Well that’s all folks from Calgary! The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) closed its 17th annual film festival with an endearing wrestling rom-com movie titled Chokeslam (2016, Canada, Directed by Robert Cuffley). It is also a comedy about life after high school and unrequited passions. Director Robert Cuffley, producer Carolyn McMaster, co-screenwriter Jason Long, as well as cast members Michael Eklund, Niall Matter, Lance Storm, Harry Smith and British-born actress Agram Darshi were all in attendance! Chokeslam aims to be released on the big screen across Canada on February 10, 2017, just in time for Valentines Day!
The highlight of the evening was of course when local wrestling champ Erica Wiebe surprised everyone by showing up unexpectedly with her recent prized Rio Olympics 2016 golden medal.
CIFF 2016 also just announced their audience favorite awards. They are presented in two categories: The Audience Choice Awards, sponsored by CTV, are voted on by audience ballot, which includes awards in the Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Live Action/Documentary Short Film, and Best Animated Short Film categories. All films screening in the festival are eligible for Audience Choice Awards.
Meanwhile, the Discovery: First-Time Feature Filmmaker Awards are voted on by audience ballot, and include awards for Best First Narrative Feature and Best First Documentary Feature. The recipients of these awards will receive $3,500 each, supported by RBC’s Emerging Artists Program. Films in competition are listed here.
Here is the complete list of festival audience favorite winners…
CIFF 2016: Feature Award Winners
BURN YOUR MAPS (Director Jordan Roberts) – Audience Award, Best Narrative
PUSHING DEAD (Director Tom E. Brown) – Discovery Award, Best Narrative
THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS (Director Bernard MacMahon) – Audience Award, Best Documentary & Discovery Award, Best Documentary
CIFF 2016: Short Award Winners
PICKLE (Director Amy Nicholson) – Audience Award, Best Documentary Short Film
90 DEGREES NORTH (Director Detsky Graffam) – Audience Award, Best Narrative Short Film
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