Awards for 2017

Séquences Award

Best Film

WINNER

Bad Genius: Nattawut Poonpiriya
"For its clever mixture of suspense and humor, skillful approach to the theme of manipulation, and for its complex staging, we are proud to present the Séquences Award for Best Film to BAD GENIUS."

AQCC Award

WINNER

A Ghost Story: David Lowery
"For its nuanced cinematic treatment of material and spiritual time across human landscape."

AQCC Award - Mention

WINNER

New Flesh Award for Best First Feature

Best First Feature

WINNER

Split: Kook-Hee Choi
"For its surprising sweetness, its assured direction, and its intense collision between sports film and crime drama that feels like THE BIG LEBOWSKI meets RAIN MAN with balls, and with characters that never stray outside their lane and have heart to spare, the jury was bowled over by SPLIT."

Special Mention

WINNER

The Night of the Virgin: Roberto San Sebastián
For "its scatological sophistication, its wry look at relationships, and sly political messaging fueled by a gonzo spirit. This cautionary yet endearing tale of lust earns the Jury's special mention for unabashed weirdness and button-pushing bravado."

Cheval Noir

Best Film

WINNER

Best Actor

WINNER

Best Actress

WINNER

Best Director

WINNER

Best Screenplay

WINNER

Special Mention

WINNER

Lowlife: Ryan Prows (director)

Special Jury Prize

WINNER

Lowlife: Ryan Prows
For its "audaciousness, energy, and perfectly embodying the anarchic Fantasia spirit."

Satoshi Kon Award

Best Animated Short

WINNER

Cocolors: Toshihisa Yokoshima
"It clearly stood out above the other films in the category. Great animation, design, story, voices, backgrounds, and sound. There are a number of scenes that will always be etched in our memory."

Best Animated Feature

WINNER

Have a Nice Day: Jian Liu
"HAVE A NICE DAY stands out for the implacable mechanic of its script, its acute dialog, and for the quality of its voice talent."

Best Animated Feature - Special Mention

WINNER

Junk Head: Takahide Hori
"To acknowledge the tremendous work accomplished in the making of this movie as well as the artistic direction that seduced us."

Barry Convex Award

Special Jury Prize

WINNER

Origami: Patrick Demers
For "its deft direction, sophisticated visual aesthetic, strong performances, and the successful blending of genres in a complex story told in a refreshingly unconventional manner."

Best Canadian Feature

WINNER

Poor Agnes: Navin Ramaswaran
"Navin Ramaswaran's POOR AGNES was chosen to represent the 2017 Barry Convex Award not only for its impressive direction, darkly comic storytelling and overall unified vision, but for its challenging attitude. Coming out of a country with a system where voices of subversion against, and challenges to, the mainstream status quo are few and far between - and yet more important than ever - POOR AGNES acts as a daring and powerful middle finger against establishment filmmaking."

Action! Award

WINNER

Confidential Assignment: Sung-hoon Kim
"We couldn't take our eyes off of CONFIDENTIAL ASSIGNMENT's kickass action choreography and were captivated by its fun and funny script, putting the film above its contenders. In the vein of Walter Hill's RED HEAT, CONFIDENTIAL ASSIGNMENT brings back the late 80's action comedy with a splash, and we hope audiences will enjoy it as much as we did."

Best International Short Film

WINNER

iMedium: Alfonso García
"The direction by Alfonso Garcia, the script by Vincet Blonde, the frantic cinematography of Jesus Velez, Sebastian Roque's music, J.L Canalejo's sound design, and Jose Bermudez's stellar performance all blended perfectly together to create an emotionally charged, frightening six minutes. From the opening graphics, one could not divert their attention from the screen. As frenetically as the film begins, it manages to build in intensity and never back off. All of us on the jury were astounded by this feat."

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