Becoming Redwood, directed by B.C.’s Jesse James Miller, has won the Most Popular Canadian Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and an honorable mention for the top juried prize of Best Canadian Feature Film. The jury cited the film for its “beautiful journey that transports you to the 1970s. [Actor] Ryan Grantham carries the film with extraordinary gravitas on his 14-year-old shoulders, winning the audience over.”
Nova Scotia’s Jason Buxton won the $10,000 Best Canadian Feature Film Award, for Blackbird. The jury cited the film “for its years of research by the director on the juvenile correctional system; how it transforms the life of a creative kid. The supporting characters are extremely well crafted, free of clichés.”
The Hunt, by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, won the top audience award, the Rogers People’s Choice Award.
Blood Relative, directed by B.C.’s Nimisha Mukerji, won the Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award. Her first documentary feature, 65_RedRoses, won the same award at VIFF in 2009.
Nuala, a documentary about the late Irish writer Nuala O’Faolain directed by Patrick Farrelly and Kate O’Callaghan, won the audience award for Most Popular International Documentary Film Award.
Other audience awards included Barnaby Southcombe’s I, Anna for Most Popular International First Feature; and Rob Stewart’s Revolution for Most Popular Environment Film.
The award winners were announced Friday night at VIFF’s closing gala.