Ilan Sargosti's Exiles In Lotus Land won the $8,600 (C$10,000)Borsos Award for Best New Canadian Feature as the 5thannual Whistler Film Festival wrapped on Sunday. The National Film Board ofCanada-financed film, which follows Quebecois street youth who have gravitatedto Canada's West Coast, was the lone documentary in the competition of six newfeatures. The dramatic features were Anita Doron's
In a statement, the Borsosjury - Canadian producer Robert Lantos, actor-writer-director Don McKellar and actress Molly Parker - wrote, "We foundseveral films of merit in the competition which showcasesome very promising new Canadian talent. The decision to give the award to
As for the documentary competition proper,the $4,300 ($5,000) CBC Newsworld Award went to Joel Secter's The Best Of Secter & The Rest Of Secter, a film about Secter'suncle, Canadian independent filmmaker David Secter.The elder Secter's debut, Winter Kept Us Warm, was selected for Cannes in 1965 but commercialsuccess eluded him. Andrew Johnson, a Newsworldcommissioning editor, accepted the prize on behalf of Secterand gamely admitted denying the project funding; however, he mitigated hiserror by acquiring the film for broadcast.
The documentary jury commented "The film isa fascinating documentary about a little-known chapter in Canadian filmhistory: An intimate portrait of an artist, and a moving image of therelationship between a nephew and his uncle, the art and the times, and thetransformative power of the independent film vision."
The newly-introduced Best Mountain CultureFilm prize went to Jason Berry's Off RoadTo