Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu's Before Tomorrow, was given special mention by jury president Donald Sutherland and his fellow jurors, filmmakers Sturla Gunnarsson and Patricia Rozema. Before Tomorrow, produced by Isuma Productions' Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, won the Best Canadian First Feature prize at Toronto in September and screens at Sundance 2009 in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
Brett Gaylor's RiP: A Remix Manifesto won the Cadillac People's Choice Award while the C$5,000 Best Documentary Award went to Art Star And The Sudanese Twins, directed by Pietra Brettkelly. Best Actor went to Clark Johnson for Nurse.Fighter.Boy while Carrine Leduc of 3 Seasons won for Best Actress.
The Best Mountain Culture Film prize went to Journey Of A Red Fridge, directed by Lucian Muntean and Natasa Stankovic. The jury gave special mention of the short film The Way Bobby Sees It, directed by Jason Watkins and Wendy Todd.
The Best Short Film Award went to Denis Villeneuve's Cannes winner Next Floor while the MPPIA Short Film Award went to The Gray Matter by Steven Denault.
The Pitch Fest West winner was The Apology, a project about systemic racism in Canada's history written by Mitch Miyagawa for producer Josh Miller of Edmonton's Panacea Entertainment. The project has since been renamed Apologies, reflecting the numerous apologies the filmmaker's family has received from the Canadian government.