Posted on September 20, 2014

Calgary based director Brett Ferster‘s simple yet mesmerizing 22-minute-long film, One Night in Aberdeen, was named winner of this year’s Enbridge Alberta Spirit Award in front of a packed house at Theatre Junction GRAND Saturday night.

The Alberta Spirit Gala featured seven of 2014’s best of homegrown short films, which competed for a $2500 prize.

Five jurors – director and animator Cam Christiansen, filmmakers Corey Lee and Robert Cuffley, CBC journalist David Gray and producer Michelle Wong – convened after the screenings to make the difficult choice. “In a fantastic variety of filmmaking, it was the standout short and very worthy of the Alberta Spirit Award,” said head juror, David Gray.

Ferster said he was thrilled to win this year’s Enbridge Alberta Spirit Award.

“We have a great talent pool to work with in Alberta and I want to share this with them,” he said. “I’m so happy about this.”

Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) executive director Stephen Schroeder said the Alberta Spirit Gala proves the province is home to some of the most creative filmmakers in the country.

“There’s a reason the Alberta Spirit Gala is one of the most popular events of the Calgary International Film Festival,” said Schroeder.

“The quality of these short films is phenomenal. They’re funny, engaging, dramatic and entertaining. Audiences can expect more of the same over the next week with amazing titles ranging from world cinema, documentaries and homegrown films.”

The Calgary International Film Festival runs until Sunday, Sept. 28.

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About the Calgary International Film Festival

The Calgary International Film Festival (Calgary Film) is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and over 40 other countries. The festival hosts gala events, screenings, special presentations, and a Behind the Screen series that emphasizes unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact.

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