Vancouver — The 30th Vancouver Film Festival wrapped Friday, handing out best Canadian feature honors to Anne Emond for her directorial debut, “Nuit #1,” about sex and 30somethings, before screening closer “The Kid With a Bike” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
Amid the recent controversy over the arrest of several Iranian filmmakers, the People’s Choice Award went to Iranian helmer Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation.”
The film follows a couple that has tochoose between leaving Iran to give their child a better or to stay and take care of a parent suffering from Alzheimer’s.
The NFB most popular Canadian documentary award went to Charles Wilkinson’s “Peace Out” while the audience award for environmental went to Joel Heath’s “People of a Feather.”
The Audience Choice Awards were chosen from the fest’s 375 films in various genres.
The fest also previously announced the $10,000 Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, which went to Tibetan director Sonthar Gyal for “The Sun-Beaten Path.”