Violent, Eadweard top craft prizes at Leos

Feature films lead the way in wins at first round of prize-giving at the Leo Awards. (Violent pictured.)

25535-default-katalog_2014_forum_violent_wf-1Kyle Rideout’s Eadweard and Andrew Huculiak’s Violent topped the craft categories in the first round of prize-giving at the 2015 Leo Awards, which kicked off Saturday.

The Leo Awards celebrate artistic excellence in B.C. film and TV production, with this year’s prizes to be handed out in three events held over two consecutive weekends, beginning on June 6 and resuming on June 13 and 14. To be eligible for a Leo Award, a program must either qualify as a Canadian TV production based on the criteria put in place by the CRTC, CAVCO, British Columbia Film or qualify as an international treaty copro, or by be directed and produced by a resident of B.C.

Among the Canadian projects to receive prizes were Violent, for which Joseph Schweers won awards for Best Motion Picture Cinematography, Best Motion Picture Editing and Best Visual Effects Motion Picture for his work on the film, sharing the best visual effects prize with Marc Whitelaw.

In other motion picture categories, Eadweard won a total of four prizes at the Leos, with director Rideout winning best production design and Florence Barrett winning a prize for best costume design for her work in the film. Kathy Howatt won the prize for best makeup for her work on Eadweard, while best hairstyling went to Darcy Burns.

Jeff Chan’s Grace: The Possession, a USA/Canada copro, won the award for Best Overall Sound Motion Picture, while the Best Sound Editing Motion Picture award went to Black Fly.

On the TV side, Bruce Worrall won the Best Cinematography Dramatic Series award for Strange Empire, with Lisa Binkley winning the best picture editing on a dramatic series award for her work on Motive.

In the documentary program or series awards, Jordan Paterson and Norm Li won the best cinematography prize for Tricks On The Dead: The Story Of The Chinese Labour Corps WWII. The series also won the award for best picture editing. Best overall sound went to the Canada/USA/New Zealand copro A Brony Tale, while the best sound editing designation went to Highway Thru Hell.

In the information, lifestyle, or reality series categories, Warrior Games won best cinematography, best picture editing went to Love It Or List It Vancouver and the best overall sound and sound editing awards went to Mom’s a Medium. Elsewhere, Package Deal won the best picture editing prize in the Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series category, while Slugterra: Return Of The Elementals won the best overall sound award for work done in an animated program. The best picture editing award for youth or children’s programming went to Lisa Robison to the USA/Canada production Pants On Fire.

Winners in the drama shorts category included James Gill for best cinematography on One With The Devil, Jennifer Mackie for best picture editing on Roar and Craig Clarke for best visual effects on Earthlickers. Foreign productions that won awards on Saturday evening include Once Upon A Time and The Flash. A full list of the winners can be found here.