HOLLYWOOD — Helmer Kari Skogland’s “Fifty Dead Men Walking” scooped the Western Canada film award at the 27th Vancouver Film Festival, which wrapped its 16-day run on Friday with a gala screening of Gallic helmer Laurent Cantet’s “Entre les murs” (The Class) .
The fest handed out nine other honors. The nonfiction feature award went to Mexican documentary “Born Without,” directed by the late Eva Norvind, about severely handicapped Mexican actor and musician Jose Flores.
Vancouver’s Women in Film & Television artistic merit award was bestowed on thesp Tantoo Cardinal for her role in “Mothers&Daughters.” Award is given annually to a B.C. femme filmmaker or performer whose work played at the fest. Pic also scooped the audience honor for most popular Canuck film.
The inaugural Intl. Film Guide Inspiration laurel went to helmer Cameron Labine of B.C. for “Control Alt Delete.”
The laurel for most promising director of a Canadian short went to Drew McCreadie of Vancouver for “The Valet.”
French helmer Philippe Claudel’s “Il y a longtemps que je t’aime” (I’ve Loved You So Long) won the audience award for film.
The inaugural audience docu laurel went to “Throw Down Your Heart,” directed by Sascha Paladino, about banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck’s musical journey to Africa.
The National Film Board’s award for most popular Canadian documentary went to “Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action” by helmer-scribe Velcrow Ripper.
Finally, the fest’s audience award for environmental film was handed to helmer Sam Bozzo’s doc “Blue Gold: World Water Wars,” which world preemed at the fest.