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What's On, July 2024


WIFF Prize in Canadian Film

WIFF is committed to celebrating excellence in Canadian film by honouring Canadian films and filmmakers with an annual cash prize of $25,000. An independent jury comprised of film industry experts selects the winner. The English-Korean film Riceboy Sleeps, directed by Anthony Shim was the recipient of the 2022 prize. At the 2023 Festival, Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person, directed by Ariane Louis-Seize was awarded the prize. Learn more about the nominees and jury from last year’s festival by clicking below.

Spotlight Award

The WIFF Spotlight Award is given to recipients who have achieved a distinguished film career with films or performances that have made an impact within the film industry. The first WIFF Spotlight Award was given to the Academy Award-nominated star of House of Sand And Fog, Shohreh Aghdashloo, at the 2019 festival.

In 2023, WIFF was proud to present the award to Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau. The award was presented during a special event and screening of his latest project, Lac-Mégantic: This Is Not An Accident.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The WIFF Lifetime Achievement Award is given to recipients who are recognized for their contributions and impacts over their whole career to the film industry.

The first WIFF Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Canadian director, producer and screenwriter Norman Jewison as he attended the 2014 festival to receive his award and participate in a Q&A.

The second WIFF Lifetime Achievement Award was given to American actress Louis Smith. She attended WIFF in 2017 to receive her award, as well as participated in a Q&A about her decades-long career before a screening of her newest film, Marjorie Prime.

Liuna! People’s Choice Award

The LiUNA! People’s Choice Award is one of the festival’s most coveted prizes. This award is given to the film that has the highest collective rating from the audience.

After every screening, audience members can vote online through their WIFF accounts.

The winner of the 2023 LiUNA! People’s Choice Award was Irena’s Vow directed by Louise Archambault.

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