According to a press release, the online seasonal festival brings together emerging and established names in the film industry to compete in various categories and be promoted and screened online. Season winners and official selections may apply to promote and screen films on the Montreal Independent Film Channel throughout the season.
Finally, the winners and finalists have been announced and we are delighted to share them with you.
Native American period piece by Krisztian Kery SOOYII won the award for best narrative feature film. Translated as “to be mysterious” in blackfoot, SOOYII follows the story of a young man Pikuni as he struggles to survive in the face of disease, the loss of his family, old enemies, new discoveries, and a rapidly changing world.
Short film by Eyal Kantor Georgian love story won the award for best short narrative film for depicting Georgia in the 1930s while under Soviet rule. The film follows Georgie as she navigates a forbidden love that forces her to hide a dark secret.
The winner for Best Documentary Short went to Michael Morash for his captivating documentation of the struggle of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nations tribe to decolonize their Indigenous education. In New-Chah-Nulth: Reclaiming Tradition, the tribe incorporates earthly language, tradition, and skills into their school curriculum, in order to save their culture from the brink of extinction.
Best of the best
For the horror category, Stan Papulkas Highway 13 came out on top. It is the fall of 1962, Alex and Glenda have been traveling for a long time, totally oblivious to the route they are taking, this is called the “Northern Bermuda Triangle”. For 100 years, people have been missing along Highway 13 in Alberta. What awaits Alex and Glenda may not necessarily be of this dimension.
The honors for best comedy quickly went to Vincent Orst’s rolicking Our last summer which follows six friends in their thirties who leave their wives and children for a week to relive their first vacation. They quickly realize that they are not as young as they thought or that they had not reached full maturity to claim the rank of adult.
The World Wide Web has also served as a breeding ground for the making of award-winning films like Lauren McCann’s. Boxer Girl won first prize for best web and TV pilot. In the realm of science fiction, Kairos, qualitative time won for Carlos Scasso’s exhilarating chronicle of Isacaar’s race to protect something greater than his ideals.
Other awards have focused on subjects with much more weight. In terms of the environment, the work of Oscar Corral The community of sources captured Florida’s artesian springs in difficult times, despite being one of the natural wonders of the world. The state contains the largest and highest concentration of freshwater sources on earth. But today, the future of the Florida sources is uncertain.
As for human rights, director Teresa Tuiera-PuigbÃ² accepted the price for her arrest There is still someone in the woods. During the Balkan wars, between 25,000 and 50,000 women were victims of sexual violence. Lejla, Alen, Ajna are children born as a result of rape. 25 years later, they join survivors in their struggle to break the silence and overcome stigma.
Which of these films do you think will make it through to Oscar season? Let us know in the comments!