personal tragedy in the companionship of Nikki (Vincze), a younger escort, casting her as someone who was unjustly taken from him.

Below is a full list of award winners:

Sea to Sky Award
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.
Jury: Daniel Doheny, Ben Popp, Sanja Živković
  • Winner: Ying Wang for The World Is Bright
Best BC Film Award
Presented by Creative BC and Encore by Deluxe
$10,000 from Creative BC and $15,000 in post-production services credit supplied by Encore by Deluxe.
Jury: Daniel Doheny, Ben Popp, Sanja Živković
  • Winner: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn
BC Emerging Filmmaker Award
Presented by UBCP/ACTRA, AFBS & William F. White International Inc.
$7,500 cash prize sponsored by UBCP/ACTRA and ACTRA Fraternal Benefits Society, plus a $10,000 equipment credit supplied by William F. White International Inc.
Jury: Daniel Doheny, Ben Popp, Sanja Živković
  • Winner: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers for The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Best Canadian Film Award
$15,000 award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada.
Jury: Jason James, Katherine Jerkovic, Loretta Todd
  • Winner: One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk by Zacharias Kunuk
  • Special Mention: Blood Quantum by Jeff Barnaby
Emerging Canadian Director Award
$3,000 award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada.
Jury: Sue Biely, Chris Ferguson, Connor Gaston
  • Winner: Heather Young for Murmur
  • Special Mention: Myriam Verreault for Kuessipan
Best Canadian Documentary Award
$15,000 prize presented by the Rogers Group of Funds.
Jury: Bojan Bodružić, Doreen Manuel, Andrea Warner
  • Winner: Jordan River Anderson, the Messenger by Alanis Obomsawin
  • Special Mention: My Dads, My Moms and Me by Julia Ivanova
Best Canadian Short Film Award
$15,000 in colour grading and/or VFX services credit supplied by Side Street Post, and $2,000 presented by VIFF
Jury: Lawrence Garcia, Shaun Inouye,Sophie Jarvis
  • Winner: At the Bottom of the Sea by Caroline So Jung Lee
  • Special Mention: The Physics of Sorrow by Theodore Ushev
Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award
$2,000 and a Roundtrip Flight anywhere Delta Air Lines flies. Presented by Gary Harvey and Delta Air Lines
Jury: Lawrence Garcia, Shaun Inouye,Sophie Jarvis
  • Winner: Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau and Yannick Nolin for Acadiana
  • Special Mention: Jessica Johnson, Ryan Ermacora for Labour/Leisure

About VIFF |
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, conferences and events that act as a catalyst for the community to discover the creativity and craft of storytelling on screen. For its 38th year, VIFF welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 26 - October 11, 2019 as it showcases the top international, Canadian and BC films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe.

Festival Information
  • Festival Tickets: Passes and ticket packs are available online at noon on August 22, 2019. Single tickets are available online at noon on September 5, 2019 and in-person at the Vancity Theatre Box Office from September 12, 2019. Visit for more information.
  • Programming Announcements: Released weekly throughout August and September.

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