2016 Fort mcMurray International Film Festival
Celebrating it’s 6th year, the Fort McMurray International Film Festival (YMMIFF) was held September 2-4th at two locations, the McMurray Experience for daytime programming and the Keyano Recital Theatre for evening programming. The measure of success this year was in the execution of the film festival after the May 2016 Fire that resulted in all of Fort McMurray being evacuated. This was a year of rebuilding.
6 awards were handed out in the closing ceremony presented by the Fort McMurray Filmmakers Association.
Best Animation, Experimental or Music Video: Elisa Chee for “Lucy” (CANADA)
Best Short: Vlad Buzaianu for “Dreams on Sale” (ROMANIA)
Best Performance: Stéphane Coulon in “Gorilla” (FRANCE)
Best Director: Ufuk Cavuş for “To The Sea” (TURKEY)
Best Feature: Min Sook Lee for “Migrant Dreams” (CANADA)
Wood Buffalo Spirit Award: Paul Carpentier for “Hath Petey” (FORT MCMURRAY)
A total of 6 local teams entered the annual 48hr Film Challenge running August 26-28th 2016 with 4 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:
48h Challenge – Best Performance: Arpita Islam in “Promise”
48h Challenge – Best Director: Claudia Trottier for “Promise”
48h Challenge – Best Film: See Fad Productions for “Rebuilding: A Blockumentary”
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