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GERRY BRUNET MEMORIAL AWARD: BEST BC SHORT

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About this award

The Gerry Brunet Memorial Award is named for a lifelong patron of the arts, and early Board Member of Out On Screen. Established in 1997, this juried award supports local 2SLGBTQIA+ filmmakers in their artistic practice. This award is generously supported by the Directors Guild of Canada-BC.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD: BEST FEATURE

Cora Bissett, Louise Lockwood | Adam

Based on a true life story, Adam is the journey of a young trans man who crosses geopolitical and gender boundaries in order to find his home. Originally an award-winning stage play, this project was shot in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland during Glasgow’s lockdown. The titular role is played by Adam Kashmiry, who began sharing his story in 2012 as he was seeking asylum. Nearly a decade later, this film chronicles Adam’s difficult and courageous fight to find safety as he leaves Egypt for the United Kingdom.

About this award

The People's Choice Award for Best Feature recognizes a feature-length film which captured the hearts and minds of VQFF audiences. Each audience member is given the opportunity to vote for a film, and can vote for numerous films during the Festival. The title of People's Choice for Best Feature is awarded to the film with the highest proportion of votes, ensuring all films have the opportunity to be recognized for their achievements.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD: BEST SHORT

Putri Sarah Amelia | Jemari yang Menari di Atas Luka-Luka (Golden Frames In The Closet)

Golden Frames in the Closet is a sensitive story about respect for bodily autonomy even when our souls have departed, in which a mortuary cosmetologist faces a dilemma with her latest client. This short film screened in the Absence/Presence shorts program, which explored the shared experience of grief through the filmmakers’ own uniquely queer eyes.

About this award

The People's Choice Award for Best Short recognizes a stand-out short film screened at the VQFF. Short films are both a common jumping off point for larger film careers and a phenomenal storytelling medium in their own right. The title of People's Choice for Best Short is awarded to the film with the highest proportion of votes, ensuring all short films, in all programs, have the opportunity to be recognized for their achievements.