Jury & Awards

2017 Awards

  • Best Canadian Film - $1,000
  • Best International Film - $1,000
  • Best Emerging Filmmaker - Workshop Voucher (Presented by Raindance Canada)
  • Best Women in Film - TBD (Presented by She Has A Voice)
  • Audience Choice Award - TBD

2017 Juries

Category: Best Canadian Film and Best International Film

  • Ron Leach
    Ron Leach

    Ron Leach is a noted Casting Director, Producer, award-winning Director and Acting Coach. He is one of Canada's leading casting directors, casting independent film, television, theatre and commercials for clients as diverse as Hallmark, CTV, Anchor Bay, CBS, Paramount, Global Television, and many more.

  • Justin
    Justin McConnell

    Justin runs Toronto-based production/post company UNSTABLE GROUND, is the founder of the monthly horror short-film festival LITTLE TERRORS (which he co-runs with Rue Morgue Magazine), a Programmer for TORONTO AFTER DARK FILM FESTIVAL, and is an acquisitions rep for two Canadian distribution companies. 

    Most notably, Justin has multiple feature films in distribution as director and/or producer: the single-take thriller ‘Broken Mile’ (Gravitas Ventures), the anthologies ‘Minutes Past Midnight’ and ‘Galaxy of Horrors’, the horror/thriller ‘The Collapsed’ (released in over 12 countries worldwide, via companies such as Anchor Bay & Lions Gate), the counter-culture documentary ‘Skull World’ (available worldwide), the crime drama ‘Cold Deck’ (producer only), the dark comedy ‘Junkie’ (producer only), and the documentary ‘Working Class Rock Star’. His co-written/co-produced project ‘Mark of Kane’ (2014 Off-Frontieres selection) will begin shooting in Australia mid 2018, his new feature ‘Lifechanger’ is will be released later in the year,
    and the anthology ‘Blood, Sweat & Terrors’ will soon see release via RLJ Entertainment.

  • Raindance Canada
    Category: Best Emerging Filmmaker

    Raindance Canada promotes and supports independent filmmaking in Canada and around the world. Raindance is founder of the Raindance Film Festival and The British Independent Film Awards.

  • She Has A Voice
    Category: Best Women in Film

    She Has a Voice Inc. is a Not for Profit Corporation. Our mission is to provide guidance and support through empowerment and education. She Has a Voice interactively and informatively rallies women and youth with a focus on mental health and awareness!


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