The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has revealed more than CAD$80,000 (US$60,340) in prizes to be awarded to outstanding films and filmmakers at the 35th annual festival.
Presented during the festival, each monetary award will aim to further assist the creative careers of both Canadian and international filmmakers by celebrating their work.
All juried awards will be announced at an Oct. 8 awards ceremony in Vancouver, Canada. The 2016 edition of VIFF runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 14.
The Ignite Award – part of the BC Spotlight Awards – will present $20,000 to a female key creative on a British Columbia-produced feature or short film to further future productions or training. The prize will be juried by Ron Mann, Ana Valine and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers.
The Best Canadian Documentary, presented by the Rogers Documentary Fund, will award $15,000 to a Canadian documentary feature film as determined by a jury consisting of Damien Gillis, Julia Ivanova and Charles Wilkinson.
The VIFF Impact Award – juried by John Bolton, Tracey Friesen and Leonard Schein – will present a $5,000 prize to one of nine issues-oriented doc films in the Impact programming stream.
Meanwhile, the winner of the Best Canadian Short Film will be presented with $2,500; the Best BC Short Film will be awarded $5,000; and Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film, awarded to a director of a Canadian-made short, will take home $2,000.
Short Film Awards are juried by Lewis Bennett, Scooter Corkle and Kathleen Hepburn.
Elsewhere, the Radcliffe Foundation Refugee Crisis Awareness Short Film Competition shines a light on a short that encourages Canadians to take action on the global refugee crisis. Determined by online voting, the winner will receive $20,000 during VIFF’s Opening Night gala on Sept. 29.
Finally, festival-goers will determine the winner of the Super Channel People’s Choice Award, as well as several other VIFF Audience Awards; while the #mustseeBC award, in which BC filmmakers to engage with their audience through social media ahead of the festival, will be determined by online voting.
All audience award winners will be announced at VIFF’s Closing Night gala on Oct. 14, while the #mustseeBC film will be unveiled during VIFF’s Opening Night gala on Sept. 29.
Further information can be found at the VIFF website.
(Pictured: Tim Marrianan and Richard Dewey’s Burden)