Global Visions FestivalThe 2014 Global Visions Festival wrapped on a high note on May 15, with a huge crowd on hand for their crowd-pleasing Closing Night film, Mistaken for Strangers. The celebration included the announcement of the 2014 Film Awards, featuring six Juried Awards and the 2014 City Television Audience Award along with the Top 10 films as choosen by the audience.

From Egypt, the 2014 Best Short Doc Jury Award was awarded to Ahmed Abdelmaser’s film about the children in Syrian displacement camps, I EXIST. From the UK comes the story of one redhead’s attempt to regain his self-confidence, as Scott P. Harris’s charming and poignant film, Being Ginger, was named 2014 Best International Doc. The Enterprise Edmonton Film Commission presented cash prizes in 2 categories: Jeff Allen’s Conservation Caravan took the prize for Best Alberta Doc Under 20 minutes.

Best Albert Doc Over 20 Minutes went to the story of an ex-con trying to stay on the right path, in Edmonton-based filmmaker Rosie Dransfeld’s latest feature, Anti-Social Limited. The Best North American Doc Award was handed out to John Fiege’s poetic look at a group of Texas landowners and their fight to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline from coming through their land, in Global Visions 2014 Opening Night film, Above All Else.

Proving that this year’s audiences and jurors were in sync, Jason DaSilva’s emotionally riveting portrait of his personal battle with MS, When I Walk, took the Jury Award for Best Canadian Doc, as well as the City Television Audience Award for Best Doc (from over 2000 ballots cast).

The Top 10 Films in Audience voting were:

  1. WHEN I WALK
  2. ABOVE ALL ELSE
  3. ALBERT KARVONEN: Philosophies on Life, Nature, & Wildlife Filmmaking
  4. I STAND CORRECTED
  5. THE CASE AGAINST 8
  6. ANTI-SOCIAL LIMITED
  7. JODOROWSKY’S DUNE
  8. FIRE IN THE BLOOD
  9. CYBER-SENIORS
  10. DANGEROUS ACTS STARRING THE UNSTABLE ELEMENTS OF BELARUS

For more information see: globalvisionsfestival.com.