WHISTLER, B.C. -- The Tatiana Maslany-starring coming-of-age drama Picture Day on Sunday won the Borsos Award for best Canadian feature at the Whistler Film Festival.
Maslany also won the trophy for best performance in the film by first-time director Kate Melville that bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Picture Day follows a rebellious teenager, played by Maslany, who is caught between adolescence and adulthood as she repeats her last year of high school.
Melville’s film beat out other TIFF titles for the Borsos crown, like Sudz Sutherland’s Home Again, Sean Garrity’s My Awkward Sexual Adventure and Michael McGowan’s Still, which stars James Cromwell.
Other Borsos competition titles in Whistler included a world premiere for David Mortin’s Mad Ship and two Quebec films, Martin Laroche’s Fair Sex and Bernard Edmond’s All That You Possess.
The Whistler jury also gave the world documentary award to Karen Cho’s Status Quo?, a National Film Board of Canada film about the history of the Canadian women’s movement.
And the Canadian shortwork award went to Requiem for Romance, by Jonathan Ng, about a couple’s tragic love affair ending during an evening phone call, while the international shortwork award went to Polish director Marcin Bortkiewicz’s Drawn From Memory.
Other Whistler award winners: The shortwork student award went to Jon Thomas’ Plating, and the mountain culture film award was picked up by William Kerig for Ready to Fly.
Elsewhere, the MPPIA short film award was won by Jon Ornoy for True Love Waits.