The following awards are presented as part of the 2017 Calgary International Film Festival. This year, join us on the final Sunday of the festival for our inaugural Awards Party as we announce the 2017 audience & jury award winners and celebrate with one final party.
For more information about what's changed with our awards this year, read our latest news item.
Best Canadian Narrative Feature presented by RBC – $10,000 cash prize (NEW)
Jury Award for the Best Canadian Narrative Feature Film
New at the 2017 festival, the jury will consider Canadian narrative features with an emphasis on emerging directors and those who do not yet have a history of major theatrical distribution. The recipient receives $10,000, supported by RBC’s Emerging Artists Program.
BEST FEATURE JURORS 2017
Lee Caruthers is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Calgary. Her book, Doing Time: Temporality, Hermeneutics, and Contemporary Cinema, (SUNY 2016) blends philosophy with film analysis to uncover the experiences of time that recent cinema offers to viewers. Carruthers’ latest research examines contemporary auteurs like Terrence Malick and Denis Villeneuve.
Robert Cuffley is a Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter who began shooting short movies while still in junior high school. Since then Robert has had his work shown around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW and of course, the Calgary International Film Festival, where his latest film, CHOKESLAM, played as last year’s closing night gala.
Sean Garrity, based in Winnipeg, has been recognized for jury awards at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Brussels and Hot Docs, to name a few, and his films have won numerous audience awards. His work has been selected by some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, translated into 15 languages, the subject of numerous remakes, and they have been distributed and broadcast around the world.
Best of Shorts presented by Minimax, Copyseis and Jerilyn Wright – $2,500 cash prize each
Best Alberta Short
Best Overall Short (Live Action or Animated)
Best Documentary Short
The Best of Shorts Finalists will be presented in one package on the final Sunday of the festival, prior to the Awards Celebration & Party later that evening. The jury-award winners will receive a $2,500 cash prize, supported by Minimax, Copyseis and Jerilyn Wright & Associates. The winner of the Best Overall Short Film (Live Action or Animated) Award will qualify for Academy Award consideration, as the Calgary International Film Festival is an Oscar-accredited festival for short films in the Live Action and Animated categories.
BEST OF SHORTS JURORS 2017
Jennifer Liao made her feature directorial debut with END OF DAYS, INC., supported by Telefilm Canada and nominated for a Writers Guild of Canada Award. Her short films have aired on CBC, Bravo!, and Air Canada, and she is currently a writer on the OMNI TV series BLOOD AND WATER.
Chris Krieger is an industry veteran with over 25 years of professional experience. He started his career in front of the camera anchoring and reporting for TV stations across Western Canada. In 2008, after a successful transition into production, Chris co-founded the Calgary based boutique firm Deluxe Design Group. Since then DDG has consistently turned out award winning work for artistic, corporate and commercial clients across North America.
Tina Alford is the Branch Representative for ACTRA ALBERTA, Vice-President of Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) and Director of the Herland Mentorship program. She’s a passionate advocate for the Alberta Screen Industry with over eighteen years of experience. She also has two of the cutest standard poodles in the city.
Igor Tesker is originally from Russia, and moved to Canada in 2008, stepping (quite literally) into a completely different world. Holding a Ph.D in chemistry, he then created Minimax Group, Inc. and seven years later it is one of the biggest video game distributors in Canada. Igor loves the ever-growing Calgary art scene.
AUDIENCE AWARDS presented by CTV
The best of the fest decided by you! All films at the festival are eligible for Audience Awards and are based on audience ballots collected at each screening.
Audience Favourite, Alberta Feature (NEW)
Audience Favourite, Narrative Feature
Audience Favourite, Documentary Feature
Audience Favourite, Alberta Short (NEW)
Audience Favourite, Narrative Short (Live Action or Animated)
Audience Favourite, Documentary Short
FAN AWARD presented by Evans Hunt & Stone-Olafson (NEW)
We want to know which film our most dedicated fans love. Anyone that sees more than 10 films will be eligible to vote on our fan award. Motivation to see even more films!