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Leo Awards – The Cultural Post

June 6th, 2010

The Cultural Post

Sunday, 6 June, 2010

Winners of the 12th Annual Leo Awards

To those of you who have been following the Leo Awards, the winners have been announced. The announcement was made over an event that lasted for two days (June 4-5, 2010). For those who don’t know, the Leo Awards aim to recognize outstanding achievements in the film and television industry of British Columbia, a Canadian province on the West Coast.

So, without further ado, here are the winners as revealed during the award ceremony held at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver.

Category Award Recepient(s) Film or program
Feature film Best Direction Bruce Sweeney Excited
Best screenwriting Vic Sarin, Catherine Spear and Dennis Foon A Shine of Rainbows
Best Picture Editing Allan Lee and Peter Forslund Alice
Best Overall Sound David Cyr, Paul Sharp, Iain Pattison and Graeme Hughes Alice
Best Sound Editing Kirby Jinnah, Kris Fenske, Brian Campbell, Melody Drolet and Jay Cheetham Alice
Best Production Design Michael Joy, Mark Lane and Paolo Venturi Alice
Best Costume Design Monique Prudhomme The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Best Make-Up Todd Master, Nicolas Podbrey, Werner Pretorius, Maiko Gomyo, Vincent Yoshida and April Boyes The Thaw
Best Visual Effects Lee Wilson, Lisa Sepp-Wilson, Sebastien Bergeron, Simon Lacey and Les Quinn Alice
Dramatic Series Best Direction Brenton Spencer Sanctuary – Pavor Nocturnus
Best Screenwriting Brad Wright Stargate Universe – Light
Best Picture Editing Rick Martin Stargate Universe – Human
Best Production Design Bridget McGuire Sanctuary – Kali Part 2
Best Costume Design Christina McQuarrie Sanctuary – Pavor Nocturnus
Best Make-Up Todd Master, Holland Miller, Harlow Macfarlane, Werner Pretorius and Yukio Okajima Sanctuary – Fragments
Best Visual Effects Mark Savela, Shannon Gurney, Brenda Campbell, Craig Vandenbiggelaar and Krista Mclean Stargate Universe – Air
Short Drama Best Direction Ana Valine How Eunice Got Her Baby
Best Screenwriting Kelly-Ruth Mercier No Ones Knows You Like Your Mother
Best Picture Editing Hart Snider and Brendan Woollard Savage
Best Overall Sound Greg Hannas, Miguel Nunes, Roger Morris, Angelo Nicoloyannis and Greg Stewart The Gray Matter
Best Sound Editing Miguel Nunes, Roger Morris, Angelo Nicoloyannis and Greg Stewart The Gray Matter
Best Production Design Daren Luc Sasges and Ester Bovard The Gray Matter
Best Costume Design Jennifer Sharpe The Gray Matter
Best Make-Up Tina Louis Teoli Serum 1831
Documentary Program or Series Best direction Pete McCormack Facing Ali
Best screenwriting Catharine Parke Ice Pilots NWT – Transatlantic Crossing
Best Cinematography Ian Kerr Facing Ali
Best Picture Editing Jesse James Miller Facing Ali
Best Overall Sound Gael MacLean and Doug Paterson This Land
Best Sound Editing Vince Renaud and Jo Rossi Ice Pilots NWT – Suspension
Best Musical Score Dan Scorce Gagnon Wood If
Information or Lifestyle Series Direction Allan Harmon Wolf Canyon – Hairy Lawman
Cinematography Randal Platt Wolf Canyon – Hairy Lawman
Picture Editing Richard Scwadel Wolf Canyon – Hairy Lawman
Animation Program or Series Best Direction/Story Boarding Gary Scott and Russell Crispin League of Super Evil – One Zillion
Best Overall Sound James Fonnyadt, Miguel Nunes, Gord Hillier and Tony Gort Max Steel Versus The Mutant Menace
Best Musical Score Daniel Ingram Martha Speaks – Opera Contest/Maestro Martha
Youth or Children’s Program or Series Best Direction J.B. Sugar The Troop

Leo 2010 Award Winners, Directors

June 5th, 2010

Leo Awards 2010: Celebration Awards winners list


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By Craig Takeuchi, June 5, 2010

Here’s a list of the winner of awards given out at the Leo Celebration Awards on Friday, June 4.

The second set of awards, which include acting and best picture awards, as well as a red carpet, will be given out at the Gala Awards on Saturday, June 5.


Animation program or series
Johnny Darrell, Rob Hoegee, Steve Ball, League of Super Evil , “One Zillion”

Music, comedy, or variety program or series
Allan Harmon, Wolf Canyon , “Hairy Lawman”

Documentary program or series
Pete McCormack, Facing Ali

Information or lifestyle series
Jennifer Little, Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag , “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking”

Youth or children’s program or series
J.B. Sugar, The Troop , “Wrath of the Wraith”

Short drama
Ana Valine, “How Eunice Got Her Baby”

Dramatic series
Brenton Spencer, Sanctuary , “Pavor Nocturnus”

Feature-length drama
Bruce Sweeney, Excited

A Look at the Female Eye Film Festival by Angela Combs

June 5th, 2010

Guest Post: A Look at the Female Eye Film Festival by Angela Combs

by Women & Hollywood on 06 ఏప్రిల్ 2010 ‌న 06:14 ‌క

The Eighth Annual Female Eye Film Festival took place in Toronto from March 24-28, 2010. This intimate festival, that is devoted exclusively to films directed by women, presented a unique opportunity to enjoy touching, gritty, complicated and sublime female film-making, and to spend quality time with an inspiring group of powerful, successful, and creative women with strong, vital voices.

The films presented a wide variety of themes that ultimately circled around the complicated process of forming healthy female identity amidst the cultural and societal challenges we all face. If there was a central theme to be found, it was that women have a lot to say and they will say it in a variety of ways. This resonates particularly in the year of the first female directed Oscar win, in an unexpected genre with a strong female eye.

My stand-outs from the festival included: “Mall Girls”, by Katarzyna Roslaniec, which examines the degenerating effects of capitalism and raunch-culture on the psyche of young girls in modern Poland. The film opens jarringly with a 13-year-old giving a blow job to a boy in the local mall in return for a pair of jeans.

Crackie” by Sherry White is a meditation on the repeating cycle of teen pregnancy and abuse in three generations of sexually exploited women, set among the bleak landfills and breathtaking seascapes of Newfoundland.

How Eunice Got Her Baby” by Ana Valine (winner, Best Short Film) is a poignant and stunning cinematic tale of how a wallflower girl ends up inheriting the love-child of her Bonnie-and-Clyde-esque wild-living sister who is shot in the heart by her outlaw lover.

16 to Life” by Becky Smith (winner, Best Foreign Feature) is a touching comedy about healthy sexual curiosity in a Middle American lakeside resort town, as lifelong best friends explore their options for the future and discover that their own divergent points of view are a powerful strength in their friendship.

I was delighted to receive the Best Debut Feature Award for my own film, “Nothing Special”, a coming of age tale about a young woman at a crucial turning point in her career and her relationship with her bipolar mother, played by the great Karen Black, who won Best Actress for her stunning performance.

Alongside the movie presentations, the Female Eye hosted a round of stimulating discussions in a variety of forums that were at once encouraging and sobering. Topics covered included the state of the market; career advancement; “female filmmakers and success”. In addition was a “Best In The Biz” tribute to the formidable Kit Redmond, CEO of RTR Media Inc, which examined the trajectory of a truly successful career on both a commercial and artistic level. The program concluded with a masterclass with Catherine Hardwicke (“Thirteen”, “Lords of Dogtown”, “Twilight”), who very generously invited us to explore her process, with encouraging exhortations to be forever diligent, prepared and pay unstinting attention to detail. The consensus among the panel discussions was that women must strive for excellence and accrue successes in exponential ratios to their male counterparts, in order to realize more financial backing and more artistic freedom in their careers. Nothing new there, since we’ve always had to do twice a much to be thought half as good.

Despite the facts, which clearly suggest that women are as skilled and profitable in their film making endeavors as their male counterparts, we still have a long way to go, baby. But, if energy and enthusiasm can be measured, I’m sure it was off the charts in Toronto, as the women involved brought an encouraging perspective to the discussion regarding the male dominated business of film making and the road more or less traveled.

Straight review for Eunice

October 6th, 2009
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VIFF 2009: Notes from the party hardy circuit

By Craig Takeuchi, October 6, 2009

“Also notable… is Ana Valine‘s “How Eunice Got Her Baby”. Narrated by Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her), it’s an engaging adaptation of a short story by Nicholas Ruddock, about a self-destructive small-town gal who falls for the robber, that features strong performances from the cast.”

The Vancouver Sun “Nightmare on Cambie Street”

October 6th, 2007

A short look at construction on Cambie

Dan Haves, Special to the Vancouver Sun

Published: Saturday, October 06, 2007

If anything deserves to be immortalized on film, it is the Canada Line construction on Cambie Street.

Ana Valine will make her third consecutive appearance at the festival this year with her short film Nightmare on Cambie Street.  The film, which was shot in one day, looks at the destruction and loss that has come at the hands of the Cambie Corridor construction.

Valine’s previous two entries at the festival have brought her recognition in the form of two Leo Award nominations; the award celebrates the best in British Columbian television and film production. Her work has also been screened overseas at festivals in Russia and Spain.  All of this from a woman who made her first independent project just three years ago.

“I feel very lucky,” she says.  “Especially since I’m still really exploring the craft.”

Valine, who got her start in the craft by changing garbages and parking cars as a production assistant, says persistence was key to getting her foot in the door.

“I pestered the crew with questions the whole time with ‘what’s this, what’s that, what does this do?'” she says.

After venturing out on her own and filming her first short – alice and bastard – she also got a chance to attend her first festival as a contributor in 2005.  She didn’t stop there.

“I challenged myself to do a short every year and hope that it gets accepted (into the festival) so I can get that magic pass that lets me sit in the dark and watch movies for two weeks.”

Valine says that Vancouver provides a lot of support and she attributes much of that to her success.

“This is the community where I started learning and continue to learn everyday,” she says.  “This familiarity and trust goes a long way in terms of being able to translate a vision.”

Her family is another source of encouragement.

“I keep telling my parents that their friends are going to stop coming over because every time they have visitors they insist on showing (my films).”

Her latest film, which will be screened at the festival on Oct. 6 and 7, speaks directly to Vancouverites as it delves deep into to the Cambie Corridor debate. The film, with a title borrowed from the horror genre, paints a grim fate of Cambie Street business owners.

“I kind of started with a tongue in cheek approach, I mean ‘no one’s dying here,’ let’s get a sense of humour about this,'” Valine says. “But as I worked on it, did some more research, and learned more about it, I realized, ‘You know what, people are dying here'”.

The director, who still keeps in contact with some of the Cambie Street business owners, was disturbed by the desolate shop windows.

“The day I filmed there were 35 businesses closed, and now there are 40,” she says. “I couldn’t be glib about it anymore, because I was really affected by it.

“It’s about bringing awareness to (the situation) now,” she says of the project’s new focus. “By the time the Olympics happen, everything will be underground again and there will be a subway to the airport and everyone will be happy.”

The Cambie Street project is certainly not Valine’s last as she hopes to make films for many years to come.  “I’m working at something I love to do,” she says.  “It’s long, hard hours, but it’s a hell of a good time.”

Nightmare on Cambie screens on Oct. 6 at 9:30 p.m. and Oct 7 at 4 p.m. at the Pacific Cinematheque.

Vancouver Courier “Nightmare on Cambie Street”

October 3rd, 2007

‘Darkumentary’ captures Cambie construction horror

Sandra Thomas, Vancouver Courier

Published: Wednesday, October 03, 2007

When local filmmaker Ana Valine first decided to make a documentary about the ongoing construction on Cambie Street, she initially thought she’d take a humourous look at the issue.

“I thought, ‘No one’s dying down there, I’ll do it as a spoof,'” Valine says. “But once I started asking questions, I realized this is serious stuff, so my film ended up being a lot more serious and dark than I planned.”

That’s not to say Nightmare on Cambie Street doesn’t have its funny moments, particularly scenes shot with an unidentified foul-mouthed angry man whose rant gives Canadian comedian Rick Mercer a run for his money. As well, Valine successfully gives her 15-minute “darkumentary,” which premiers this week at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the look and feel of a B-movie horror by using Psycho-style music and creepy close ups.

Cut and cover tunneling began on Cambie Street two years ago as part of the ongoing Canada Line rapid transit project. Cut and cover tunneling is done by digging huge craters in the street and building the rapid transit line in the hole, section by section. When complete, the Canada Line will connect Vancouver to Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport. The project was initially proposed to include bore tunneling along most of Cambie, so merchants were caught off guard with the change of plans. Since the tunneling began, almost 40 businesses have been forced to close or relocate because of traffic disruptions due to construction.

Valine says she purposefully didn’t research all of the politics of the controversy before she hit the street. Accompanied by two friends who volunteered as her film crew, she shot the movie guerrilla-style in one day and paid for it with her credit card. During the filming, Valine grew more and more upset as the business owners and residents she met told her of how the construction has devastated their lives.

“It’s one thing to put up with the noise and the disruption–it’s another thing to lose your business,” Valine says. “I asked the owner of the Don Don [noodle café] what he was going to do now, and he said, ‘I guess I’ll have to put on a suit and look for another job.’ It’s ridiculous.”

At one point, Valine and crew filmed inside one of the deep trenches under construction. As they emerged from the pit at 12th Avenue near city hall, coincidently, Mayor Sam Sullivan was going by. Valine asked the mayor if he’d be willing to speak on camera and he agreed. In the film Sullivan explains how short-term pain is needed for long-term gain. “It was just a matter of timing, and he was really very gracious.”

As for the possibility of a happy ending for any of the merchants on Cambie, Valine isn’t so sure.

“I guess that depends on who you ask,” she says. “It’s been absolutely devastating for 40 businesses so there will be no happy ending for them. They’re done. I also think [Cambie Street] will lose its charm and become just another generic sleek neighbourhood.”

Valine’s directorial debut, Alice and Bastard, garnered two Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival for best director as well as two Leo nominations for emerging filmmaker. Her second short, A Love Poem, is currently touring film festivals.

Nightmare on Cambie Street screens with Chinook Wind at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Oct. 6 and 7, at Pacific Cinematheque. Go to for more info.

© Vancouver Courier 2007

Vancouver International Film Festival Screenings – Nightmare on Cambie Street

September 5th, 2007

Nightmare on Cambie Street tells disturbing, dark tale of life during Canada Line construction

A day in the life of a community on the brink…

Vancouver, BC – September 5, 2007 – Shot in a single day, Nightmare on Cambie Street, is a short (15 minute) darkumentary premiering at the Vancouver International Film Festival on October 6 and 7. A gritty, in the dirt short, it examines the uncomfortable reality of a tightly knit neighbourhood being torn apart due to RAV Line construction. Written, directed and produced by Vancouver’s Ana Valine, it marks her third consecutive short film at the VIFF. Shot on a shoestring budget, guerrilla style, Valine paid for it on her credit card.

The darkumentary stars disillusioned Cambie Village residents, the City Engineer, and an angry man who swears animatedly at the camera about the upheaval. There is also a cameo appearance by TV personality Zack Spencer, with a special guest appearance by Mayor, Sam Sullivan. Filmmaker, Ana Valine says she chose the topic after experiencing for herself the woes of Vancouver commuters.

“Cambie Village was once a thriving community and now it’s a ghost town. The construction is creating intense discord, so I wanted to talk to people on the street and understand what they’re going through. I was really surprised to hear just how bad things are for businesses and the people who live there. I hope the film is able to shed some light on the subject and create awareness about the situation. This is really a darkumentary about the price of progress.”


Progress. Economic Growth. Expansion. These are the reasons. Who pays the price? It’s an awkward fit in a neighbourhood full of friendly Mom & Pop shops. As the construction racket begins and the City’s plans go awry, the tunnel boring work is forced above ground and the mood turns black. Attempting to hold onto the optimism that things will work out for the best, the residents and shop owners watch helplessly as their favourite neighbourhood turns into a ghost town. Deserted and depleted, Cambie Street is dark now, even in the middle of the day.

And so our city changes and expands like a petri dish experiment, not always pretty and not always graceful. Welcome to the Canada Line construction zone.

Screening dates:

Saturday October 6 & Sunday October 7, 2007

For tickets and showtimes please visit

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Deirdre Rowland


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Article in The Western Sandard

May 21st, 2007

The biggest little film fest

Short films have a long impact thanks to Yorkton’s unique film and video festival

Sheila Thistlethwaite – May 21, 2007

“Vancouver filmmaker Ana Valine says winning the best emerging filmmaker and best fiction director awards “opened a lot of doors.” Her Alice & Bastard has since won at other competitions in Spain and North America. She says the casual atmosphere at Yorkton makes everybody more approachable. “There’s a high calibre of people, but the established film people take it as seriously as the emerging ones do.” As a result of a pitching session at last year’s festival, Telefilm Canada accepted Valine’s latest project.”

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alice & bastard at Northwest Film Festival, Portland

November 22nd, 2006

“Trailer trash, a TV repairman, strip joints, and a four year-old girl who sees beyond the grime with an innocence that is at once blissfully free and devilishly pert.” Steve Seid, Northwest Film and Video Festival

alice & bastard in the Toronto Star

June 17th, 2006

It’s a long way to Wonderland, Alice

Good karma directed film of latchkey kidDarren Plester as Bastard, Kalyx Malek-Parker as Alice in "alice & bastard".

A contender at Female Eye Film Festival

Jun. 17, 2006. 01:00 AM



When making her first film, Alice & Bastard, Vancouver writer and director Ana Valine counted her good fortune in having friends in the industry, a healthy margin on her credit card and good karma. Chosen to screen in the Female Eye Film Festival, which opened Thursday, Alice & Bastard began with an insistent little voice. “There’s not an ounce of fact in this story. I guess I have an over-active imagination. I was hearing this kooky little character. And I wondered what this little person would do in the world.”

The character was 4-year-old Alice, a trailer park resident, circa 1977. She lives with her mother, who has been getting it on with the TV repairman, and a much older brother, a layabout known only as Bastard. The movie is shot entirely from the little girl’s point of view, often from the floor to about waist height of the adults.

Alice sees a lot during the short’s 18 minutes. She accompanies her brother on his daily visits to a strip bar, and is left for hours alone in their mother’s old car; she pours her mother gin during a noisy card game with two trailer park girls; and she overhears mum’s noisy coupling with the repairman. “That TV is always breaking down,” she tells herself.

Valine, 39, shot the movie on digital video in a trailer park in Langley, B.C., not far from Vancouver, for $5,000 — mostly the retro costumes and sets — on her credit card.

Valine says she didn’t want to hire a child actor for the part of Alice. ” I wrote a letter to a daycare and basically asked, `Do you mind if I come in and stalk your children?’ I found her in 10 minutes.” This was Kalyx Malek-Parker, whose parents were supportive of Valine’s project, despite the sometimes off-colour content of the script.

She cast Darren Plester, a crew member from one of her special events jobs, as Bastard. Vancouver actor Tammy Bentz plays the mother. Her production designer, Robyn Badger, is one of the card-playing friends, while the other is played by the manager of the trailer park where the occupants of one home lent her their digs for the three-day shoot, free.

“I was so blessed with the whole shoot. Everything and everyone we needed came when we needed them. It was sort of, `Hey, you come here, put this on.'”

Alice & Bastard started on the festival circuit last fall in Vancouver, and won one of B.C.’s Leo Awards this spring for best production design. “People either really love it or they just don’t get it,” says the filmmaker.

At Saskatchewan’s Yorkton Film Festival, it won for best fiction direction and best emerging filmmaker.

Alice & Bastard is now up for a prize at the Female Eye festival, where award-winning films will be re-screened tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the National Film Board Cinema, 150 John St.

Today’s screenings include a program of shorts directed by women; the documentary Rosita, by Barbara Attie and Joan Goldwater; and a dramatic feature, End of Silence, by Anita Doron. Tickets to screenings are $5.

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