Edmonton, AB/Toronto, ON – June 8, 2020 – The 14th edition of the Canadian Film Fest(CFF) wrapped on Saturday, June 6th after its three-weekend virtual run on Super Channel Fuse. Best Feature award went to Shoot to Marry directed by Steve Markle for Best Feature; and the William F White Reel Canadian Indie was awarded to Queen of the Morning Calm, directed by Gloria Ui Young Kim, who also won Best Director. For the first time ever, the Canadian Film Fest was enjoyed by Super Channel subscribers from coast-to-coast.
“We congratulate the films and individuals who have received awards this year and we are honoured to be part of your film’s journey. We’re also eternally thankful to all the filmmakers and talent who participated and supported CFF this year, and of course to Super Channel for making it happen,” said Bern Euler, Executive Director, Canadian Film Fest. “I am so proud of how quickly everyone switched gears and came together to make it happen, and to make it incredibly successful. It doesn’t get more Canadian than that!”
“Congratulations to the winners and to all the talented filmmakers participating in this year’s virtual festival,” commented Don McDonald, President and CEO, Super Channel. “I would like to thank everyone involved, from our talented team here at Super Channel to the amazing folks at the CFF, for their dedication and teamwork in bringing this together. We couldn’t be happier with the end result.”
See below for the complete list of winners for the 2020 Canadian Film Fest. For more information on the festival, visit canfilmfest.ca
2020 CANADIAN FILM FEST AWARD WINNERS:
Best Feature - Shoot to Marry
William F White Reel Canadian Indie - Queen of the Morning Calm
Best Short - liminal
ReTAKE Best Set Design - The Bear and The Beekeeper
DGC Ontario’s Best Director - Gloria Ui Young Kim for Queen of the Morning Calm
This year’s jury was composed of Shane Belcourt (director), Paige Murray (CBC Executive in Charge of Production, YA Digital Originals) and Tommie-Amber Pirie (actor).
Best Breakout Performance - Maya Harman for Chubby, Eponine Lee for Queen of the Morning Calm
Editing - Nail In The Coffin
Best New Voice - Isa Benn for Shoegazer
Cinematography - François Messier-Rheault for Heart Bomb
Best Music - Alex Bird for Because One Day
THE 2020 CANADIAN FILM FEST – HAROLD GREENBERG FUND SCRIPT CONTEST
The Canadian Film Fest and the Harold Greenberg Fund are proud partners on this unique opportunity for screenwriters. Each year, the CFF Harold Greenberg Script Competition is open to Canadian screenwriters who've written a feature-length screenplay and who are looking for financial development support. The cash prize is $5,000 CDN and a Harold Greenberg executive will provide feedback on the winning script as well as guidance throughout one development round. This year’s winner and runner up are:
Seoul Searching - **WINNING SCRIPT**
Writer: Allen Markuze
Based on true life events of Olympian Ben Johnson, this is a Great Canadian story depicting one of the Olympics most controversial events. This fast paced and character driven story takes us through the life of a young immigrant to Canada proving himself in a harsh world. The story takes us on the journey leading up to what would be known as the dirtiest race in history and then into the life that follows a disgraced hero. This biographical world feels real and lived in, and is filled with hope and inspiration.
Writer: Stephen Davis
A compelling and captivating thriller. The reader is immediately transported into the overwhelming sensation of being so claustrophobically far underground. Masterful pacing, great use of language & structure.
For the complete Canadian Film Fest "IT LIST” of the top finalists click www.canfilmfest.ca/2020-it-list