15 Apr KCFF’16 Wrap Up
The 2016 Kingston Canadian Film Festival concluded on February 28, a beautiful, warm Sunday that starkly contrasted the storm that preceded opening night. Snow, rain, sunshine – the weather didn’t seem to matter as festival-goers came out in record numbers over the four days of the Festival. Attendance increased by 15% over the previous season, making KCFF’16 the strongest year ever at the box office!
2016 Award Winners
Scores for the Eye on Canada People’s Choice Award were strong, with 90% of the films receiving a “3 out of 4” or higher. Popular choices included: Al Purdy Was Here, Closet Monster, Driving with Selvi, Forsaken, and The Messenger. However, top honours went to Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr (dir. Patrick Reed, Michelle Shephard).
The coveted Steam Whistle Homebrew Award (for best local short film) was another nail-biter, with Icewalkers, Pyramid Scream, and No Means No scoring near perfect marks with our jury. Top honours in this category went to Ballad of Jack the Tenor (dir. John Abrams) which wowed our audience and jurors.
In its second season, the Youth Shorts Program had a very strong draw, prompting festival organizers to consider a larger venue for next season. The jury narrowed the final program down to fourteen films, with Water, The Table, Still Okay, and For Poppa all receiving very favourable scores. However, top honours in this category went to Kurayami No Wa (dir. Morgana McKenzie). Youth filmmaking is alive and well in Kingston – keep your eyes open for these emerging artists!
The Make a Pitch program saw filmmaking teams pitch new film projects to a group of industry panelists. After a long discussion, with much deliberation, the panelists selected Curtis Miller as the winner. Watch for Curtis’ film at KCFF’17!
Special guests, dignitaries and industry professionals were around all weekend – and what a diverse group. Guests included Jess Allen, Chief Robert Joseph, Sarah Harmer, Brian D. Johnston, Scott Thompson, K. Trevor Wilson, Jake the Snake Roberts, and over sixty other guests representing various films and projects.
KCFF thanks its amazing audience for supporting what we do! With unconventional venues and the desire to keep our festival rooted downtown, there is no comparable template for KCFF to follow – and that’s a good thing! The Festival experience is truly unique and distinctly Kingstonian. Festival organizers continually strive to improve KCFF and we are very thankful for all the feedback, suggestions and encouragement received along the way. If you have an amazing idea for KCFF’17, we’d love to hear from you.
Over one hundred volunteers assisted with box office, ushering, driving and other key roles imperative to festival operations. Our patrons and visiting industry guests constantly remind us of what we already know – KCFF volunteers are AWESOME! It may sound cliche, but it’s very true – volunteers: we couldn’t do it without you!
Festival sponsors play a huge role in supporting new programming, special guest travel and hospitality, workshops and outreach, artist fees, awards, and a myriad of other expenses. KCFF extends a heartfelt thank you to its amazing sponsors:
TD, Cogeco, Downtown Kingston BIA, Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, ACFOMI, Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, Kingston Accommodation Partners, Sun Life Financial / Living Well Financial Services, City of Kingston, Kingston Arts Council, Telefilm, George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University Film & Media, Queen’s University AMS, Canada Council for the Arts, Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries & Historic Sites, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, Film Circuit, Province of Ontario, Province of Quebec, Ballytobin Foundation, Canadian Heritage, Limestone Financial, Fidelity Investments, Steam Whistle, CMPA, Eye on Canada, Make Hay Media, TV Cogeco, 98.9 The Drive, 98.3 Fly FM, 103.7 Bob FM, CKWS, Exclaim!, POV Magazine, CFRC, OUTtv, Snapd Kingston, Queen’s Journal, Metroland Media, WTC Communications, Ontario Power Generation, Blackdog Hospitality Group, Casa-Dea Estates, Courtyard by Marriott, Avenue Strategy, Kamik, ExecuTrans, Curry Original, Centre culturel frontenac, Tracie Tattrie / Royal Lepage, Goo Systems Canada, Albert College, Fusix, Kingston Community Credit Union, Kingston Language Institute, Kingstonist, Muse Magazine, Pattison, SGPS, Station 14, Taylor Auto Mall, Upper Canada Commercial Insurance Group, Wellington Foreign Exchange, William F. White International, Amadeus Cafe, Ambassador Kingston, Brown-Forman, Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, Olivea, Tango Nuevo, Tir Nan Og.
We also thank our community and industry contributors: Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Ali Baba Kabab, Amherst Island Radio, Blue Canoe, Boston Pizza, Campus One Stop, County Cider, City of Kingston Cultural Services, David’s Tea, Dream Come True Kitchen, Domino’s Pizza, Iron Duke on Wellington, Kingston Immigration Partnership, Kingston WritersFest, LSP Design, Morrison’s Restaurant, Original Hockey Hall of Fame, Pan Chancho, Pasta Genova, POP Montreal, Reelout, The Screening Room, Secret Garden Inn, Selena’s Catering, Sima Sushi, Simply Well, Staples, Stone City Ales, Studio Q, Ta-Ke Sushi, Tara Natural Foods, Tommy’s, Work’s Burgers.