Gregoire, the first feature-length film from Alberta filmmaker Cody Bown won the Best Canadian Narrative Feature Prize at the 2017 Calgary International Film Festival. In the dark coming-of-age film, four young adults in Fort McMurray, Alberta, struggle to deal with the consequences of their actions and how it affects their friends and families.
The documentary Living Proof, in which Calgary filmmaker Matt Embry meets fellow sufferers of multiple sclerosis and investigates treatment options, was voted winner of the Audience Favorite, Alberta Feature.
2017 Calgary International Film Festival Award Winners
BEST CANADIAN NARRATIVE FEATURE
GREGOIRE directed by Cody Bown
Jury Statement: For its authenticity of story and performance, uncompromising commitment to detail, carefully calibrated aesthetic and ultimately for its freshness of character and situation, the jury unanimously awards the award for Best Canadian Narrative Feature to Cody Bown for GREGOIRE.
SPECIAL JURY MENTION: MAN PROPOSES, GOD DISPOSES directed by Daniel Leo
Jury Statement: For its audacious visual style, innovative mise-en-scene and intuitive storytelling rhythm, the jury awards a Special Jury Mention to Daniel Leo for MAN PROPOSES, GOD DISPOSES
BEST OF SHORTS
Best Overall Short (Live Action or Animated): SKIN FOR SKIN directed by Carol Beecher and Kevin Kurytnik. SKIN FOR SKIN, the winner of the Best Overall Short Film (Live Action or Animated) Award, qualifies for Academy Award consideration, as part of our accredited status.
Best Alberta Short: BREATHING THROUGH A STRAW directed by Leigh Rivenbark
Best Documentary Short: AFTER LIFE directed by Prisca Bouchet and Nick Mayow
Audience Favorite, Alberta Feature – LIVING PROOF, directed by Matt Embry
Audience Favorite, Narrative Feature – INDIAN HORSE, directed by Stephen Campanelli
Audience Favorite, Documentary Feature – MIGHTY GROUND, directed by Delila Vallot
Audience Favorite, Alberta Short – SKIN FOR SKIN, directed by Carol Beecher and Kevin Kurytnik
Audience Favorite, Narrative Short (Live Action or Animated) – LA MADRE BUENA, directed by Sarah Clift
Audience Favorite, Documentary Short – STATE OF (THE) ART, directed by Chris Dowsett