Posted Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
We hope that everyone has had a chance to get out and see some of the spectacular films shown at the festival this year. While each and every film in the festival demonstrated ingenuity, a few were singled out as being exceptional.
There were 160 films in this year’s line-up at the EIFF including 60 feature-length films/documentaries and 110 short films. Festival-goers had the opportunity to vote after each film they saw. Votes were tallied up to choose the People's Choice Award, while the EIFF jury made selections for the Jury Prize.
When it comes to the People's Choice at EIFF13, there's a tie! Both AMIN AMIR and MUSCLE SHOALS recieved outstanding reviews from those who saw the film.
Now for the Jury prizes:
The Canadian Feature Award goes to the “wonderfully whacky, darkly comedic” LAWRENCE & HOLLOMAN. The jury unanimously chose this film for its original storyline, innovative direction by Matthew Kowalchuk and stellar performances from Ben Cotton and Daniel Arnold. All three (3) of these artists hail from Edmonton! Also awarded is Matthew Kowalchuk for the Rising Star Award: Filmmaking and Ben Cotton receives the Rising Star Award: Acting. LAWRENCE & HOLLOMAN screens on Friday, October 4 @ 6:30pm with an encore on Saturday, October 5 @ noon.
Our 2013 Canadian Documentary Award is presented to a “powerful, poignant, and intensely moving” film, THE GOOD SON. Jesse James Miller “captured the intensity and the passion of one man’s journey”. THE GOOD SON screens for two hundred (200) High School students on Friday, Oct. 4 @ 10am and a Special Event screening at 7pm on Friday, Oct. 4. Jesse James Miller and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini attending.
Fiercely Independent Documentary Feature Award: From Spain, A FILM ABOUT KIDS & MUSIC (dir: Ramon Tort).
Created to honour the work and life of Edmonton Cinematographer, Bob Riddell, The Bobby Award For Excellence in Cinematography goes to Dan Dumouchel for his work on the short film HOME (dir. Sandi Somers).
Canadian Short Film Award: PARADISE FALLS. Director Fantavious Fritz hails from Edmonton and the film also won our jury award for Best Alberta Short Film. PARADISE FALLS screened on Sunday, Sept. 29 as part of Alberta Culture Days celebrations.
Documentary Short Award: SLOMO (dir: Joshua Izenberg) programmed in the Doc Shorts package, screened on Friday, Sept. 29th.
Two winners in the Animated Short Film Award category: CIRCLE (dir: Dominique Van Olm) and LACUNA (dir: Meags Fitzgerald). Both films screened on Sunday, Sept. 29 and are created by Albertans!
The High School Short Film Award is presented to a student (or team of students) in Jr. or Sr. High school, living in the greater Edmonton area. This year’s recipient is Hannah Quimper from Leduc Composite H.S. for her film JOE & CLAIRE.
All films, all lengths, narrative and non-narrative, without distribution, are in competition
for a number of awards. The recipients of these awards go to:
American Indie Award: FRIENDED TO DEATH (dir: Sarah Smick)
This film screens on Thursday, Oct. 3 @ 9pm. Sarah Smick attending.
The Wedgie Award for Comedy is presented to two films: Feature-length, Canadian film, SEX AFTER KIDS (dir: Jeremy Lalonde) and FOOL’S DAY , a short film directed by Cody Blue Snider from the USA.
The Big Daddy: Family Film Award goes to a feature-length film from the U.K… LAD: A YORKSHIRE STORY (dir: Dan Hartley).
EIFF13 was an absolute blast. Films and filmmakers from all over the world put the spotlight on our great city, and it was a festival to remember. A special thanks to our jury committee and all those who atteneded the festival and voted for the People's Choice!