The Whistler Film Festival is pleased to
announce the six films that will compete in the 11th annual Borsos
Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film presented by the Directors
Guild of Canada - British Columbia for a cash prize of $15,000, the
second largest cash film festival prize for a Canadian film in the
country. WFF also recognizes the Best Performance in a Borsos Film, won
by Tatiana Maslany for the past two consecutive years for her
performance in Jason Priestley's CAS & DYLAN (2013) and Kate
Melville's PICTURE DAY (2012).
New for 2014, the Whistler Film
Festival has introduced two inaugural awards for the Borsos Competition
including Best Direction and Best Screenplay of a Borsos Film.
Additionally, a $15,000 Post Production Prize from Encore Vancouver will
be presented to the winning Borsos title for Best Canadian Feature.
Launched in 2004 in honor of legendary
Canadian filmmaker Phillip Borsos, the Borsos Competition for Best
Canadian Feature Film celebrates independent vision, original
directorial style and the diversity of talent found in Canadian film.
For the past ten years, the Borsos Competition entries have exuded the
creative fire and artistry embodied by filmmaker Phillip Borsos who was
known for his inspiring work on the Genie Award-winning films THE GREY
FOX (1982), and BETHUNE: THE MAKING OF A HERO (1990).
To compete in the Borsos Competition,
films must be at least Western Canadian premieres. An esteemed
international jury of three will announce the winner at the Whistler
Film Festival’s awards ceremony on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the
Whistler Conference Centre. Past jury presidents include Luc Déry,
Martin Katz, Bruce Greenwood, Ivan Reitman, Donald Sutherland, Atom
Egoyan, Norman Jewison and Robert Lantos. This year's jury members will
be announced in November. The 2013 Borsos Competition winner was Bruce
McDonald's THE HUSBAND.
The following six films will compete in
the esteemed Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature and directors
will be in attendance:
AFTER THE BALL
Director: Sean Garrity
After two entries in the 2012 Borsos Competition, Sean Garrity
presents a fairy tale retelling of the Cinderella story set in the world
of fashion design. Co-written by Kate Melville, a previous Borsos Best
Picture winner for PICTURE DAY and produced by Don Carmody, Gabrielle
Martinelli, Jane Silverstone-Segal and Robin Crumley the film stars
Portia Doubleday, Marc-André Grondin, Chris Noth and Lauren Holly.
BANG BANG BABY
Western Canadian Premiere
Director: Jeffrey St. Jules
With his debut feature, Jeffrey St. Jules delivers the wildly
original musical set in teh 60s following a small town teenager dealing
with her dreams of becoming a singing sensation, even as a toxic
chemical leak threatens the local population with mutations. Produced by
Daniel Bekerman, Don Allan and Jonathan Bronfman, BANG BANG BABY stars
Jane Levy, Peter Stormare, Justin Chatwin and Nick Bateman.
FÉLIX AND MEIRA (Félix et Meira)
Western Canadian Premiere
Director: Maxime Giroux
Just off of a win for Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International
Film Festival, director Maxime Giroux (JO FOR JONATHAN, WFF 2010)
presents this unusual love story, between a lonely francophone man in
Montreal and the married Hasidic Jewish mother to whom he feels a
connection. Tradition, loneliness and desire make for strange bedfellows
in this contemporary Canadian tale of longing. Produced by Nancy Grand
and Sylvain Corbeil, FÉLIX AND MEIRA stars Martin Dubreuil, Hadas Yaron
and Luzer Twersky.
Director: Cameron Labine
Our Whistler setting provides particular relevance to director
Cameron Labine's spectacular comedic/dramatic tale of survival in the
harsh Rocky Mountain winter, as two enstranged brothers must bury their
differences if they wish to survive their struggle to descend a mountain
against incredible odds. Produced by Jason James and stars Tyler Labine
and Chace Crawford.
Western Canadian Premiere
Director: Deanne Foley
In this hilarious romantic comedy directed by Deanne Foley, Lexie, an
overweight but feisty bed and breakfast operator in Nova Scotia, is
running out of time to find a date to her beautiful sister's wedding
when in walks the hunk of her dreams. Produced by Alan Collins, Lynne
Wilson and Avi Federgreen RELATIVE HAPPINESS stars Australian actress
Melissa Bergland, Aaron Poole and Jonathan Sousa.
WOLVES (Les Loups)
Director: Sophie Deraspe
Previous Borsos award winner Sophie Deraspe (VITAL SIGNS, WFF 2009)
tells the story of Élie, a young covalescent woman, who lands on a
remote North Atlantic island during the spring thaw. In this isolated
world, people's lives and deaths are shaped by the brute forces of
nature. Élie feels both drawn to and repelled by the men engaged in the
annual seal hunt. Élie'a presence arouses curiosity and mistrust. Maria,
the village matriarch and den mother, seeks to uncover the secret
reason behind Élie's visit. WOLVES explores the profound need for
beloging. Produced by Marc Daigle of ACPAV, one of the most consistent
producers of quality Quebec films and Sophie Salboat of
Athénaïse/France, this film stars Evelyne Brochu, Louise Portal and