For more than a week, all eyes were on the actors who lit up the screens throughout the Atlantic Film Festival, but Saturday at the Seahorse Tavern was all about the people behind the scenes getting their props.
Awards were doled out during a ceremony inside the downtown Halifax bar, capping off the 29th annual festival and kicking off a closing night gala party.
Short films were especially successful, with Joel MacLeod and Adam Rafuse sharing the best art direction award for Ghost Vase, their satirical take on science fiction, while Jacob Owens snagged best editing for more serious sci-fi short Conscript. Joel MacKenzie won best Atlantic short for his film Super Science, about a geek trying to ace his project and get to a party.
Brian Power of Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day won best sound design and Duane Andrews walked away with best original score for Crackie. The Michael Weir Award for Best Original Screenplay went to Andrew Bush, the Ed Higginson Cinematography Award went to Christopher Ball and Nathan Fielder received the Rex Tasker Documentary Award.
Several other honours were handed out, including the Inspired Script Pitch Award. This year it’s shared by Cory Bowles of Trailer Park Boys fame for his comedic commentary on race called Cracker Factory and emerging artist Jeremy Hull for his script Atmospheric Disturbance, “a horror movie about the power of the media.”