Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
The 17th annual edition of The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) came to a close this weekend with Women In Film headlining much of the buzz. With this years line-up of presentations, 30% (14 features and 16 short films) of the 87 movies were crafted and engineered by female filmmakers. The winners were announced this morning on the final day of one of North America’s most iconic Winter resort destination film festivals on the planet.
Actress Evan Rachel Wood, star of the Canadian produced film A WORTHY COMPANION, was the recipient of this year’s Best Performance in a Borsos Competition Film Award. The WFF jury said “Evan gives a brave, raw nuance performance that explores the grey areas between predator and victim”.
The actress stars in the drama film as Laura, a troubled woman who has an obsession with a teenage girl (Julia Sarah Stone) after suffering abuse and failed relationships in the past.
Despite not being in attendance, she took to Twitter to share her joy.
Best Cinematography in a Borsos Film, presented by I.A.T.S.E. Local 669, went to cinematographer Sara Mishara for A WORTHY COMPANION.
The World Documentary Award was presented to director Kate Novack for her film THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ. “The winner of the world documentary award delivers a fascinating portrait of a larger-than-life personality, but admirably escapes the trappings of simple biography by revealing how a towering, influential figure still thrives in an imperfect world.”, said the WFF jury.
VENUS, a feature film about a woman in transition Directed my Eisha Marjara, won the EDA award for Best Female-Directed Feature Film.
In the short film category, director Sharren Lee took home the Best Female-Directed film award for her film THE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING.
Emmy and Golden Globe Winning Actress Kyra Sedgwick won the EDA Jury Award for her directorial debut of A STORY OF A GIRL.
Whistler Film Festival’s Short Work Student Award went to emerging Writer, Director and Producer Natalie Murao for her film FLOATING LIGHT.
The MPPIA Short Pitch Award which included a hefty $15,000 cash prize and up to $100,000 in production services went to Director Veronika Kurz for her film 20 MINUTES OF LIFE. The finished film is scheduled to premier at the 2018 Whistler Film Festival.