CFC Alumni Reel in Awards at Canada’s Fall Festivals

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● October 17, 2017 09:30


The curtains have closed on the 2017 Toronto (TIFF), Atlantic (FIN), Calgary (CIFF), Edmonton (EIFF) and Vancouver (VIFF) International Film Festivals. After showcasing some of Canada’s best new and established filmmaking talent, a number of outstanding films and filmmakers were recognized with awards at the September/October festivals, and CFC alumni have taken home many of the top prizes.

In case you missed this news at TIFF, alumnus Adam Goldhammer and his team won the 2017 TIFF Industry Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! competition for their feature film idea Imposter, based off of the 2016 CFC short film of the same name. Fellow CFC alumnus Daniel Bekerman (The Witch) is on board to produce the feature. Watch the pitch HERE (beginning at 47:20).


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Black Cop


Alumnus Cory Bowles scored big at FIN, where he took home the Gordon Parsons Award for Best Atlantic Feature for his first feature Black Cop, as well as the award for Best Atlantic Director.

Heading west to CIFF, Indian Horse, produced by alumnae Paula Devonshire and Trish Dolman, was named Audience Favourite, Narrative Feature.

At neighbouring film fest EIFF, Cory BowlesBlack Cop was named Best Canadian Drama; CFC Features’ PUBLIC SCHOOLED, from duo Kyle Rideout and Josh Epstein, was named Best Comedy Feature; and Indian Horse won the Audience Award for Best Dramatic Feature.


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Never Steady, Never Still


Last stop: VIFF, where CFC alumni reeled in six of the nine awards recognizing BC and Canadian filmmakers. Kathleen Hepburn took home three awards at VIFF 2017 for her first feature Never Steady, Never Still: the Sea to Sky Award, a $20,000 award that recognizes the exceptional work of a female key creative on a BC-produced feature or short film; the BC Emerging Filmmaker Award, a $7,500 cash prize awarded to first or second narrative features; and the Emerging Canadian Director, a $2,000 award for a director's first or second narrative feature. Cory Bowles’ first feature Black Cop won Best Canadian Film (a $10,000 award); alumnus Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses (produced by fellow alumna Lea Marin) snagged Best Canadian Documentary, a $15,000 award; and Rupture, from director alumna Yassmina Karajah, was awarded the $5,000 prize for Best BC Short Film. Additionally, Indian Horse, produced by alumnae Paula Devonshire and Trish Dolma, was named this year’s People’s Choice Award-winner.

Congratulations to our alumni on their festival successes!


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Unarmed Verses


Next up: catch alumni projects Don’t Talk to Irene, Meditation Park and Porcupine Lake at the Windsor International Film Festival, which runs from October 30 to November 5, 2017, and stay tuned for alumni films, including Porcupine Lake and Cardinals, at Whistler Film Festival from November 29 to December 3, 2017.


See the full list of awards winners for: FIN, CIFF, EIFF and VIFF.


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Cory Angeletti-Szasz

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