Jason Buxton dominates Atlantic Film Festival awards

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Jason Buxton grabbed three trophies, including best Atlantic feature for Blackbird, as the Atlantic Film Festival ended its 32nd edition.

Buxton also won hardware as the best Atlantic director and best Atlantic screenwriter.

The Chester, Nova Scotia filmmaker donated the $18,000 in film services he earned to the winner of the First Feature Project, which is Bunker 6, from writer/director Greg Jackson.

The First Feature Project win includes $105,000 in financing towards a first feature length film.

Not that Buxton isn’t flush with cash, after a week earlier snagging $15,000 when he shared the best first Canadian feature prize at the Toronto International Film Festival with Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral.

Other Atlantic festival winners included Mark O’Brien winning for best Atlantic short, with Better People, and New Waterford filmmaker Ashley McKenzie winning for best Atlantic emerging director for her short film When You Sleep.

And Jeff Wheaton was named the best Atlantic cinematographer for his work on Solomon Nagler’s feature film Gravity and Grace.

Other winners: Claude Fournier won for best Atlantic original score or song for Last Chance; Andrew MacCormack grabbed best Atlantic sound design for Here and Away; and Wanda Nolan earned the script development award for The Magic of Boxer Connor.

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