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THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS directed by Bernard MacMahon is the winner of both the Audience Choice, Best Documentary Feature and Discovery Award, Best First Documentary Feature at the Calgary International Film Festival.

BURN YOUR MAPS directed by Jordan Roberts) won the Audience Award, for Best Narrative, and PUSHING DEAD directed by Tom E. Brown is the winner of the Discovery Award, Best Narrative.

The Winners of the 2016 Calgary International Film Festival Audience Awards are:

Feature Award Winners

THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS (Director Bernard MacMahon) – Audience Award, Best Documentary

THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS (Director Bernard MacMahon) – Discovery Award, Best Documentary

BURN YOUR MAPS (Director Jordan Roberts) – Audience Award, Best Narrative


Eight-year-old Wes (Jacob Tremblay, ROOM) has always felt a little bit out of place. After a family tragedy, Wes comes to realize that he’s not truly a young American boy – he’s supposed to be a Mongolian goat herder, and was born in the wrong place. Enlisting the help of an Indian filmmaker and a crowdfunding campaign, they set off to the steppes of Asia with Wes’ family in tow. Against all odds, trekking across the other side of the world might be just what they need in order to be close together again.

Co-written and directed by Jordan Roberts (BIG HERO 6) and starring Vera Farmiga (BATES MOTEL, SOURCE CODE) and Martin Csokas (NOAH), BURN YOUR MAPS is an comedy-drama filmed in Alberta that highlights the indomitable spirit of humanity, hope and finding your place in a big, crazy world

PUSHING DEAD (Director Tom E. Brown) – Discovery Award, Best Narrative

Short Award Winners

PICKLE (Director Amy Nicholson) – Audience Award, Best Documentary Short Film

90 DEGREES NORTH (Director Detsky Graffam) – Audience Award, Best Narrative Short Film

Calgary International Film Festival Audience Awards are presented in two categories – the Audience Choice Award and the Discovery.

The AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS are voted on by audience ballot, which includes awards in the Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Live Action/Documentary Short Film, and Best Animated Short Film categories. All films screening in the festival are eligible for Audience Choice Awards.

The DISCOVERY: FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILMMAKER Awards are voted on by audience ballot, and include awards for Best First Narrative Feature and Best First Documentary Feature. The recipients of these awards will receive $3,500 each, supported by RBC’s Emerging Artists Program.

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