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Quebec film wins top honours at Whistler Film Festival

WHISTLER – Les Signes Vitaux (Vital Signs), a drama about death in a family, won the $15,000 Borsos Competition for best new Canadian feature film Sunday at the Whistler Film Festival.

It is the second feature by young Quebec director Sophie Deraspe, who did triple duty as screenwriter and cinematographer.

The film captured another major prize, with newcomer Marie-Helene Bellavance winning the best actress award. Woody Harrelson was named best actor for his role as a poor-man’s Superman in the comedy Defendor. Jayme Keith won a special jury prize for her performance in Skidlove.

The $2,500 best documentary award went to two Canadian co-productions. Last Train Home, a Canada-China co-production which shows the plight of Chinese migrant workers through the eyes of one family, shared the prize with Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space, a Canada-France co-production.

La Vie Commence (Life Begins), directed by Emile Proulx-Cloutier, won the $1,000 best short film prize. Best mountain culture film was Mount St. Elias, produced and directed by Gerald Salmina.

Perhaps the biggest winner in terms of remuneration was Kelly Ruth Mercier, creator of Move Out Clean, for The Motion Picture Production Industry Association of B.C. short film award. The spoils include $10,000 from MPPIA, $5,000 from BC Film, and in-kind production services of $100,000, all of which go towards making the film, which will screen at next year’s festival.

Garbage Day, a proposed half-hour animated series with a strong online component, won Pitch Fest West. Marc Stephenson and Cam Labine are Garbage Day’s creators.

Source: The Vancouver Sun

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Quebec film wins top honours at Whistler Film Festival

WHISTLER – Les Signes Vitaux (Vital Signs), a drama about death in a family, won the $15,000 Borsos Competition for best new Canadian feature film Sunday at the Whistler Film Festival.

It is the second feature by young Quebec director Sophie Deraspe, who did triple duty as screenwriter and cinematographer.

The film captured another major prize, with newcomer Marie-Helene Bellavance winning the best actress award. Woody Harrelson was named best actor for his role as a poor-man’s Superman in the comedy Defendor. Jayme Keith won a special jury prize for her performance in Skidlove.

The $2,500 best documentary award went to two Canadian co-productions. Last Train Home, a Canada-China co-production which shows the plight of Chinese migrant workers through the eyes of one family, shared the prize with Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space, a Canada-France co-production.

La Vie Commence (Life Begins), directed by Emile Proulx-Cloutier, won the $1,000 best short film prize. Best mountain culture film was Mount St. Elias, produced and directed by Gerald Salmina.

Perhaps the biggest winner in terms of remuneration was Kelly Ruth Mercier, creator of Move Out Clean, for The Motion Picture Production Industry Association of B.C. short film award. The spoils include $10,000 from MPPIA, $5,000 from BC Film, and in-kind production services of $100,000, all of which go towards making the film, which will screen at next year’s festival.

Garbage Day, a proposed half-hour animated series with a strong online component, won Pitch Fest West. Marc Stephenson and Cam Labine are Garbage Day’s creators.

Source: The Vancouver Sun

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Quebec film wins top honours at Whistler Film Festival

WHISTLER – Les Signes Vitaux (Vital Signs), a drama about death in a family, won the $15,000 Borsos Competition for best new Canadian feature film Sunday at the Whistler Film Festival.

It is the second feature by young Quebec director Sophie Deraspe, who did triple duty as screenwriter and cinematographer.

The film captured another major prize, with newcomer Marie-Helene Bellavance winning the best actress award. Woody Harrelson was named best actor for his role as a poor-man’s Superman in the comedy Defendor. Jayme Keith won a special jury prize for her performance in Skidlove.

The $2,500 best documentary award went to two Canadian co-productions. Last Train Home, a Canada-China co-production which shows the plight of Chinese migrant workers through the eyes of one family, shared the prize with Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space, a Canada-France co-production.

La Vie Commence (Life Begins), directed by Emile Proulx-Cloutier, won the $1,000 best short film prize. Best mountain culture film was Mount St. Elias, produced and directed by Gerald Salmina.

Perhaps the biggest winner in terms of remuneration was Kelly Ruth Mercier, creator of Move Out Clean, for The Motion Picture Production Industry Association of B.C. short film award. The spoils include $10,000 from MPPIA, $5,000 from BC Film, and in-kind production services of $100,000, all of which go towards making the film, which will screen at next year’s festival.

Garbage Day, a proposed half-hour animated series with a strong online component, won Pitch Fest West. Marc Stephenson and Cam Labine are Garbage Day’s creators.

Source: The Vancouver Sun

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