CANADIAN FILM FEST 2016 AWARD RECEPIENTS

HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN & WINTER HYMNS TAKE TOP PRIZES AT THE 2016 CANADIAN FILM FEST

TORONTO, April 3, 2016 – The 10th edition of the Canadian Film Fest (CFF) announced the 2016 award recipients following the closing night film last night in Toronto. The films that received top honours were two films fresh off their premieres at Slamdance - How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, which took the Best Feature award, the new award for Best Costume Design juried by CAFTCAD, and award for Best Ensemble cast; and Winter Hymns nabbed the prize for Best Short, Best Cast, and Best Director for a Short Film. Additionally, the short Julia Julep received the William F. White Reel Canadian Indie award, Dead Rush won HMV’s People’s Pick For Best Flick, Sean Garrity won the DGC Ontario Best Director award for Borealis, and the NAB Show Best First Feature was Across The Line by Director X. The winner and runner-up of the Harold Greenberg Screenplay Contest were also revealed on Saturday night.

“Unlike any other festival across the country, we unabashedly celebrate only Canadian films and this year, more than ever, there is a true sense of pride in the films and filmmakers. The slogan on our t-shirts proved true - ‘Canadian Movies Kick Ass,” said Bern Euler, Executive Director and Founder of the Canadian Film Fest.

Also announced during the CFF, A71 Entertainment picked up the Canadian rights to Cody Campanale’s feature Jackie Boy.

2016 Canadian Film Fest Awards

WILLIAM F. WHITE REEL CANADIAN INDIE
The winning film receives a $5000 gift certificate to William F. White.

Julia Julep
Director: Alana Cymerman

HMV’s PEOPLE’S PICK FOR BEST FLICK
As voted by the audience (the winning film receives a $500 gift certificate to HMV)

Dead Rush
Director: Zach Ramelan

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Juried by CAFTCAD

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town
Costume Designer: Marissa Schwartz

 

Canadian Film Fest Special Jury Prizes:

Three phenomenal industry professionals made up the 2016 jury – Amanda Brugel (actor: Room, Orphan Black, Maps to the Stars), Susan Curran (Founding Partner and President of Marketing and Development United Front Entertainment), and Gail Harvey (director: Lost Girl, Murdoch Mysteries, Looking is the Original Sin). They selected the following awards including the new categories for Best Director and Best First Feature Film.

BEST FEATURE

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town
Director: Jeremy LaLonde
 

BEST SHORT

Winter Hymns
Director: Dusty Mancinelli

 

BEST DIRECTOR
Presented by DGC Ontario

Borealis
Director: Sean Garrity

 

BEST DIRECTOR, SHORT FILM

Winter Hymns
Director: Dusty Mancinelli

 

BEST FIRST FEATURE

Presented by NAB Show. (The winning film receives a SMART PASS to The NAB Show (April 16-21) and free hotel) 

Across The Line
Director: Director X

 

BEST ACTRESS

Joey King
Borealis

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT

Deb McGrath
Duty Calls

 

BEST ACTOR

Stephan James
Across The Line

 

BEST ACTOR IN A SHORT

Eric Peterson
Static

 

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town
Director: Jeremy LaLonde

Cast: Jewel Staite, Ennis Esmer, Katharine Isabelle, Lauren Lee Smith, Jonas Chernick, Tommie-Amber Pirie, Kristian Bruun, Mark O’Brien, James McGowan, Lauren Holly, Natalie Brown, Christine Horne, and Gugun Deep Singh.

 

BEST CAST, SHORT FILM

Winter Hymns
Director: Dusty Mancinelli

Cast: Sam Ashe Arnold, Kyle Peacock

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

The Substitute
Writer: Madeleine Sims-Fewer

 

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, SHORT FILM

Divorce Photographer
Director: Christine Buijs