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2013 was a resounding success for Film North. Thanks go out to the terrific FN team and the loyal partners, donors, film industry, friends and volunteers without whose support we could not go on.

Congratulations and thanks for the over 200 brilliant submissions, of which we presented 35 of the best. Statistically, it is a pleasant note that 25 films were Canadian, followed by 5 from the USA, 2 from the UK and 1 each from Bhutan, Netherlands and New Zealand. 26 films were shorts. 9 films were features. 11 of the 35 filmmakers were women, and 7 films were by local Muskoka residents.

A humorous coincidence is that we were long on comedy, with 15 films in that genre. This speaks cohesively to our 2013 Retrospective Series theme Representation of Stand-Up Comedy in Feature Films. The King of Comedy, directed by M.Scorcese, and Louis CK:Hilarious, directed by Louis CK, brought audience from far and wide.

On Thursday's Opening Night we screened 2 shorts, The Container, directed by J Dorji, and The Snow Spirit, directed by L.Salas Rejes, (Best Animated Film Award), to a near sold out audience. General Romeo Dallaire's recent film Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children, directed by P. Reed, produced by P.Raymont, edited by M.Hozer, was the feature film, and would go on to win the Golden Antler Viewer's Choice Award.

The popular Friday Shorts screenings returned with 20 short films of which S is for Bird, written & directed by M.Sadowski, would win Best Short Length Film Award, Pretty Thing, directors, E Mirabelli & M.DeFilippis, would win Best Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award, The Captain's Log, written & directed by B. Pfister & J. Haenel, would win Best Documentary Film Award, Noah, directed by P. Cederberg & W. Woodman, would win TIFF's You Tube Award for Best Canadian Short Film, and the feature film Sex After Kids, Directed by J.Lalonde, would win Best Canadian Feature Length Film. The program was heavy with premiers, one of which, Robert Redford's All Is Lost, directed by JC Chandor, the Friday evening feature, had its Canadian Premier at Film North to the delight of our audience. This is an outstanding film and we are rooting for an Oscar nomination for Redford's performance, an acting tour de force, with only one word of dialogue.

Saturday's Gala Awards Closing Night films showcased the feature Who The F..k is Arthur Fogel, directed by R.Chapman, produced by W.Thompson, and the short, Genevieve (1965), starring Genevieve Bujold and directed by Michel Brault, this year's Bull's Eye Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. At 82, Brault was the last of a handful of Canadian trailblazing filmmakers of the 20th century, establishing the Cinema Verity, or reality style filmmaking. We are honored that he acknowledged and was delighted with this award and saddened by his unexpected passing away en route to Huntsville that Saturday September 21st, to accept it in person.

The advantage of longevity is 20/20 vision. This has allowed us to develop an identity. In our first year 2010 we hosted 9 filmmakers. Three years later, we graciously hosted 50 filmmakers and welcomed 1000 audience over 2 days. This made for brilliant Q&A sessions! It would be fair to say that Film North is a filmmakers' festival with an audience preference driven program.

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  • Best Short,S is For Bird,Producer D. Kaliciak with FN Advisory Board Director R. Fontana Coxe
  • Best Documentary 2013 Captain's Log, directed by B. Pfister & J. Haehnel
  • Best Emerging Canadian Filmmaker,Pretty Thing, E. Mirabelli & M. DeFilippis
  • Best Animated, The Snow Spirit, Lorena Salas Reyas
  • Sylvain Brault on behalf of his father Michel Brault with Bull's Eye Lifet ime Achievement Award

Day One - Opening Night Line up

2013 Festival Program: September 19th - 20th

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Film North AWARDS Film North Best Animated Film Award

Bull's Eye Lifetime Achievement Award

Best Short Film

Best Canadian Feature Film

Best Emerging Canadian Filmmaker

Documentary Film Award

Viewer's Choice Golden Antler Award
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