Award Winners

Congratulations to the award winners of the 2019 Reel Shorts Film Festival! These films were showcased in the Best of the Fest package presented by Big Country and the Sandman Hotel. For a pdf of the 48-page program, click here.

Juried Awards

Jury members (above from left) Evan DeRushie from Toronto, Scott Belyea from Vancouver, and Frederick Kroetsch from Edmonton selected the following winners from the 60 films that were eligible for juried awards:

Best Animated Short

The Driver is Red, a 15-minute film from the United States written, produced, directed, and animated by Randall Christopher

Best Documentary Short

The Day Don Died, a 14-minute film from Canada produced and directed by Steve J. Adams and Sean Horlor
Jan Sitta - Suck It Up

Best Live Action 15+ Minutes

Suck It Up, a 19-minute film from France directed by Jan Sitta – see photo at right

Best Live Action Under 15 Minutes

The Blue Door, a 9-minute film from the UK directed by Paul Taylor

Audience Choice Awards

For the first time since our festival became competitive in 2014, the audience picked the same film that the judges picked.

Audience Choice Award

The Blue Door, a 9-minute film from the UK directed by Paul Taylor

Youth Audience Choice Award

All in Good Time, a 15-minute film from Ireland produced and directed by Bonnie Dempsey

Frantic48 Winners

Frantic48 jury members Chris Beauchamp, Ryan Dalgleish, and Jeff Erbach presented the Best Film and Audience Choice Awards to Chad Corno and Jesse McCallum for Game Set Match which they wrote, produced, and directed. Celebrating with their Eagle Vision Video Team members are (from left) Ben Haab, Chad Corno, Kaymia Laurine, Jesse McCallum, Leanne Bausman, and David Ross.

All Frantic48 teams had to write, produce, edit, and turn in a 2-6 minute short film in 48 hours that incorporated the same prop (a watch) and the same line of dialogue (“who are you”), but each team had a different genre/sub-genre.

Our Awards

Decca-+-GrantGrande Prairie sculptor Grant Berg (left) of Grant Berg Gallery designed the award that winners receive. On the right is Mack McDonald of Decca Industries in Clairmont who turned Grant’s vision into reality.

The wood bases are made by D.R. Sales Woodworking in Grande Prairie which then get engraved by Sportswear Plus / Alberta Trophy, so in every respect it’s a creation of the Peace Region like the film festival itself.

The design reflects the fact that the festival takes place in Grande Prairie which is known as the Swan City because trumpeter swans return to the city and surrounding area every spring to nest, and its flame shape symbolizes the passion of the people who put on the festival every year and the filmmakers whose work we celebrate. See below to watch the video of how the award is cut on Decca’s water jet table.


Thanks to the City of Grande Prairie, Telefilm, County of Grande Prairie No. 1, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and all of the other funders and sponsors who made the fest possible, and a big thank you to everyone who came out and made our 13th festival the best one yet!

Over 100 volunteers contributed their time to the fest. Special kudos to the programming team for watching 5,500 films! Big thanks to Gordie Haakstad for the intro reel that preceded all 24 screenings, Monty Simo for creating the fest trailer, and Patrick O’Connor of Jimber Jam Studios for the 2017-2018 promo video, all of which you can watch below!