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February 18, 2023 by Jorge Ignacio Castillo

Director Chandler Levack’s first feature film, I Like Movies, walked away with the Best Canadian Picture award at the Vancouver Film Critics Awards celebration on Monday night at the VIFF Theatre. I Like Movies was also recognized for Best Screenplay (Levack), Best Actor – Male (Isaiah Lehtinen), and Best Supporting Actor – Male (Percy Hynes White).

In turn, Riceboy Sleeps swept the British Columbia categories by winning Best BC Film, Best BC Director (Anthony Shim) and One to Watch (Shim again). Each one of these awards comes with a 500 dollar prize courtesy of the Canadian Media Producers Association – BC Producers Branch, Directors Guild of Canada – BC District Council, and Telefilm Canada, respectively.

Riceboy Sleeps’ Choi Seung-yoon won Best Actor – Female. Both Choi and Isaiah Lehtinen are to receive a $250 award courtesy of UBCP/ACTRA.

Women Talking won two awards, Best Director (Sarah Polley) and Best Supporting Actor – Female (Judith Ivey). Best Documentary went to Eternal Spring.

Isaiah Lehtinen received his award in person. Levack, Choi, Hynes White and Shim appeared via video.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Picture

I Like Movies

Best Director

Sarah Polley, Women Talking

Best Screenplay

Chandler Levack, I Like Movies

Best Actor – Male

Isaiah Lehtinen, I Like Movies

Best Actor – Female

Choi Seung-yoon, Riceboy Sleeps

Best Supporting Actor – Male

Percy Hynes White, I Like Movies

Best Supporting Actor – Female

Judith Ivey, Women Talking

Best Documentary

Eternal Spring

Best British Columbia Film

Riceboy Sleeps

Best British Columbia Director

Anthony Shim, Riceboy Sleeps

One to Watch

Anthony Shim, Riceboy Sleeps


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