Canada flicks scoop awards

Two Canadian films have scooped three awards at the 2012 Reel Earth Film Festival Awards, held in Palmerston North.

People of a Feather, written and directed by Vancouver-based ecologist Joel Heath, won best feature film and best science communication film.

Heath told the story of the Sanikiluaq people of Hudson Bay; he found them while filming the ecology of sea ice. People of a Feather has already won the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival's audience choice (best environmental film) and top 10 most popular film categories, and other awards at New York and San Francisco's film festivals.

Second Hand, filmed by Isaac King from Toronto, won the best ultra short category.

Palmerston North students won awards for making films in the EF-Factor award, where the letter C had to be included in the film. The Under-21 prize went to Palmerston North Girls' High School Students Sophie Kent and Katie Ayling for Cole's Conscience Confronts him about his Carbon Footprint; the 7-13 years category went to Sarah Ridsdale for Cows and Cleaner Dairying, and the under-6 category to Sarah's brother Sam, for Careful Car Washing. The Ridsdale children are homeschooled.

The best New Zealand emerging talent award went to Rachel Patching and Roland Kahurangi, for Gone Curling. The best short film went to Well Beyond Water, directed by Andy Ross (Britain and Australia). Best environmental sustainability film was Carbon for Water, by Evan Abramson and Carmen Elsa Lopez of the United States.

There were nearly 200 entries for this year's festival, and 56 made the cut to be screened.

Manawatu Standard