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Whistler Film Festival reveals 2023 award winners

Chloé Leriche won the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature with Atikamekw Suns
Audiences mingle in the hallway of the Village 8 theatre during the 2022 Whistler Film Festival.

The top prize at the Whistler Film Festival (WFF), the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature, has gone this year to Chloé Leriche for Atikamekw Suns: a crime drama focusing on the true story of five Atikamekw First Nations youths from Quebec who were found dead in a truck in 1977, with police investigations yielding no conclusive result. 

The Borsos Competition, named for legendary Canadian filmmaker Philip Borsos, is now in its 21st year. With a $35,000 cash and in-kind prize, it is among the largest film festival honours in Canada. 

Meanwhile, the World Documentary Award went to Altona directed by the Affolter Brothers, with an honourable mention to Dianne Whelan's 500 Days in the Wild. 

Hans Steinbichler clinched the Best Mountain Culture Feature Film honour with A Whole Life. In the same category, Weak Layers directed by Katie Burrell received honourable mention. 

Oscar Wolfgang prevailed in the Power Pitch contest with Ginger.

The MPPIA Short Film Pitch was won by Sasha Duncan and easybake. 

Learn more about all the winners here.