EDvent: Edmonton International Film Festival '09, Part III

EIFF '09 has come and gone, but organizers are already looking towards 2010

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

IT'S been a month and a half since the 2009 Edmonton International Film Festival came to an end, but that doesn't mean that we can't still check in. After all, the EIFF recently issued their latest newsletter, declaring the '09 season a success!

Attendance for the 23rd annual EIFF (Sept. 25-Oct. 3) was up again, and the festival experienced even more interest in their programming streams, which included "Sobey's Lunchbox Shorts" and "In Our Own Backyard."

The EIFF is already accepting submissions for its 2010 edition, but films must have been produced AFTER April 1, 2009. There are four categories to consider when submitting: Narrative Feature (75 minutes or more), Documentary Feature (60 minutes or more), Short Films (30 minutes or less), and Documentary Shorts (30 minutes or less).

In addition to films, the EIFF is also on the look out for board members, for terms of two years each. "We need people who are passionate about independent and international filmmaking, are connected to the local business community...and a bit of knowledge of background in marketing wouldn't hurt either," stated the EIFF.

For anyone interested in either submitting a film or becoming a board member, check out the EIFF's official website.

And then there's the awards! After the thousands of votes were counted, the EIFF announced the winners at the '09 season, including the inaugural People's Choice Award victor. The complete list of winners is below:


2009 Edmonton International Film Festival Winners:

-People's Choice Award for Best Film: My Suicide (dir. David Lee Miller)
-Frame 30 Award for Best Alberta Short: City of Noise (dir./prod. Mitch Barany)
-Kodak Canada Award for Best Canadian Short: Found (dir./prod. Paramita Nath)
-Jury Award for Best Documentary Short: Down Here (dir. Charles Wilkinson)
-Rat Creek Design Award for Best Animated Short: Animated American (dir. James Baker & Joe Haidar)
-Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film: Gone Fishing (dir./wri. Chris Jones)
-Citytv Canadian Feature Award: Passenger Side (dir./wri. Matt Bissonnette)
-Grand Jury Award for Best Independent Dramatic Feature: My Suicide (dir. David Lee Miller/ wri. David Lee Miller & Jordan J. Miller)
-Grand Jury Award for Best Independent Documentary Feature: Winnebago Man (dir. Ben Steinbauer/ wri. Ben Steinbauer & Malcolm Pullinger)
-Rising Star Award for Best Actor: Ryan Ward (Son of the Sunshine)
-Rising Star Award for Best Director: Todd Berger (The Scenesters)

Below is the trailer for David Lee Miller's My Suicide (2009), which won two awards at the Edmonton International Film Festival '09, courtesy of YouTube.






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