Alyx Duncan’s short The Tide Keeper has won the International ShortWork Award at Canada’s Whistler Film Festival.
Judges called Duncan “ a filmmaker who is relentlessly dedicated to a strong theme,” and presumably meant that as a compliment, since they named her the winner. Their comments on the film were less equivocal, calling it “gripping, poetic, beautiful, and visually stunning”.
The Tide Keeper competes for more awards later this week at the NZFA where it’s up for Best Short Film, Cinematography in a Short Film, and Short Film Script. It’s already a winner on the international film festival circuit, having collected the gong for Best Animated Short at the Warsaw Film Festival.
Trailer: The Tide Keeper
The Canadian ShortWork Award went to Grayson Moore’s dark comedy Running Season, which the jury called “full of uncomfortable laughs and slow burning tension”.
From the festival’s POV, the major winner was Maxime Giroux’s Félix And Meira, which took the $30,000 in prizes and was named Best Canadian Feature Film as well as taking away the gongs for Best Screenplay, Performance and Director.
Also awarded were Madeleine Grant’s The Backward Class, winner of the World Documentary Award. Brent Hodge, in NZ earlier this year to present his A Brony Tale at Doc Edge, was among the doco award judges.
The Whistler Film Festival ran 3 – 7 December.