Tibetan director gets Dragon and Tigers Award at Vancouver

NEW DELHI: The $10,000 Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema went to Tibetan director Sonthar Gyal of China for The Sun-Beaten Path at the 30th Vancouver International Film Festival.

This award is presented to the director of a creative and innovative film from East Asia who has not yet won significant international recognition.

Anne Émond of Quebec has won the Shaw Media Award for Best Canadian Feature Film this year for Nuit #1 along with the $20,000 cash prize.

The three-member jury selected this film for its "unflinching intimacy" and atmosphere of "containment with candour and lucidity."

The 16-day Festival ended earlier this week.

The Canadian Images jury comprised Beth Barrett (Programme Manager of the Seattle International Film Festival); Dana Claxton (photographer, filmmaker and educator); and Greg Hamilton (filmmaker and Chinlone, the national sport of Myanmar, expert).

The Honourable Mention for Canadian Feature Film went to Wetlands, directed by Guy Édoin (Quebec)

The Canadian Images jury, represented by Dana Claxton, awarded a $2,000 cash award from an anonymous donor to Andrew Cividino of Ontario for We Ate the Children Last. The jury selected this film "for its creation of an apocalyptic, yet fully believable world."

The Rogers People‘s Choice Award went to A Separation directed by Asghar Farhadi.

All of the festival‘s 375 films - dramas and nonfiction, short, mid and feature length - were eligible for this award, chosen by festival-goers chose the most popular film by rating every film they saw on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent).

The VIFF Most Popular Nonfiction Film Award went to ‘Sing Your Song’ directed by Susanne Rostock. The VIFF Most Popular Canadian Film Award was won by ‘Starbuck’, directed by Ken Scott.

The National Film Board Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award went to ‘Peace Out’ directed by Charles Wilkinson with a cash prize of $2,500 in NFB technical services toward their next film from the Filmmaker Assistance Programme.

VIFF Environmental Film Audience Award was won by ‘People of a Feather’ directed by Joel Heath.

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