CAFF wraps up at Red Deer’s Westerner Park with awards gala

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Red Deer-made documentary For Love of the Game was an Audience Choice Winner at the 2022 Central Alberta Film Festival.

About 120 people attended a gala celebration at Westerner Park on Saturday night to mark the end of the sixth-annual CAFF.

The feature documentary about accessible sports, For Love of the Game, made by Red Deer’s Niek Theelen, was one of four Audience Choice Award winners.

The others were: feature narrative, Ferryman, distributed by Darren Bender of the UK, short narrative Tunnel Vision, directed by Danny Chamberlin of Edmonton, and short documentary Indian Grove, directed by Lucas Margetson.

Judges’ Choice for Best Film Award, feature narrative, was April Skies, directed by Pascal Payant of Montreal.

The Best Feature Documentary went to OMA, directed by Griffin Cork of Calgary.

Best Short Documentary went to Blind Ambition, The Wop May Story, directed by Frederick Kroetsch and Tom Robinson of Edmonton, while Best Short Narrative went to Reformat, directed by Jesse Pickett, who was raised in Red Deer but now lives in Vancouver.

Best Music Video was Metube: August Sings ‘UNA FURTIVA LAGRIMA,’ directed by Daniel Moshel of Austria.

The Best Actor Award was presented to Paul Batten in Jalopy and Best Actress was awarded to Eloudie Doumenc in Reformat.

Thirty-one films from across the globe were aired at the festival, which was held at Carnival Cinemas from Oct 19 to 22.

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