The following awards are presented as part of the 2018 Calgary International Film Festival. This year, join us on the final Sunday of the festival for our Awards Party as we announce the 2018 Jury Award winners and celebrate with one final party.
Best Canadian Narrative Feature presented by RBC – $10,000 cash prize
Returning from the 2017 festival, the jury will consider Canadian narrative features 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.
Cody is a filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. He was the recipient of Calgary International Film Festival's 2017 Best Canadian Narrative Feature Award with his debut feature film GREGOIRE, a gritty portrayal of youth in his hometown of Fort McMurray, AB.
Cameron is a Calgary-based filmmaker, graduate of the Film/Video program at SAIT, and a lead programmer with the Calgary Underground Film Festival. His work has won awards and garnered critical acclaim at international film festivals across the world including SXSW, Fantasia and the Toronto International Film Festival. Cameron is a member of the Canadian film collective North Country Cinema, the founder of Awkward Silencio and is also the Executive Director of NUTV, the University of Calgary Campus Television Station. Recent accomplishments include a 2011 Rosie Award for the screenplay to his film BAD DAD and in 2012, he was selected as a one of Calgary's Top 40 under 40 by Avenue Magazine. His first feature film as writer/director RED LETTER DAY will be released in 2019.
Kerry Kupecz is VP, Distribution & Marketing at Unobstructed View, an independent film distributor in Toronto. She oversees sales, marketing and deliverables for multiple platforms, including theatrical, EST, DVD and VOD for all of UV’s films, which have included WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING and Oscar nominee THEEB. She also works with acquisitions, attending various markets and festivals, including the European Film Market, Hot Docs and the Toronto International Film Festival. Previously she worked in marketing at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and as Brand Manager for CORNER GAS, the most popular television show in Canadian history. She has served as an Assistant to the Producers on the TV series HAIR WARS and as an Associate Producer on the roller derby documentary ROLLING THUNDER.
Best of Shorts presented by Minimax, Copyseis and Jerilyn Wright – $2,500 cash prize each
Best Alberta Short
Best Overall Short (Live Action or Animated)
Best Documentary Short
The Best of Shorts Finalists will be presented in one package on the final Sunday of the festival, prior to the Awards Celebration & Party later that evening. The jury-award winners will receive a $2,500 cash prize, supported by Minimax, Copyseis and Jerilyn Wright & Associates. The winner of the Best Overall Short Film (Live Action or Animated) Award will qualify for Academy Award consideration, as the Calgary International Film Festival is an Oscar-accredited festival for short films in the Live Action and Animated categories.
Frank Laratta is an award-winning Supervising Sound Editor, Sound Designer, and Re-recording Mixer with numerous film and television credits on dramatic, documentary, and commercial projects. Highlights include season one of FARGO, KLONDIKE - both of which earned Frank an Emmy nomination - HELL ON WHEELS, and more recently, VAN HELSING, GHOST WARS, and THE ORDER. Frank is co-owner of Propeller Studios Inc. in Calgary, Alberta, as well as a founding member of the growing Alberta Post Production Association (APPA), an organization dedicated to fostering opportunity and growth of Post Production in Alberta.
Carol Beecher is celebrating an award-winning year of release for SKIN FOR SKIN, an animated short co-directed with Kevin D.A. Kurytnik and produced with the National Film Board of Canada North West Centre. She is currently spending her Alberta Foundation for the Arts grant on research and development for her solo experimental animated documentary project A FAMILY WAR DIARY.
Jayson Therrien is an award-winning producer and actor. Originally from Toronto, he now resides in Calgary and is the co-founder of Green Productions Inc. Producing credits include: EVERFALL (Calgary Film 2017),A MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE (Calgary Film 2016), CLADDAGH, ONE NIGHT IN ABERDEEN (Winner of Best Short Film at the 2014 Calgary International Film Festival). Acting credits include BLACK SUMMER, A MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE, FARGO, CHOKESLAM and HEARTLAND.
Becky is co-owner of Bleeding Art Industries, an award-winning company that has been contributing to Alberta’s creative industries for 16 years. Prior to producing Canada’s first stereoscopic 3D stop-motion animated film SKELETON GIRL and overseeing BAI, she ran a communications company, focused on marketing, PR and writing. She holds a BSc from U of A, an Arts Admin Certificate from The Banff Centre, and a Certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.
After studying cinema at university, Mélissa stood out as a director with her first short films that won some prizes in her country. She also worked as editor on different projects before devoting herself entirely to programming. She planned and organized nearly a hundred short film screening events of all kinds before joining REGARD’s team, as Head of Programming at the Saguenay International Short Film Festival, in 2009. Since then, she has participated in a large number of selection committees and international film festival juries. Mélissa has a passion for short films and devotes all her energy to enhancing the independent short film genre.
AUDIENCE AWARDS - presented by CTV
The best of the fest decided by you! Most* films at the festival are eligible for Audience Awards and are based on audience ballots collected at each screening. These awards will be announced after the festival, when all the votes have been counted.
Audience Favourite, Alberta Feature
Audience Favourite, Canadian Narrative Feature (new)
Audience Favourite, US/International Narrative Feature (new)
Audience Favourite, Canadian Documentary Feature (new)
Audience Favourite, US/International Documentary Feature (new)
Audience Favourite, Alberta Short
Audience Favourite, Narrative Short (Live Action or Animated)
Audience Favourite, Documentary Short
*THE SISTERS BROTHERS, MAGIC PIANO, and ALPHAGO are not eligible for Audience Awards.
FAN AWARD presented by Evans Hunt & Stone-Olafson
We want to know which film our most dedicated fans love. Anyone that sees more than 10 films will be eligible to vote on our fan award. Motivation to see even more films!