Sebastien Pilote’s Le Vendeur wins big at Quebec film showcase awards

The prize-giving season for Canadian film kicks into gear at the Rendez-vous du Cinema Quebecois, ahead of the Genies in Toronto on Thursday night.

As the Oscars stardust settles, Canadian film award season is just kicking into gear.

Ahead of the Genies on Thursday night in Toronto, Quebec writer/director Sébastien Pilote’s Le Vendeur won big at the Rendez-vous du Cinema Quebecois.

Pilote’s debut feature grabbed the $5,000 prize for best first or second feature, and was named the best Quebec film by the Quebec association of film critics.

Seller, which screened at Sundance and grabbed awards elsewhere on the festival circuit, stars Gilbert Sicotte and Nathalie Cavezzali and portrays a car salesman dealing with hard times in a one-industry town.

The 10-day showcase of Quebec film also gave Stéphane Lafleur’s En terrains connus the prize for best script for a first or second feature.

And Bill Stone’s Work in Progress won for best first or second documentary.