Gabriel Correa and Jeremy Lutter are the recipients of the inaugural DGC BC Short Film Awards.
Gabriel Correa and Jeremy Lutter are the recipients of the inaugural DGC BC Short Film Awards.

The story of a young boy grappling with his feelings of homosexuality and another about addiction are the winners in the first annual Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia (DGC BC) Short Film Awards.

The DGC BC Emerging Filmmaker Award was presented to Gabriel Correa for his short film pitch Beautiful Gun. The award will allow Correa to complete his film in his directorial debut.

Beautiful Gun tells the story of a young boy going through a tough time in his life, while working with his father in a weapon shop, he discovers homosexual feelings during the Christmas season.

“As an independent filmmaker trying to break through as a film director, I believe initiatives such as this could have a tremendous impact on someone’s career,” says Correa. “I was very impressed by all of the projects put forward and feel very humbled being selected as the recipient of the Emerging Filmmaker Award.”

Jeremy Lutter’s pitch for his short film We Came From the Sea won him the DGC BC Legacy Award, giving him the opportunity to finance the film and further develop his directing career.

Described as an “elevated thriller”, We Came From the Sea is the story of addict who has recently been abandoned by his wife and five year-old daughter. As he tries to go clean, his attempts are stopped by a dangerous, uninvited guest.

It is a story Lutter felt compelled to turn into a film.

“I have lost people close to me due to addiction. In the context of B.C.’s fentanyl crisis, our province has the most deaths every year and numbers are on the rise,” he says. “When I read the script by writer and friend, Ryan Bright, I knew I had to make this project.”

Eighteen emerging filmmaker and nine legacy filmmaker applications were narrowed down to three finalists in each category. The six finalists presented their project to a panel of jurors and peers.

“It truly was a difficult process,” says juror and Leo Award president, Walter Daroshin. “All the submissions were strong and exhibited a great deal of thought and passion. In the end, we chose the winners in unity and with consensus.”

“I can’t wait to see these two films once they’re completed, and in fact hope that all six film that were presented do get made,” adds actor, Kalyn Miles, who also served as a jury member. “All six pitches were exceptionally strong, and choosing the two recipients was not an easy task by any means,”

Both awards come with support from DGC BC, along with a $30,000 cash award, and in-kind production services valued up to $75,000.00 to help the filmmakers complete their films for the festival circuit.