Yosef Baraki’s short Der Kandidat wins top student festival prize


Toronto filmmaker Yosef Baraki has picked up the top Norman McLaren Award at the 44th Canadian Student Film Festival for Der Kandidat, a short film he completed at Humber College.

The German language short, which stars Lorry Ayers, Erol Broan, Stefen Rollpiller and Holden Kunde, portrays a mother summoned by an SS official to answer questions regarding her son’s candidacy for the Hitler Youth.

Baraki earned $5000 and technical and service support for his next film as part of the festival prize, which is aligned with the Montreal World Film Festival.

And the most promising director prize went to York University’s Tamar Baruch for Gloria, while Concordia’s Alisi Telengut won the best animation film award for Tears of Inge.

Other winners: Ryerson student Andrew Moir’s Just As I Remember winning best documentary film; York University’s Eui Yong Zong’s Conceived winning for best experimental film; and the best fiction film going to Down and Out, by Adam Simopoulos of the University of Windsor.

Image via Der Kandidat