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Gangster thriller Keyhole takes top prize at Whistler Film Festival competition

A scene from Guy Maddin's film "Keyhole"

Guy Maddin's 1930s gangster thriller Keyhole has won the Whistler Film Festival's Borsos Competition for Best New Canadian Feature Film. The $15,000 prize was awarded to Keyhole for its "inventiveness, audacity and humour," according to the jury.

Keyhole was one of several films honoured at WFF's awards brunch on Sunday.

Ben Addelman's Kivalina V. Exxon was named best documentary – a unanimous choice of the jury for "humanizing global warming and bringing home the fact that global warming is now, not somewhere in the distant future."

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Mexican director Kyzza Terrazas's Machete Language won Whistler's second annual $10,000 New Voices International Feature Competition, open to directors with their first or second feature.

Richard Boyce's Rainforest: The Limit of Splendor won the Best Mountain Culture Film Award.

And Mark Ratzlaff's pitch for Beauty Mark won the MPPIA Short Film Award – netting the filmmaker $10,000 from the MPPIA, $5,000 from British Columbia Film and Media, and up to $100,000 in in-kind services to make the film.

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Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver. She covers the film and television industry, visual art, literature, music, theatre, dance, cultural policy, and other related areas. More

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