Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Atlantic International Film Festival announces 2022 award winners

After a successful return to the big screen with in-person screenings and events over its eight days, the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival announced its 2022 award winners as selected by a jury of Atlantic Canadian film professionals.

After a successful return to the big screen with in-person screenings and events over its eight days, the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival announced its 2022 award winners as selected by a jury of Atlantic Canadian film professionals.

This year’s big winner is Ashley McKenzie’s Queens of the Qing Dynasty, the story of a troubled neurodiverse teen hospitalized following a suicide attempt and the genderqueer hospital volunteer who bond over their shared uncertainties about their futures. McKenzie’s sophomore outing, the film took home awards for outstanding performance, director and best Atlantic feature.

Another multiple award-winner is Jackie Torrens’s feature documentary Bernie Langille Want to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille, which took home two awards, including best editor and best Atlantic documentary.

A complete list of winners follows:

RBC Script Development Winner
Winner: Nikki Martin for The Space Between

Best Atlantic Original Score
Winner: Century Egg for Little Piece of Hair

Best Atlantic Editor
Winner: Sarah Byrne for Bernie Langille Want to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille

Best Atlantic Cinematographer
Winner: Jeff Wheaton for The Year Long Boulder

The Michael Weir Award for Best Atlantic Screenwriting 
Winner: Koumbie & Taylor Olsen for Bystanders

Best Atlantic Short
Winner: Coin Slot, directed by Scott Jones and produced by Alyson Kelly

Best Atlantic Short Documentary 
Winner: Grandmothers, directed by Millefiore Clarkes and produced by Mark Sandiford

Best Atlantic Documentary
Winner: Bernie Langille Want to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille, directed by Jackie Torrens and produced by Jessica Brown

Outstanding Performance in Acting 
Winner: Andy Jones for Grown in Darkness

Outstanding Performance in Acting
Winner: Sarah Walker for Queens of the Qing Dynasty

Best Atlantic Director
Winner: Ashley McKenzie for Queens of the Qing Dynasty

Best Atlantic Feature
Winner: Queens of the Qing Dynasty, produced by Ashley McKenzie, Britt Kerr, and Nelson MacDonald

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