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After a successful 16-day run, the 35th Vancouver International Film Festival announced the winners of the four audience awards VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary, VIFF Most Popular International Documentary, VIFF Most Popular International Feature and the overall Super Channel People’s Choice Award.

MAUDIE, the biopic of legendary Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke won the People’s Choice Award.

With more than 300 films from 73 countries, VIFF audiences were treated to narratives and documentaries that entertained, informed, inspired and left viewers in awe of the filmmaking talent that exists here in Canada and from creators around the world.

The VIFF Audience Awards were determined based on audience voting with post-screening ballots on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest. The following films took home the top spots at this year’s festival:

Super Channel People’s Choice Award
Winner: Maudie (dir. Aisling Walsh)

VIFF Most Popular International Feature
Winner: I, Daniel Blake (dir. Ken Loach)
Runner up: The Salesman (dir. Asghar Farhadi)

VIFF Most Popular International Documentary
Winner: Human (dir. Yann Arthus-Bertrand)

VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary
Winner: Spirit Unforgettable (dir. Pete McCormack)

Also announced at the award ceremony was the Women in Film and Television Artistic Merit Award, presented to a Canadian feature film at VIFF written and/or directed solely by a woman. This year’s award winner is Nettie Wild for KONELĪNE: our land beautiful.

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