'Doctor Lewis' seduces aud

VICTORIA, B.C. — French-Canadian romp “Seducing Doctor Lewis,” a Quebec hit from helmer Jean-Francois Pouliot, won the audience award at the 2004 Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival, which wrapped in British Columbia’s capital city on Sunday. The juried awards were handed out Jan. 31 with Danish helmer Lone Scherfig’s dark-tinged Scottish-set comedy “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself” snagging feature honors. It was likely the pic’s last stop before distribution in Canada by ThinkFilm.

Other prizes included the Famous Players award for Canadian feature, which went to “Love, Sex and Eating the Bones,” by Toronto director Sudz Sutherland.

The Chum TV award for first feature went to Vancouver’s Trent Carlson for “The Delicate Art of Parking.” Helmer Ann Marie Fleming, also of Vancouver, won the CBC Newsworld award for her documentary “Magical Life of Long Tack Sam,” about her grandfather.

The Times-Colonist award for short went to Austria’s Sigmund Steiner for “Fast Film,” and the Government of Canada award for short animation went to Gail Noonan, of Mayne Island, B.C., for the ironically titled “More Sensitive.”

The fast-growing fest’s 10th edish did about 25% better than last year, which handled about $40,000 in ticket sales.

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