Posted on October 2, 2019

We've pored over the data and crunched the numbers, and the winners of our 2019 Audience Choice Awards are here! Most films at the festival were eligible for our Audience Awards and are based on the collective score of the audience ballots collected at each screening.

A big thanks go to our audience for their participation! Not only do we use these votes to award the best films of the festival, it allows us to reflect back on our programming and find out which stories Calgarians want to see on the big screen. 

Make sure to check back soon for the winner of our Fan Favourite Award- voted on by those dedicated fans who watched 10 or more movies over the course of the festival. To see the winners of our Jury Awards, click here and to see who won Fan of the Year, click here. 

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AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS - PRESENTED BY CTV

rootoftheproblemaudienceaward 3Audience Choice Award, Alberta Feature:
ROOT OF THE PROBLEM, directed by Scott Sikma

"It has been an honour, to not only premiere here at the Calgary International Film Festival but to have such an amazing and hardworking cast and crew who call this place home. I really would like to thank all the individuals who helped bring this story to life, we could not have received this award without all of you." - Scott Sikma

"It is an honour for ROOT OF THE PROBLEM to be the recipient of the Audience Choice Award for Alberta Feature. Producer Margot McMaster and I are particularly proud of Scott Sikma on directing his first feature film and all of our wonderfully talented crew and cast. We look forward to filming many more movies in this picturesque province." - Carolyn McMaster, Producer, CHAOS A Film Company Inc.

jeunejulietteaudienceawardAudience Choice Award, Canadian Narrative Feature:
JEUNE JULIETTE, directed by Anne Émond

inmate1audienceawardAudience Choice Award, Canadian Documentary:
INMATE #1: THE RISE OF DANNY TREJO, directed by Brett Harvey

FORSAMAaudienceawardAudience Choice Award, International Documentary:
FOR SAMA, directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts

LINDAaudienceawardAudience Choice Award, Music On Screen:
LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

COMEASYOUAREaudienceawardAudience Choice Award: New American Cinema:
COME AS YOU ARE, directed by Richard Wong

"We are so honoured and humbled by receiving the Audience Choice Award for our section at CIFF! Our time in Calgary was an incredible experience, and being able to sit amongst such a spirited, engaged and thoughtful audience is one of the major reasons why we do this. So, thank you to the festival for having us, and thank you to the audience who gave us the privilege of sharing our work." - Richard Wong and Grant Rosenmeyer, Producer

SPECIALSaudienceawardAudience Choice Awards: Headliner:
THE SPECIALS, directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano

TOPENDWEDDINGaudienceawardAudience Choice Award, World Cinema:
TOP END WEDDING, directed by Wayne Blair

ZaudienceawardAudience Choice Award, Late Shows:
Z, directed by Brandon Christensen

“We’re incredibly excited to take home the audience award for the Late Show at CIFF. We make these kinds of films to be watched in a setting like CIFF. Packing a large theatre and getting everyone scared is rewarding in itself, so to be given their approval takes it to the next level. I hope we have another opportunity to play CIFF in the future, it was a blast!” - Brandon Christensen

BEAUTIFULFAMILYaudienceawardAudience Choice Awards, Alberta Short:
JUST ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL FAMILY, directed by Katherine North and Nick North

MEMORABLEaudienceawardAudience Choice Award, Narrative Short (Live Action or Animated):
MÉMORABLE, directed by Bruno Collet

ZONEROUGEaudienceawardAudience Choice Award, Documentary Short:
ZONE ROUGE, directed by Dominique Van Olm

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Overall Top 10 Feature Films in order of ranking:

1. INMATE #1: THE RISE OF DANNY TREJO
2. LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE
3. nîpawistamâsowin: WE WILL STAND UP
4. THE SPECIALS
5. JUDY
6. AFTER SO MANY DAYS
7. COME AS YOU ARE
8. FOR SAMA
9. PARASITE
10. DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

Overall Top 10 Short Films in order of ranking: 

1. MÉMORABLE
2. THE NEIGHBOR'S WINDOW
3. SYLVIA
4. ZONE ROUGE
5. JUST ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL FAMILY 
6. W4M
7. STEPH JANE: A PORTRAIT STORY
8. STANDSTILL
9. ONE HUNDRED AND ONE
10. LOWLAND KIDS

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What's next for Calgary Film? Get excited for the 2020 Calgary International Film Festival by grabbing your Super Early-Bird tickets. Don't miss out on our 2019-2020 Doc Soup Series and join us for an exclusive screening of  Pedro Almodóvar's PAIN AND GLORY on October 17.

 

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