THE BEST OF CIFF: OUR Awards

Going into its 21st year, the 11-day Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) has grown to be the biggest film festival in Alberta and the sixth-largest in Canada.  CIFF showcases 175+ short and feature-length multi-genre films, from Canada and around the world.

With Academy Award® accreditation and juried cash prizes, CIFF is a world-class celebration of cinema’s best and brightest. 

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2020 CIFF AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS - PRESENTED BY CTV

The best of the fest decided by the fans themselves! Most films at the festival are eligible for our Audience Awards and are based on the collective score of the audience ballots collected at each screening online and in-cinema.

 

Audience Choice Award, Alberta Feature 

Cheryl Foggo, JOHN WARE RECLAIMED

Audience Choice Award, Alberta Short or Mid-Length

Victoria McFadyen TRUE WEST: THE JOHN SCOTT STORY

Audience Choice Award, Canadian Narrative Feature 

Clark Johnson: PERCY

 

Audience Choice Award, Canadian Documentary

 

Kim O'Bomsawin, CALL ME HUMAN

 

Audience Choice Award, International Documentary

 

Ryan White, ASSASSINS

 

Audience Choice Award, International Narrative


Mohammad Rasoulof, THERE IS NO EVIL

 

Audience Choice Award, Special Presentations

 

Florian Zeller, THE FATHER

 

Audience Choice Award, Late Shift 

 

Zoé Wittock, JUMBO

 

Audience Choice Award, Music on Screen

Mary Wharton, JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT

Audience Choice Award, Generation Next

 

Shalini Kantayya, CODED BIAS

 

Audience Choice Award, Narrative Short (Live Action or Animated)

 

Kargo Chen, CHEN CHEN

 

Audience Choice Award, Documentary Short 

 

Lese Skidmore: (RE)CLAIMING INDIAN STATUS

 

Audience Choice Award, Animated

 

Taylor Meacham, TO GERARD

 

 

2020 FESTIVAL JURY AWARDS

$10,000 CAD: RBC Emerging Canadian Artist Award. This juried award is given to the Canadian director who creates the best first or second narrative feature film.

Madeleine Sims-Fewer & Dusty Mancinelli, VIOLATION
Honourable Mention Emerging Artist: Pascal Plante, NADIA, BUTTERFLY

$5,000 CAD: DGC Best Canadian Documentary Award. This juried award is given to the Canadian director who creates the best documentary in the section.

Kim O'Bomsawin, CALL ME HUMAN 
Lulu Wei, THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE THIS PLACE, ANYPLACE

$1,000 CAD: Best International Narrative Feature. This juried award is given to the international director who creates the best film in the section.

Srdan Golubović, FATHER (OTAC)
Samuel Kishi Leopo, THE WOLVES (LOS LOBOS)

$1,000 CAD: Best International Documentary Feature. This juried award is given to the international director who creates the best documentary in the section.

Shalini Kantayya, CODED BIAS
Ala'A Mohsen, A NEW BEGINNING

$2,500 CAD: Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short (Live-Action or Animated)
This juried award also qualifies the winner for consideration in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards®, without the standard theatrical run that a film typically needs to qualify for an Oscar® nomination.

Francesca Canepa, THE SILENCE OF THE RIVER


Additional prizes for short films include:

$1,000 CAD: Best Live Action Short Film Award

Camille Hollett-French, FREYA

$1,000 CAD: Best Documentary Short Film Award

Julia Jansch, MY FATHER THE MOVER

$1,000 CAD: Best Animated Short Film Award

Catherine Lepage, THE GREAT MALAISE

$1,000 CAD: Best Alberta Short Film Award + $5,000 CAD Gift Certificate from William F. White International

Weston Snider, DICHROME


$1,000 CAD: Best Student Short Film Award 

Kargo Chen, CHEN CHEN
Kevin Haefelin, TRUMPET
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To view the full list of 2020 CIFF Jury Award winners, click here.