Not one, but two films won the Best Canadian feature award at the recent 17th annual Whistler Film Festival (WFF). All You Can Eat (directed by Ian Lagarde) and A Worthy Companion (directed by Jason and Carlos Sanchez) both came out as winners of the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film. The two movies beat out 18 other competing feature films. The best part? The $15,000 cash prize. Oh, and the other $15,000 post-production prize.
Ian Lagarde has written and directed six short fiction films before creating the feature film All You Can Eat, and has won several awards for his work before the Whistler Film Festival. Beside writing and directing, Lagarde has worked as a cinematographer in various advertisements, music videos, short films, and television series. All You Can Eat, shot in Cuba, was first shown at TIFF 2017 before winning the WFF award on December 3rd.
Jason and Carlos Sanchez were Canadian fine art photographers known for their large-scale dramatic imagery before getting into the world of film. Based in Montreal, the two brothers entered movie making when they created Protest in 2016, a work for the NFB satirical public service announcement series, Naked Island. Their meticulous photographic style is a useful tool when shooting A Worthy Companion, a feature film praised for both substance and its visual features.
Founded in 2001, the Whistler Film Festival is a non-profit charitable organization with the goal of recognizing outstanding films, and also creating opportunities to showcase newer creators in the film industry. The festival has brought even more attention to British Columbia’s growing film industry.