Rouge Sang, The Disappeared win at Canadian Film Fest

Martin Doepner's bloody thriller and Shandi Mitchell's nautically-themed Nova Scotia-filmed drama (pictured) won two awards apiece at the fest, which wrapped Sunday.
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Martin Doepner’s Rouge Sang (The Storm Within) and Shandi Mitchell’s The Disappeared won two awards apiece at the Canadian Film Festival, which wrapped Saturday in Toronto.

Rouge Sang,  starring Isabelle Guérard, Lothaire Bluteau and Anthony Lemke, won the prize for best feature, with Guérard also taking best actress in a feature honours.

The film, about a young mother forced to shelter five soldiers for a night in her isolated Quebec farmhouse in 1799, is produced by Claudio Luca and Alessandro Luca.

The Disappeared drama won the William F. White Reel Canadian indie award, a $5000 credit for equipment rental.

Shawn Doyle, who stars in the film about six men lost at sea in the North Atlantic, also won the award for best actor in a feature. He also recently won an ACTRA award for his performance in the film.

Billy Campbell, Ryan Doucette and Brian Downey also star in The Disappeared, which is produced by Gilles Belanger, Ralph Holt, Walter Forsyth and Karen Franklin.

Brian Gregory’s Dedication won the prize for best documentary, while J.F. Martel’s Cicada took the award for best short.

Also in shorts, Scott McCord was named as best actor for his role in Ace of Spaces, while Eun Kyung Cho was named best actress for Flood.

And The People’s Pick for Best Flick award went to The Scene: An Exploration of Music in Toronto. The documentary chronicling the lives of indie musicians building their careers in the Canadian music industry is directed by Josh Jensen.

Elsewhere, screenwriter Reese Eveneshen was tapped as the winner of the CFF Super Channel Script Accelerator Competition.

Eveneshen’s Mr. Andrews will receive a broadcast pre-license of between $30,000 and $50,000 from Super Channel, and guidance from a Super Channel exec through the production process.

Elizabeth Stewart, named the runner-up for her Poison Hearts script, will receive a one-on-one notes session with director Warren P. Sonoda.

The Canadian Film Festival wrapped Saturday, Mar. 23.