Kate Melville’s Picture Day takes Borsos award in Whistler

The rookie feature director's coming-of-age story won the top $15,000 prize for best Canadian feature at the West Coast festival.
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Rookie feature film director Kate Melville on Sunday won the Borsos competition at the Whistler Film Festival with Picture Day, her brutally comic coming-of-age film.

The indie pic that bowed in Toronto won the top $15,000 prize for best Canadian feature at the west coast festival.

“This year, we are delighted to recognize a filmmaker whose work is revelatory: universal in its specificity, soulful, heartfelt, raw, intelligent, profoundly human and so much fun!,” the Borsos jury said as it gave Melville the festival crown.

And Tatiana Maslany, who stars in Picture Day alongside Steven McCarthy, won for best performance in a Borsos film that screened in Whistler.

The coming-of-age story follows a rebellious teenager (Maslany) who is caught between adolescence and adulthood as she is forced to repeat her last year of high school.

Picture Day had its western Canadian premiere in Whistler and also stars Spencer Van Wyck and Mark DeBonis.

The Whistler jury also gave Montreal filmmaker Karen Cho’s Status Quo?, a National Film Board of Canada film about feminism in Canada, its world documentary award.

Other Whistler award winners: Jonathan Ng’s Requiem for Romance earned the Canadian shortwork award; Poland’s Marcin Bortkiewicz won the international shortwork award for Drawn From Memory; Jon Thomas’ Plating picked up the shortwork student award; Jon Ornoy’s True Love Waits snagged the MPPIA short film award; William Kerig’s Ready to Fly won the mountain culture film award.