2019 Awards and Competitions
Sea to Sky Award
Presented by TELUS
$20,000 cash prize. This award recognizes the outstanding work of one female key creative on a BC-produced feature or short.
Winner: Ying Wang for The World Is Bright
Best BC Film Award
Presented by Creative BC and Encore by Deluxe
$10,000 from Creative BC and $15,000 in post-production services credit supplied by Encore by Deluxe.
Winner: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn
BC Emerging Filmmaker AwardPresented by UBCP/ACTRA, AFBS & William F. White International Inc.
$7,500 cash prize sponsored by UBCP/ACTRA and ACTRA Fraternal Benefits Society, plus a $10,000 equipment credit supplied by William F. White International Inc.
Winner: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathersfor The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Best Canadian Film
$15,000 award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada.
Winner: One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk by Zacharias Kunuk
Special Mention: Blood Quantum by Jeff Barnaby
Emerging Canadian Director
$3,000 award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada.
Winner: Heather Young for Murmur
Special Mention: Myriam Verreault for Kuessipan
Best Canadian Documentary
$15,000 prize presented by the Rogers Group of Funds.
Winner: Jordan River Anderson, the Messenger by Alanis Obomsawin
Special Mention: My Dads, My Moms and Me by Julia Ivanova
Best Canadian Short Film
$15,000 in colour grading and/or VFX services credit supplied by Side Street Post.
Winner: At the Bottom of the Sea by Caroline So Jung Lee
Special Mention: The Physics of Sorrow by Theodore Ushev
Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film$2,000 and a Roundtrip Flight anywhere Delta Air Lines flies. Presented by Gary Harvey and Delta Air Lines
Winner: Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau and Yannick Nolin for Acadiana
Special Mention: Jessica Johnson, Ryan Ermacora for Labour/Leisure
VIFF Impact Award
$5,000 prize. Presented by the Lochmaddy Foundation
Winner: Resistance Fighters by Michael Wech
Rob Stewart Eco Warrior Award
$5,000 prize. Presented by RBC and Cineplex
Winner: Peter Nelson, director of The Pollinators
Super Channel People’s Choice AwardPresented by Super Channel
VIFF festival-goers will determine the winner of the Super Channel People’s Choice Award. The results of this balloting will also determine the winner of several other audience awards.
Super Channel People’s Choice Award
Winner: Parasite by Bong Joon Ho
VIFF Most Popular International Documentary Award
Winner: Coup 53 by Taghi Amirani
VIFF Most Popular Canadian Feature Award
Winner: Red Snow by Marie Clements
VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award