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“The Event” A Big Winner at 23rd Atlantic Film Fest in Canada

"The Event" A Big Winner at 23rd Atlantic Film Fest in Canada

“The Event” A Big Winner at 23rd Atlantic Film Fest in Canada

by Eugene Hernandez

Olympia Dukakis and Sarah Polley in a scene from Thom Fitzgerald’s “The Event,” which will open the 23rd Atlantic Film Festival. Image courtesy of ThinkFilm

The Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia closed last weekend in Canada with Thom Fitzgerald’s “The Event” winning a number of awards at the 23rd annual event. Fitzgerald won the directing award, nabbing $2,500 in cash, while screenwriters Fitzgerald, Tim Marback and Steve Hillyer won the outstanding writer’s award. The film was also honored with awards for art direction (D’Arcy Poultney) and editing (Christopher Cooper), while Joan Orenstein won the prize for her performance in the film. ThinkFilm is releasing the film this week.

“La Grande Seduction” won the people’s choice award for best picture at the festival, which ran from September 12-20. The event saw a jump of 15%, with an attendance of more than 23,000 this year.

The award for best documentary, a $1,500 prize, went to Jason Young’s “Animals,” with an honorable mention for John Walker’s “Men of the Deeps.” Young’s doc also won the award for best cinematography (Jay Ferguson) and the award for music composition (Allen Cole and Darren Arsenault). Walker’s doc won the award for sound design (David Hillier and Alex Salter).

Patrick Blackie’s “Masquerade” won the best short film prize in the Atlantic Canadian category, an award that includes $5,000 in services.

The prize for best Canadian feature film, a $2,500 cash award, went to Isabel Coixet’s “My Life Without Me,” while the prize for best Canadian short film which carries an equal cash award, went to Ezra Krybus and Matthew Miller’s “The School.”

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