News Release – Golden Sheaf Awards

Vancouver filmmaker takes home gold at

Yorkton Film Festival

Ana Valine wins two at Golden Sheaf Awards…

– For Immediate release-

Vancouver, BC, May 29, 2006, – Vancouver’s Ana Valine has won two prestigious film awards at the Yorkton Film Festival’s Golden Sheaf Awards.  Taking home the prize for Best Direction in a Fiction, sponsored by the Norman Jewison Foundation, she was also recognized as one of Canada’s top new talents capturing the first ever award given out for Emerging Filmmaker.  Her short film, ‘alice & bastard’, is the story of four year old Alice and her twenty-something brother Bastard, living in a trailer park with their single mom, who’s involved with the TV repairman.  It was also nominated for Best Drama at Canada’s longest running film festival and stars Kalyx Malek-Parker, Darren Plester and Tammy Bentz.

The Golden Sheaf awards mark the first big prize for Ana Valine and Rodeo Queen Pictures, her up and coming film production company. Says Valine, “I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to work with such a talented cast and crew and that I am being recognized in this way for my first short film.”  Crew credits include Leo award winning designer, Robyn Badger (Better than Chocolate) and Genie award winning film editors, Lisa Binkley and Lisa Jane Robison (Human Cargo, The L Word)

‘alice & bastard’ was produced in Vancouver in 2005 and premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival that same year.  It garnered two Leo nominations and will screen at Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival in June where it is also up for best short film.  Ana Valine is currently hard at work on her second short film, as well as scripting a documentary and feature length film.