Posted on October 4, 2018

After pouring over ballots and crunching the numbers, our 2018 Fan Favourite Award and our 2018 Audience Favourite Award winners are here! 

A big thanks go to our audience for their participation! Not only do we use these votes to award the best films of the festival, it allows us to reflect back on our programming and find out which stories Calgarians want to see on the big screen. Here are the favourites! 

You can also explore all of this year's award winners, including Best of Shorts and our juried awards here.



The best of the fest decided by you! Most films* at the festival were eligible for our Audience Awards and are based on the collective score of the audience ballots collected at each screening.

Audience Favourite, Alberta Feature 
CIRCLE OF STEEL, directed by Gillian McKercher 

Audience Favourite, Canadian Narrative Feature (new)
THE GRIZZLIES, directed by Miranda De Pencier

"It was an absolute honor to bring THE GRIZZLIES to the incredible audiences in Calgary. I’m thrilled that this inspiring true story is resonating with people across the country. The response continues to be overwhelming and I can’t wait for more of the world to see the brilliant performances of the astonishing young Inuit cast.” - Miranda De Pencier

Additionally, THE GRIZZLIES was the festival's highest-rated film overall! 

Audience Favourite, US/International Narrative Feature (new)
CAPERNAUM, directed by Nadine Labaki

Audience Favourite, Canadian Documentary Feature (new)
LETTER FROM MASANJIA, directed by Leon Lee

"Connecting with audiences is the most important thing for me as a director. Having this story resonate strongly among Albertans and other viewers is not only touching but is also the first step in creating change. I would like to thank the Calgary Film programming committee for selecting LETTER FROM MASANJIA and the amazing audience who voted for it. My hope is that everyone who sees the film is inspired to act because, as it demonstrates, even one small action can have a huge impact. - Leon Lee. Catch LETTER FROM MASANJIA at Globe Cinema starting October 19.

Audience Favourite, US/International Documentary Feature (new)
SCIENCE FAIR, directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster

Audience Favourite, Alberta Short
INDIAN RIGHTS FOR INDIAN WOMEN, directed by Alex Lazarowich

Audience Favourite, Documentary Short 
INDIAN RIGHTS FOR INDIAN WOMEN, directed by Alex Lazarowich

"This film represents the strength and power of Indigenous women. Change can happen, and it happens when we work together! Thank you to our talented crew, Aaron Munson, Brenda Turning, MENALON and most importantly thank you to the women and their families for allowing us to share this story.”  - Alex Lazarowich

Audience Favourite, Narrative Short (Live Action or Animated) 
PEGGY, directed by Justin O'Neal Miller

"I have been repeatedly honored and humbled by the goodwill and good humor of remarkable Calgarians. I wish that I were able to give a “Best Audience” award because it was such a joy to share the World Premiere of “Peggy” with you. I couldn’t have imagined it any better. The caliber of short films at the festival was remarkable, and receiving this recognition is the ultimate honor. You really rolled out the carpet for this gentleman’s first visit to Canada. Here’s hoping that we’ll be seeing each other again soon.” - Justin O’Neal Miller

*THE SISTERS BROTHERS, MAGIC PIANO, and ALPHAGO were not eligible for Audience Awards.



208 of our most committed audience members - those who saw 10 or more films before the end of day Sept 29 - received a special ballot to vote for the Fan Favourite Award. 

Fan Favourite Award
CAPERNAUM, directed by Nadine Labaki

SHOPLIFTERS, directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda


What's next for Calgary Film? Get excited for our 2018-2019 Doc Soup Series. Today we announced our November Doc Soup selection, THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING. Tickets on sale now! 

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