2020 Silver Wave Award Winners

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Martinez and Milani top this year’s list of Silver Wave Film Festival Award winners.

Here’s an interesting moment of crossover. This screenshot from Gia Milani’s award winning film At The Back features Arianna Martinez and Gordon Mahan. Films by Martinez and Milani received a combined total of 12 nominations at this year’s SWFF Awards.

The two Fredericton filmmakers – Arianna Martinez and Gia Milani – were the big winners at this year’s Silver Wave Film Festival, each capturing multiple awards and nominations and ranking among the top 5 Fan Favourites Films in this year’s festival.

Martinez’ dramatic short Maya Eterna received a total of eight nominations, winning awards for Excellence in Art Direction in a NB Short Film (Arianna Martinez), Excellence in Cinematography in a NB Short Film (Lance Kenneth Blakney) and Outstanding Performance by a NB Actress (Houlie Duque). Martinez also was awarded the 2020 CBC/NB Joy Award totaling $8500 in financial and technical support for a current project. 

Gia Milani’s comedic short At The Back earned a total of four nominations, winning the Lex Gigeroff award for Excellence in Screenwriting, Outstanding Performance by a NB Actor (Jon Wilkinson) and Best NB Short Film. Milani also was awarded the East Coast Camera Rental Award. 

This year’s festival took place completely online including the award ceremony which was hosted by Corena Walby and Ryan (CRASH) Barton. 

Watch the full award event and read the list of 2020 winners below. Congrats to all the winners and nominees, as well as everyone who helped make this year’s festival the success it was. 

The full list of winners: 

Best Student Short: Meagan Brown for Fighter

Excellence in Music Composition in a NB Short Film: Mike Oz for Closet Space

Excellence in Art Direction in a NB Short Film: Arianna Martinez for Maya Eterna

Excellence in Sound Design in a NB Short Film: Spencer Hetherington for Old Flame – A Super 8 Story

Excellence in Picture Editing in a NB Short Film: Spencer Hetherington for Old Flame – A Super 8 Story

Excellence in Cinematography in a NB Short Film: Lance Kenneth Blakney for Maya Eterna

Best Experimental or Animated Short: Jeff and Kevin and the Dead Cow by Todd Fraser

Best Documentary Feature: The World is Bright by Ying Wang

Best Canadian OR International Short: No Boundary by Tom Belding

Best Documentary: When You Are Wild by Greg Hemmings

Lex Gigeroff Excellence in Screenwriting: Gia Milani for At the Back

Outstanding Performance by a NB Actress: Houlie Duque for Maya Eterna

Outstanding Performance by a NB Supporting Actress: Shauna Stewart for The Whispering Candle

Outstanding Performance by a NB Actor: Jon Wilkinson for At the Back

Outstanding Performance by a NB Supporting Actor: Jon Wilkinson for Growing Younger

Best Genre Short: Closet Space by Stephen McKinnon  

Best NB Short Film: At the Back by Gia Milani

The East Coast Camera Rental Award: Gia Milani

The Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award: John Young for Water into Wine

Brian Carty Film Volunteer Award: Kristy Edwards

CBC/NB Joy Award: Arianna Martinez for OUT OF BODY, OUT OF MIND

WIFT-AT SALUTE: Winner: Britany Sparrow

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