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Violent victory in Vancouver

Gaylene Preston’s Canadian Images jury at the Vancouver IFF has given Andrew Huculiak’’s Violent two prizes at the festival’s awards event.



Violent is executive produced by Candian-Kiwi Brent Hodge, who was here for Doc Edge earlier this year with his A Brony Tale.

Huculiak’s Violent is a Canada-Norway co-production, shot in Norway, which had its premiere to good notices in July’s Karlovy Vary IFF in the Czech Republic. It took the Best British Columbia and Best Canadian Film awards. The prizes are worth a combined CA$33,000 (NZ$36,000) in cash and psot-production services. The jury of Preston, director John Cassini, and the Dublin IFF’s Peter Machen commented:

“Marked by strong performances, this ground-breaking and emotionally mature film has audacious ambitions and more than delivers. The story inhabits a very unusual space for contemporary cinema. A film about loneliness in an ordinary life, it had the jury rapt for the duration as its profound storytelling resonated throughout the film and long after.”

The VIFF runs 25 September – 10 October. Part one of Preston’s Hope and Wire screens during the festival,with the VIFF presenting a special screening of the full series later this month.

The VIFF awards were presented Sunday 5 October NZ time.

The award winners were:
VIFF Impact Award, Audience Must See Award
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story , Grant Baldwin

Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film
Geneviève Dulude-Decelles for The Cut

Best BC Film Award, Best Canadian Film Award
Violent, Andrew Huculiak

BC Emerging Filmmaker Award
Ana Valine for Sitting on the Edge of Marlene

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