The following awards were presented at the 2017 Calgary International Film Festival at the first ever Awards Party!
Best Canadian Narrative Feature presented by RBC – $10,000 cash prize
GREGOIRE directed by Cody Bown
Jury Statement: For its authenticity of story and performance, uncompromising commitment to detail, carefully calibrated aesthetic and ultimately for its freshness of character and situation, the jury unanimously awards the award for Best Canadian Narrative Feature to Cody Bown for GREGOIRE.
SPECIAL JURY MENTION: MAN PROPOSES, GOD DISPOSES directed by Daniel Leo
Jury Statement: For its audacious visual style, innovative mise-en-scene and intuitive storytelling rhythm, the jury awards a Special Jury Mention to Daniel Leo for MAN PROPOSES, GOD DISPOSES
New at the 2017 festival, the jury awarded one Canadian narrative feature with an emphasis on emerging directors and those who do not yet have a history of major theatrical distribution. The recipient receives $10,000, supported by RBC’s Emerging Artists Program.
Best of Shorts presented by Minimax, Copyseis and Jerilyn Wright – $2,500 cash prize each
Best Overall Short (Live Action or Animated): SKIN FOR SKIN directed by Carol Beecher and Kevin Kurytnik
Best Alberta Short: BREATHING THROUGH A STRAW directed by Leigh Rivenbark
Best Documentary Short: AFTER LIFE directed by Prisca Bouchet and Nick Mayow
The juried award winners received a $2,500 cash prize, supported by Minimax, Copyseis and Jerilyn Wright & Associates. SKIN FOR SKIN, the winner of the Best Overall Short Film (Live Action or Animated) Award, qualifies for Academy Award consideration, as part of our accredited status.
AUDIENCE AWARDS presented by CTV
The best of the fest, decided by you! All films at the festival were eligible for Audience Awards and are based on audience ballots collected at each screening.
Audience Favourite, Alberta Feature - LIVING PROOF, directed by Matt Embry
Audience Favourite, Narrative Feature - INDIAN HORSE, directed by Stephen Campanelli
Audience Favourite, Documentary Feature - MIGHTY GROUND, directed by Delila Vallot
Audience Favourite, Alberta Short - SKIN FOR SKIN, directed by Carol Beecher and Kevin Kurytnik
Audience Favourite, Narrative Short (Live Action or Animated) - LA MADRE BUENA, directed by Sarah Clift
Audience Favourite, Documentary Short - STATE OF (THE) ART, directed by Chris Dowsett
FAN AWARDS presented by Evans Hunt & Stone-Olafson
Fan of the Year: Malu Celli
Congratulations to Malu Celli who saw 37 movies at the 2017 festival! Malu took home bragging rights as our fan of the year, along with a $1,000 Delta Air Lines voucher.
Anyone who saw more than 10 films is eligible to vote on our Fan Award. The winner will be announced mid-October 2017.