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March 12, 2021 by Jorge Ignacio Castillo

Violation, a dark tale of sibling rivalry, predatorial behaviour and revenge was named Best Canadian Film of 2020 by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. The protagonist of Violation, Madeleine Sims-Fewer, was voted Best Actress.

The body horror film Possessor emerged victorious in two categories, Best Director (Brandon Cronenberg) and Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Abbott). The award for Best Screenplay went to Sean Durkin for The Nest.

Justin Rain, the protagonist of the character piece Brother, I Cry was named Best Actor. In the Best Supporting Actress category, the award went to Rainbow Dickerson for Beans.

The gritty drama Chained was voted Best BC Film. The director of Chained, Titus Heckel won the One to Watch category, tied with the young lead of Beans, Kiawentiio.

The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel was named Best Documentary.

The winners of the Canadian section of the 21st edition of the VFCC awards were announced Monday night at a virtual ceremony hosted via Zoom. Three of the awards were accompanied by a cash prize. The Canadian Media Producers Association rewarded the Best BC Film with $500; UBCP-ACTRA also handed out $500 to this year’s Best Canadian Actress; and the DGC-BC rewarded the winner for Best Director with $500.


Best Picture: Violation

Best Director: Brandon Cronenberg, Possessor

Best Screenplay: Sean Durkin, The Nest

Best Actor: Justin Rain, Brother, I Cry

Best Actress: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Violation

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Abbott, Possessor

Best Supporting Actress: Rainbow Dickerson, Beans

Best Documentary: The New Corporation

Best BC Film: Chained

One to Watch: (tie) Titus Heckel, Chained; Kiawentiio, Beans

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