FIN 2017 Award Winners

A Sweet Release...

After a successful 37th year, FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival announces its award winners for the event, September 14 - 21 in Halifax.

Award winners include:

The Gordon Parsons Award for Best Atlantic Feature:
Presented by FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
Winner: Black Cop – Cory Bowles

Best Atlantic Short:
Sponsored by 902 Post
Winner: Thug – Daniel Boos

Best Atlantic Documentary:
Sponsored by DOC Atlantic
Winner: In The Waves – Jacquelyn Mills

Best Atlantic Short Documentary:
Sponsored by Pilot Light Productions
Winner: Invading Giants – Kevin A. Fraser

Best Atlantic Animation
Presented by FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
Winner: ‘Him’ – Lorna Kirk

Best Atlantic Director:
Sponsored by William F. White International
Winner: Cory Bowles – Black Cop

The Michael Weir Award for Best Atlantic Screenwriting:
Sponsored by Michael Weir Foundation for the Arts
Winner: Darcy Spidle – The Crescent

Best Atlantic Cinematographer:
Presented by FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
Winner: Guy Godfree – Suck It Up

Best Atlantic Editor:
Presented by Canadian Cinema Editors
Winner: Jacquelyn Mills and Steve Wadden – In The Waves

Best Atlantic Original Score or Song:
Presented by FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
Winner: Seth A. Smith – The Crescent

Joan Orenstein Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress:
Sponsored by Sky Talent Group
Winner: Danika Vandersteen – The Crescent

David Renton Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor:
Sponsored by Sky Talent Group
Winner: Simon Paul Mutuyimana – Thug

Telefilm Canada Script Pitch:
Sponsored by The Harold Greenberg Fund and Telefilm Canada
Winner: Rebecca Babcock – Anew

The 37th Atlantic Film Festival Jury:  

Aisling Chin-Yee is producer, director, and owner of Fluent Films. She works closely with filmmakers with unapologetic visions in feature films, television series, and documentaries. Fluent Films current slate includes the screen and television adaptations of best-selling novels, 2014 Giller Prize winner Us Conductors, and 2016 Giller nominee The Party Wall. Aisling Chin-Yee’s producing credits include acclaimed films Rhymes for Young Ghouls, The Saver, Last Woman Standing, Inside these Walls, The Color of Beauty, and the television series Lost Generation. She wrote and directed Sound Asleep, and Synesthesia. Her directorial feature film The Day Between and series Sharing Sharon are currently in development.

Aram Collier is a filmmaker, educator, and former film festival programmer. He has a background in documentary, editing the award-winning feature documentary Refugee and directing/editing the short doc Who I Became, both of which broadcast nationally on PBS in the United States. His subsequent dramatic and experimental films have played festivals in the United States, Canada, Japan, and China. Aram is a mixed race Asian Canadian/American and has a BFA and MFA in Film Production from UC Santa Cruz and York University respectively. Aram's first feature Stand Up Man is having its World Premiere at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival.

Jay Dahl is a writer, director and producer of feature films and television. As a director, Jay’s work has premiered at film festivals around the world, including the AFF, the BFI, and opening the Canadian Gala at TIFF. Jay’s first feature There Are Monsters won four awards at the 2013 AFF, including Best Director.  As producer (with partner Bill Niven) Jay produced Andrea Dorfman’s Heartbeat (TIFF 2014), and Picnicface’s Rollertown (Slamdance 2012, Cad Comedy Awards - Best Director, Screenplay, Feature Film). Jay is currently in post on a new feature, Halloween Party.

About FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival

FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival is an eight-day celebration of film, media and music from our region and around the world. It’s a festival that turns Halifax into an international mecca for the arts, abuzz with film lovers and filmmakers alike.

Our expertly curated program is your must-see movie list, well beyond the festival.

We have something for everyone, and all of it is exceptional - we are Atlantic Canada’s curator of epic and unforgettable stories.

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