Photos—Daniel Radcliffe and Kristanna Loken at Whistler Film Festival 2012
– photos courtesy UPI/Heinz Ruckemann
The 12th annual Whistler Film Festival wrapped up this past weekend. UPI photog Heinz Ruckemann was kind enough to share some photos of actors Daniel Radcliffe and Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3, Burn Notice, Love Orchard), as well as Rachelle Lefevre (Barney’s Version, The Twilight Saga: New Moon) and Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal, Off the Map).
This years’ winners were announced at the Awards Brunch on Dec 2. Director Kate Melville of Toronto won the prestigious $15,000 Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film, which is the largest cash prize in Canadian film, with her coming-of-age story, Picture Day. The plot centers on a rebellious teenager named Claire, who is forced to repeat her last year of high school. The jury praised the director, noting that, “This year, we are delighted to recognized a filmmaker whose work is revolutionary: universal in its specificity, soulful, heartfelt, raw, intelligent, profoundly human and so much fun!!! Kate, Philip Borsos is smiling.”
The jury also commented on Tatiana Maslany, who stared in Picture Day and won WFF’s new Best Performance in a Borsos Competition Film Award. They described her as “fearless, honest, unapologetic, heartbreaking, and hilarious… and, in our opinion, is a force of nature.”
This year’s other Borsos Competition finalists included: All That you Posses (Bernard Edmond), Blood Pressure (Sean Garrity), Fair Sex (Martin Laroche), Home Again (Sudz Sutherland), Mad Ship (David Mortin), My Awkward Sexual Adventure (Sean Garrity) and Still (Michael McGowan).
The documentary jury included the Sundance Institute’s Bird Runningwater, actress Sarain Boylan (Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Rookie Blue), and Brian D. Johnson, movie critic for Maclean’s magazine. Describing the history of the women’s movement, the World Documentary Award to Status Quo? directed by Karen Cho, from montreal.
Requiem for Romance (Jonathan Ng), received the $1,000 Canadian Shortwork Award, presented by Kokanee. The International Shortwork Award went to Poland’s Marcin Bortkeiwicz’s Drawn from Memory, which sensitively depicts a grandson’s devotion to his his grandmother and her dreams. SFU student Jon Thomas won the $500 Shortwork Student Award, presented by Capilano University film centre, for his filmPlating. John Ornoy won the MPPIA Short film Award for True Love Waits, which has a $15, 000 cash prize and up to $100, 000 in servies.Marie-Evelyne Lessard won the Jury Special Prize for her film Les Maneges Humains/Fair Sex.