Andrew Huculiak’s film Violent received Best BC Film and Best Canadian Film honours at this year's Vancouver International Film Festival.
Andrew Huculiak’s film Violent received Best BC Film and Best Canadian Film honours at this year's Vancouver International Film Festival.

British Columbia filmmakers were honoured at the Vancouver International Film Fesitval’s BC Spotlight Awards Gala on the weekend, with Andrew Huculiak’s Violent and Grant Baldwin’s Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story both walking with two awards each.

Violent was the big winner of the night as it received awards for both Best BC Film and Best Canadian Film, a film the jury called ground-breaking, emotionally mature and with audacious ambitions that delivered.

“The story inhabits a very unusual space for contemporary cinema. A film about loneliness in an ordinary life, it had the jury rapt for the duration as its profound storytelling resonated throughout the film and long after,” said jury members John Cassini, Peter Machen, and Gaylene Preston.

Best known as the drummer for Vancouver-based We Are the City, Violent is Huculiak’s directorial debut, and was inspired by the band’s latest album. It stars newcomer Dagny Backer Johnsen as a young woman who, after enduring a catastrophic event, loses herself in memories of the people who loved her most.

Grant Baldwin’s Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, in which the filmmakers subsist on discarded food for six months, was the recipient of this year’s Audience Must See Award and the VIFF Impact Award.

Other awards were presented to Geneviève Dulude-Decelles for her film The Cut (Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film) and Ana Valine for Sitting on the Edge of Marlene (BC Emerging Filmmaker Award)

“Canadians should be very proud, this year’s line-up of BC filmmakers was outstanding,” say jury members. “From docs and narratives to emerging and established filmmakers, BC is a hot bed of talent in the Canadian film industry.”