The Rio Grind Film Festival: And the winner is...

Dec 19 2017, 6:34 am

The Rio Grind Film Festival has come and gone without a hitch. It was a marvellous event with loads of fantastic films. The turnout was great as many Vancouverites came out to support not only the festival, but friends and local talent. But with great films comes great responsibility. Nine judges separated into three categories; Features, Documentaries, and Shorts. It was tough deliberating, we all had our favourites, but in the end, winners were chosen. And the winner is…..

Best Feature: “Vanishing Waves” (Lithuania/France)
Runner up: “John Dies at the End” (USA)
Biggest Set of Creative Balls: “Manborg” (USA)
Best Robot: “Dead Sushi” (Japan)
Best Sex Scene in a Car: “Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman” (Chile)
Best Ensemble: “The History of Future Folk” (USA)
Best Performance: Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End)
Best Body (of Work): Fernanda Urrejola (Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman)

Best Documentary: “The American Scream” (USA)

Best Short Film: “Game” (Canada)
Best Visual Effects: “Alchemy and Other Imperfections” (Canada)
Best Cinematography: “Monster” (Canada)
Best Practical Effects: “Dysmorphia” (UK)
Best Screenplay: “Karon” (Israel)

Participating in the inaugural year judging shorts was a wonderful time. With over 15 shorts entered in the festival, it wasn’t an easy decision, especially since the production value for some of the shorts were not on par. Overall I enjoyed most of the shorts, so on top of the award winners I thought I would give a shout out to some shorties that didn’t make the winners list, but made my honourable mentions list;

Shhh– (Made my short list, very well put together)
Frozen Over: In From the Cold — (The director was only 20-years-old)
MonkeyMania — Loads of fun, nice throwback flick.
Spacewrecked — Good acting, funny, and nice concept.
Hellvetica – As a writer, I appreciated this short.
Dead Crossing – Very grindhouse, I could see this turning into a feature if the funding was behind it.

I would like to congratulate everyone who participated, there were a lot of wonderful films and everyone did a great job. If you would like additional information and a full listing of films descriptions, check out The Rio Grind Film Festival website and stay up to date by visiting

Felix Kay,
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