Simon Fraser University


SFU student films claim top prizes in Montreal

September 4, 2008

Short films produced by SFU Contemporary Arts students claimed three of the six top prizes at the 39th Canadian Student Film Festival, part of the Montreal World Film Festival (Aug. 23-Sept. 1).

North Vancouver native and 2008 SFU grad Tony Massil won Best Documentary for Forty Men for the Yukon, which will also be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival this September. Kelvin Redvers, a third-year student from the Northwest Territories won Best Fiction Production for Fire Bear Called Them Faith Healers. And Pablo Albarez, a recent SFU graduate who grew up in South America, won Best Experimental Film for Presidio Modelo.

“This is arguably the most important student film festival in the country,” says Colin Browne, an SFU film instructor. “And there were more entries by SFU Film students (13 ) this year than ever before.”

“Our students work on many different productions over the four-year program. They write, produce and direct, and every year we’re impressed all over again by their drive and their willingness to take creative risks.”

The Vancouver International Film Festival will also screen current student Dan Pierce’s film, In Transit.

SFU Film is the largest film school in western Canada. It is one of the seven distinctive creative arts programs offered through SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, which will relocate to the Woodward’s District in downtown Vancouver in late 2009.