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ViewFinders Film Festival Winners Announced!

The 11th annual ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth, a week-long festival of film, video and media for youth, have announced its award-winners for the event that took place in HRM, April 15-21.
ViewFinders Film Challenge Award Winners, Youth Made Films:

Green Screen Challenge: First Prize ($500)
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PBP: Plastic Bag Production, Bethany Boutilier, Paige Mary Rose Jenkins, Whitney Minick - West Northfield, NS

Green Screen Challenge: Second Prize ($250)
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Trashy the Trashman, Stewiacke Teen Group: Sean Davenport, Hannah Sinclair, Alex Kaminski, Patrick Wells - Stewiake, NS

Green Screen Challenge: Third Prize ($100)
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Our Life on the Rez, Madison Nicholas, Makayla Francis, Destiny Francis, Liz Francis - Pictou Landing, NS

NBCUniversal Film Challenge: Animation Prize ($250)
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Recipe for Love, Gwyneth Christofel - Halifax, NS

NBCUniversal Film Challenge: Grand Prize ($1,000)
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Recipe for Love, Gwyneth Christofel - Halifax, NS

NBCUniversal Film Challenge: People’s Choice Award ($1,000)
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Recipe for Love, Gwyneth Christofel - Halifax, NS

ViewFinders Winners, chosen by the Youth Jury:

Best Short Film
Shadow of a Midsummer Night, Stian Einar Forgaard - Norway

Best Animated Film
The Basketball Game, Hart Snider - Canada

Best Feature Film
The Liverpool Goalie (Keeper'n Til Liverpool), Arild Andresen - Norway

Best Documentary Film
The Boxing Girls of Kabul, Ariel J. Nasr - Canada

“A huge proponent of ViewFinders this year was the Digital Animators of Nova Scotia,” said Jason Beaudry, ViewFinders Director. "DANS attendance at the recent Viewfinders Expo at the Discovery Centre, gave kids and their parents a chance to see animators up close, in action. Copernicus Studios brought in some artists so the kids could see live demonstration pieces. We then let the kids get in on the action, and they had a ball, drawing their characters on the computer and then seeing their creations come to life with animation. All in all, a great afternoon for everyone who attended."

"Animation is a thriving industry in Canada, and Canadians have been big innovators with this medium around the world,” said Paul Rigg of Digital Animators of Nova Scotia (DANS) and President of Copernicus Studios.  “A career in animation can be an exciting opportunity for young people in Nova Scotia and hopefully DANS has inspired a whole new crop of prospective animators of the future." 

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