Short Film Awards: The Winners

Posted on September 25, 2016

CALGARY – The Calgary International Film Festival is pleased to announce the winners of the short film awards in the three jurored series: the Best of Shorts, Youth by Youth Cinema and Alberta Spirit.

In Best of Shorts, the winner of the Best Overall Short Film will qualify for Academy Award® consideration. CIFF is now an Oscar-accredited festival for short films in the Animated and Narrative categories. New this year, the best documentary short and best narrative short will also win a $2,500 cash prize.

The Youth by Youth Cinema Awards showcase student filmmakers age 8-18 and awarded prizes in various categories.

“The Calgary International Film Festival celebrates the entire range of filmmakers – from promising students to the world’s most acclaimed to the best from our own backyard,” said Steve Schroeder, Executive Director, Calgary International Film Festival. “We saw amazing talent of up-and-coming filmmakers in Youth by Youth Cinema, and the winners of our Best of Shorts could go on to the Oscars." 

Alberta Spirit, which recognizes the best in Alberta short filmmaking, includes a $2,500 juried cash prize. The series comprised a selection of 10 Alberta short films, handpicked by CIFF’s dedicated shorts programmers.

“The films in this package exemplify Albertan values while showcasing our landscape, crews, and stories,” said Brennan Tilley, Shorts Programmer, Calgary International Film Festival. “From the early innovation of CREE CODE TALKER in World War II to the hard working woman in GRANDMA LEARNS TO DRIVE, this selection of films celebrates pieces of what connect us all as Albertans,” said Karilynn Thompson, Shorts Programmer, Calgary International Film Festival.

THE WINNERS IN THE THREE SHORT FILM CATEGORIES ARE: 

ALBERTA SPIRIT

WINNER – Alberta Spirit Award
LOST FACE, Director Sean Meehan (produced by Joe Media Group)


HONOURABLE MENTION
ANXIETY #5, Director Jesse Foster

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BEST OF SHORTS

WINNER – Best Overall Short Film
BALCONY, Director Toby Fell-Holden
*Toby Bell-Holden was in attendance to receive his award. Photos available by request.

WINNER – Best Short Documentary
BROKEN – THE WOMEN'S PRISON OF HOHENECK (KAPUTT), Director Alexander Lahl & Volker Schlecht

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YOUTH BY YOUTH CINEMA AWARDS

OBSCURA
WINNER – Animation All Ages
Director: Ben Thomas

DEAR
WINNER – Silent Film, All Ages 
Director: Laura Malatos 

THE SECRET LIFE OF A GUM WALL
WINNER – Narrative/Live Action/Documentary Ages 7-11
DIirector: Celia Jensen 

THE TEA PARTY
WINNER – Narrative/Live Action Ages 12-15
Director: Nolan Briggs

ELLIE 
WINNER – Narrative/Live Action Ages 16-18

Director: Morgana McKenzie 

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THE FESTIVAL IS IN FULL SWING
Single tickets to all films are on sale now, as well as gala tickets, festival passes and ticket packages. Buy them at our festival Box Office at Eau Claire Market, or at calgaryfilm.com.

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