Silver Wave Film Festival Award Winners 2023

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Check out the full list of nominees and winners from this year’s Silver Wave Film Festival.

Photo by: Stephen MacGillivray Photography & Video www.stevemacphoto.com

The Silver Wave Film Festival continues this week with virtual screenings running until November 9. In-person screenings wrapped up last Sunday night with a screening of Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe at Tilley Hall followed by the festival’s closing gala and afterparty at Picaroon’s Roundhouse. 

The Silver Wave Awards were handed out at the Fredericton Playhouse on Saturday honouring local, regional, and national film talent. Check out this year’s list of winners and nominees. Congrats to all. 

Distinguished Service Award: Tony Merzetti (40th year anniversary working at the NB Film Co-op)

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Nominees for Best Student Short

  1. How To Get Rid of a Ghost by Julian Fan, Liam Mulherin, and Sam Hawkes
  2. The Steak by Kiarash Dadgar Mohebi
  3. I, Santa Claus by Guanchen Wang

Winner: The Steak by Kiarash Dadgar Mohebi

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Nominees for Excellence in Music Composition in a NB Short Film

  1. Zachary Greer for HUM
  2. Tibor Pece for Tundra
  3. Zachary Greer for Out of Body Out of Mind

Winner: Zachary Greer for HUM

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Nominees for Excellence in Art Direction in a NB Short Film

  1. Lauren Powell for Tundra
  2. Jared Carney for Justus: Seaghan Destroy
  3. Lauren Powell for VISIT

Winner: Jared Carney for Justus: Seaghan Destroy

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Nominees for Excellence in Sound Design in a NB Short Film

  1. Gordon Mihan for Out of Body Out of Mind
  2. Ted Parrott for The Loop
  3. Tibor Pece for Tundra

Winner: Tibor Pece for Tundra

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Nominees for Excellence in Picture Editing in a NB Short Film

  1. James MacDonald for HUM
  2. Clem McIntosh for Justus: Seaghan Destroy
  3. Michael Stafford for VISIT

Winner: James MacDonald for HUM

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Nominees for Excellence in Cinematography in a NB Short Film

  1. James MacDonald for HUM
  2. Jacob Barrieau for Just a Day
  3. Alex Vietinghoff for Tundra

Winner: Alex Vietinghoff for Tundra

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Nominees for Best Experimental Short

  1. Something to do with Brook Water by Todd Fraser
  2. Shifting creatures, Restless structure by Meghan Mainville
  3. Events in the Tunnel by Penny McCann & Eric Walker

Winner: Something to do with Brook Water by Todd Fraser

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Nominees for Best Animated Short

  1. Above Ground by Kevin Sharpley and Vincent Vargas
  2. Two One Two by Shira Avni
  3. Frida in the Sky by Dani Sadun

Winner: Frida in the Sky by Dani Sadun

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Nominees for Best Documentary Feature

  1. A Quiet Girl by Adrian Wills
  2. Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe by Robert McCallum
  3. The Geographies of DAR (David Adams Richards) by Monique LeBlanc

Winner: The Geographies of DAR (David Adams Richards) by Monique LeBlanc

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Nominees for Best Atlantic Canadian Short

  1. Escape the Usual by Colby Conrad
  2. Invisible by Dale Willman
  3. A Fish Story by Michael Peers and Yasmine Majchrzak

Winner: Escape the Usual by Colby Conrad

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Nominees for Best Canadian Short

  1. Watercraft by Gabriel Auclair-Doucet
  2. The Art and Craft of Smile by Marta Borowski
  3. Sara by Jessica Hinkson

Winner: Sara by Jessica Hinkson

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Nominees for Best International Short

  1. First Time by Nicolas Block
  2. A Day in February by Klaas Diersmann and Alexandra Bahiyyih Wain
  3. The Snip by Ben S. Hyland

Winner: A Day in February by Klaas Diersmann and Alexandra Bahiyyih Wain

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Nominees for Best Documentary Short

  1. Freeman Patterson The Universe is Unfolding As It Should by Scott Munn
  2. Across and Down by Rachel Bower
  3. I Place You Into The Fire by Stephanie Joline

Winner: I Place You Into The Fire by Stephanie Joline

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Nominees for Best Feature Film

  1. The Pink Lagoon by Juan Arce
  2. Daughter of the Sun by Ryan Ward
  3. On Marriage: Marriage no. 1314 by Wen-Tang CHENG and Nikki CHANG

Winner: On Marriage: Marriage no. 1314 by Wen-Tang CHENG and Nikki CHANG

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Nominees for Lex Gigeroff Screenwriting Award for a NB Short Film

  1. McKenzie Power for The Loop
  2. Arianna Martinez and Gordon Mihan for Out of Body Out of Mind
  3. Michael Stafford for VISIT

Winner: Michael Stafford for VISIT

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Nominees for Outstanding Lead Performance by a gender non-conforming or female performer in a NB Short

  1. Annick Blizzard in Tundra
  2. Erica Whitman in VISIT
  3. Emma Garland in A Better Place

Winner: Erica Whitman in VISIT

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Nominees for Outstanding Lead Performance by a gender non-conforming or male performer in a NB Short

  1. Gordon Mihan in Out of Body Out of Mind
  2. Clem McIntosh in Justus: Seaghan Destroy
  3. Ted Parrott in The Loop

Winner Clem McIntosh in Justus: Seaghan Destroy 

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Nominees for Outstanding Supporting Performance by a gender non-conforming or female performer in a NB Short

  1. Margo Mckenzie in VISIT
  2. Tania Breen for Out of Sight Out of Mind
  3. Jenna Thomas in A Better Place

Winner: Margo Mckenzie in VISIT!

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Nominees for Outstanding Supporting Performance by a gender non-conforming or male performer in a NB Short

  1. Cory Hartlen in VISIT
  2. Colin Fowlie in Good Mom
  3. Ryan Barton in Out of Sight Out of Mind

Winner: Colin Fowlie!

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Nominees for Best Genre Short

  1. Justus: Seaghan Destroy by Clem McIntosh
  2. VISIT by Michael Stafford
  3. Tundra by Alex Vietinghoff

Winner: VISIT by Michael Stafford

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Nominees for Best NB Short

  1. Out of Body Out of Mind by Arianna Martinez
  2. Tundra by Alex Vietinghoff
  3. HUM by Rebecca E. Tremblay

Winner: Out of Body Out of Mind by Arianna Martinez

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2023 Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award

This grant assisting emerging filmmakers with their film project is possible through the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund, Tony Merzetti, the NB Film Co-op and generous donations. In honour of the late adventurer and artist Jane LeBlanc.

Winner: Asha Bear for Walk in My Moccasins

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CBC/NB Joy Award

Filmmaker creation award with a value of: $5000.

Winner: Diana Williamson for LUCKY DAY

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Jim Lavoie Professional Film Recognition Award for a person, film company or organization who has contributed significantly to film and video in New Brunswick in a professional capacity This award is in honour of the late Jim Lavoie, a publicity guru and crew person on indie and commercial productions. The award cash prize is $250 and is sponsored by the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund.

Winner: Becky Parsons

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Brian Carty Film Volunteer Recognition Award is for a person, film company or organization who has contributed significantly to film and video in New Brunswick in a volunteer capacity. The award cash prize is $500 and is sponsored by Picaroons. In honour of late filmmaker and volunteer Brian Carty.

Winner: Filmmaker and Production Designer Jared Carney

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Silver Wave WIFT-AT Salute for a woman or gender diverse person who has made an impact in New Brunswick through mentorship and giving back in different ways to their creative community. The award cash prize is $250 and is sponsored by the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund.

Winner: Mel McCarthy

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NB Crew Excellence Award for a crew person who has given back to their community on low-budget and no-budget film shoots. The award is for a crew person who makes a huge difference in the NB film community. This person makes themselves available to help out other creatives on a regular basis. The award cash prize is $1000 and is sponsored by IATSE 849 and IATSE 667

Winner: Kaleigh Stultz

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