Cory Bowles’ Black Cop wins VIFF’s best Canadian feature prize

As well, filmmaker Kathleen Hepburn won a trio of awards for her debut feature Never Steady, Never Still.

Cory Bowles’ Black Cop (pictured) has won the best Canadian feature prize at Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).

The B.C. festival, now in its 36th year, announced the winners of the BC Spotlight Awards and Canadian Film Awards categories on Saturday evening. The awards ceremony was held at The Vancouver Playhouse prior to the B.C. Spotlight gala screening of Melanie Wood’s Shut Up and Say Something.

In the Spotlight Awards, Wayne Wapeemukwa’s Luk’Luk’I won the best B.C. film prize, while Kathleen Hepburn won a pair of prizes for her feature drama Never Steady, Never Still. The film won both the Sea to Sky Award, which recognizes outstanding work of a female key creative on a B.C.-produced feature or short film, and the B.C. Emerging Filmmaker Award.

Hepburn also claimed a prize in the Canadian Film Awards category, winning the Emerging Canadian director prize for Never Steady, Never Still. Meanwhile, Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses won the award for best Canadian doc. In the short film section, Phillip Barker’s Shadow Nettes won the prize for best Canadian short, while Yassmina Karajah’s Rupture won the award for best B.C. short film. As well, Vincent Toi won the prize for most promising director of a Canadian short film for his project The Crying Conch.

The 2017 edition of VIFF began on Sept. 28 and ends on Oct. 13.