Calgary International Film Festival Jury Winners Announced

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As the Calgary International Film Festival heats up, a jury from across North America has named its top films from the event.

The complicated relationships between teenagers, parents and peers in Chandler Levack’s debut film, I Like Movies, is the grand winner of the $10,000 RBC Emerging Canadian Artist Award. The jury said, “For creating a universe that instantly takes us back to high school and reminds us of how fun, awkward, and often painful being a teenager is – and for accurately depicting the complicated relationships we have with our peers and parents, but more importantly again, with ourselves.

J’aime les films is screened at the Eau Claire cinema on October 1 at 6:15 p.m.

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Other jury winners include:

• The Perfect Story, directed by Michelle Shepard, won the DCG Canadian Documentary Award of $5,000. It airs October 2 at 11:30 a.m.

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• Piaffe, directed by Ann Oren, won the $1,000 International Narrative Feature Award. The winner also receives the opportunity for a distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures. The jury selected it saying the film was visually captivating. “A stimulating exploration of gender and sexuality. With a unique voice, the filmmakers’ journey as a visual artist can be seen in the direction.

Butterfly in the Sky won the International Documentary Feature Award at CIFF 2022.
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• Butterfly in the Sky, directed by Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb, won the $1,000 International Documentary Feature Award. It is screened on October 1 at 1:45 p.m.

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• Censor of Dreams, directed by Leo Berne and Raphael Rodrigeuz, won the Grand Jury Short Film Prize of $2,500.

Other shorts were rewarded with prizes of $1,000 and all of them, except for Ayoungman, will be screened at the Eau Claire cinema on October 1 at 1:15 p.m.:

• No ghost in the morgue, for live action

• The Flying Sailor, for the best animated film

• Freedom Swimmer, for a documentary

• Ayoungman, for the Alberta Devon Bolton Memorial Short Film Award. The winner also receives $10,000 from Canadian production company William F. White International, Inc. for their next project.

• Hollywood, for the student short film

The last film recognized by the jury is This is the Place?, directed by Maxwell Couture, which was chosen for the Youth by Youth Canada Short Film Award. In addition to the $500 prize, the the winner receives a 50 percent scholarship to the Vancouver Film School worth up to $18,000 and a $2,500 gift card from William F. White International, Inc. for the winner’s next project.

The People’s Choice winners will be announced after the festival ends on October 2. Go to www.ciffcalgary.ca

Darcy J. Skinner