Celebrating it’s 5th year, the Fort McMurray International Film Festival (YMMIFF) was held September 4 – 6 2015 at the Keyano Recital Theatre. Organizers were pleased with the audience turn out, marking it the most successful festival since inauguration.
15 awards totaling over $5,000 were handed out in the closing ceremony presented by the YMMFMA founding members and festival co-organizers. Volunteer judges Cody Bown, Hanna Fridhed and Diana Moser provided artistic analyses while critiquing each competitive submission and listed the following as winners:
Best Short: “Antoine” by Cyrus Neshvad (Luxembourg)
Best Feature: “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” by Matt D’Avella (USA)
Best Documentary: “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” by Matt D’Avella (USA)
Best Music Video: “I’m In Love With the City” by John Osborne (Canada)
Best Animation: “Butterfly Hunter” by Min-Yu Chen (Taiwan)
Best Experimental: “Evolution and Devolution” by K. Andrew Murphy (USA)
Best Director: Peter D. Findlay for “The Bear”
Best Actor: Max Putz for “Antoine”
Best Actress: Annette Schlechter for “Antoine”
Best Cinematographer: Samy Inayeh for “The Bear”
Wood Buffalo Spirit Award: Sanjay Patel for “If You Love Your Children”
A total of 8 local teams entered the annual 48hr Film Challenge running August 28 – 30 2015 with 6 films making it to completion. Each film had to incorporate the 3 special elements announced at the contest launch. Audiences were highly entertained by the entries that screened Sunday evening before the awards ceremony. The winners include:
Best 48hr Actor: Brodie Dransutavicius for “Captain Canada” by Team Professional Homeless
Best 48hr Actress: Juila Bennett for “Reunited” by Team Beetlesquad
Best 48hr Director: Craig Momney for “Typecast” by Team Hollywood
Best 48hr Film: “Captain Canada” by Professional Homeless (Brodie Dransutavicius and Anthony Wall)
This year’s festival also included the addition of a Speaker Sessions; a 2-day workshop designed to teach filmmakers of all levels the fundamentals of the craft. Cody Bown led this year’s sessions with a focus on pre-production, on-set filming as well as post-production from a director and production point of view.
The YMMIFF Organizers would like to thank our partners, Nexen a CNOOC Limited Company, the Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre and Arts Council Wood Buffalo. The YMMIFF would also like to thank our volunteer Selection Committee and Judges for their dedication to making this event a success.
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